Short term home, long-term in­vest­ment

Kentish Express Ashford & District - East Kent Property - - HOMESNEWS -

It may only be their home for a short time, but buy­ing a prop­erty at Ebb­s­fleet Gar­den City is a long term in­vest­ment for one Kent cou­ple.

Med­way’s Sheila and Jim Briggs have moved in to a two-bed­room Redrow home at the de­vel­op­ment while their four-bed­room de­tached prop­erty is ren­o­vated.

Sheila, 66, said: “What started off fairly small scale has grown into quite a large pro­ject where we had to leave the house as it was al­most be­ing re­built over the course of eight months.

“We con­sid­ered rent­ing but as Jim is think­ing about retirement or semi-retirement we thought about in­vest­ing some of his pen­sion pot and dove­tail­ing the two things – some­where to live while our home’s be­ing ren­o­vated, then rent­ing that prop­erty out when we move back in to our home.”

The Rain­ham cou­ple were aware of Redrow’s Ebb­s­fleet Green de­vel­op­ment as Jim catches the train from Ebb­s­fleet In­ter­na­tional into Lon­don when he works in the cap­i­tal.

They orig­i­nally planned to buy a flat, but with none ready to move into they ar­ranged to view a twobed­room ter­raced Abode style home.

Sheila said: “We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted with it as it’s a very at­trac­tive house.

“The lo­ca­tion is per­fect for some­one work­ing in Lon­don be­cause you can walk to the sta­tion and then it’s only 17 min­utes to St Pan­cras on the train. Or if you like shop­ping, Blue­wa­ter is five min­utes away in the car.”

Along with the lo­ca­tion, qual­ity of fin­ish was im­por­tant for the cou­ple, who bought their first home as a new-build in 1975.

“The de­sign of the house is very light, bright and airy,” Sheila said.

“In terms of even­tu­ally rent­ing it out, the fact that each bed­room has an en suite is a huge pos­i­tive, plus there are two al­lo­cated park­ing spa­ces.”

All the Abode style homes at Ebb­s­fleet Green have now been sold, but Redrow has a good choice of prop­er­ties avail­able from flats to fam­ily homes, with prices from £265,000. Help to Buy eq­uity loans are avail­able on se­lected prop­er­ties for owner-oc­cu­piers.

Along with new homes, Redrow’s plans for Ebb­s­fleet Green also in­clude a pri­mary school, com­mu­nity cen­tre, con­ve­nience store, al­lot­ments and sports pitches.

Sheila and Jim Biggs are wel­comed to Ebb­s­fleet Gar­den City by Redrow

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