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LOCAL STUDENTS TURN INTERIOR DESIGNER AFTER SHOW HOME TOUR

05/05/2017

On Tuesday 2nd May, a group of Year 10 students from The Gilberd School enjoyed a tour of the show homes at Countryside’s Chesterwell development in Colchester, as part of an interior design project for their Textiles GCSE. The tour was preceded by a presentation at the school by interior designer Jon Pilling, who was invited by Countryside to give the students an insight into the interior design industry.

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SPRING BUYERS SECURE SECOND CHANCE AT ST LUKE'S PARK

27/04/2017

Following the success of the first phase at St Luke’s Park in Runwell, Essex, home builder Countryside, in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has recently launched the next release of homes.

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CHIC APARTMENTS COMING SOON TO NEW CHELMSFORD COMMUNITY

13/03/2017

Apartments will soon be available for the first time at Beaulieu, Countryside and L&Q’s hugely popular new development in Chelmsford, Essex. Launching in Spring 2017, Beaulieu Square is a collection of new homes offering contemporary city style living.

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FIND YOUR LOVE NEST AT THE MOUNT

14/02/2017

With the romance of Valentine’s Day in the air, couples may be wondering whether now is the time to find their perfect forever home. At The Mount in Mill Hill, the high specification, design led townhouses are sure to appeal to the hopeless romantics seeking a peaceful love nest.

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IT'S LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT AT ABODE

14/02/2017

Loved up couples will soon be making plans as to how they will celebrate Valentine’s Day. A recent survey, conducted by Festive Lights, has revealed that 63 per cent of couples admitted that they would rather stay in than go out on the annual holiday of love .

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COMMUNITY MATTERS AT HARVARD GRANGE

06/02/2017

In a nationwide report by Housing Futures , it has been revealed that when looking for a home, 48% of homeowners said a strong community feel is important. Located in the charming village of Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, Countryside development, Harvard Grange, is local to several groups, clubs and events that bring the community together including the annual Village Day. 

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HOMES NEAR GREEN SPACE, A HEALTHY CHOICE FOR ESSEX RESIDENTS

06/02/2017

Research conducted by the World Health Organisation shows close access to green spaces offers a range of health benefits, including increased relaxation, a reduction in stress and increased physical activity. Countryside’s Kings Park development in Harold Wood, Essex, offers exclusive apartments surrounded by tree-lined avenues, woodland and a range of parks, that are available through the popular Help to Buy London scheme.

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MODERN LUXURY ON SHOW AT ABODE

06/02/2017

Countryside is proud to announce the opening of two new show homes at its award-winning new homes development, Abode at Great Kneighton. The exceptional four and five-bedroom properties perfectly complement the modern family, showcasing a luxurious specification and thoughtful design. Nestled within the Cambridgeshire countryside, just three miles from the city centre, the houses offer the height of contemporary living in one of the country’s most desirable locations.

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BEAULIEU RESIDENTS GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

15/12/2016

On Wednesday 14th December 2016, home builders Countryside and L&Q hosted nearly 200 residents of Beaulieu, Chelmsford at a community Christmas event, bringing new neighbours together to celebrate the festive season.

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LOW COST HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME LAUNCHED FOR ESSEX RESIDENTS

09/12/2016

For those looking to jump on the housing ladder, an exciting opportunity has arisen at St Luke’s Park development in Runwell, Essex. Development partners, Countryside and the Homes and Communities Agency, have just launched a special selection of one to three bedroom homes within the Maple Grange phase of the development, which are available for purchase via a Low Cost Home Ownership scheme.

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STEP ON THE PROPERTY LADDER WITH HELP TO BUY AT KINGS PARK

01/12/2016

The majority of people across the nation still aspire to owning their own home, new research has found. Some 72% of adults want to be homeowners within the next two years according to research from the Council of Mortgage Lenders as part of its long running series on attitudes to housing. *

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HOMEBUYERS CHOOSE AMENITY RICH RURAL LOCATIONS OVER CITY HOTSPOTS

30/11/2016

Amenity-rich rural locations are becoming popular destinations for current homebuyers, with 21% of surveyed house-hunters stating their desire to move to such an area, while cities came last at just 12%, according to research by Strutt and Parker*.

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SHOPAHOLIC’S PARADISE ON THE DOORSTEP OF PARKSIDE PLACE

30/11/2016

With less than a month to go until Christmas, shops are packed full of busy shoppers stocking up on their presents. The latest survey by Nationwide shows that the average person in Britain spends nearly half (44%) of their monthly salary on Christmas.*

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BUYERS TO BENEFIT FROM WAITROSE EFFECT AT THE MOUNT

30/11/2016

There are many benefits of living near a supermarket and it surprisingly achieves more than just convenience. Commonly known as ‘The Waitrose Effect’, research conducted by Lloyds Bank shows that homes which share a postcode with the popular supermarket will see an average of £40,000 added to their value*.

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GEE CROSS FAMILY SWAPS NEW-BUILD FOR COUNTRYSIDE

29/11/2016

House hunters are snapping up new Gee Cross homes, with one family trading in their 18-month-old property in favour of a Countryside home at the housebuilder’s Clarendon Place development. Prices start at £439,950.

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IT’S NOT JUST A NEW HOME ON OFFER AT NOVO

29/11/2016

People looking to buy a new home that offers a lot more than just bricks and mortar should take a look at the last and final phase of homes available at Novo at Great Kneighton, Cambridge. With a wealth of new facilities being created on the doorstep of a 120 acre country park, new schools, health and community facilities and an exciting arts programme that warmly embraces the whole new community together, buyers will get much more for their buck.

