Oneamerican-flag-825635_1920 of the biggest holidays in the US calendar, 4th of July, is not a date that can be overlooked where ever you’re from, as many come together to celebrate America’s Independence. Though we parted centuries ago, we have embraced many influences from this patriotic nation, ranging from popular culture to, you guessed it, our homes.

American Independence Day proves quite an affair across the pond, with residents from all 50 states flaunting their stars and stripes in full glory. This national celebration is by no means taken lightly, and quite rightly so, as the nation comes together with street parties, firework displays and plenty to feast on.

While America’s independence finally gave the nation their long awaited rights, we still remain somewhat collided, taking on many influences from this globally influential country. Of course, we have our British ways; from our sense of humour, reserved mannerisms, our strong following of football, and of course our love of tea. But there are many influences we have embraced from across the pond, ranging from the culture of teen sitcoms, taste for Starbucks and popular music. It would be fair to say US fever, does not just end there, as we have casually adapted our homes also, with some adopting the colonial façade, whilst others have taken to the interior styles.

Ranch style:  Three Bedroom Home  I  Normandy

IMG_21617_1_largeTaking inspiration from prairie style houses and bungalows, Architect Cliff May built the first Ranch Style house in San Diego, California in 1932. Being economically viable, these homes were great for growing families, leading to an influx in their popularity after World War II. As such, these simple, stylish and affordable homes are likely to found across the country.

One such home also exists in a little-known village of Normandy, Ash Vale, enjoying a quiet rural setting that would certainly allow you to engage in a relaxed way of life, similar to the American lifestyle.  The adjacent woodland, locally known as the Ranges, is, in fact, MoD land that is available for public use and extends over 2 acres. While the home enjoys a picturesque setting along a country lane, the property is highly accessible, located just a stroll from the town centre and station; which offers London connections.

This detached home is substantially proportioned offering three bedrooms, two reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, downstairs cloakroom, modern bathroom, double garage and a private garden.


New England: Five Bedroom Detached Home  I  Mattingley

The rustic anIMG_20719_23_larged streamlined façade of New England style homes naturally emphasises simplicity.

The cladded New England façade is exceptionally graceful, while the detached home is tastefully complemented by an authentic characterful interior, where you will find exposed beams, panelled doors and an exposed brick fireplace. While parading a wealth of character, this period home in the village of Mattingley has been spruced up, both internally and externally, with modern styles. As such, this individual property offers versatile living areas, presenting three reception rooms, a refitted kitchen, downstairs cloakroom, utility, an en-suite to master, a double garage, a private rear garden and five generous bedrooms.

The semi-rural landscape provides a picturesque backdrop while connecting you to nearby villages and towns through a series of A & B roads.


 Colonial style : Four Bedroom Family Home  I  Farnborough

The graceful Colonial style of home is quintIMG_20389_14_originalessential to American architecture, with the classic styles commonly associated with America’s national identity even today.

The architectural symmetry of this detached family home forms just part of the appeal, along with the fact that it’s ideally located for commuters, just a mile from the train station, good schools and major road links. The extended detached home could prove a winner for the whole family, offering a wealth of versatile living areas across both floors, featuring four bedrooms, four en-suites, a balcony, double garage and a landscaped rear garden.


Open plan living :  Refurbished Four Bedroom Victorian Cottage  I  Fleet

AmeriIMG_16399_3_large (1)can homes are typically large and spacious, with open plan living gaining popularity in the 1970’s. This uninterrupted configuration was favoured for many a reason, but essentially makes practical use of space, offering versatility and most importantly, creating a sociable home. This sociability factor, effectively allows you to eat, chat and engage with the family no matter what time of day, which with today’s busy lifestyles is a vital feature.

Open plan living has trended globally, so it comes as no surprise that is very popular here in the UK, where it perfectly complements the charm of character homes. This conveniently positioned period cottage is one such home, set within easy reach of the town centre, Basingstoke canal and schools, while the quintessential Victorian façade has been extended and extensively refurbished to present practical family accommodation. The attentively renovated home presents light and airy living spaces that offer flexibility in use, whilst the practical living areas extend across two floors, comprising of two reception rooms, a 38ft open plan kitchen/family room, a utility room, store room, downstairs cloakroom, four double bedrooms along with a single bedroom, a modern family bathroom and two contemporary en-suite shower rooms.


