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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.

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.

Family Exchange Home And Upsize To Join New Wixams Community

Family Exchange Home And Upsize To Join New Wixams Community

A Bedfordshire family of four have found the ideal solution to upsizing and selling their existing property at Wixams newest development Willow Grove thanks to its bespoke Part Exchange scheme. 
Jemma and Ian Smith (both 36) moved into their new David Wilson home on the development recently with their daughters Sienna (four) and Poppy (two) and are already enjoying the growing community flourishing in the new homes.

They upsized from their three bedroom townhouse – also located in Wixams - after recognising that whilst they loved the area, they needed a bigger home for the whole family. 

Capture your own slice of Notting Hill life at prestigious Portobello Square 

Night shot of Portobello Square in Notting hill

Catalyst is offering a rare opportunity to be part of one of London’s most desirable and photogenic areas with the launch of the second phase of its award winning flagship scheme, Portobello Square, close to Notting Hill and the iconic Portobello Road. 

Portobello Square combines distinctive contemporary architecture and a strong sustainability ethos to create homes that complement the local surroundings. With shops, a new park at the heart of the development and the great connections to central London, these new homes meet the needs of modern day life.

Incentives On New Homes Are Just What The Doctor Ordered For NHS Staff

New living room and kitchen with incentives added to it

Five star housebuilder David Wilson Homes East Midlands is offering NHS staff in Warwickshire exclusive incentives when purchasing a new home in the area. 

Acting as a helpful boost up or onto the property ladder, the offers could be ‘just what the doctor ordered’ and mean staff members could benefit from a discount on a property from £5,000 to £15,000.

The discounts are set to help a number of NHS staff in the area move into a dream two to five bedroom home. 


NEST E10 Newlon Bedroom

A stylish collection of one, two and three bed homes symbolic of Leyton’s transformation into a vibrant neighbourhood. For the first time Newlon Living are offering both Private Sale and Shared Ownership.

The development benefits from panoramic views across London while being just a few minutes from retail, transport and leisure facilities in Leyton High Road. There is quick and easy access to central London and the world class retail centre at Westfield (Stratford) as well as thousands of acres of enviable green space on your doorstep.

New homes in London’s top hotspot 

New homes in London’s top hotspot 

In 2018 Islington clinched the top spot for annual average house price growth in London with a rise of 7%*. ICON7 by Origin Housing, a stylish new development of seventeen homes, offers buyers the chance to put down roots in this high growth area. 

Situated on the sought-after Camden Road, Origin Housing have just released the next phase of stunning one and two bedroom apartments; fifteen of which will be available for private sale and two through shared ownership 

Home Group are delighted to offer homes at Centenary Quay

Home Group are delighted to offer home at Centenary Quay

Home Group are delighted to offer a selection of stylish 1 and 2 bedroom waterside apartments at Centenary Quay, Southampton.  This vibrant new community is situated along the banks of the River Itchen and whilst offering fabulous views of the river and beyond there are a wealth of bars, shops and nearby restaurants to tear you away.  

The homes have been finished to a very high quality specification with quality integrated appliances and flooring so that they are ready to move straight into, and once you see them you will really want to do just that.

Platinum Skies introduces a new ‘Chapter’ for Salisbury

Platinum Skies introduces a new ‘Chapter’ for Salisbury

An exciting new first for Salisbury - a retirement village called Chapters is opening within easy walking distance of the city centre.

Tired of seeing other retirement providers offering high cost services with little choice, or uber expensive villages in the middle of nowhere, UK pioneer Platinum Skies has aimed to change thisone-size fits all mentality, which has largely put people off wanting to downsize to a retirement living property. 

Chance to secure a dream home early for buyers reserving off-plan in Tavistock

Embden Grange in Tavistock

Demand for brand new homes is rising steadily in the region and nowhere more so than at David Wilson Homes’ latest development, coming soon to Tavistock. 

Set in a convenient location, only moments from Tavistock Town Centre, Embden Grange will offer a impressive range of three, four and five bedroom homes with easy access to a whole range of local shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants and on the edge of the moors.

And buyers can now reserve off-plan with Abode estate agents in Tavistock where potential buyers can find our sales advisors and all the information regarding the development.

“This is an excellent opportunity for buyers to be among the first to secure a superb new home at the exciting new Embden Grange,” said sales director Sara Parker.

New Beginnings With David Wilson Homes' Part Exchange Offer

David Wilson Homes' street scene

Leading house builder David Wilson Homes North Thames is helping Bedfordshire buyers secure their dream home thanks to its Part Exchange offer.

Whether you’re looking to upsize or want to take the stress out of buying and selling, the Part Exchange scheme is a fantastic initiative to make sure your experience is smooth sailing from start to finish.

Moving house can be a stressful time for everyone, especially if you need to sell your old home before you can move into your new one. David Wilson Homes has recognised this and is offering home owners the option to Part Exchange their old property for a new home at one of its developments.

Developer Reveals Benefits Of Using Help To Buy Ahead Of Its 2,000th Customer

Help To Buy Barratt Homes

As the leading developer gets ready to welcome its 2,000th Help to Buy customer, Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton has revealed the top benefits of using the initiative across its developments in Bedfordshire.

The government backed Help to Buy scheme, which launched in 2013, allows buyers to purchase a home with just a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is funded by an equity loan, interest-free for the first five years and repayable on the sale on the home.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton, said: “For property seekers in the area, it can be hard to know which moving scheme may suit them best and whether Help to Buy will offer them the best deals or not.  

Wainhomes launch new phase at Borough View in Bodmin with superb split-level homes

Wainhomes launch new phase at Borough View

The South West’s leading regional new home builder, Wainhomes, has just launched the third phase of its highly popular Borough View development in the market town of Bodmin.

The initial release will be of four bedroom, three storey split level homes, which are currently under construction with the first completion due in the spring of 2019.

With two designs – The Dunmere and The Tregony – the homes have been designed to follow the natural contours of the land maximising space, light and the superb local views. 

Embrace Life in Style at Award-Winning Woodside Square

Woodside Square

Large Housebuilder of the Year, Hill, presents the award-winning Woodside Square, designated Best Design for Three Storeys or Less at the prestigious Housebuilder Awards. This period-inspired development in the heart of Zone 3, produced in partnership with Hanover housing association, marries traditional designs with contemporary amenities. Located in the North London suburb of Muswell Hill, the collection is set across six acres bordering the natural beauty of Highgate Wood and encompasses 159 one- to five-bedroom homes in both new and heritage buildings – an unrivalled opportunity. 

Fresh Starts and Old Friends For Family at Marston Fields

Family in their new Marston Fields home

Dominic Barker (35), originally from Luton, wanted his children, Mason (10) and Isabelle (4) to experience their childhood in a peaceful village where there is a friendly atmosphere.

The family were the first to move in on their street at Barratt Homes’ Marston Fields development in Marston Moretaine, and were looking forward to greeting fresh faces as others moved in at the development.

Much to their surprise, amongst their new neighbours was an old friend of Dominic’s. Dominic said, “An old friend from university also moved in, I hadn’t seen him since 2005, we were friends at university and used to play football together. I hadn’t seen him in years and there he was moving into a home on our street. It was a big surprise!”