Couple find their forever home at St Luke’s Park

St Luke's Park - 300th completion

First-time buyers, Jacqueline de Lord 28, an Insurance Underwriter, and her partner Sonny 29, an Electrical Engineer, began their property search a few years ago, after deciding to make the move to live together and step onto the property ladder. With Sonny originally from Essex and many of their friends also based in the county, Essex became the obvious choice to begin the search for their dream home.

After two years of house hunting, the couple have now moved into their new home at St Luke’s Park, Countryside’s popular development in Runwell, near Wickford.

Jacqueline says, “Our property search has not been without challenge. We originally reserved a new build in Basildon however, this got delayed multiple times because of Covid, so we unfortunately had to pull out.

“We found ourselves starting our property search all over again struggling to find something we liked. Then luckily, our mortgage broker, who lives in Wickford, came to the rescue and recommended looking around St Luke’s Park - we immediately booked a viewing and fell in love with the development straightaway.”

The couple ended up securing their perfect home – 'The Beech’ - a three-bedroom semi-detached house, and are now happily settled in.

Sonny says, “The house is so spacious, we love how the kitchen is separate from the living / dining area, which is great for entertaining. We also found that the gardens at St Luke’s Park were so much bigger than others we had seen, which is perfect for our two dogs.”

Jacqueline adds, “We have been so impressed by the standard of the interiors, everything is modern and there is so much storage – ideal for when we want to expand as a family.”

Surrounded by scenic green spaces, residents at St Luke’s have their own slice of rural paradise.

Jacqueline says, “One of the key selling points for us was the amount of greenspace around the development, not only does this make walking our dogs super easy it also means the homes are spread out giving everyone privacy when needed – this was something we found really special at St Luke’s Park.”

Jacqueline and Sonny were also drawn to the fantastic onsite amenities being delivered at the development.

Jacqueline says, “The onsite Co-op is such a plus, it is so handy not having to get into a car to get your groceries.”

 “Another bonus is the primary school and nursery which are being built at St Luke’s Park – we plan on having a family so the schools onsite is such a bonus.”

Perfect for commuters, residents can get to London Liverpool Street in under an hour. Sonny adds, “The development’s location is fantastic – we both work near Liverpool Street so living close by to a train station is really beneficial - there is even a shuttle bus for those who cannot drive.”

Jacqueline and Sonny had nothing but wonderful things to say about their experience with Countryside.

Jacqueline continues, “The buying process was incredibly smooth, and the communication was fantastic – so much better than other companies we had dealt with.

“We really love living here, even if we did have to move because our family grew, we would absolutely upsize within the development – St Luke’s Park is definitely our forever home.”

Sonny says, “Not only was our buying experience smooth and easy thanks to Countryside, when picking up our keys we also received a £50 voucher for being the 300th private completion, which was such a lovely touch.”

St Luke’s Park spans over 200 acres. Surrounded by scenic green spaces, including 8,000 new trees and shrubs, residents at St Luke’s have their own slice of rural paradise which provides the ideal environment for meeting new neighbours.

St Luke’s Park is located in a key commuter spot with close proximity to the A13 which links to Central London, and Chelmsford can be reached in 15 minutes via the A130. The A132 provides a direct route to Wickford, just 2.5 miles away and Rayleigh is 6 miles away. There are direct services from Wickford and Rayleigh to London Liverpool Street in 40 minutes and Southend Airport in just 16 minutes. For those who do not drive, a shuttle bus service runs through St Luke’s Park to Wickford station.