Professional couple bag forever home in Rochester with Assisted Move
Professional couple Andrew and Lauren Lyons, aged 31 and 28 respectively, have been commuting into London for work from Kent for a number of years, so when they decided to upsize, they started looking for a bigger place around the same area given its proximity to the capital.
Having previously lived in a three-bedroom semi in Wigmore, Kent, the couple were familiar with the Medway area and, after a rigorous search, opted for a four-bedroom end-of-terrace house at Countryside’s landmark development, Rochester Riverside.
Andrew said: “We looked at many different properties, but Countryside’s specification was the best, plus we liked the fact that the house came with a garage and side access via a gate – not many new-builds benefit from this feature.”
Andrew and Lauren were also impressed with the layout of the house, which is much more generous than that of their previous home.
“We absolutely love our spacious open-plan kitchen and living area, perfect for entertaining, allowing us to socialise with guests whilst cooking. Other reasons why we chose this house were the double bedrooms and generous storage space, which are so important to us as we start to think about growing our family” said Lauren.
Rochester appeals to professional couples because of the variety of well-rated schools within its catchment area – an important consideration for Lauren and Andrew in the near future.
Andrew said: “I grew up in Rochester, so I knew it has a wide range of good schools to choose from. Having spent a lot of time here as a child, I knew it was the right place to bring up a family because of its community feel and a generally more relaxed lifestyle.”
Rochester and the nearby town of Chatham have a good selection of schools, including Balfour Infant School and Junior Academy and King’s Rochester. By 2021, Rochester Riverside will also have its own nursery and primary school, making it a great option for families.
Transport links were an important consideration for the couple, who commute to London on a daily basis. Andrew, who works for a bank in the City, and Lauren, head of compliance at a Mayfair-based property company, loved the fact that the development is a three-minute walk from the train station. Frequent services from Rochester to London St Pancras in just 37 minutes and London Victoria in 52 minutes mean their daily commute to work takes less than an hour door-to-door.
Lauren said: “We were impressed by Rochester’s transport links and so, after viewing the show home, we knew the search was over. We were so determined to secure the house that we reserved it way before we had sold our previous home. By using Countryside’s Assisted Move scheme, we were able to sell our previous home quickly, which made the move easy and stress-free.”
The couple benefitted from Countryside’s Assisted Move scheme, whereby Countryside organised for their previous home to receive three independent valuations and connected them with an estate agent to ensure the sale of the house went as smoothly as possible, allowing the couple to get on with their busy lives.
Now that Andrew and Lauren have moved into their new home, they have become a part of a growing community in an exciting riverside location, which is set to further develop in the next 12 years.
Countryside and Hyde will create a number of new amenities to complement the existing infrastructure. A hotel has just opened on site, with a new Co-op supermarket and coffee shop anticipated to open soon. In addition to providing new homes by unlocking what used to be an industrial site along the River Medway, Countryside and Hyde will create a play area and 2.5km river walkway.