Elizabeth and Michael Rose have always wanted to live in the country – so buying their first property in the Essex village of Canewdon through Shared Ownership was the perfect fit.

Elizabeth and Michael Rose celebrate their new home

The couple, who are from nearby Canvey Island, are realising their dream after moving into a two-bedroom terrace property at Three Acres, a new rural development from Sanctuary Homes.

For Elizabeth, an assistant quantity surveyor, and personal trainer husband Michael, who also works part-time for Iceland, it is just what they wanted.

Elizabeth said: “My husband and I have always wanted to live in a village, surrounded by the countryside, and this property gives us exactly what we are looking for.

“We are avid walkers and the Three Acres development and the village of Canewdon are not only encased by rolling fields and farmland but also the beautiful river Crouch.

“Not only do you have all this wonderful scenery on your doorstep, you also have a main train line and Southend Airport less than 15 minutes’ drive away.

“The benefit of moving to this property is not only the beautiful location but we also now have the room to start building our own little family.”

She added: “Other bonuses are having a thriving seafront location in Southend and shops not too far away, while also having other villages and countryside pubs all within a walking or short driving distance.”

The couple say buying through Shared Ownership has allowed them to get on the property ladder much sooner.

“If it wasn't for Shared Ownership we would either still be living with my parents or be forced to choose a rental property as it now takes so much more longer to save for a decent deposit on a house,” Elizabeth explained.

“Rent takes a massive chunk of our wages, leaving us with nothing to show for it. So without Shared Ownership this purchase within Three Acres would not have been possible.”

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