Countryside

Countryside is an award-winning UK property developer specialising in urban regenerations. Countryside homes always demonstrate a focus on green space and sustainability. Countryside operates across London, the South East, the North West of England and the West Midlands, and was founded in 1958. Countryside also create affordable and private housing for local authorities and housing associations through planning agreements, PRS housing, mixed use schemes and joint ventures. Countryside properties on HomeViews include sought-after neighbourhoods like Greenwich Millennium Village (a joint venture with Taylor Wimpey Central London), St Paul's Square and Hoxton Wharf – all of which team stylish apartments with well-connected London locations. "Many developments we looked at felt like they were just a faceless high rise and we wanted to make friends and meet like minded people. Greenwich Millennium Village has been perfect for us, with so many facilities on site and the open park areas you don’t feel that you are living in a city. We have also made lots of friends through the nursery and primary school." – Margot, resident at Greenwich Millennium Village "This area is very nice and quiet, nice people and very clean , lovely looking buildings , and local shops, maintained daily , there is plenty of green space , also has nice views, local schools and close to public transport." – Clare, verified resident at St Paul's Square

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    Latest Reviews

    4.01

    546 total reviews

    Stats

    Overall

    4.09

    Facilities

    3.81

    Design

    4.21

    Location

    4.29

    Value

    3.96

    Management

    3.37

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    Do not buy from countryside homes

    Kevin McDonald (Owner)

    Verified Resident

    Meadow Rise, CM7

    Jul 2024

    It’s a nice development and very quiet at times. The major downside would be the day your house is 2 years old countryside homes completely wash their hands of you. And the NHBC certificate they give you isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Also the constant flow of Essex police cars going to the housing association flats to sort out the drug problems can be a bit frustrating

    Please tell us about the good and bad aspects of living in your local area:

    It’s a long walk into town. Bus service is ok especially if you want to go to Stansted airport for £2. Local pub the king William is very clicky and the landlady is not very welcoming

    Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

    The fact countryside do not care about you. The rip off maintenance company. The NHBC certificate isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. The constant flow of police officers going to the housing association flats. The fencing that’s falling over in our back garden. The park that we have been paying for has never been finished. The paths are all cracking up. The lack of lighting on the walkways. The litter is never picked up. The place looks like a jungle because the grass is never cut. Lack of trees that should have been planted

    What is the best feature of your home:

    The front door. We can’t wait to get out of it. The fact that our roof tiles have fallen off after 2 years is not a good sign. We can’t wait to move. Do not buy a new build home. They are paper thin and not built very well. Always problems with something. If it’s not the boiler it’s something else with the hot water system or the heating

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    I have no complaints about the design of my flat or the buildings

    Ollie B (Shared Owner)

    Verified Resident

    Acton Gardens, W3

    May 2024

    I have no complaints about the design of my flat or the buildings, which, in my experience, have always been kept very clean. Property management/those who work on maintenance are always friendly and happy to have a conversation. The on-site gym opposite sainsburys is a massive bonus now.

    Please tell us about the good and bad aspects of living in your local area:

    I have now been in my flat for over two years and I absolutely love it. Chiswick high street is a 10 minute walk, as is Acton town centre. The transport links via tube and bus are brilliant, London is extremely accessible from either Acton Town or South Acton stations. I have seen very little anti-social behaviour during my time here and feel very comfortable living here.

    Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

    The under-floor heating - if left off for a long period of time - can stop working. This is especially frustrating in winter as the heating hasn't been on over summer and has required a fix both years. The heating pump can become stuck if not used regularly and the advice from the engineer is to run the heating at least once a week, even in summer.

    What is the best feature of your home:

    My space feels very comfortable, it is a nice spacious one-bed flag and the bathroom, living room and bedroom are all perfect in my opinion.

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    Used to be great now it's just OK due to the price increases

    Gabe (Tenant)

    Verified Resident

    Acton Gardens, W3

    Apr 2024

    Living in my development is a mixed bag. The design is modern and sleek, which adds a touch of sophistication to the surroundings. However, some corners seem to have been cut in terms of construction quality, leading to occasional maintenance issues. Facilities are decent, however, the management of these facilities leaves something to be desired. Maintenance can be slow to address issues, and cleanliness standards could be improved. Building management is a bit hit or miss. While there are efforts to maintain security and keep common areas tidy, communication from management can be lacking. Residents often feel left in the dark about important updates or changes. Overall, while my development has its perks, there's definitely room for improvement in terms of building and property management. With better communication and more proactive maintenance, it could truly shine as a desirable place to live.

