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Starting to think you can buy your own home? Could buying be more cost effective than renting or commuting? Homefocus Magazine takes a look at a selection of affordable home ownership homes, with listing and helpful contacts.

Last Chance To Buy At Great Denham Park

Living room interior at Denham Park

With just a few properties remaining at David Wilson Homes’ coveted Great Denham Park development, homebuyers are being encouraged to act quickly as these homes are guaranteed to be snapped up fast. 

Situated on King Alfred Way in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside, the development currently has one, two, three and five bedroom homes available, starting at £189,995. Great Denham is coming to the end of its final phase of expansion – so this will be property-seekers last chance to secure their dream David Wilson home.

The range of homes on offer has helped the development blossom into a vibrant and friendly community perfect for first-time buyers and families.

Exclusive look at new development in Towcester

Burcote Park - new development in Towcester

A local housebuilder is inviting homebuyers for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look of its Towcester development.

Prospective house buyers will be able to have an exclusive look at Redrow Homes South Midlands’ Burcote Park development, on Burcote Road, from 10am-5.30pm on Saturday 21 September, as part of its ‘behind-the-scenes’ weekend.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a guided tour of the 196-home development, and see areas of the site that are not normally open to the public. This will give prospective homebuyers the perfect opportunity to see the great location of the homes first-hand.

The team will also be on hand to talk through the two, three and four-bedroom homes that are currently being constructed.

Part Exchange At Willow Grove

Willow Grove Home Interior

Existing homeowners searching to upgrade their current property for a brand new David Wilson home in Bedfordshire are being encouraged to enquire about the Part exchange scheme available at Willow Grove. 

Homebuyers, Neville and Jane Styles recently took advantage of the bespoke scheme that helps your move to be as smooth and stress free as possible.

Neville said: “We used the David Wilson homes’ Part Exchange scheme when buying our home at Willow Grove and our whole experience was excellent.

“The staff in the marketing suite could not have been more helpful throughout the process, the updates from them, including the weekly progress photos of our property, were spot on.”

Be the first to secure a contemporary apartment at Neon, Burnt Oak 

Dusk shot of Neon, Burnt Oak Shared Ownership Apartments

On Saturday 10th August, Catalyst Homes is launching its latest collection of one, two and three bedroom Shared Ownership apartments at Neon in the North West suburb of Burnt Oak, Edgware. 

The apartments at Neon will feature a contemporary fully fitted kitchen with stylish work tops and a selection of integrated appliances as well as flooring throughout. They will also each benefit from a private balcony with breath-taking views across London and communal landscaped gardens on a south facing podium situated on the first floor.  

Portobello Square’s dramatic and eye catching show apartments unveiled 

Portobello Square apartments - interior living room

Catalyst Homes has worked with innovative Interior Design House, BlOCC Interiors to create two stunning and dramatic show apartments at its prestigious development, Bond Mansions at Portobello Square, London, W10. 

Dawn Kitchener, Managing Director of BLOCC Interiors explains the concepts behind each of the designs. “The location of Portobello Square is really special so we wanted to create two designs that were completely different but reflected and embraced the vibe of the area.” 

The one bedroom Bohemian apartment 

The very best in town and country living at Aborfield Green, Wokingham 

A kitchen in Aborfield Green, Wokingham 

First time buyers looking for the perfect blend of town and country living are flocking to Catalyst Homes’ latest development Aborfield Green, in the historic market town of Wokingham in Berkshire. 

The development, which forms part of the newest Garden Village, offers a stylish collection of one and two bedroom Shared Ownership apartments set within this vibrant new community. 

Rebel against moving stress - Move into Tipi!

Lucy & Charlie moving into a Tipi Apartment

Research by energy company E.ON has found that 61% of people find moving house to be more stressful than a relationship breakdown, a divorce or starting a new job, with the stress of the move lasting over three months.

Lifestyle-led rental homes provider Tipi believes it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, the rental rebel's latest Wembley Park building, Alameda, has made moving in even easier with its innovative design features.

Become one of the first to own a new Shared Ownership home at ARRO

Shared Ownership home at ARRO

Catalyst Homes is giving first time buyers the chance to get on the property ladder at one of London’s most significant regeneration projects. 

ARRO features 66 studio, one and two bedroom Shared Ownership apartments and forms part of Southall Waterside, which when completed, will create a whole new neighbourhood of 3,750 homes offering great connectivity with an extensive leisure and retail offering, a new primary school, a community hub, piazzas and parks.

