House Hunters Relocate to Hollyfields for Their Perfect Family Home

Raluca (47) a treasurer, and her husband Athanasios (48) a civil engineer, had been living in north London for many years. Struggling to find a home they could afford in the area to accommodate their growing family, the couple decided they needed to broaden their search to commutable and more affordable areas around London and embarked on a property search in Kent

With Kent becoming increasingly popular, it is unsurprising there has been a surge in demand for homes within the area - especially for energy efficient new-builds with the current cost of living crisis. So, following a recommendation from a friend who already lived in Kent, Raluca and Athanasios began their property search and came across Hollyfields, a Berkeley development in Royal Tunbridge Wells. 

Raluca says: “With our boys now growing up, we needed to find a home with more space, a garden and excellent schools which suited our family needs. With the cost-of-living crisis and the surging house prices in London, we realised that we needed to look a little further field.” She adds: “We knew Tunbridge Wells was renowned for its education facilities, so when we came across Hollyfields which offered new-build energy efficient homes, an onsite school and a residents’ shuttle bus to the train station, we knew we had found the perfect place to raise our family.”

Built with energy-saving features included as standard, homes at Hollyfields are helping to mitigate the adverse effects on the environment as well as reducing energy costs. Raluca comments: “Having lived in an older property previously, the energy-saving features were a huge selling point for us.” 

The Katsaros family bought a three-bedroom detached house and are now happily settling into their new home.

Raluca explains: “We love the modern finish to our new home; everything is brand-new which is such a bonus. We also have these lovely French doors leading out to the garden which floods the living area with so much light.” She adds: “The boys are absolutely loving the garden; it’s been such a blessing having a space they can play safely and enjoy the outdoors.”

Located close by to Tunbridge Wells, residents at Hollyfields benefit from everything the thriving town has to offer, from bars and restaurants to schools and fantastic travel links. The surrounding area also boasts beautiful countryside, with popular walking routes and greenspace for the public to enjoy.

Raluca says: “Not only are we close by to everything Tunbridge Wells has to offer, we are also surrounded by some of the best countryside. We are a family who loves cycling and walking, so to have this on our doorstep is just amazing – it really does offer the best of both worlds.”

When asked about their buying experience, the couple said: “We would absolutely recommend Hollyfields to friends and family, the sales team were so accommodating and always kept us in the loop – we have been really pleased with everything.”

She adds: “Everyone has been so welcoming since we moved in, we really love the multi-cultural community which is establishing itself here, it’s lovely being surrounded by so many walks of life.”

Located just 1.2 miles from the town centre, Hollyfields is located in a community enclave surrounded by the Kent countryside. The spacious homes are designed in a range of styles, complete with well-equipped modern kitchens featuring integrated appliances, ideal home office spaces, and private gardens. The houses are thoughtfully positioned to maximise views across the surrounding countryside.

There are a range of highly rated schools nearby, with St Peter’s Primary School – rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted – located onsite at Hollyfields. Residents also have access to a private shuttle bus that takes commuters to Tunbridge Wells Station during peak hours. 

Prices for apartments at Hollyfields start from £345,000. Two-bedroom coach houses are available from £419,950 and three-four-bedroom houses are also available, from £865,000. You can find out more or arrange a private viewing here.