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ASPIRATIONAL FAMILY LIVING AT KINGSBRIDGE

29/11/2016

In an age where appearance is everything, the external and internal design of a house has become increasingly more important in homebuyers’ decisions when purchasing a property. Great design is an element that award-winning home builder Countryside is synonymous with.

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ACTON GARDENS IS THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

24/11/2016

Purchasers dreaming of a perfect Christmas snuggled up in their new dream home, surrounded by family and friends enjoying a glass of mulled wine and opening presents by the Christmas tree, should hurry along to Acton Gardens, Acton, W3 by Countryside and L&Q.

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NEW HOMES FOR NIGHT OWLS AT BROOK VALLEY GARDENS

24/11/2016

Night owls will be spreading their wings to North Barnet after the 18th November, when the Northern Line Night Tube launches, putting Countryside’s Brook Valley Gardens development within easy reach of central London’s social scene.

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SAVVY HOME HUNTERS HEAD TO PARKSIDE PLACE

21/11/2016

Thought to be one of the largest regeneration projects of its kind in the UK, Wembley is currently being transformed as envisioned by the London Borough of Brent’s 10 year regeneration plan. According to a recent report by CBRE*, property prices in Brent have risen by 13% in the last year and are reaping the rewards of ongoing regeneration.

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BUYING YOUR OWN HOME COULD BE EASIER THAN YOU THINK AT ST PAUL’S SQUARE

21/11/2016

The majority of people across the nation still aspire to owning their own home, new research has found. Some 72% of adults want to be homeowners in two years’ time, according to the research from the Council of Mortgage Lenders as part of its long running series on attitudes to housing.*

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NEWLYWEDS SAY ‘YES’ TO COUNTRYSIDE

17/11/2016

The first time buyer’s market in Liverpool shows no sign of slowing down, as Stephen (29) and Ian Fox (30) become the latest couple to celebrate their first home together at Countryside’s award winning NGV Liverpool development. Prices start at £136,950.

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SEAL OF EXCELLENCE FOR COUNTRYSIDE’S ST LUKE’S PARK

17/11/2016

The National House Building Council (NHBC) has recognised Countryside’s uncompromising approach to achieving the highest possible standard of house building, by awarding Mick Montgomery Countryside’s Senior Site Manager for St Luke’s Park in Runwell, with a Pride in the Job Seal of Excellence Award at the NHBC East Regional Finals.

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ENJOY THE DESIRED RURAL LIFESTYLE AT HARVARD GRANGE

16/11/2016

A semi-rural lifestyle is overtaking the desire for city living according to recent research by Strutt & Parker*. Over the past three years of Housing Futures research, it has become apparent that there is a strong desire amongst home buyers to return to rural living.

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FAMILY LIFE AT ITS BEST AT AURA

16/11/2016

Countryside has released a new collection of three and four bedroom homes at its south Cambridge based development, Aura. The first Better Family Life Index from uSwitch.com*, shows that Cambridge is within the top three regions in the UK to raise a family, with 80 per cent of those aged between 16 and 64 employed, and higher than average wages.

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LIVE LIKE A NEW YORKER IN LONDON WITH CITY APARTMENTS AT ACTON GARDENS

15/11/2016

The bright lights of New York City boast a wide appeal for property hunters, with high-rise apartment buildings housed within stunning architecture, tree lined avenues and traditional garden squares. For those looking to live the lifestyle of the Big Apple but without leaving London, buyers should consider West Park Terrace, the new phase at the Acton Gardens development in W3 by Countryside and L&Q.

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ENJOY OPEN-PLAN LIVING AT AURA, CAMBRIDGE

15/11/2016

Open-plan living is now a mainstay of what many people look for in a home, with the 2015 RIBA future housing design trend publication predicting over a 50% demand in open-plan rooms for this year*. More than 600,000 photos of open-plan spaces now feature on the popular property design platform Houzz.com, highlighting how the trend increase has come into fruition**.

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CUT THE COMMUTE AT KINGSBRIDGE

10/11/2016

The number of people spending more than two hours travelling to work each day has increased by 72 percent* to over three million in the last decade. For buyers looking for a rural environment in Kent, with a convenient commute, Countryside’s recently launched development, Kingsbridge offers an ideal location in the sought after village of Headcorn.

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SEAL OF EXCELLENCE FOR COUNTRYSIDE IN CAMBRIDGE

10/11/2016

The National House Building Council (NHBC) has recognised Countryside’s uncompromising approach to achieving the highest possible standard of house building, by awarding Thomas Moore Countryside’s Senior Site Manager for Abode at Great Kneighton in Cambridge, with a Pride in the Job Seal of Excellence Award at the NHBC East Regional Finals.

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INVEST IN JUBILEE LINE HOTSPOT AT EAST CITY POINT’S FINAL PHASE

08/11/2016

Property prices in Canning Town have been named the most affordable along the Jubilee Line, according to a research from eMoov*. £3.7 billion is currently being spent on the regeneration of Canning Town and Custom House, including a £600 million town centre expected to be completed in 2024, better quality streets, open spaces and new schools.

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NEW RIVERSIDE COLLECTION LAUNCHED AT GREENWICH MILLENNIUM VILLAGE

07/11/2016

The much-anticipated new phase of homes at Greenwich Millennium Village has now launched. Iverna Quay offers a stylish collection of contemporary apartments, maisonettes and überhaus™ exclusively situated behind the Greenwich Yacht Club with some apartments overlooking the River Thames.

