After two and a half years in a rented one-bedroom apartment in Tower Bridge, London, Marlene, 29 and her husband Vittorio, 31, decided it was time to get their foot on the property ladder. Initially, the couple searched for a suitable home in the capital but quickly got disheartened – the homes within their budget were either too small or located outside of their preferred areas.
It wasn’t until Vittorio’s co-worker told him about St Neots that the couple decided to visit Wintringham, a brand-new community in St Neots, brought forward by masterdeveloper Urban&Civic, as part of the eastern expansion to the popular market town.
“One of my colleagues who lives in St Neots told me about the area, and it sounded like a great place to live, so Marlene and I decided to visit it”, said Vittorio, who works as a software engineer.
“We came to St Neots on a sunny day, just after lockdown and fell in love. We saw lots of families walking around and were very impressed by how much greenery there was. We instantly noticed there was a strong sense of community and could easily imagine ourselves living there”, added Marlene.
Marlene and Vittorio’s visit to Wintringham also revealed that the development itself was about more than just homes, with the first Primary School – Wintringham Primary Academy – already open, as well as plenty of play areas and trails, encouraging residents to spend more time outdoors, and plans for shops, cafes, gym and health centre coming forward in the next few years.
After exploring the range of properties on offer, they chose an attractive and spacious three-bedroom house by Morris Homes, one of the housebuilders at Wintringham, which is more than three times the size of their previous home.
“After living in a small apartment in front of a busy road, moving somewhere spacious with a garden, a garage, plenty of outdoor space and light feels like a world apart. We both enjoyed the London buzz, but living in the city can be very hectic, plus the pollution, so escaping to the countryside seemed like a sensible option”, said Marlene, a PhD student at UCL.
Having a train station just a 10-minute walk from the development was among the decisive factors for the couple, who were buying a place knowing they would have to regularly commute to London for work.
“We found the perfect home that meets all of our needs, and are very excited to join a community, and if that means we need to commute to work, that’s a small price to pay”, said Marlene. With regular trains to St Pancras International in as little as 40 minutes during peak hours, Wintringham is ideally positioned for those looking to move further afield while maintaining easy access to central London.
A range of homes are currently available at Wintringham. For more information, visit www.wintringham.org/homes/