When considering where to set down roots, Samuel and Aretha never dreamed that they’d be able to buy into a piece of history. The couple, both 33, bought a two-bedroom apartment at City & Country’s The Mansion at Sundridge Park in Bromley, falling in love with the beauty of the Palladian building which dates back to the 13th century after just one visit.
Samuel explains: “Our main criteria were being near to countryside but close enough to commute into London. We hadn’t originally considered Bromley, but everything we had seen more central was either tiny, had no outdoor space or felt lifeless. Sundridge Park was recommended to us by friends who had looked at the properties for themselves and driving up the path for the first time and seeing everything we had been looking for, we were stunned: we couldn’t believe this was still only Zone 4. We didn’t need to look too far out of London to find it – it’s only 25 minutes into the centre of town by train.”
Talking through the process of buying with City & Country, Samuel says: “As home-buying novices we were nervous, but the sales team were fantastic throughout. When we first viewed our apartment it barely even existed, but such a good picture was painted we felt we knew it before we saw it. We used a solicitor City & Country recommended which made things seamless, and everyone was so transparent throughout the build process meaning we were kept up to date at every stage. When we finally moved in, we felt at home from the moment we crossed the threshold.”
Aretha concludes: “One of the things which attracted us to Sundridge Park was that all of the apartments are so unique, meaning nobody else has the same as our home. The architecture both internally and externally is so interesting, it’s wonderful.
“The setting is fantastic, particularly both working in London; it feels like a proper escape in such contrast to the city. Turning off the main road is like entering another world, the best combination of home and holiday – we can breathe a little bit better here.”