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Heyford Park move cuts commute for David Richardson

Heyford Park move cuts commute for the Richardsons

David Richardson, a sales director, had been commuting from North Essex to his office in Aylesbury. He and his wife loved their previous home, but the major commute was taking up to 2.5 hours each way.

With David’s wife self-employed, the couple decided to relocate closer to Aylesbury in an effort to improve their work-life balance. David often has to travel around the country for work, so at the top of their search criteria was somewhere with really good onward transport links.

Neither David or his wife knew the Aylesbury area that well, so they were open to visiting new locations as they started their house hunt, as David explains:

“We started with a wide net around Aylesbury and began by searching online. This went on for quite some time but nothing was standing out to us. When we found Heyford Park, we just loved the look and feel of the homes and the new development, and there was one style of house that really fitted our criteria.”

After they visited Heyford Park, the couple was immediately impressed by the quality of the new homes.

“We’d seen a lot of other new homes during our search and they just felt like a very similar standard. Heyford Park was completely different – the furnishings and fixtures in the home we viewed were of a much better quality. And they were actually included as part of the home, not added extras that we’d have to pay for later, which was the case with other new homes we saw.”

The new community at Heyford Park is set on more than 1200 acres of land, with the area known for its long-distinguished history as a former RAF base. A range of original features are being retained and enhanced as part of the development. David found this unique history interesting, explaining:

“Heyford’s history makes it much more interesting than just a collection of new homes. The layout of the development makes the most of the old site, with many open spaces like the village green, which our home overlooks.”

With working from home still a necessity, the couple needed a home that could provide rooms and spaces that could be easily converted into home offices.

“Having a double garage and large drive was an important feature we were looking for, and internally we needed space where we could both work. I converted one bedroom into a home office and my wife converted another for use as a studio for her work as a dress designer.”

The couple have quickly settled into the new area and have found time to explore much of the countryside on Heyford Park’s doorstep. David adds:

“A countryside location was really important for both of us – I’m a keen cyclist so during the last few months I’ve really explored the local area. Some of my colleagues live locally in Bicester, which is easy to get to, and we have the Cotswolds nearby too.”

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