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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.

Shared Ownership launches at L&Q’s The Rushgroves​

The Rushgroves by L&Q

New development The Rushgroves by L&Q is set to launch its first Shared Ownership properties on Saturday 27th October in Hendon, North London.

A collection of 51 properties ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments will be released in the first phase of Shared Ownership, with prices starting from £73,125 for a 25% share.

Further Shared Ownership homes, also incorporating larger three-bedroom apartments, are anticipated to be released during later phases of development.

Stunning new homes at Bierton Gardens in Aylesbury

Stunning new homes at Bierton Gardens in Aylesbury

Hightown Homes are excited to reveal their stunning new show home at Bierton Gardens in Aylesbury.

Home seekers can now view this lovely development, which is conveniently located close to the town centre and contains two and three-bedroom houses all of which are available for shared-ownership. 

All the homes benefit from a contemporary gloss fitted kitchen with fully integrated appliances including a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and stainless steel oven and hob. There are floor finishes throughout, gas central heating, allocated car parking and a private garden to every home. For peace of mind, all homes also come with a 10 year NHBC warranty.

The finishing touches are being added to new phase of homes in Corby

The finishing touches are being added to new phase of homes in Corby

The latest phase of properties at Barratt Homes Northampton’s Lyveden Fields development in Corby is soon to be released (Saturday 8th September), providing house hunters with the opportunity to discover their perfect new home.

A selection of four and five bedroom homes are set to be unveiled in the heart of the Oakley Vale development, offering prospective buyers the chance to join an established community in a beautiful suburb.

The homes will be available with prices starting from £260,000, ideal for growing families looking for a place to settle down, close to excellent schooling options and a variety of useful amenities.

Crown Gardens - Going Once, Twice - SOLD!

Crown Gardens - Going Once, Twice - SOLD!

by Richard Werth, CEO of Troy Homes

Most property brochures are full of adjectives to describe luscious, leafy surroundings and ample, spacious, dimensions. Everything’s high quality and built to luxury specifications. As you find yourself gazing at the glossy paper pile in front of you, how do you choose your forever home?

Perhaps a better question is … does the home deliver?

Dreaming of a forever home

Key benefits of owning an apartment in Milton Keynes with Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Key benefits of owning an apartment in Milton Keynes with Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Apartment living is becoming a popular choice for a range of different property seekers in Milton Keynes, from first time buyers taking the first step onto the property ladder to those looking to downsize to a more manageable home. 

Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton has recognised the growing need for apartments at its Fairfields development. It is currently expertly crafting a range of two bedroom apartments at the Caledonia Road development that are expected to be in demand with a range of buyers.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton, said: “There are many advantages to apartment living and we are seeing a rise in the number of downsizers who are benefitting from these. 

NU living - New Homes In East London

NU living - New Homes In East London

NU Living, a leading developer part of the Swan Association, specialises in offering accessible homes off-plan through private sale in the East of London. They offer a selection of off-plan developments that might be of interest to you for a property/homes interest news feature.

The Paragon, Ilford

The Paragon is an example of contemporary city living in Ilford, with the local area set to benefit from generous funding for regeneration. Situated on the Central line, residents will have quick access to central London and beyond. The high spec development which consists of 105 1 and 2 bedroom shared ownership apartments that will open-plan living spaces with a variety benefits including large windows, high ceilings and stunning views across London.

Buy Your Dream Home With 105% Part Exchange

Buy Your Dream Home With 105% Part Exchange

Five-star house builder Barratt Manchester is offering potential homebuyers 105% Part Exchange on their existing homes if they purchase one of the selected properties at The Links development in Preston.

Trying to find a buyer, waiting for a sale, and hoping the property chain doesn’t break are just some of the pressures that manifest when selling a home. Part Exchange takes away these stresses as the leading housebuilder will give buyers 105% of a Royal Institute Chartered Surveyors (RICS) valuation based upon the assumption of achieving a sale within 8 - 10 weeks.