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CONFIDENCE RISING IN MERSEYSIDE PROPERTY MARKET

01/11/2016

House builder Countryside is reporting rock-solid sales throughout Merseyside, as the thirst for new homes continues to rise despite the uncertainty present in the wake of the Brexit vote. House hunters throughout the county have been bucking the trend in new home sales, with Countryside securing 45 reservations in September alone.

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PRIME WATERSIDE VIEWS AVAILABLE AT AZURE

27/10/2016

According to Knight Frank’s 2016 Waterfront View report, prime waterfront properties are priced up to 71% higher than comparable inland homes. Attracted to the lifestyle and high quality of life associated with living by the water, it is not surprising that waterside homes are in high demand.

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COUNTRYSIDE SCOOPS DUAL WIN AT NORTH WEST PROPERTY AWARDS

27/10/2016

Two of Countryside’s Greater Manchester developments have been celebrated at this year’s North West Property Awards (NWPAs), scooping gold award for both ‘Best New Home’ and ‘Regeneration’.

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SCHOOL CHILDREN TAKE A LESSON IN SITE SAFETY AT GMV

26/10/2016

Children at Millennium Primary School in Greenwich were excited to welcome construction industry mascot Ivor Goodsite to their assembly on Monday 17th October, accompanied by Graham Bygraves, Construction Manager at Greenwich Millennium Village (GMV), to learn all about site safety as part of UK Construction Week.

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MAKE HISTORY WITH A NEW HOME AT CHESTERWELL

26/10/2016

Roman towns are ever popular, and new research has revealed how their attractiveness has directly affected property values, outperforming the UK average by up to 80 per cent *. The historic Roman settlement of Colchester is as popular today as it was 2,000 years ago and award-winning home builder, Countryside will soon be launching its latest development in the town.

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PARKSIDE PLACE BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

13/10/2016

Following the success of previous phases of Parkside Place, Wembley, award winning home builder Countryside will be launching its eagerly-awaited final collection of 61 homes at Parkside Place next month.

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SALES SOAR AT NGV LIVERPOOL

11/10/2016

House hunters in Liverpool are snapping up new properties at Countryside’s NGV Liverpool development, with many buyers securing their new home with just a 5% deposit*. Prices start at £129,950.

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LAST CHANCE TO HEAD TO HARVARD GRANGE FOR TOP MARKS

11/10/2016

When searching for a new home, ensuring that there are good schools in the surrounding area is a strong deciding factor for parents. According to Santander Bank, over a quarter of parents with children of a school age have bought a new property in order to secure an address within their desired school catchment area*.

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HALEWOOD HOUSE HUNTERS URGED TO ACT FAST

06/10/2016

Fast-acting Halewood house hunters have already snapped up seventeen luxury properties at Countryside’s highly anticipated Goddard Chase development. Prices start at £269,950.

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WILLOW GRANGE PASSES WITH FLYING COLOURS

05/10/2016

When searching for a new home, ensuring that there are good schools in the surrounding area is a strong deciding factor for parents. According to Santander Bank, over a quarter of parents with children of a school age have bought a new property in order to secure an address within their desired school catchment area*.

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LONDON DINGHY REGATTA SETS SAIL WITH THE HELP OF GMV

04/10/2016

Greenwich Millennium Village is delighted to sponsor the sails of six boats for the annual London Dinghy Regatta hosted by the Greenwich Yacht Club this Sunday 2nd October 2016. Greenwich Millennium Village, which is located beside the River Thames and adjoins the Greenwich Yacht Club, is a joint venture development by Countryside and Taylor Wimpey, supported by the Mayor of London.

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COUNTRYSIDE’S MANDEVILLE PLACE - MODERN LIVING WITH A RURAL VIBE

04/10/2016

A semi-rural lifestyle is overtaking the desire for city living according to recent research by Strutt & Parker* which found that a growing number of purchasers are looking to move out of the city, with 21 per cent naming a village and 14 per cent a market town as their preferred location.

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A* FOR AZURE AT ST MARY’S ISLAND

03/10/2016

A recent survey carried out by Censuswide revealed that 72% of parents rated having a good school as one of their top three priorities when finding a house*. Set in a unique and idyllic development, Azure at St Mary’s Island, Chatham, Kent, has an abundance of high quality schools within the local area.

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EAST IS BEST AT ST PAUL’S SQUARE, BOW

30/09/2016

A far cry from cockney-rhyming and barrow boys selling their wares, the east of London is fast proving to be one of the most desirable areas to live in the capital. With more Londoner’s living east of Tower Bridge than west, its popularity is ever increasing*.

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GREEN URBAN LIVING AT ACTON GARDENS

30/09/2016

The Green Flag Awards are a benchmark for parks and green spaces in the UK, awarded to only the best maintained green spaces in the country*. Boasting an impressive 16 awards, Ealing is one of the leafiest boroughs in London.

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PRIME INVESTMENT TERRITORY ON KENT COMMUTER BELT

29/09/2016

The ever-popular London commuter belt offers a haven for investors looking to take advantage of the growing appeal of the Home Counties. Due to the increase in London rental prices, many savvy-savers are looking at renting properties in the expanding outer regions of London to increase their disposable income.

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LITERARY LOVERS WILL ENJOY NEW LARGER HOMES AVAILABLE AT ELYSIAN FIELDS

29/09/2016

The South Downs and Wealden landscapes of the South East have offered a tranquil environment over the centuries. It has been home to many a well-known author, who enjoyed the escape as they put pen to paper; including thriller writer Hammond Innes, great romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Thomas Medwin the poet and biographer of Lord Byron.

