The Outer Commuter Belt A Hit With Homebuyers
The outer commuter belt has seen an annual price growth of 2.4%, and a 14% price growth since 2014, according to Savills. Their figures suggest that this is the highest growth area in the UK and has been born out of buyers looking to get better value for their money, whilst maintaining an easily accessible journey time into London. Within this lucrative segment lies Ashberry Home’s Elizabeth Gardens in Rochford, Essex.
This picturesque development offers two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, situated within the leafy Essex countryside and just five miles from the well-known coastal resort of Southend-on-Sea. Here residents will benefit from a unique blend of rural and seaside life, with journey times into central London in less than an hour.
Gemma Bannister from Ashberry Homes comments: “The outer commuter belt has become a far more sought-after location for savvy homebuyers who are looking to optimise their funds without compromising on commuter times. Rochford encompasses many attractions that buyers are looking for, with lovely rural settings and a fun coastal resort down the road. Our homes are competitively priced, with four-bedroom family houses starting from £414,995, plus we’re currently offering to pay the stamp duty on our five bed Castlewood home. This is for a limited time so those interested should act swiftly to take advantage of this offer and avoid disappointment.”
The Castlewood is an executive family home, comprising spacious living accommodation over three floors. Downstairs the living room is dual aspect and enjoys a flood of natural light through French doors opening onto the rear garden, and a bay window to the front. The dining room is also dual aspect and features two bay windows overlooking the landscaped garden.
The kitchen is equipped with outstanding integrated appliances, including a double oven, fridge freezer, hob and dishwasher. The adjoining family area is ideal for casual dining and relaxation. Upstairs, the master bedroom incorporates a dressing area with fitted wardrobes, while residents also have the luxury of an en suite bathroom with separate shower enclosure. Two further double bedrooms make up the first floor, both benefiting from en suite shower rooms. Bedrooms four and five, are spacious doubles and share a second family bathroom on the top floor.
The homes are located half a mile from the bustling town centre of Rochford and they benefit from miles of beautiful Essex countryside nearby, with flint churches, ancient woodland and wildflower meadows ready to explore. Meanwhile Southend’s beaches are perfect for promenading and home to the longest pleasure pier in the world, fabulous for family days out.
There is an excellent selection of primary and secondary schools in Rochford, Southend, and the surrounding area. A selection of five junior schools are very close by and for older pupils, the area has Southend High School for Girls, Southend High School for Boys, Westcliff High School for Boys Academy and Westcliff High School for Girls, which are all located approximately 10 minutes’ drive from home.
Ideal for commuters, residents have a 10-minute walk to Rochford train station and journey times to Stratford in 40 minutes or London Liverpool Street in 50 minutes. Those needing access to international travel don’t have far to go as Southend Airport is two miles from home, with excellent connections to a number of European cities.