Hot properties

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.

First look at showhome in sought-after Ely development

Ely development showhome

A housebuilder has unveiled a brand new showhome at a Ely development.
Redrow Homes South Midlands has opened its stylish new showhome, the Stratford Lifestyle, at King’s Meadow, a 200-property development located just a couple of minutes’ drive from the city centre.
The home is part of Redrow Homes’ Heritage Collection, which has proven popular with homebuyers looking for traditional, 1930s charm combined with a contemporary and high-spec interior.

Catalyst Homes launches collection of Shared Ownership homes near Bletchley

Catalyst Homes Bletchley Kitchen

Catalyst Homes has released from plan its latest collection of Shared Ownership Homes in Newton Leys, just outside Bletchley, near Milton Keynes. 

Oakbrook will feature 15, two and three bedroom homes and two bedroom apartments which are ideal for first time buyers looking to get on the property ladder and become part of a brand new community which is being created by Taylor Wimpey. 

Gareth Gow, Area Sales Manager for Catalyst Homes comments, “The new homes at Oakbrook are available to those who live or work in the Aylesbury Vale borough or have a connection with the area. Each home is finished to a high specification and will feature contemporary kitchens with integrated appliances included within the price, flooring throughout and a private garden.” 

Demand is high for Shared Ownership homes in the historic village of Bloxham

shared ownership homes in Bloxham

First time buyers are being given a rare opportunity to buy a Shared Ownership home in the sought after village of Bloxham in Oxfordshire. 

Weavers Fields features just nine, two and three bedroom homes located near the picturesque and historic village centre. The homes are ideal for young professionals and families looking to get on the property ladder and take advantage of this tranquil village location. 

Get on the property ladder at Wolvercote, Oxford 

Homes at Wolvercote, Oxford 

First time buyers given the opportunity to get on the property ladder in sought after Wolvercote, Oxford 

Catalyst Homes has just released from plan its brand new collection of Shared Ownership homes at the former Wolvercote Paper Mill in Oxford. 

The site, which was used as a mill for about four centuries but ceased paper production in 1997, is being transformed into a brand new community by Cala Homes. 

Catalyst will be creating 19, one, two and three bedroom apartments and three bedroom houses which are ideal for first time buyers, renters looking to buy their own property and young families. Each property will feature a contemporary kitchen with integrated appliances included in the price and parking for each property. 

New homes In beautiful Essex village now available

New homes in Essex

Residents seeking to get on the housing ladder are being urged to apply for the brand new shared ownership properties in Uttlesford, Essex. There are five properties available, based in the beautiful village of Great Chesterford – just a short journey away from the charming town of Saffron Walden and not far from Stansted Airport. 

The two bedroom homes have beautifully landscaped rear gardens. They feature a living room with garden access, a modern kitchen and two allocated parking spaces per home. 

The development has been funded by Colne Housing Association. This is one of their many developments in the Uttlesford area.

Learn how Assisted Move can help you move to your dream home 

Trinity Mews interior bedroom - move in today with assisted move

Lea Valley Homes is hosting two Assisted Move days at its Buckinghamshire developments on 26th and 27th October. 

On Saturday 26th October experts will be on hand at the popular Kite Meadows in Princes Risborough, Bucks to discuss how Assisted Move can help you market your existing home and purchase one of the brand new homes at the development. 

On Sunday 27th October potential purchasers will be given step by step advice at Trinity Mews in Lane End, Bucks about the benefits of using the scheme. 

L&Q Launches Homes in Milton Keynes Buzzing New District

L&Q Homes in Milton Keynes

On 7th September, L&Q launched the first phase of new homes at Saxon Reach, which is set to become a thriving new neighbourhood just outside of Milton Keynes. A collection of 3 and 4 bedroom houses, Saxon Reach will offer spacious homes ideal for growing families, close to one of the UK’s fastest emerging property hotspots.  

Saxon Reach is one of the first developments forming part of L&Q’s New-Build Homes: Quality Standard promise, a commitment to delivering premium fixtures, fittings and appliances as standard, at no additional cost to the buyer.

Don’t miss out at Deanfield Grove, Tackley, Oxfordshire 

New home on Deanfield Grove

Demand has been high at Deanfield Homes’ latest development, Deanfield Grove in Tackley, Oxfordshire that only one impressive four bedroom home remains available. 

The Fyfield is an exceptionally spacious four bedroom detached home offering families and downsizers the ultimate layout for complete flexibility. This home is priced at £675,000 and includes carpets throughout, lights fittings, curtains/blinds and landscaped gardens.  

Your own slice of contemporary bohemian living at Bond Mansions

Bond Mansions, Portobello Square apartments

Your own slice of contemporary bohemian living at Bond Mansions, Portobello Square 

Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and nestled within the thriving Ladbroke Grove area, Bond Mansions at Portobello Square is proving a real hit with purchasers looking for high quality, luxury apartments with the real wow factor! 

Bond Mansions is being built by Catalyst Homes as part of the second phase of the prestigious award winning Portobello Square development. Comprising a selection of one and two bedroom luxury apartments, the development is just a few minutes’ walk from the renowned Portobello Road, with its stylish boutiques, trendy coffee shops, chic restaurants and world famous market.   

New homes launched for sale at The Quarry, in Erith

CGI representation of home in The Quarry, in Erith

L&Q and The Anderson Group set to launch a collection of new properties at south-east London’s new eco-development, The Quarry.

On Saturday 28th September, a new collection of 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes was launched at award-winning eco-development, The Quarry ─ offering prospective residents an opportunity to join the growing family-friendly community in Erith, Bexley.

Located just a 40-minute train ride from central London, the new launch of homes will feature properties catering for both young professionals looking to get their foot on the property ladder, as well as families seeking to upsize.

Unmissable Offers & Room For One More At Kingsley Manor

A typical room at Kingsley Manor

With space for one final family to move into its Kingsley Manor development in Langford, David Wilson Homes is encouraging prospective buyers to consider the Buckingham style property with savings of over £36,000 available.
The five bedroom home is one of the most popular houses on Station Road, with a great number of benefits to suit potential purchasers.
Those securing the final home at Kingsley Manor can enjoy an upgraded kitchen with integrated appliances, flooring included and their Stamp Duty fees paid in full to the value of nearly £22,000.
Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said: “The Buckingham is a beautiful family home thoughtfully designed and in keeping with the latest interior trends.

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.