‘Taking a leap of faith in an off-plan home was worth it’

Case study

Despite living in the midst of a pandemic, one Countryside customer was determined to secure her dream home at Foundry Gardens

When Vicki Anderson grew tired of living in her cramped London apartment and found herself growing weary of renting, she decided it was time to make a change. After finding a new job that would help provide the means to take that first step onto the property ladder, she began house hunting, only to realise that the space she craved was outside of her budget in the capital.

So, in March 2020, before the London exodus, Vicki had extended her house search to popular Haywards Heath in Sussex, where she was drawn to Countryside’s Foundry Gardens development.

Comprising a mix of two- three- and four- and five- bedroom homes set within glorious countryside but within easy commuting distance of central London, Vicki realised that she could have both the space she had long desired while still enjoying all London had to offer.

Vicki commented: “Once I had made the decision to buy, I realised that homes with the kind of space and garden I was after in London were out of my reach, so it made sense to look at locations on the commuter belt. When I saw Foundry Gardens, I was instantly impressed. The house I wanted to buy at the development wasn’t complete at the time but that didn’t phase me. The house had everything I was looking for and I was happy to wait.”

Having viewed the show home at the development, Vicki fell in love with the high ceilings, high quality finish and the space houses at the scheme offered; the garden was the icing on the cake. However, there was just one more hurdle.

Vicki said: “My parents had agreed to contribute to my deposit, so it was really important to me that they saw it and loved the house as much as I did. My dad had agreed to travel down from Glasgow to see the show home but then the pandemic struck.”

As fate would have it, Vicki happened to be visiting her parents in Glasgow as the lockdown was announced, requiring her to put her plans on hold and spend the next few months isolating with her parents. When restrictions eased in June 2020, the pandemic had only made Vicki more determined to press on. That month, Vicki and her dad visited the show home, and with her dad in agreement, she reserved her home at the development that evening.

Vicki said: “I was so excited and so sure that this was the right move for me; I’m so happy that everything finally fell into place.”

Despite pandemic related delays, Vicki moved into her new home in March 2021, a year after her first visit to Foundry Gardens. She said: “While the finishing touches were being done to the house, I used the time to save extra money for furniture, home accessories and plan ahead. My parents home became my storage ground for a while but it was worth it!”

Having now lived at the development for a while, it is the large garden and being able to entertain at home after months of being locked down that she enjoys the most. Vicki commented: “I love the house but I am over the moon to have a garden where I can host friends and family. I have had at least 1,000 BBQs already! And I love drinking a cup of coffee in the morning outside.

“I am so happy living here and Countryside made what can be a stressful time, so much easier and smoother than I anticipated. From the quality of the home to the customer service I experienced throughout the process, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”