"We only viewed one property and knew it was perfect straight away" 

Property exterior - St Andrew’s Triangle in Uxbridge

For couple Maciej Pietrzak (35) and Debora Melo Domingos (36) owning their own property had always seemed like a distant dream but it suddenly became a reality when they purchased a two bedroom Shared Ownership apartment at Catalyst Homes’ latest development St Andrew’s Triangle in Uxbridge. 

Maciej explains, “I had been working for the Government for two years as a Civil Servant and we had been living in the Hackney and Islington area for over 12 years renting a number of different properties. We both thought that owning our own home was a long way off because we didn’t have enough for a deposit but then one day my sister showed us details for some Shared Ownership apartments at a new development by Catalyst Homes.  

There's More In Store For Your Family With The Moorecroft

The Moorecroft Housing

Leading housebuilder David Wilson Homes North Thames has invited Bedfordshire buyers to view the final property available at its Langford development, The Paddocks.

The five bedroom Moorecroft is the final home available at the popular development and boasts a flowing living space set over three storeys.

The developer is now encouraging house hunters to come and view the property at The Paddocks, where they will be able to find out more about how they can make a move with the offers and schemes available. 

The Moorecroft is also a unique opportunity for buyers to benefit from over £40,000 worth of incentives, including Stamp Duty paid, flooring included throughout, and an upgraded kitchen with integrated appliances. 

West London Living Made Affordable

London apartments

L&Q has announced the first launch of new homes at Churchfield Quarter, a collection of 60 one, two and three bedroom Shared Ownership apartments in the heart of Acton, West London. 

Forming part of the redevelopment of The Oaks Shopping Centre, the homes are set around stepped landscaped podium gardens, offering residents secluded communal space off Acton’s bustling high street. Striking glass encased balconies promote a sense of community and space; Green roofs and decorative nature-inspired panelling complete the look.

Bat boxes and bee hotels for North Yate development

David Wilson Homes North Yate Development

Local housebuilder David Wilson Homes has pledged to make its new development in North Yate its most wildlife-friendly yet. 

The company has unveiled a wide range of initiatives at its Ladden Garden Village development, which will help to boost everything from birds and bats to hedgehogs and insects.

David Wilson Homes has protected existing natural hedgerows surrounding our developments - in turn preserving natural living environments for animals and insects.

The development’s show complexes feature bird and bat boxes to provide essential nesting areas. Fences have been left open to the hedgerow - allowing wildlife like hedgehogs, frogs, toads and newts to move easily through and around the garden.

City homes with green spaces - Life at Tipi

Tipi city apartments

Living in an urban area with green spaces has a long-lasting, positive impact on mental well-being, according to the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. Meanwhile, researchers have estimated that outdoor exercise leads to £2.2bn of health benefits for adults in England every year.

However, the Green Space Index by Fields in Trust shows that 2.6 million live more than a 10-minute walk from the nearest green space area. Not only that, but the average amount of green space per person works out to just over 35 square metres.

Thankfully for Londoners, lifestyle-led rental brand Tipi is turning all that on its head. The company's Emerald Gardens apartments are built around nearly an acre of green space for residents' private enjoyment.

Buyers Seek Semi-Rural Retreat At Aylesbury Development

Barratt Homes Aylesbury Development

Leading developer Barratt Homes has announced a rapid growth in sales at its Aylesbury development, Kingsbrook.

After a successful few weeks, the housebuilder has revealed that there have been approximately three properties sold a week at the development, totalling 15 sales in a month, which is six times the national average.

Offering a collection of two and three bedroom homes, Kingsbrook is the perfect place for a variety of buyers, including those looking to take a step on or up the property ladder.

It’s no surprise the development has become such a property hotspot, with its homes all featuring contemporary designs and open plan layouts that are perfect for modern family living. 

Thousands Use Help To Buy To Buy In Merseyside

Street scene in Merseyside

A government initiative is helping thousands of families in Merseyside to get on to the housing ladder. New figures released by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) reveal that a total of 4,404 homebuyers in the area used the Help to Buy scheme since it was launched four years ago.

Within the county, the districts which made the best use of the scheme were Liverpool City (1,597) and St Helens (968).

Local housebuilder Barratt Manchester is encouraging homebuyers throughout Merseyside to take part in the popular scheme which has already helped tens of thousands of people across the country to buy a brand new home. 

Wave Of Interest In Newcastle Property Development

The Coach House at new Newcastle property development

A LUXURY property development, which will transform a historic Newcastle building, has already attracted a huge amount of interest, according to its owners.

Work will begin this summer on turning The Coach House at The Drive, Gosforth, into eight state-of-the-art properties, which should be completed by spring 2020.

