Buyer bags a riverside home in Medway

Buyer bags a riverside home in Medway
three minutes from the train station


Waterside living is said to improve mental health and happiness, which helps explain why riverside properties are so desirable. The lifestyle and additional amenities that often come with the purchase of such homes are a major draw for buyers across the spectrum – from first-time buyers to downsizers.

According to the latest Waterfront View report by Knight Frank, UK buyers are prepared to pay an average premium of 38.6 per cent to live by the river. Countryside’s new scheme at Rochester Riverside, set along the River Medway in Rochester, offers buyers a chance to live by the water without the hefty price tag – an opportunity snapped up by Christian Hesketh, 45, a construction contracts manager and long-time Countryside customer, who purchased his first Countryside house in 2004. Christian reserved his two-bedroom apartment in the first phase of the development as soon as it launched and moved into his new home in July.

Christian Hesketh said: “I’ve always enjoyed living near water. My new home at Rochester Riverside is overlooking the River Medway and Rochester Castle, and the waterside location was the main reason why I chose to buy a home at this scheme. I can see the river right from my window, and it’s nice to be able to stroll along the riverside on a weekend for some fresh air. I had been waiting for it to launch for months and was among the first to reserve.”

Rochester Riverside, Countryside and Hyde’s £419m landmark regeneration scheme, offers a range of homes, from one and two-bedroom apartments to three and four-bedroom houses, catering to a range of buyers. Christian wanted to swap his three-bedroom detached house with a garden for a low-maintenance two-bedroom apartment in the Medway area, so Rochester Riverside, located a three-minute walk from the train station, was the ideal option.

“I’m excited to be a part of this new riverside community and find the vision behind the development very inspirational”, said Christian. “Rochester Riverside, unlike some other regeneration schemes, is near the historic town centre, which is just a short walk away, so you feel like you get the best of both worlds.”

His new home is located in a low-rise block, and there are only 13 other apartments in the building, which gives it a homely feel.

Christian previously lived at another Countryside development, The Docks at Azure at St Mary’s Island, Chatham, which he had chosen because of its attractive design, abundant green space and high-quality finishes, and decided to buy his new home from the same housebuilder.

He said: “Buying with Countryside for the second time was a good decision. The customer service team always does a sterling job. They’re very attentive and focused on ensuring customers are happy. Working in the construction sector myself, I really appreciate their professionalism and commitment to clients.”

Apart from the scenic views, Rochester Riverside offers unrivalled transport links, located just a few minutes’ walk from Rochester train station, running frequent train services to London, reaching King’s Cross St Pancras station in just 37 minutes and London Victoria in 52 minutes. This was an important consideration for Christian, who has been commuting to London for the past 25 years but never considered moving to the capital.

“I like everything about living in Rochester. It’s got a wealth of history and a strong community spirit – this is something anyone moving from London will notice immediately. The quality of its high street is remarkable – there is a lot of independent restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops.”

However, Rochester’s amenities are not limited to its high street – over the next 12 years, Countryside and Hyde will create a range of new facilities as part of the project. Seeking to transform a previously unused space with a rich industrial heritage minutes away from Rochester town centre into a new waterside destination, the scheme will provide over 1,400 new homes across four neighbourhoods over the next 12 years. As well as providing a diverse mix of housing types, Rochester Riverside will offer a supermarket, coffee shop, a nursery and primary school. In addition, a Travelodge hotel will be opening on site this autumn.

In addition to 2.5km of waterfront walkway, residents can enjoy 10 acres of open space, including parks, play areas and landscaped grounds.

“I expect this project to attract many more people and businesses to Rochester once the word about it spreads. The development is still in its early days, but you can already see how the entire town is evolving thanks to it,” says Christian.

Prices at Rochester Riverside start from £222,000 with Help to Buy available. Visit, email or call 01634 560 482 for more information.

Story posted: 22/10/2019

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