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Couple move to spacious new home at Rochester Riverside

Couple move from house share to spacious new home days before lockdown

The UK-wide lockdown proved to be a major challenge for many people as a large proportion of the UK population were unexpectedly forced to switch to remote working. According to a London School of Economics survey[1], 69% of those living with flatmates, partners or families had some or all of their household members working from home at the same time as them. Almost half cited the lack of space among the biggest challenges encountered whilst working remotely.

Rebecca Bates, 25 and James Philo, 27 were fortunate to have moved into their new apartment at Rochester Riverside right before lockdown. Before buying their first property, the couple lived separately – Rebecca was staying with her parents in Essex, while James was sharing a house in Rochester with a flatmate.

The timing couldn’t have been better for the couple. “We moved in just before lockdown, and despite it being a very unusual time, instantly felt at home,” said Rebecca. James, whose office is based on the Medway Industrial Estate, switched to homeworking at the end of March. “I’ve been working from the living room, but thanks to its flexible layout, it wasn’t difficult to separate work and home – I’ve been using a part of the room as my designated workspace, while the rest of the space was a work-free zone,” said James.

The couple found out about Rochester Riverside from an advert at the train station and decided to visit it as soon as possible. “The location was perfect for us with James’s office being just a short walk away. The school that I work in is on the Hoo Peninsula, just a 10-minute drive from home. Settling down in Rochester also meant visiting my parents in Essex would be easy,” said Rebecca.

What really impressed the couple was the sense of community they instantly felt upon arrival. “We came across a few friendly people during our first visit, and it just felt like a nice environment to be in.”

Like many young first-time buyers getting on the property ladder, Rebecca and James used their own savings and the Bank of Mum and Dad to fund their deposit.

The couple reserved a two-bedroom apartment at the end of the block with a big balcony to fit their numerous plants. Before buying their own home, they dreamed of having a separate room for hobbies – James is a keen guitar player and Rebecca sews in her free time. Having bought a two-bedroom apartment at Rochester Riverside, they’ve made this dream come true.

Rochester Riverside’s residents benefit from 2.5km of waterfront walks and the 10 acres reserved for open space, including parks, play area and landscaping. The setting couldn’t have been better for dog owners like Rebecca and James, whose canine friend now has plenty of space to roam around.

The couple look forward to travelling to London, once its numerous entertainment venues and shops resume normal operation.

“We’re very lucky to have a train station so close to home. I really enjoy going to the theatre and tend to do my shopping in London, so once everything goes back to normal, it’s good to know London’s less than a 40-minute journey away.”

Rochester Riverside recently opened an on-site Co-op supermarket, Travelodge and Costa Coffee. Over the next 12 years, Countryside and Hyde will be providing new homes and facilities for local residents and the wider Rochester community by unlocking what used to be an industrial site along the River Medway.


Prices for a two-bedroom apartment at Rochester Riverside start from £317,000. Visit, email [email protected] or call 01634 560 482 for more information or to pre-book your appointment.