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COOL CONTEMPORARY SHOW HOMES UNVEILED AT WILLOW GRANGE, COXHEATH

28/09/2016

Countryside has launched its two new show homes at Willow Grange in Coxheath in Kent, allowing potential purchasers to experience the fantastic interiors and beautiful setting of these stylish family homes. The interiors of the four-bedroom The Turnstone house design have been designed by Open Door Interiors with a signature look that is clean and contemporary, perfectly showcasing how the space meets the needs of modern living.

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‘HELP TO BUYERS’ WILL FIND THEIR HOME AT MANDEVILLE PLACE

22/09/2016

Since its launch in 2013, over 150,000* people have achieved their aspiration of home ownership thanks to the Government’s flagship new build home ownership scheme, Help to Buy. New research has also found that for 82% of homeowners who used Help to Buy, buying their home would not have been possible without the scheme**.

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ÜBER-CHIC ÜBERHAUSES AT GREENWICH MILLENNIUM VILLAGE

22/09/2016

Greenwich Millennium Village is redefining stylish living in Greenwich with the launch of a new luxury collection of überhauses at Millennium Terrace. Offering the very best in modern living, the new collection of seven three-bedroom überhaus homes offers views over London and each has access to at least three outdoor spaces in the form of terraces or balconies.

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LANDSCAPE AT FOREFRONT OF DESIGN AT ACTON GARDENS

21/09/2016

With mounting evidence highlighting that access to green and open spaces can have a strong positive effect on an individual’s happiness, and can even reduce stress*, latest statistics from estate agents Marsh and Parsons show that disappointingly under a third of London properties have a balcony, terrace or communal garden.

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COUNTRYSIDE KIT OUT RUNWELL HOSPITAL FC

21/09/2016

Award-winning developer Countryside is proud to be sponsoring the rebranding of Runwell Hospital Football Club’s kit. The new kit will mark the 70th birthday of the club and will be worn by the under 15’s team for the first time at the start of next season.

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LIVINGSTONE APARTMENTS PROVIDE PERFECT URBAN LIVING

20/09/2016

According to the Trade Union Congress, the number of commuters spending more than two hours travelling to and from work has increased by 72% in the last decade* adding up to over 10 hours a week. This lengthy commute can partially be blamed on the hike in London rental prices.

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HELP TO BUY SHAVES YEARS OFF THE AVERAGE AGE OF FIRST TIME BUYERS IN LIVERPOOL

15/09/2016

Liverpool homebuyers are defying the odds as more young couples invest in new build homes at Countryside’s Queen Mary Place development, thanks to Help to Buy. Prices start at £145,950.

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THE CROSSRAIL EFFECT: ‘CANNY’ TOWN INVESTORS CAPITALISE ON EAST CITY POINT

15/09/2016

Property investors hoping to capitalise on the ‘Crossrail’ effect should look no further than East City Point in Canning Town. The new development sits at the heart of a thriving neighbourhood, where extensive regeneration is being spearheaded by Countryside, which will be served by the new Elizabeth Line at Custom House station that is set to open in 2019.

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HOMES FOR DINING ALFRESCO AT HARVARD GRANGE

14/09/2016

Research has shown that eating outside or ‘dining alfresco’ can help boost immunity and wellbeing, and considerably reduce stress*. Offering the perfect slice of stylish outdoor space, Countryside’s Harvard Grange features a range of deluxe and meticulously designed homes, from two bedroom apartments to six bedroom properties, all with access to a balcony or outdoor space.

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BUYERS ARE ON TRACK TO A SHORTER COMMUTE AT KINGS PARK

14/09/2016

With journey times into London soon to be slashed, it is little wonder that property prices along the new Elizabeth Line are soaring. Since the project was given the green light, properties within a 15-minute walk of Crossrail stations have outperformed prices in the surrounding areas by an average of 5%, and are expected to continue do so over the coming years.*

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CITY AND SEASIDE ARE BOTH APPEALING FOR RESIDENTS OF ST LUKE’S PARK

13/09/2016

Living nearer to green spaces, such as parks, or by the coast can boost your physical health and make you happier, according to Exeter University researchers*. Countryside’s new development St Luke’s Park in Runwell, Essex is perfectly positioned to offer prospective house buyers a quiet home in the country but within easy reach of the city and seaside.

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COUNTRYSIDE UNVEILS NEW HOMES IN EBBSFLEET GARDEN CITY

13/09/2016

Countryside is preparing to launch the next phase of its popular development, Springhead Park in Northfleet, Kent. A range of contemporary homes, including two bedroom coach houses, and two, three and four bedroom homes will launch this Autumn. Part of one of the largest multi-million-pound regeneration schemes in the south-east, with unrivalled travel connections, these new homes are set within the thriving Ebbsfleet Garden City* community

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AZURE’S NEW SHOW HOME INTERIORS BREAK THE NAUTICAL MOULD

08/09/2016

Two eagerly anticipated new show homes at Parklands at Azure, St Mary’s Island in Chatham, Kent are breaking the mould from the conventional nautical themed interiors expected in this unique waterside location. Launching this month, the show homes, created by award-winning developer Countryside Maritime, have been thoughtfully designed by Phoenix Interior Design to subtly reflect the natural Kentish environment of these enviable waterside properties.

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STEP ON THE PROPERTY LADDER WITH HELP TO BUY AVAILABLE NOW AT WILLOW GRANGE

08/09/2016

More first-time buyers are stepping onto the property ladder than ever before, according to Halifax, with an estimated 154,000 purchasing their own homes in the first half of 2016; a 10% increase on 2015. The Government’s Help to Buy scheme* is making that dream of home ownership more accessible for many, with over 150,000 taking that first step since it launched in 2013.

