Inside the new show home at St Albans’ most talked-about development, Gabriel Square

PUBLISHED: 16:01 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 03 April 2018

Gabriel Square, London Road, St Albans

Gabriel Square, London Road, St Albans

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A new, more family-friendly show home has been unveiled at the Gabriel Square development on London Road – and we’ve already taken a tour.

Designed internally by Conran + Partners, the three/four bed townhouse with integral garage is arranged over five floors.

It includes a Poggenpohl kitchen, Control 4 smart home technology, a bedroom with Cathedral views and a roof terrace overlooking the famous garden square.

A work in progress: The view of the garden square from the new Gabriel Square show homeA work in progress: The view of the garden square from the new Gabriel Square show home

It has a guide price of £1.3m (including furniture), while prices elsewhere in the development are from £450,000 for the last remaining one-bed apartment.

The award-winning scheme consists of 52 three and four-bed townhouses and 28 one, two and three-bed apartments and duplexes. 15 of the properties are already occupied and around 40 are still for sale.

The living room has a Samsung Frame TV; when the TV’s off, art mode kicks in, displaying a piece of art or your choice of photosThe living room has a Samsung Frame TV; when the TV’s off, art mode kicks in, displaying a piece of art or your choice of photos

Steve Walker of selling agent Collinson Hall says: “The people who’ve already bought and moved in to the square have got the units they’ve really wanted, the pay off is they’ve just got to put up with a bit of this [work] going on until it’s finished.”

Steve adds that there has been no ‘typical’ buyer so far, with homes being sold mostly to a mix of locals and Londoners, some of whom have been downsizing while others moved to Gabriel Square in search of more space.

The integrated garage has its own electric car charging pointThe integrated garage has its own electric car charging point

Work on the garden square has been delayed by the recent bad weather, but it’s expected to be completed by early May.

It will include a decking area and spaces for the residents to sit out, as well as a state-of-the-art lighting scheme.

Steve says: “When you come through at night it’s going to look stunning with all the uplighters.

“It’s very exciting to see it all coming together at last. I’ve worked on this scheme now for years and just to see that detail coming together in the middle is extraordinary.”

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