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Immersed in local nature and tranquil green spaces, our developments at Rochester Riverside & Ashmere are influenced and shaped by the best of British design heritage. With integrated appliances and flooring included, parking and private outdoor space with every home, there’s no better connected place to put down your own roots, build your future, and get to where you want to be.

Despite the increased popularity of remote working, around 50% of UK’s adults have started commuting to the office, according to recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)[1]. What this means for house-hunters is that more people are now on a mission to find a home within easy reach of London.

Kent has been a popular choice for buyers from all over the country thanks to its breath-taking nature and proximity to London. Some of its areas are particularly well suited to the needs of part-time commuters, providing access to fast and reliable transport links as well as abundant outdoor space.

Rochester Riverside is an award-winning development, created by Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, and Hyde, one of the largest housing associations in the country.

The development is located just a three-minute walk away from Rochester train station which runs frequent train services into St Pancras International in just 38 minutes. Deborah and John have relocated to Rochester from Longfield, a small village in Kent, to benefit from faster transport links to London and its proximity to the high street, dotted with restaurants, boutiques and pubs.

It’s so much easier to get to London now, and I don’t have to change trains like I used to. I can be home faster and earlier now than where we were before. Compared to commuting from Longfield, I know I’ve got an extra fifteen minutes in bed and can rest a little bit longer, which makes a huge difference to my day-to-day life,” said John.

Rochester Riverside has been popular with all types of buyers – from first-time buyers to families – attracted by its riverside location and stunning views of the River Medway and Rochester Castle.

A thriving community, it now has an on-site Co-op supermarket, a Travelodge hotel and Costa Coffee. With 90% of properties now sold out, the last-remaining two-bedroom apartments are priced from £285,000 with Help to Buy available.

For lovers of more rural landscapes, Countryside and Latimer by Carion Housing Group are creating Ashmere. Set against the dramatic white cliffs, synonymous with Kent, and with its own country park and lake, Ashmere is a part of Whitecliffe, the biggest development in Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Located just a short drive from Ebbsfleet International station offering high-speed train services into St Pancras International in just 17 minutes, it’s the perfect place to live for part-time commuters.

With Bluewater shopping centre just a four-minute drive away, residents will have easy access to a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants and plenty of entertainment options for the whole family.

For those looking to embrace the outdoors, there will be a number of new walking and cycling routes.

The initial release of homes has sold out, but buyers can register their interest in the upcoming range, featuring one and two-bedroom apartments, and two and four-bedroom houses.

Once completed, the development will comprise 2,600 homes, as well as a range of community amenities, including a new primary school and a village centre, due to fully complete in 2033. The first residents move in this September.

Prices at Ashmere start from £240,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, and from £365,000 for 2 - 4 bedroom houses. 

At Rochester Riverside, prices start from £240,000 for 1-2 bed apartments, and from £375,000 for 2-5 bedroom homes.