If you’re considering using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme to buy your first home, these stunning new developments in the capital may just be exactly where you will find your new Help to Buy flat in London.
Help to Buy is a government scheme that allows first-time buyers – or those who don’t currently own a property – to borrow funds to put down a deposit on a new home. You can find out more about the different Help to Buy schemes here.
Harrow Square, Harrow
Right next to Harrow-on-the-Hill Station, Harrow Square will sit proudly in the heart of the town, where there’s been plenty of redevelopment over recent years. Here, residents will find everything they need day to day, including a shopping centre, a large hospital and a range of supermarkets, as well as many places to eat and drink. In contrast, the charming village of Harrow on the Hill is just a short walk away, where there’s a real countryside feel, with traditional pubs, pretty cottages and of course, prestigious Harrow School.
Some stages of the development are still underway, but once it’s finished, there will be a selection of studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments, all of which will have high-spec features and access to a concierge service.
Striking the perfect balance between peaceful suburban life and still with lots to do on your doorstep, Kingston is a town that attracts everyone from students, to retirees. Its centre offers everything you would want and need if you like living in a small town and the setting on the River Thames adds to the charm. Close to both Richmond Park and Hampton Wick, cycling enthusiasts and keen runners would love living in Kingston and the great transport links to London Waterloo mean there’s easy commuter access to central London too.
Queenshurst is a new and super stylish development, where Help to Buy flats are available to purchase. Each apartment has outside space, use of the residents’ gym and concierge and the bonus of a residents’ cinema room and meeting room.
Morgan Place, Willesden
Nestled between Brent Park and Willesden, Morgan Place offers residents the upmost in commuter convenience, with easy access to the M1 and underground links. With Brent Cross close by and the area surrounding the Wembley Stadium undergoing mass regeneration, now is the time to buy in this part of London. The Help to Buy scheme makes this more attainable for first-time buyers and many of the apartments in Morgan Place sit comfortably within the government’s maximum Help to Buy purchase price of £600,000.
Flats here come with high-end appliances, some with outside space and a communal roof terrace on the fifth floor for everyone to enjoy.
While some first-time buyers may prefer the allure of London’s leafy suburbs, buyers of homes in Viewpoint will certainly be getting a taste of city life. Situated by the River Thames, residents will be able to walk to Clapham Junction in around 10 minutes and to Wandsworth Town, where places like The Ship draw in London’s young professional crowd at the weekend. While summer evenings can be enjoyed taking a walk along the river, the atmosphere inside these apartments is just as appealing, with luxurious fixtures and fittings and underfloor heating throughout for when the weather gets colder.
London Square Canada Water
If you’re working in Canary Wharf, the City or central London, Canada Water is a sensible option for first-time homeowners that want to take advantage of London’s great commuter links. While this development is close to tube and train stations, the area is also pretty quiet considering it’s in Zone 2 and young professionals are also likely to enjoy the bars and pubs in nearby Bermondsey. Although the Help to Buy flats in London Square Canada Water have one bedroom, they also benefit from Siemens appliances, underfloor heating and outside space, just like the other more expensive apartments in the building.
The Tribeca, East Dulwich
East Dulwich, with its independent restaurants, cafes and gastro pubs, attracts professionals and young families for both its city convenience and leafy appeal. It really is the perfect midway point between Dulwich Village’s grandeur and Peckham Rye’s hustle and bustle, both of which give residents plenty of options of things to do at weekends.
Right in the centre of East Dulwich is The Tribeca, which perfectly reflects the needs of London’s first-time buyers – hardwood floors, high-quality fixtures and fittings and outside space. The mix of apartments and houses also gives the development a more community feel, appealing to a wider range of buyers.
Newgate Tower, Croydon
We’ve been saying this for a while now, but Croydon is one of the best places to buy in London if you’re a first-time buyer with a more limited budget, who is looking for all the conveniences the city has to offer. Quick commuter links to London Victoria, an increasing amount of investment from local and international companies and plenty of new fashionable eateries and shops are changing the face of Croydon.
One of many new developments popping up in the area, Newgate Tower offers exactly the lifestyle that buyers of a new build property are likely to be looking for – a concierge service, a balcony or terrace, a residents’ gym and underground parking.
Just on the outskirts of Croydon, Ikon offers first-time buyers slightly better value for money in terms of square footage than they may find in the centre of town. And you don’t have to travel far to get to Croydon IKEA and the impressive range of shops found in the surrounding retail parks. Providing close proximity to tram links and road links for those with a car, commuter potential is also great in this area and some of the apartments in the development come with parking too. Each apartment offers an open-plan kitchen, a double bedroom/s and some come with outside space.
Lion Wharf, Isleworth
This part of west London ticks all the boxes for first-time buyers who are searching for a home outside the city, where there’s parkland, the River Thames and a quaint suburban feel to enjoy all year round. Isleworth certainly has plenty to offer new residents, such as Syon House and park, as well as train links to London Waterloo, which make up for its out-of-town location.
Situated on the banks of the river, Lion Wharf not only has the perfect setting, but offers chic, stylish accommodation too, with high-end fixtures and fittings, a sleek neutral finish, a private terrace or balcony in each apartment and underground parking.
Provenance House, Collier's Wood
Collier’s Wood and the surrounding areas have grown in popularity with first-time buyers, offering everything today’s professionals are looking for – a good choice of property, underground connections, cools pubs and cafes in nearby Tooting and beautiful parkland too.
Just a short walk from Collier’s Wood Underground Station, Provenance House is smaller than the other developments in this list, which means it has more of a local, residential feel that some of the larger new homes developments lack. Here, those looking for a Help to Buy flat can purchase a completed home, with open-plan entertaining space and outside space.
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