    Please tell us about the good and bad aspects of living in your local area:

    Living in my local area is alright, but it's not exactly thrilling. The range of shops and restaurants is decent, but nothing extraordinary. There are enough options to satisfy basic needs, but don't expect any culinary adventures. Bars offer a decent night out, but they lack the charm of more vibrant neighborhoods. Transport links are the saving grace here. The location is convenient for London-based folks, with easy access to buses and trains. However, occasional delays and overcrowding can be a hassle. As for living on my street, parking availability is hit or miss. There's noticeable traffic noise, which can be bothersome at times. Overall, it's an okay place to live, but don't expect anything amazing.

    Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

    One thing I wish I had known before moving in is the impact of traffic on air quality and dust levels in the area. During the viewing, the neighborhood may have seemed peaceful, but the reality of daily life in the development includes exposure to increased dust and air pollution from nearby roads. It's something to consider for anyone concerned about respiratory health or overall well-being, as it can affect the comfort and enjoyment of living in the area. Additionally, the constant rise in property prices was unexpected, indicating the desirability of the location but also raising questions about long-term affordability and future investment potential.

    What is the best feature of your home:

    The best feature of my home is its spacious and sunlit living room.

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    The flat feels very warm, cosy and modern

    Anonymous reviewer (Owner)

    Verified Resident

    Greenwich Millennium Village, SE10

    Nov 2023

    We moved into the flat, which is part of the Galleria phase of the development, a couple of months ago and are loving the open plan living room, the tall windows and great views of the river, Canary Wharf and Southern Park. The flat feels very warm, cosy and modern and everything is built to a high standard. There is also a secure parking garage and a secure bike shed, as well as private terrace/green spaces in the building. There is going to be a nursery and a cafe in the building. The concierge is currently located 5 min away but will move into the adjacent building once it's ready. Any teething issues we have had since we moved in have been dealt with swiftly by either the developers (if in the flat) or by the management company (if outside the flat). On the negative side, there is still construction going on right next to us as they are building the next phase of the development (Parkside) and so there is a lot of construction noise during the day. It can also get very windy as there is a large open area in front of the building so the terrace is basically useless most of the time. They could have done winter terraces or at least made the terraces more shielded from the rain and wind by installing some glass panels. We would have also liked to have a gym in the building as there are no good gyms in close proximity.

    Please tell us about the good and bad aspects of living in your local area:

    Pros: - great views of Southern park, the ecology park and Canary wharf - nice walks around the riverside - very family-friendly, lots of green spaces, a few playgrounds for the children, a nearby nursery, pharmacies, a GP practice and dental practice. There are also primary schools nearby. - within walking distance of North Greenwich tube station and Cutty Sark - in close proximity to the O2 arena which has a range of shops - availability of grocery stores near us, IKEA within walking distance - 30 min walk from Greenwich park / Cutty sark - the streets around the development are very quiet and clean and feel safe in the evening Cons: - parking in the development is very restricted unless you own your own parking space. - very few bins have been installed around the development (particularly Rennie street) - while our building is finished, there is ongoing construction next to us and the street in front of the building is still being built. This has made deliveries difficult at times as drivers can't find the location of the building easily. - Blackwall tunnel closures on some weekends make car travel difficult.

    Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

    We wish to have known how long the building works next to us would go on for.

    What is the best feature of your home:

    The best features of the home are many - open plan, nice views, warmth, modern-looking spaces.

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    Great place to live.

    Adrianna (Owner)

    Verified Resident

    Highfield Place, L33

    Jun 2023

    We did not expect we will love that development so much. We love our house, we love its great design. Soon we will have here railway station what will be very helpful so thats great for communucation. There is only one thing that is missing. We need good and new playground for our kids.

    Please tell us about the good and bad aspects of living in your local area:

    The best place to live in. The place is quiet. Our street is safe, clean. There is parking availability, punctuql bin collections. Our neighborhood is so kind and helpful for everyone. We have few shops near our house, post office and everything we need.

    Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

    Grass in our garden. After couple of weeks it just looked not nice. It did look like... an old grass and the cheapest one.

    What is the best feature of your home:

    We love our garden. We have great and spacious living room with big windows. Our living room is always bright.

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