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SUBURBAN PROPERTY HOTSPOT OFFERS IDEAL HOMES FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

07/09/2016

New research from Lloyds Bank* has found that Cambridge is one of the country’s top property hotspots for young professionals looking to purchase a home. The report further suggested that these buyers would pay a premium of up to 16% to live within the northern suburbs of this hotspot.

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SECOND PUBLIC ART SCULPTURE REVEALED FOR BEAULIEU

07/09/2016

Following last year’s unveiling of the prominent and majestic deer sculpture marking the entrance to Beaulieu, off White Hart Lane in Chelmsford, a second public art installation has now been approved at the prestigious new development on the edge of the city.

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“GENERATION RENT” WON’T BE LEFT OUTSIDE AT BROOK VALLEY GARDENS

26/07/2016

London is set to become a city of renters, with just 40% of people owning their own home by 2025*. Those currently aged 20-39 have been labelled ‘Generation Rent’ with only 26% expected to own their own home by 2025. Young professionals seeking affordability, but not wanting to lose access to their London lifestyle, are now increasingly looking to the peaceful suburbs.

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WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN BUY AT ACTON GARDENS

26/07/2016

According to recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics, London has the fastest growing rental prices in the UK, with the average city dweller now spending 57% of their monthly wage on rent*. With West London now also considered the UK’s second most populous and productive city**, it is no wonder that areas such as Acton, W3 are seeing average rents of £2,175 per month***.

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THE MODERNO IS THE PERFECT MATCH FOR THE MODERN FAMILY

14/07/2016

A new build is the most popular choice for a future home, as identified by Strutt and Parker in their recent Village Revival survey, beating a cottage and a period property to the top spot*. Award-winning developer, Countryside Annington, has recently launched the executive townhouse collection with their new three bedroom Moderno show home at its Mill Hill based development, The Mount in NW7.

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KINGS PARK CREATES THE WOW FACTOR WITH NEW SHOW HOME

13/07/2016

A recent survey conducted by Zoopla has found that 44 per cent of people living in Britain favour a modern style of home compared to just 8 per cent of people lusting after a Victorian period property*. Combining unique contemporary architecture and sustainable design perfectly, award-winning developer, Countryside, has opened a brand new show home at its Kings Park development in Harold Wood, Essex.

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MAYOR’S SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR FORMER RUNWELL HOSPITAL DEVELOPMENT

13/07/2016

To celebrate the progress of St Luke’s Park, a new homes development in Runwell, Essex by Countryside in partnership with the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Patricia Hughes recently visited the development for an exclusive preview of the new show homes, due to launch soon.

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STRIKING NEW SHOWHOME SHOWCASES VERSATILE HOMES AT ABODE

12/07/2016

Recent research from Strutt & Parker* found that 60% of house hunters aspirations to move stemmed from the desire to change their lifestyle, with 21% of prospective purchasers wanting to leave the city behind and relocate to a village. However, despite wanting to live the village lifestyle, these house hunters also want a home that combines traditional appeal with good broadband and easy access to local transport connections, allowing them the ability to work from home.

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HOMES FOR HORSE LOVERS AT HARVARD GRANGE

06/07/2016

Summer is one of the busiest times of the year in the British calendar for horse racing, with events such as the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot seeing thousands of visitors annually. Not only is horse riding a popular spectating sport, but to this day it still remains a favoured recreational sport, with 2015 seeing a total of three million horse riders in Great Britain*.

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AURA IS THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

05/07/2016

People in Britain always aim to please when it comes to having dinner guests, spending over £100 each time they host. Research carried out by Home Sense shows that the average Brit spends £134 every time they have a dinner party*, highlighting that there is a clear demand for the perfect party setting.

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HAROLD WOOD IS THE PERFECT INVESTMENT FOR COMMUTERS

05/07/2016

Average house prices in London have now reached £722,000, compared to £272,000 in commuter towns just an hour outside of the capital. According to a recent report from Lloyds Bank, those that commute for just an hour into London can save £450,000 on their home*. City professionals looking for more value for money, without compromising on an easy commute, should look no further than award-winning developer, Countryside’s Kings Park development.

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HOP ON THE HOUSING LADDER AT ST PAUL’S SQUARE

04/07/2016

Since the launch of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme in 2013, over 150,000 people, 80% of whom have been first time buyers, have achieved their aspiration of home ownership* and ever since the introduction of London Help to Buy earlier this year there has been a step change in demand for the scheme in the capital.

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BE AN ELEGANT ENTERTAINER WITH A HOME AT THE MOUNT

04/07/2016

People in Britain always aim to please when it comes to having dinner guests, spending over £100 each time they host*. Londoners are the top spenders when it comes to party budgets**, showing a clear demand for the perfect dinner party setting. Award-winning developer, Countryside Annington, is offering the perfect solution for those wanting to host events at home, with chic versatile living space creating the ultimate ‘party pad’ at its Mill Hill based development, The Mount.

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FIGHT F.O.M.O WITH HELP TO BUY HOMES AT MANDEVILLE PLACE

30/06/2016

There has been a surge in numbers of house hunters in Essex, with some areas seeing an average of 26 buyers chasing each property*, causing a Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) among many. Award-winning developer, Countryside, is helping meeting the demand for homes at its newly launched development in Saffron Walden, Essex. Mandeville Place offers two brand new show homes and a view home where they can explore the beautiful interior design schemes courtesy of JSP Interiors.

