The Initial Enquiry
We were contacted by a couple via Livechat who wished to move out of London. The couple were looking for a 4 bedroom house in a small town or village in Bucks with good access to London. They need a school place for one child and a nursery place for the other. The search criteria included a house with character and a good sized garden, in a friendly community. The couple were undecided as whether they would like to rent first and settle in the area and then start looking to buy a house or whether to buy straight away.
How we helped
The couple were keen to view a wide range of towns and villages in Bucks to really get a feel for their preferred area. We scheduled a Viewing Day which included:
• Pick up the couple from Beaconsfield and spend five minutes running through the proposed itinerary.
• Visit the picturesque village of Chalfont St Giles with its quintessential duck pond where we viewed a property for sale within walking distance of the village and the local primary school.
• Drive through Chalfont St Peter with its bustling High Street. Point out local schools and social amenities and drive down a few residential roads to give a feel for the area.
• Visit Old Amersham and point out the choice of historic pubs (one where Four Weddings and a Funeral was filmed) and independent delis and coffee shops in beamed locations along the High Street.
• Head up to Amersham New Town with its bustling High Street, sports complex and train and tube station. View a house for sale which offers a good scope of accommodation but would require some internal work. Also view a rental proposition within walking distance of the Old Town.
• Next up is Great Missenden and Prestwood. The schooling options are popular here with a range of well rated primary and secondary schools. We view a large property for sale in the village and the couple are surprised as to how much living space they can get for their money.
• Penultimate town to visit today is Thame, a thriving and historic Oxfordshire market town. The couple really like the buzz of the town with its theatre and wide range of shops. We view a rental property within walking distance of all the towns’ amenities.
• Last viewing of the day is in Penn. We drive through Wendover, a beautiful town nestled at the foot of the Chiltern Hills with quaint buildings and historic High Street. Our last viewing is a big success. A house with character, a 120ft garden, and fully refurbished interiors. At just 2 miles from Beaconsfield with its train station (commute times of 23 minutes to Marylebone) and range of shopping options, Penn offers the rural dream combined with convenience.
• We arrive in Penn with a few minutes to spare before our last viewing and the couple spot Slades Garage. A self-confessed car enthusiast, the husband pops in to admire the selection of classic and modern cars ranging from Aston Martins to Bentleys.
Problems we faced
With the couple undecided whether to rent or buy at this early stage it was great to show them both options however it might have been easier for them to make direct comparisons between just rentals or just purchases in the chosen locations.
No tour day is complete without popping into Chiltern Relocation’s local pub, The Royal Standard of England – the oldest Freehouse in England dating back to Saxon time. Given the packed schedule we didn’t have time to enjoy the amazing food or drink – which was only a minor drawback! However, the couple loved seeing this amazing piece of history.
After a whistle-stop tour and selected viewings in nine towns or villages the couple were thrilled with how much they had covered in one day. “We have achieved more with you in one day than in a month of weekend visits.” After some time to reflect on all the options and taking into consideration commuting times and schooling, the couple decide that they would like to focus their search in Amersham. A great choice!
‘We both found it immensely useful and fun, thanks for a brilliant day’!