And, according to McDougall Dodds Ltd, which owns the Grade II listed building, two of the homes have already been sold with a wave of inquiries about the remaining six.

The development includes two houses, two bungalows, and four apartments, with one of the houses and one of the bungalows already snapped up.

The Buckingham Style Home Proves Perfect For Families

Master bedroom in Buckingham style home

Leading developer David Wilson Homes South Midlands is giving Bedfordshire homebuyers its top five reasons on why they should consider a Buckingham style home.

The five bedroom home is one of the most popular and there is currently only two of its type left available to reserve at Kingsley Manor in Langford.

Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said: “The Buckingham is a beautiful family home expertly crafted with the latest interior trends.

“The surroundings of this development are also something that homebuyers can take advantage of, offering countryside views and scenic family walks.

Woodlands Edge - eco-housing development

Woodlands Edge eco-housing

Woodlands Edge - the eco-housing development leading the way into a sustainable future

Solar panels and electric car charging points come as standard with every home in Woodlands Edge. But it’s the beautiful surroundings and community atmosphere that make it an eco-housing development with a difference

Nestled on a leafy 12-acre site just five miles from Lincoln city centre, Woodlands Edge is no typical new-build estate.

With its own private woodland, tennis court, ponds and an allotment for every household, the development is leading the way in the future of eco-housing.

Show home opening celebrates new community of homes in Dawlish

Cutting the ribbon at a Dawlish show home

The Mayor of Dawlish has officially opened Cavanna Homes’ latest show home at Barley Meadow in Dawlish with a ribbon-cutting. The development, located off Secmaton Lane, has already secured four reservations. 

Councillor Lisa Mayne was joined by Andy Addison, Head of Operations, Lauren Pybus, Sales Manager, and Anne Beadle, Sales Advisor, for the ceremony. 

Cllr Mayne said: “It’s remarkable to see how this space has changed since the turf cutting back in November into a community of new homes for Dawlish.

Help to Buy prompts rise in demand for new homes at Park Farm in Thornbury

Help to Buy home at Park Farm in Thornbury

Owning the perfect new home in-and-around the market town of Thornbury is now easier than ever. The David Wilson Homes development features an impressive range of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes - suitable for a wide range of lifestyles and requirements. And the development is now even more accessible, not only for first time buyers but also for those moving further up the ladder, thanks to Help to Buy.

“The scheme is available on all new-build homes up to £600,000 at Park Farm,” said sales director Louise Ware. “Buyers can become owners with just a five percent deposit of the property value of their new home. Many lenders are able to offer a loan-to-value mortgage because the UK Government provides a guarantee of up to 15 per cent.

Dare to dream: modern city living for first-time home buyers

Home buyers, city living in North Finchley

Do you dream of living on a leafy, tree-lined street with communal garden, off road parking and a real sense of community spirit, but with the added bonus of being located within 8.5 miles of Central London? Our current development at Rosebay House, North Finchley boasts everything home buyers could wish for in this fresh, elite and vibrant block of eight high-end apartments.

Have you grown tired of living in the hustle and bustle of a busy area, but know you would miss the easy accessibility which comes with city life? This fantastic development in the affluent area of Friern Barnet, has everything you could want, and more.

An aspirational lifestyle

Stylish & Low Maintenance Living Available For Bedfordshire Downsizers & First Time Buyers

Bedfordshire Home For Downsizers & First Time Buyers

Apartment living is no longer just the preserve of first time buyers and young professionals, David Wilson South Midlands has revealed, as its variety of apartments are proving to be a hit with Bedfordshire downsizers too. 

The housebuilder has recognised the growing need for apartments at its Great Denham Park development - as the popularity of them continues to increase - and is expertly crafting a range of one and two bedroom apartments at its King Alfred Way development.

For those looking to move to a more manageable property, for example after the children have flown the nest, the high quality apartments offer a spacious layout and privacy, but with the added features of an easier upkeep and a home all on one level. A selection also have en suite facilities.

Barratt Homes Celebrates A Decade Of Five Star Customer Satisfaction In Bedfordshire

Barratt Homes in Bedfordshire street scene

Local housebuilder Barratt Homes has just received five stars in the new Home Builders Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. This is now the 10th year in a row that Barratt Homes has been awarded five stars.

The HBF survey asks all customers who have bought a new home whether they would recommend it to a friend. For Barratt to be awarded five stars means that more than 90% of its customers are happy to recommend their home. Barratt is the only major national housebuilder to have been rated as five star for 10 years in a row.