25-year-old “hybrid” worker becomes first resident at new Bapchild development

Hyde New Homes’ Spring Acres development in Bapchild has welcomed its first resident – a first time buyer who is reaping the benefits of a “hybrid” lifestyle.

Joining 84%* of the nation’s population in adopting the current trend for “hybrid” working, Sales Engineer, George Smith (25), has spent the last two-years working from his parent’s home in Sittingbourne, while travelling to his London-based office every fortnight.

After saving a 15% deposit, George decided that he wanted to stay in the town that he was raised in and chose a £305,000 2-bedroom property with the plan for his long-term girlfriend, Eve, to live with him once he had purchased his new home.

As luck would have it, Eve’s mother – Ann McGarry – is a sales consultant at Spring Acres, a new country park community, and it wasn’t long before he heard about the stylish new high specification homes available.

George said: “I work from home full time now, but I am required to travel to Liverpool Street in London every two-weeks to visit the office.

“I want to continue this flexible lifestyle which allows me to stay near my friends and family, while still being able to travel frequently into the capital, so having a second bedroom was perfect to set up my home office in.”

George chose the “Rush” style property which comprises a spacious open-plan living room diner with French doors leading to the turfed garden. The ground floor also benefits from a modern kitchen with integrated appliances and under-cabinet LED lighting, under stairs storage and a cloakroom.

Two double-bedrooms can be found upstairs, as well as a family sized bathroom and attic space. The principal bedroom comes with a fitted wardrobe and there is also useful storage in the second bedroom.

Keen to find a low-maintenance property with “green” features, George was also pleased to discover that the property electric vehicle chargers and solar panels, with the latter potentially reduce his electricity bills by £200 – £450 a year**.

He said: “I’m always conscious about doing my bit for the environment as well as saving money where I can, so the environmentally friendly features were a real bonus. I’m looking to get an electric vehicle in the future, so both the chargers and the solar panels were a real selling point for me.”

Minnie Dando, Head of Marketing and Communications at Hyde New Homes said: “Welcoming the first resident to a development is always a happy event, and we are pleased that our sustainable homes are winning over a new generation of buyers with their flexible living spaces, perfect for people like George who are now able to work from home.

“George was able to purchase his lovely home outright and as he visited us and reserved on the development’s launch day, was able to benefit from a £1,000 contribution to his legal fees, which was a welcome surprise to him.

In addition to our outright sale homes, we also have some eligible for the Help to Buy: Equity Loan and through our shared ownership scheme, meaning that those with a smaller budget can still have the opportunity to live at this picturesque development.”

Current availability for outright sale properties includes 3 and 4 bedroom houses with prices starting from £395,000 for the full market value. More shared ownership homes are due to be released this Summer. Using this scheme, a 40% share of a 2-bedroom home would cost approximately £124,000 with a minimum 10% deposit of £12,400, based on a full market value of £310,000.

For more information, register your interest and book a viewing appointment of our stunning interior-designed show homes at Spring Acres or other developments, please visit hydenewhomes.co.uk/developments or call 0808 156 7770.