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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.

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!”

Exclusive look inside Caddington Woods homes

Caddington Woods homes

A local housebuilder is inviting the public for an exclusive look inside one of its latest homes. Redrow Homes South Midlands’ Caddington Woods development, on Chaul End, is opening the doors of the York from 10.30am-4pm on Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February to give local people the opportunity to take a closer look at the cleverly designed family home.

The beautifully balanced four-bedroom York is available from £409,950 and features a bright, spacious open-plan area making the kitchen the hub of the home on the ground floor. The first floor boasts a family bathroom, as well as a luxury ensuite ajoined to the master bedroom – perfect for busy mornings. The top floor, which offers two double bedrooms and a second bathroom, is ideal for growing families.

A unique opportunity to purchase showhomes at Heyford Park

Heyford Park Showhome Bedroom

Dorchester Living is giving homebuyers the unique opportunity to purchase showhomes on The Gardens at Heyford Park in Upper Heyford.

The developer has released for sale the four-bedroom semi-detached ‘Wentworth’ viewhome and the four-bedroom detached ‘Darcy’ showhome, with incentives such as stamp duty savings and legal fees paid also on offer. Both properties are available for immediate occupation.

Keep Up With The Latest Interior Design Trends For 2019 At Willow Grove

Willow Grove Living Room

With a number of homeowners making it a New Year’s resolution to redecorate, the latest show homes at Willow Grove in Wixams are giving Bedfordshire homebuyers serious interior design envy with their use of the latest trends for 2019.

The three bedroom Hadley, four bedroom Holden and five bedroom Moorecroft style properties by David Wilson Homes have been expertly designed to suit modern living and are now available to view.

The show homes, which are located on Southern Cross, provide house hunters with a first look at the quality and style of a David Wilson home and shows how they can put their stamp on a brand new home.

Cheshire Home Buyers Grab A Slice Of The Action At New Development

Stanneylands development

David Wilson Homes’ new development is opening its doors early this weekend to offer Cheshire home buyers a slice of the action before its official show home launch.

The event is taking place at the Stanneylands development on Little Stanneylands this Saturday (19th January) especially for house hunters in the area that are interested in have the first look.

On top of exclusive early bird access to the development, keen property seekers in the Cheshire area will also receive free pizza which David Wilson Homes are offering out to hungry potential buyers.

Help To Buy Queenshurst

Help To Buy Queenshurst

Help to Buy is available at Queenshurst in Kingston upon Thames, enabling more buyers to be part of this fantastic scheme. Potential buyers are invited to attend a Help to Buy event at the on-site Sales and Marketing Suite on Saturday 26th January to find out more about the development and the homes available, and to take a look at the stylish two-bedroom show home. 

Located just a five minutes’ walk from Kingston train station and the lively market town centre, this stylish collection of apartments brings together contemporary design and easy connections to the capital. All homes have a decked balcony or private terrace and provide the high-quality specification for which Berkeley is renowned. 

Popular Luton Development Willow Grove Successfully Sold Out

Willow Grove Show Home

Willow Grove is a beautiful development located in Stopsley that is perfectly situated for the best of both town and country living. The centre of Luton is just a few miles away with all the amenities needed for modern lifestyles, while the open parklands of Barton Hills National Nature Reserve are a short drive away.

The sought-after development, located on Clinton Avenue, features a collection of three, four and five bedroom homes that tailors to the needs of a range of different buyers.

Glenn Copper, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes North Thames, said: “Willow Grove has proven a popular development and we are not surprised that the homes here have now sold out. 

Housebuilder Achieves 100% Recommendation At Marston Fields

Marston Fields

The customer care team at Barratt Homes North Thames is celebrating positive feedback from their customers at the Marston Fields development in Marston Moretaine in the latest customer survey. 

The development has been given a maximum 100% recommendation score from its customers, meaning everyone who entered the survey would recommend the homes to their friends.

The customer service team work hard to ensure that moving into a Barratt home is a positive experience and dedicate their time to guaranteeing everyone is completely happy with their new home. 

Popular Luton Development Willow Grove Successfully Sold Out

Luton Development, Willow Grove

David Wilson Homes’ Luton development Willow Grove has successfully sold out due to popular demand.  David Wilson Homes North Thames' new homes at Willow Grove in Luton

The sought-after development, located on Clinton Avenue, features a collection of three, four and five bedroom homes that tailors to the needs of a range of different buyers. 

Willow Grove is a beautiful development located in Stopsley that is perfectly situated for the best of both town and country living. The centre of Luton is just a few miles away with all the amenities needed for modern lifestyles, while the open parklands of Barton Hills National Nature Reserve are a short drive away.