Tania, 30 and Pantelis, 31 had always enjoyed living in the capital. Prior to moving to Berkeley's development Hollyfields in Tunbridge Wells, the couple, both of whom work in FinTech, rented a one-bedroom house in Limehouse, just a 12-minute DLR journey from their office in Bank.
During the first lockdown, Tania and Pantelis realised that their rental agreement was coming to an end and decided to start looking for a place to buy. One evening, as Tania was scrolling through her Facebook feed, she came across Hollyfields, which immediately caught her attention. The development seemed to tick all the boxes, including fast transport links to London and a direct train to Cannon Street station, located a few steps from their office, and an attractive leafy location. "We had never been to Tunbridge Wells before, but what we saw online looked lovely, so we decided to visit."
Shortly after, the couple came down to Kent for their first and last viewing - once they saw the three-bedroom detached house that would subsequently become their home, they knew it was the one and the search was over. "When you know, you know. There was no point looking at anything else after that first visit", said Tania. Both Tania and Pantelis like the fact that their new home is a new build, immaculately finished yet leaving plenty of room for imagination. "We're very excited to decorate our new home - it's a once-in-a-lifetime project and buying new means we've got the perfect blank canvas to work with", said Pantelis.
Both Tania and Pantelis were impressed by the fact that the highly regarded St Peter's CofE Primary School would soon relocate to the site, an important consideration for the couple as they are planning to have children in the future, as well as easy access to outdoor space.
"The biggest difference I've noticed since moving here has been the air - it's so clean, and I just can't emphasise how life-changing this has been for me given I'm asthmatic and used to get ill every other week while living in London", shared Tania.
Tania and Pantelis get to enjoy fresh air even without leaving the house, thanks to their spacious garden. "The rental property we lived in before didn't have any outdoor space, so being able to spend time in the garden feels great", said Pantelis.
The couple have benefitted from the Stamp Duty holiday, which meant they were able to keep some money on the side for their upcoming wedding.
"We look forward to building our life in Tunbridge Wells - we've had a few months to explore the area, and so far, it's been great", said Tania.
Hollyfields has a range of four and five-bedroom properties, which include high-specification kitchens and bathrooms, spacious living and dining areas, and private gardens with lawns and patios. The homes are ideal for remote working and benefit from superfast broadband connectivity*. There is also a commuter shuttle bus with regular services to and from Tunbridge Wells station for those travelling to and from London and the neighbouring towns. Four-bedroom homes at Hollyfields are priced from £834,000, while prices for five-bedroom properties start from £1,108,000.
*Subject to customer connectivity. BT broadband FTTP High Speed fibre (up to 100-150mbps).