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Couple’s Three-Bedroom Home Cheaper Than Renting

Posted 18 September 2023 by Helen Christie

A young couple’s mortgage on their first home will cost £200 less than their monthly rent on a one-bedroom apartment in Manchester city centre…

First-time buyers Alex and James, both 27, are among an increasing number of buyers trading city centre living for a semi-rural lifestyle, after securing their dream home at Countryside's Rivers Edge development in Warrington.

Not only will the couple be significantly upgrading their living space from a one-bedroom apartment to a three-bedroom detached house, their new mortgage contribution will be around £200 cheaper than their city centre rent and parking per month. Many young people across the country are trading city living for suburbia in a bid to save money.

James, a doctor, comments: “Although there’s the deposit to consider, once we compared our monthly costs of renting and parking in Manchester to moving to Rivers Edge in Warrington, we were surprised to find we would be significantly better off moving out of the city. At first, we were nervous to move away from all the city centre has to offer, but we’re within easy reach of Manchester and Liverpool being situated between both cities - with the added convenience of also living close to Warrington town centre and Stockton Heath.” 

Having demanding jobs, Alex and James are looking forward to making the most of the green spaces Warrington has to offer. 

Alex and James at Rivers Edge (Countryside)

Alex, a police officer, adds: “At Rivers Edge, we’re going to be able to enjoy the best parts of city life with the added benefit of greater living space and the freedom to explore nearby parks and nature trails. Even better, we’ll be spending less per month but investing in our own asset, and ultimately our future together.” 

Gemma Hardy, managing director, Countryside Partnerships Merseyside and Cheshire West, comments: “Buying your first home is always an exciting adventure. I’m pleased to see customers like Alex and James enjoying the benefits of moving out of their rented one-bedroom flat in Manchester, to a larger home in the suburban community at Rivers Edge. Not only are they substantially increasing their living space, they are still maintaining the benefits that city living brings.” 

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