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COUNTRYSIDE DONATES TO OUTSTANDING SCARECROWS IN THE CHIGNALS & MASHBURY

21/06/2016

A community group in the Chignals and Mashbury was the grateful recipient of prizes donated by award winning developer Countryside for its unique Scarecrow competition, which culminated in a judging ceremony at a special birthday themed event on Sunday 12th June 2016 in honour of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

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RESIDENTS AT GREENWICH MILLENNIUM VILLAGE ENJOY A FUN FILLED BIG LUNCH

14/06/2016

On Saturday 11th June, Greenwich Millennium Village Residents’ Association held the first Big Lunch of 2016 at the development. The first of three Big Lunches planned for the local community this year, the event saw residents come together for a day of fun activities including team games, face painting, soft play and arts and crafts by local Holy Trinity Church, whilst guests also enjoyed dishes prepared by members of the community.

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COUNTRYSIDE SCOOPS ‘DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR’ AT INAUGURAL INSIDER MERSEYSIDE PROPERTY AWARDS

13/06/2016

Countryside’s flagship development NGV Liverpool was crowned ‘Development of the Year’ at the Insider Merseyside Property Dinner, becoming the first residential scheme to be awarded the honour. Over 400 attendees gathered at Liverpool’s prestigious Titanic Hotel on 9th June to celebrate the best of Merseyside’s property sector, with Countryside scooping the gold for the successful regeneration of Norris Green.

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WORK/LIFE BALANCE IS JUST RIGHT FOR FIRST RESIDENT AT LITTLE HOLLOWS

09/06/2016

Rebecca Hatch is one of the 4.2 million people across the UK working from home and according to the TUC, that figure has risen by more than 800,000 since 2005*. Rebecca’s new property purchase will be the first completion on award-winning developer, Countryside’s Little Hollows development near the village of Chignal Smealey, Chelmsford.

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TRIBES TRADE IN THE TOWN FOR A CONNECTED COUNTRYSIDE SETTING AT ELYSIAN FIELDS

08/06/2016

New research from Strutt & Parker* has revealed that homebuyers are becoming increasingly attracted to village life. Those surveyed rated access to shops and transport links as the most important factors when considering a move to a rural community.

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THE BEVAN’S SETTLE DOWN FOR A WELL DESERVED REST IN THEIR NEW BEAULIEU HOME

08/06/2016

There are many reasons why people want to move to a new home. In fact, Strutt and Parker’s new Village Revival Survey has highlighted 12 reasons why people choose to relocate to a new home in a new area. Highlighting the importance of location, over half the respondents said that access to shops or amenities was the main motivation for their move*.

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GREEN FINGERED HOMEBUYERS SEEK HAVEN AT ST PAULS SQUARE IN BOW

07/06/2016

A recent survey by Tepilo* has found that for almost half of homeowners, one of the most important luxury features in their ‘dream home’ is a balcony. Those seeking the cosmopolitan city life will benefit from this sought-after feature at St Paul’s Square in Bow by Countryside. These outdoor spaces provide the ideal place to ‘grow your own’ herbs and plants, which studies have revealed offers numerous health benefits, including reducing stress.

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ST MARY’S ISLAND MAKES A SPLASH WITH STUNNING WATERSIDE LIVING

07/06/2016

For many, a waterside property ticks the ‘living the dream’ box, with beautiful views to accompany the peace and tranquillity of a natural environment. However often these homes also feature a hefty price tag. House hunters seeking a waterside home without the premium, should look no further than the charming new Water’s Edge and Parklands homes within Azure on St Mary’s Island, Kent by Countryside Maritime.

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REAP THE REWARDS FROM BUYING A NEW HOME AT ST PAUL’S SQUARE

03/06/2016

One in four homes now earn more than their owners, according to a recent survey by Halifax*, with apartments in London boroughs outperforming all other property types and increasing in price by £1,000 per month**. St Paul’s Square in Bow E3, by award winning developer, Countryside, offers the ideal opportunity for savvy buyers looking to earn from their own home.

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HOMES NEAR THE BUTCHERS, BAKERS AND CANDLESTICK MAKERS

02/06/2016

Homebuyers are becoming increasing attracted to the ‘country lifestyle’, as it promises fresh air, privacy and a closeness to nature. Furthermore, living in a village also offers more space for families at better value for money, with prime rural properties on average 98.5% bigger than those in city or town locations and 25.8% cheaper*.

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INVEST IN YOUR DREAM HOME AT GMV

02/06/2016

A recent survey by Tepilo* found that a balcony is deemed to be the top luxury among 43% of Brits, with many believing that owning a home with this type of outdoor space would only be possible if they won the lottery.

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HOUSING LADDER AMBITIONS FUFILLED WITH HOMES AT WILLOW GRANGE

01/06/2016

Young adults in Britain rank owning their own home as their number one life ambition, according to a recent survey from Yorkshire Building Society*, with more than two-thirds believing that it was crucial to their life success, as well as an important source of social and financial security.

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HOMES FOR ALL THE FAMILY AT BEAULIEU CHASE

01/06/2016

Almost a third of children play outside for 30 minutes or less a day and one in five don’t play outside at all on an average day*. Playing outside has a big impact on the development of a child’s motor skills and increases the chances of participation in outdoor exercise as an adult, crucial to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.

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A ‘MEWS’ AND DELIGHT IN THE FIRST COLLECTION OF HOUSES AT ACTON GARDENS

31/05/2016

A far cry from its humble origins as quarters for stables and staff, nowadays the mews house is a highly desirable property type in its own right and has never been more popular. The modern take on the mews house offers flexible living accommodation for those who want a home with a traditional feel but 21st century luxury.