Plumlife Launches Affordable Homes Development In Bury

Plumlife Launches Affordable Homes Development In Bury
Award-winning affordable homes provider Plumlife has launched a brand new development of affordable homes in Bury - The Larks at Radcliffe. 

The Larks is a stylish collection of 14 two and three bedroom homes with superb eco-features, which offer local people the chance to get onto the property ladder. Homes are available for Shared Ownership, a government-backed scheme which provides local people with an affordable way to buy a new home. The buyer purchases a share of the new home (usually between 35 and 75 per cent) and pays a small rent on the remaining part until they can take further shares to own the home outright. 

Martin Grant Homes to pay season ticket cost

Martin Grant Homes to pay season ticket cost for buyers at Summerswood development, Ifield, Crawley

Developer Martin Grant Homes will cover the cost of season tickets for buyers purchasing at its Summerswood development, Ifield, Crawley. The offer is available for a limited time only and applies to all purchases made at the development during that period, where there are currently three and four bedroom homes available from £464,950. 

In recognition of the development’s excellent potential as a home for London commuters, Martin Grant Homes will pay for buyers’ first class season tickets – allowing new residents of Summerswood to make the daily 48 minute journey from Ifield to London Victoria for free, offering a saving of £5,420.

Hampden Hall

Hampden Hall

Hightown Homes has 2 & 3 bedroom houses available for shared ownership in the pretty village of Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire.

Hampden Hall is located within the village of Weston Turville in the Chilterns, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Nearby Aylesbury provides excellent amenities and convenient transport links to London.

L&Q Launches Shared Ownership Quarter in London’s Most Affordable Borough

Shared Ownership

Over 200 of the most affordable homes in London are being delivered in Barking, as part of on-going regeneration in the area. The 221 shared ownership homes at Weavers Quarter in Barking are the first of some 1575 new homes that will be available on the site of the former Gascoigne Estate, which is being transformed into a stunning new development complete with two schools, new high quality public open space and a new community centre.


The first phase of Shared Ownership homes comprises 50 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes, launched recently, are available to those who live or work in the borough of Barking and Dagenham, recently listed as one of the most affordable boroughs in London*.

Housebuilders offers buyers of new homes a wheelie good time at Cheshire developments

Housebuilders offers buyers of new homes a wheelie good time at Cheshire developments

With more and more people choosing pedal power over other forms of transport, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are helping people in Cheshire to get on its bike by building new homes close to the National Cycle Network and providing storage for bicycles at their developments.

Cycling in the UK is increasing year on year according to British Cycling, the sport’s governing body, with more than two million people across the country getting out on their bike at least once a week.

Modern day living at the heart of community village

Leading housing developer announces Help to Buy homes in the heart of community village

A stylish new development is offering househunters the opportunity to sample the perfect blend of modern living: state-of-the-art affordable home comforts combined with traditional village life. 

Just over 12 miles away from the city of Chester, David Wilson’s Haddington Park development is ideally located for young professionals looking for affordable homes and an easy commute across the North West.

Located on the edge of the chocolate-box village of Tarporley, Haddington Park offers residents a friendly community feel, in addition to a wide range of facilities. 

Metropolitan has a large range of new homes 


Metropolitan has a large range of new homes to offer across a range of locations in London, the Home Counties and East Midlands.  

Most of the homes we have for sale in this financial year will be available through Shared Ownership – the part buy, part rent option where buyers purchase a share in the value of the home that they can afford (between 25% and 75% of the value of the home) and pay us a subsidised rent on the remainder.

Shared Ownership brings down the costs of entering home ownership as buyers only have to raise a deposit on the share that they are buying (as opposed to on the full market value) and monthly housing costs for Shared Ownership are less than they would be for the same home being bought outright or being rented privately.

