Mary Park case study Runwell

A strong community and safe playing out areas

Residents at Countryside’s development of St Luke’s Park say that the expansive, safe playing out areas and a strong community spirit are some of the biggest attractions the area has to offer. Mary Park (35) and her husband James (39) were looking for a home in a community-oriented neighborhood and found the perfect setting at St Luke’s Park.

Mary says: “My husband and I were desperately searching to buy a home for our family, but nothing looked appealing or ticked the right boxes. I later came across St Luke’s Park and from my first visit to the development I knew that I had found my home.

“St Luke’s Park is a family paradise. Everyone is extremely friendly here; within a few days of moving in I had met all my neighbors, as well as other residents and their children. My three-year-old son Henry has also made many friends here and loves to spend time with them in the various parks around the development.

“Because of the strong community and friendships amongst the residents, I feel incredibly safe at St Luke’s Park. It is lovely having the peace of mind that the community is always looking out for one another be that through the WhatsApp groups or in person around the development.”

Mary and James also have a particular fondness for their home at St Luke’s Park for a very special reason. Mary’s grandparents met each other while both working at Runwell Hospital in 1946. Together, they raised three children including Mary’s mother Sally, on the same site that is now St. Luke’s Park. Sally recalls her happy childhood at Runwell, which included Sunday services in the old chapel, cricket matches in the park and summer fêtes on the green behind the Nurses’ Home.

Mary’s home on Pickle Field Close now sits precisely on the site of the old Runwell Hospital. Her son Henry, named after his Great Grandfather, represents the fourth generation living on the site.

Mary adds: “It’s a beautiful thing to be able to say that we have lived here for generations. Without a doubt, St Luke’s Park holds a special place in my heart.

St Luke’s Park spans over 200 acres and its rich mix of house types and architectural styles has led to a diverse community of first-time buyers, families and downsizers, both from the local area and further afield. Surrounded by scenic green spaces, including 8,000 new trees and shrubs, residents at St Luke’s have their own slice of rural paradise which provides the perfect relaxed environment for meeting new neighbours.

St Luke’s Park is also located in a key commuter spot with close proximity to the A13 which links to Central London. Chelmsford can be reached in 15 minutes via the A130 and the A132 provides a direct route to Wickford, just 2.5 miles away while Rayleigh is 6 miles away.

There are direct services from Wickford and Rayleigh to London Liverpool Street in 40 minutes and Southend Airport in just 16 minutes. For those who do not drive, a shuttle bus service runs through St Luke’s Park to Wickford station.