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A HAVEN FOR HIKERS AT LITTLE HOLLOWS

31/05/2016

National Walking Month is just around the corner and with around 47% of us in England walking at least five times a week according to a survey by YouGov*, purchasers at award-winning developer Countryside’s superb new development, Little Hollows will be perfectly placed to enjoy the great outdoors.

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DEMAND POURS IN FOR THE AVENUE AT NGV LIVERPOOL

19/05/2016

House builder Countryside has enjoyed early success following the launch of its next phase at The Avenue at NGV Liverpool, reserving 45 of its stunning new homes in just six months. Prices start at £129,950*. More than half of the reservations at The Avenue have come through the popular Help to Buy scheme, where buyers are taking advantage of the 5% deposit in order to enhance their lifestyle in one of Countryside’s high-spec homes.

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SAVVY SAVERS MOVE UP THE HOUSING LADDER FOR LESS AT ELYSIAN FIELDS

19/05/2016

With the current asking price for a five-bedroom property in Horsham averaging at over £865,000, according to Zoopla*, finding a bargain deal can prove difficult in this sought-after location. Savvy savers seeking a large family home, at a lower price, will be pleased to discover Elysian Fields by award winning developer, Countryside, where prices for five-bedroom homes are currently more than £250,000 less than the local average.

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BUY INTO THE BENEFITS OF A NEW BUILD HOME IN NORTH LONDON

18/05/2016

Taking place from 16th May, the Home Builder’s Federation (HBF) will be running New Homes Week working with many of the UKs leading developers to highlight the advantages of buying new. Not only are new homes being created to beat the housing shortage but they are also significantly more cost effective, with the HBF finding that new build homes are at least 50 per cent cheaper to maintain than their Victorian equivalent, due to better insulation and efficient water and heating systems.

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BUY INTO THE BENEFITS OF A NEW COUNTRYSIDE HOME IN LONDON

18/05/2016

Taking place from 16th May, the Home Builder’s Federation (HBF) will be running New Homes Week working with many of the UKs leading developers to highlight the advantages of buying new. Not only are new homes being created to beat the housing shortage but they are also significantly more cost effective, with the HBF finding that new build homes are at least 50 per cent cheaper to maintain than their Victorian equivalent, due to better insulation and efficient water and heating systems.

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COUNTRYSIDE MARITIME SUPPORTS CHATHAM FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

18/05/2016

For the third year running, Countryside Maritime is the official partner of the Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival which returns this Spring Bank Holiday weekend 28-30 May. The event will be held alongside the HMS Chatham Bridge and the Marina, and will provide a fantastic occasion for the whole family to enjoy. With hundreds of Medway locals sampling the foodie vibe and award winning Kent food and drink producers also in attendance, the event has been dubbed a ‘foodies’ dream.

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THE ‘LIZZIE LINE’ EFFECT BROADENS APPEAL OF KINGS PARK FOR BOND STREET BUYERS

17/05/2016

The much anticipated opening of London’s newest train service, The Elizabeth Line, has seen average property values soaring for those living along the route since the project began. Savvy home seekers from across London are now looking to developments near stations benefitting from the new train line, such as Countryside’s Kings Park in Harold Wood,

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DOWNSIZING WITHOUT COMPROMISING AT HARVARD GRANGE

17/05/2016

Downsizing was cited as the single most popular factor for moving in recent research by ¹Lloyds Bank, with nearly half of home movers in the UK planning to downsize in the next three years. However, downsizing is often associated with compromising on space which can be a challenge for many homeowners looking to make the move.

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BEST OF BOTH VIEWS AT THE MOUNT

12/05/2016

The number of commuters spending more than two hours travelling to and from work has risen by 72 per cent in the last decade, according to research conducted by TUC. For buyers looking for a fast commute into the city from a rural environment with green views to bring up their family, The Mount at Mill Hill, NW7 offers an ideal location. Developer Countryside Annington is now selling executive townhouses off-plan, all featuring outdoor spaces including balconies and terraces.

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THE APPEAL OF PEDAL POWER POINTS PURCHASERS TO ABODE

10/05/2016

More than two million people across the country now cycle at least once a week, an all-time high according to ¹British Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the UK. With petrol prices once again on the rise, it is no surprise that the appeal of commuting on two wheels rather than four is increasing and why developments such as award winning developer Countryside’s Abode in Great Kneighton are proving so popular.

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GARDEN CITY HOMES UNDER CONSTRUCTION

10/05/2016

Home builder Countryside has started construction work on the latest phase of homes at Springhead Park in Ebbsfleet Valley. Work is under way to create 123 new homes, of which 25 per cent will be affordable housing, at the development in Northfleet, which forms the first major part of Ebbsfleet Garden City.

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HOMES TO FIT THE FAMILY AT BROOK VALLEY GARDENS

04/05/2016

A recent study by Savills found that in London an average of 31.1% of secondary school applicants miss out on a place at their school of choice. Boasting a number of highly regarded state and independent schools, the London borough of Barnet benefits from having the most available school places for students in the area.

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HOME IS A NATURAL DELIGHT AT ELYSIAN FIELDS

04/05/2016

A new report conducted by Persil claims that 74% of children between the age of 6 and 12 spend less than 60 minutes a day playing outside, which is less than the recommended amount for prison inmates*.

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LONDON HOUSE HUNTERS ARE BEING HELPED TO BUY WITH COUNTRYSIDE

28/04/2016

With property prices in London set to increase by 5% this year* it is unsurprising that the new Help to Buy London scheme, which launched at the beginning of February, is already fueling demand for new homes across the capital.