A local coffee shop: Two Bedroom Victorian Cottage I  Hartley WintIMG_19888_13_largeney

Coffee is a staple to American culture, quite like our love for a good old cup of tea. From the latest celeb snaps on magazine covers to popular sitcoms, you could pretty much guarantee an appearance of a branded coffee cup or a scene in the local coffee shop, advocating how much of a norm this setting is for the nation. So if you are after this social and relaxed way of life, then this charming cottage in Hartley Wintney could be the UK’s quintessential equivalent, offering a picturesque setting with views over the pond and Cricket Green, from where you could take a casual stroll to the quaint High Street, burgeoning with individual independent shops and welcoming cafes and restaurants, perfect for some quiet ‘me’ time or a catch up with friends.

The period home itself is also individual and quaint, offering an open plan living/dining room, a kitchen with a utility room, a versatile bonus room to the first floor and a private courtyard garden.


Grand master suites: Three Bedroom Contemporary Home  I  Fleet

The facade of aIMG_20840_3_large typical American home often presents a grand, luxurious quality, which carries through internally, where the spacious and airy homes are practically arranged to suit families. Along with the inclination to impress, a key attribute of an American home is the multiple en suites and the must-have walk-in wardrobe to each bedroom. This concept has trended in the UK with most new builds offering an en suite and possibly even a master suite. One such home is this detached new build property in Edenbrook, Fleet that enjoys a dedicated master suite, with its own dressing room, en-suite and a private balcony. This contemporary three bedroom home has been built to an extremely high specification, with technological enhancements and minimalist styles throughout. An open plan arrangement complements the ground floor of the property, which presents a sociable family space that casually opens out to the private courtyard garden. Meanwhile, the first floor is entirely dedicated to the master suite; featuring a spacious dressing room, a four piece en suite and French doors that open to a pergola enclosed private balcony.

This detached townhouse is favourably located within the popular Edenbrook development, a residential cul de sac. While enjoying mature surroundings and open areas for walking, this development is nearby reputable schools, road links and the recently advanced state of the art leisure centre.


PIMG_21092_7_largeenthouse apartment living: Providence House I  Hook

Apartment living is the norm in the bustling city of New York, popularly known as the city that never sleeps. While we can’t promise starry nights of the Big Apple, we can assure you will get plenty of sleep within these stylish apartments that have recently been renovated from a striking former commercial building. These recently launched apartments are selling fast, with an open house due to take place this Sat 8th July, between 10 am – 12 pm.

This three storey complex contains contemporary studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments all enjoying an open plan arrangement and attentively designed for those on the go. The sleek finishes are further complemented by contemporary styles and high specification finishes. The setting couldn’t be more convenient either, incorporating an on-site gym for private use by residents, while perfectly accompanied by mature woodland and the urban business communities. 

These cool and spacious apartments offer ease for those commuting daily, presenting easy access to the M3 and rails links, while at the same time, offering those all-important qualities for a great first time purchase or investment.


Gated communities:  Modern Family Homes  I Ewshot Gardens

Tig150109-7ht knit communities are often depicted in popular US sitcoms, where the elite enjoy an exclusive setting to complement their extravagant lifestyles. Essentially, these gated communities are ideal for this patriotic nation, who take pride in their united neighbourhoods and togetherness, with some offering security, tennis courts and even swimming pools. Though this exclusiveness has not quite ventured over to the UK, the community feel has certainly been taken on board, where many new developments enjoy a private community setting.

Ewshot Gardens could easily form our winning version, offering a landscaped central green and situated adjacent to the renowned Redfield’s Garden Centre with a restaurant and coffee shop. This attractive new development is also a stone’s throw from the tranquil countryside of Hart, Hampshire, and conveniently local for Fleet’s town centre and mainline station. Just a few detached homes remain, all built to Code 4 Sustainable Homes, delivering a quality build, exceptional craftsmanship and specification, while each property is customised with an individual character and style.



From all of us at Mackenzie Smith, Happy Independence Day to all of you celebrating the 241st anniversary of America’s Independence. 

If, on the other hand, you are feeling inspired by the US trends highlighted downloadthrough the above homes, why not call your local branch to arrange a viewing or find out more:

Ash Vale –  – 01252 353030

Farnborough – – 01252 375999

Fleet – – 01252 812121

Hook – – 01256 764666

Hartley Wintney – – 01252 844015

Lettings – – 01252 514000