First New Build Help To Buy In Zone One Launches At Elephant Park

First New Build Help To Buy In Zone One Launches At Elephant Park

This April marks the launch of Help to Buy homes at the heart of Elephant & Castle – comprising 25 one-bedroom apartments at South Gardens in Elephant Park. The newly launched collection represents the only new build Help to Buy homes currently available in Zone One.
Sustainable developer Lendlease is transforming the urban district by creating an attractive new green neighbourhood, with homes, leisure, retail, and acres of new open space for central London. Offering a helping hand onto the Zone One property ladder, buyers will have the chance to purchase a new-build home from £550,000, with a 5% deposit.

Hatchwood Mill, Winnersh

Hatchwood Mill, Winnersh

Share value: 40% (£175,000)
Full price: £437,500


·         Setting new standards for affordable housing in terms of location, high quality design and a superior specification, a new collection of superb new homes in Winnersh, Berkshire is available to buy through Shared Ownership with Thames Valley Housing

·         The attractive two, three and four-bedroom houses are built in hues of traditional red brick, complemented by either a red or black tiled roof; some of the elevations to the larger homes’ are punctuated with pretty tile-hanging and bay windows.

Shared Ownership was the answer for Battersea first-time buyer

Shared Ownership was the answer for Battersea first-time buyer

In 2012, Adel Whitworth, 33, was left disappointed when her first attempts to make it onto the property ladder in Tooting Broadway fell through. However, she plucked up the courage to try again when she discovered Shared Ownership, a scheme which enables first-time buyers typically priced out of the open market to buy a share of a property and pay rent on the remaining share.

Intrigued and hopeful, Adel filled out an application for the Shared Ownership homes at Battersea Bridge Road, offered for sale by Thames Valley Housing.


House-hunters warned not to miss out on new-look family homes

Harvills Grange opens new-look show homes tomorrow

House hunters across the West Midlands are set to catch their first glimpse at a range of stylish new homes.

Lovell Homes is launching its new show homes at its popular Harvills Grange development tomorrow (25 March).

The spotlight will be on the popular Ringwood design home, a three-bedroom semi-detached house available on Help to Buy from £145,560.

This design boasts spacious interiors that are perfect for growing families, or a couple looking for a bit of extra space. 

The ground-floor layout include a stylish living/dining room, with French doors opening out onto the garden. Meanwhile, the kitchen features an integrated fridge-freezer and slimline dishwasher, in addition to a Bosch stainless steel double oven and gas hob. 

Shared Ownership launched exclusively for over 55s at Zest, Bow Walk, E3

Shared Ownership launched exclusively for over 55s at Zest, Bow Walk, E3

With increasing demand for Shared Ownership properties in London, Red Loft has recently launched a development exclusively for the over 55s.


Zest by Gateway Living is part of the contemporary Bow Walk development just minutes away from Canary Wharf and Central London, in the heart of the thriving and eclectic community of Bow.  It features 12, two-bedroom high quality, high specification apartments just a few minutes’ walk from Bow Road and Bromley by Bow tube stations.


Wendy Hegarty, Partner at Red Loft, the sales agent at the development comments, “There is increasing demand in the market for the over 55s to have the added flexibility of being able to release the equity they have in their family home to enjoy their later years.

Family Homes launch at Iconic East London Former Dog Track

Family Homes launch at Iconic East London Former Dog Track

Stadium Place
L&Q has launched Brook Houses, the final phase of 4 bedroom Shared Ownership houses at Stadium Place, the site of the historic Walthamstow dog stadium. The contemporary homes offer families a chance to own a piece of London history, with properties set behind the former stadium’s iconic Grade II listed wall of neon lights.

New waterside homes close to Crossrail property hotspot launching 10 February

New waterside homes close to Crossrail property hotspot launching 10 February

*Properties in WD are tipped to increase by 3.3% per year above local house price growth up to 2019
*West Drayton will see commute times virtually halved with a typical journey time of 56 minutes to Liverpool Street cut to just 31 minutes
*Properties priced from £219,995

Union Park is a brand new collection of homes set in a stunning waterside location on the banks of the Grand Union Canal.  Aqua House is the first phase to be released at Union Park consisting of 118 luxuriously appointed apartments - a mix of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties ranging from 310 – 1,370 sq feet in size.