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BRING THE OUTSIDE IN THIS SUMMER AT THE LANES

27/04/2016

Gardening has often been described as the doctor’s ‘remedy’ for health and happiness, and with the warmer weather just around the corner, why not bring the outside in this summer? Embrace the outdoors through your own private garden or enjoy the comforts of it from a luxury garden room, available in a selection of homes at Wickhurst Green, such as The Lanes by Countryside.

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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR FIRST PHASE AT ST LUKE’S PARK

26/04/2016

Award-winning developer Countryside, in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), has launched its exciting new development at St Luke’s Park, in Runwell, Essex. The development at the former Runwell Hospital opened its marketing suite in April to potential purchasers who have been able to secure three, four and five bedroom homes off-plan in its first phase.

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EAST CITY POINT KEEPS COMMUTERS CONNECTED

25/04/2016

Residents of Countryside’s East City Point development will benefit from the recently confirmed and much anticipated Night Tube which promises to give the capital a 24-hour underground service. For social homebuyers and hard-working commuters interested in accessing the City of London and the West End’s 24-hour lifestyle, the Jubilee Line, with its fast journey times, Canning Town Station is a short walk from this dynamic development.

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SPRING FEVER TAKES HOLD OF RAINHILL HOUSE HUNTERS

25/04/2016

Rainhill families are snapping up new homes for spring, with 20% of all sales at Countryside’s Stephenson Grove development taking place in the last two months. Prices start at £192,500.

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THE NEW CREATIVE HUB: ST PAUL’S SQUARE IN BOW

22/04/2016

East London is becoming increasingly renowned for its bohemian creative scene with many creative industry professionals choosing to base themselves there to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities. Entrepreneurs seeking to set up creative businesses are assembling in East London in order to take advantage of the affordability that the area boasts.

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WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN HELP TO BUY FOR LESS AT ACTON GARDENS

21/04/2016

For TV Producer Gemma Davies (29), buying a property in Fulham where she currently rents with friends could have meant more than doubling her monthly outgoings to purchase a smaller property in the same area.

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NO MORE SHARING FOR LONDON PARAMEDIC WITH HELP TO BUY

20/04/2016

London paramedic, Malcolm Ritchie, is excited to be moving into his first home thanks to the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. The Help to Buy scheme has already helped 130,000 people get onto the property ladder since it launched in October 2013, and for Malcolm it was a dream come true after years of saving.

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NEW FAMILY HOMES AT LITTLE HOLLOWS IN PERFECT CATHEDRAL CITY LOCATION

13/04/2016

Cathedral cities are growing increasingly popular, and not just for their attractive architecture according to Knight Frank *. Offering some of the best schools, excellent transport links and high-end amenities, many buyers are attracted to their broad and enduring appeal.

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NEXT PHASE OF NEW HOMES AVAILABLE AT AWARD-WINNING HORSTED PARK

13/04/2016

A new collection of homes is set to launch at multi-award winning development Horsted Park in Chatham. Highly anticipated, the second and final phase is released to the market this month (26th March 2016) and includes a mix of spacious family houses and stylish apartments.

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BEAULIEU COMMUNITY TRUST BREAKS GROUND FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE

11/04/2016

This week, the Beaulieu Community Trust, hosted a formal ground-breaking service, to mark the start of construction of the brand new Community Centre at the heart of the Beaulieu Square Neighbourhood Centre development in Chelmsford.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION AT ELYSIAN FIELDS

01/04/2016

With property prices in London increasing by 9.4% over the past year according to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)[1] and transport links outside of London improving, homebuyers are looking for more house for their money away from the capital’s property bubble. These savvy house hunters should look no further than Elysian Fields, the final phase of homes by Countryside at Wickhurst Green, near the market town of Horsham.

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GO AHEAD FOR EXCITING NEW EXERCISE AND PLAY FACILITIES AT GREAT KNEIGHTON COUNTRY PARK

22/03/2016

Plans for the second phase of the 120-acre Country Park at the multi award-winning Great Kneighton development in Trumpington have been approved by Cambridge City Council. Countryside’s plans include a skate park, children’s play area, and 1km trim trail, with public art integrated into the design as an integral part of one of the most ambitious public arts programmes in the UK.

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THE GRASS IS GREENER AT KINGS PARK

21/03/2016

London is one of the greenest cities in the world with 35,000 acres of public green space equivalent to almost 40% of its surface area(1). Surrounded by a wealth of woodland and parks, and with open spaces covering more than half of the borough, award-winning developer, Countryside, is proud to unveil the latest phase at its Kings Park development in Harold Wood, Havering.

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LAST CHANCE TO TAKE THE RIGHT LANE OF INVESTMENT WITH COUNTRYSIDE

17/03/2016

House prices rose by £9 an hour in 2015(1) and according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the property market in the South East will continue to surge, with prices expected to rise by five per cent a year for the next five years(2).

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BEAULIEU SQUARE WELCOMES BRIGHT HORIZONS NURSERY

17/03/2016

Award-winning developers Countryside and L&Q are pleased to welcome leading nursery provider, Bright Horizons to Beaulieu Square, at the heart of its new development on the outskirts of Chelmsford, to provide a brand new day nursery for local families moving to Beaulieu.

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VILLAGE LIVING WITH EXTRA SPACE FOR MULTI-GENERATIONS

16/03/2016

As house prices soar, homes with an annexe or self-contained guest space are becoming increasingly popular as buyers look for more space to accommodate their elderly family members or the ‘boomerang generation’ returning home to live with their parents.

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