Buying your first home can sometimes seem daunting. Karis and George Jacobs had plenty of challenges before being able to complete their purchase but thanks to Thakeham’s Sales Team at Woodgate, the young couple have now moved into their dream home – and they couldn’t be happier.
“It felt so out of reach for so long but now it’s our pride and joy,” said Karis. “We finally got here and we can now relax.”
Karis and George had been saving for their deposit when they saw the first homes under construction at Woodgate, Pease Pottage. Woodgate adjoins Tilgate Forest and miles of open countryside, as well as being conveniently close to Junction 11 of the M23.
“George and I were both working at Gatwick at the time,” she explains. “We’d seen the boards go up and went to investigate. Everything seemed to fall into place until the company we were working for folded, leaving us both redundant so we had to withdraw.”
Luckily Thakeham kept in touch with the couple, knowing how keen they were to move to Woodgate. George became self-employed and was building up the necessary records for a new mortgage while Karis retrained and secured a new job during the pandemic.
“We tried to reserve at Woodgate again but to get the mortgage I had to ask my company if I could come off furlough. Then we put down a deposit to confirm our interest in our new home which was so exciting. Another twist came when we got married and George took a few days off work which resulted in the mortgage company asking us to wait another three months to build up the records again.
Supportive Sales Team
“I have to say that the team at Woodgate were just amazing during all these issues,” Karis said. “They gave us time to get our paperwork together and we were finally able to place our full reservation. Without the Sales Consultants, Nick and Kelly, and the team at Thakeham, we could never have bought this house.”
“They helped us through the whole process, they’re such a credit to the team. The night before we were due to move in, I just couldn’t believe that house would finally be ours. The completion finally went through at 4pm and we moved everything in that day. Even then, Nick went above and beyond to help us.”
Finding The Dream Home
Their new house at Woodgate is everything George and Karis had hoped for, and more.
“We’d had set our hearts set on this house. It’s open-plan downstairs in the 2 bedroom Lyra design which was a huge selling point for us. Other 2-bedroom houses we’d looked at elsewhere seemed to have such small rooms and this feels as if there’s so much space. With the lounge at the back of the house, it feels a lot more private when we sit and watch TV and there are double doors out to the garden. We hit gold with our garden. It’s south-facing, bigger than we’d expected when we chose the home off plan and a shed was even included.”
Inspired by the first Showhome they saw at Woodgate, George and Karis chose a grey colour palette for the finishes of their Thakeham home.
With high specifications, contemporary architecture and a range of community amenities on the doorstep, Woodgate is set to be a sought-after destination for generations.
Nature On Your Doorstep
“We love the natural aspect of everything here, like the hedgehog highways that Thakeham includes and Tilgate Forest next door,” said Karis. “When we moved in, Thakeham gave us some hedgehog food and flower bombs to encourage wildflowers to grow locally. There’s an oak tree outside our window which we love and our new garden has already attracted lots of butterflies this summer.
“Our neighbours are really friendly too, there’s just a great feel about Woodgate. The roads seem wider and the development functions really well. The design has clearly been thought through very nicely. There’s such a feeling of space. We never used to walk anywhere before moving here but now we like to go for a walk together every evening.
We’re looking forward to the fitness trail which is underway and all the community amenities opening soon.
“It’s so much prettier than we imagined,” said Karis. “Woodgate is a lovely scheme and a lovely community. We feel very lucky to be living here.”
To see the appeal for yourself, contact Nick and Kelly at the Woodgate’s Marketing Suite (open daily from 10am to 5pm) on 01293 225615.
A selection of 1 , 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom homes is currently available from £295,000