The ‘IT’ Pad
Surrey, with its leafy avenues and close proximity to central London and both the international airports of Heathrow and Gatwick has long been a destination of choice for many people setting up home – including some of the most affluent individuals of the recent past.
Now, it would seem, it is beginning to attract a new breed of purchaser – the IT crowd. Jane Bailey, Sales Manager at Bewley Homes, the design led developer currently constructing developments in Hersham and Leatherhead, says: “We have experienced a great deal of interest in The Farthings, our current development in Leatherhead, from a number of affluent young professionals working within the IT industry.
“Many need to commute to London which they can easily do from Leatherhead Station which is only a mile away; some have the requirement of frequent travel abroad and both Heathrow and Gatwick are equidistant from here; and given the changing nature of the workplace and the industry itself, many also need to be able to work remotely.
“In short, as a demographic group, IT professionals have fairly straightforward requirements. They tend to be ‘time poor’ so are attracted to the idea of moving into a home which requires no DIY and very little maintenance, which may be why a newly built home appeals; they want to be able to access central London and the international airports; they want enough space to grow into their home in the short to medium term and they need a property which will accommodate some form of home office.
“The 3 and 4 bedroom properties we have created at The Farthings fulfil all of this criteria, both in terms of location and the accommodation on offer and I believe it is because of this that so many people from the IT industry have bought a property here.
“The homes we have created offer flexible, bright and spacious accommodation – with high ceilings and well proportioned rooms. Storage is excellent and the layouts are very versatile with the larger properties offering a separate study, and the smaller properties offering the ability to convert a bedroom into a home office if desired.”
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