"It was the style and attention to detail at St Michael’s Hurst which really stood out"
Nestled in beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, St Michael’s Hurst – a new community in Bishop’s Stortford by Countryside – proved the perfect place for train driver, Jonathan Grose, to make his move back to the historic market town.
Having previously lived in Bishop’s Stortford for a number of years when working as a pilot at nearby Stansted Airport, moving back to the town was an easy choice for Jonathan. He says: “Having retrained as a train driver two years’ ago, I’m now based in Bishop’s Stortford again for work. As I used to live in the town, I already know and love it. My son also lives here, and I wanted to be closer to him, so it was a natural choice to move back.”
Given his existing local knowledge of the town, Jonathan also knew where to look for his new home: “The setting of St Michael’s Hurst is ideal. It’s only a 20-minute walk into the town centre, and there’s a bus if needed, yet we also have the new 16-acre Bat Willow Hurst Country Park just across the road. Being so close to so much green space is a huge plus point.”
The appeal of a new build property
Travelling back and forth across the South of England for work, Jonathan wanted an easy-to-manage property to come home to and was attracted to the high specification and low maintenance offering at Countryside’s St Michael’s Hurst.
Jonathan comments, “I looked at a few other new developments in the local area, but it was the style and attention to detail at St Michael’s Hurst which really stood out. The finishing touches, from the wooden flooring through to the door handles, all have a very premium feel.”
A new-build also appealed to Jonathan for the added peace of mind it provides: “It’s reassuring to know that inside, my new home is high quality, but also that the new neighbourhood – including the Bat Willow Hurst Country Park across the road – will always be well looked after too.”
Using Part Exchange to purchase a new home
Having driven past St Michael’s Hurst several times, Jonathan had a look online, where he spotted his perfect property: a two-bedroom coach house.
He says, “I loved the quirkiness of the property, with the Juliet balcony and lots of natural light. It was exactly the home I’d been looking for, in the location I wanted. However, with my existing property to sell, buying it just wasn’t feasible - that’s when Countryside suggested using their Part Exchange Scheme. Not only did it enable me to buy my new property, it also considerably reduced the stress of selling my existing home. I couldn’t have bought at St Michael’s Hurst otherwise.”
Countryside’s Part Exchange scheme means it will purchase a buyers’ existing property, so they can move into their new Countryside home quicker. The scheme also gives buyers added peace of mind, with a guaranteed purchase at a fair market value price, as well as no estate agent fees and no chain.