A change without compromise


Many of us appreciate a change of scene after many years living in one place. But to move to the location of your choice often means compromise, such as a smaller home or many hours commuting. 

This was the scenario facing Kevin and Amanda Wilson, a couple in their 50s, who had been living for 24 years in a Victorian terraced house in Ware, Hertfordshire, in the heart of London’s commuter belt.  Their solution was to move to a new four-bedroom home at The Boulevard in Middlebeck, a new community on the southern fringes of the historic town of Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Helping to make it happen is the work-from-home revolution. Both Amanda and Kevin work from home and only need to commute to their workplaces in and around London about twice a month. Kevin’s journey by train from Newark Northgate Station to King’s Cross takes less than an hour and a half, while Amanda drives to her work in Hertford, a journey of around two hours.

The Wilsons were attracted to The Boulevard by being able to afford a new four-bedroom detached house with a garage. And after living in a Victorian property, they particularly appreciated the prospect of having a more spacious, beautifully designed new home with nothing needing doing, without the headaches of renovating and maintaining an older property. Amanda added: “We were also attracted by the location and love having country walks available right on our doorstep.”

They were also impressed with The Boulevard’s attractive architecture and tree-lined avenues and since moving have enjoyed Middlebeck’s friendly, community atmosphere – including a Platinum Jubilee party.

Both have fallen for Newark’s charms. “We love its old buildings and shops, and it has some lovely riverside pubs”, says Amanda.

The couple praise Countryside’s team who helped make the transition to their new life at The Boulevard as smooth as possible.