Each month, FTB scours the market for the best starter homes for first time buyers. Whether you’re looking to get your foot on the first rung of the ladder on a budget, or are looking for an urban oasis, we hope you will enjoy our selection.
Located between leafy Chiswick and bustling Ealing, this popular development is home to several hundred one, two and three bedroom apartments, penthouses and townhouses, with 10 recently made available through shared ownership. The homes are beautiful inside and out, and feature bright open-plan living/dining areas with fitted kitchens and integrated appliance as well as a private balcony or terrace. Outside, the development will eventually include parks, squares and communal gardens. It’s perfect for commuters, too, with underground and Overground stations close by and the Crossrail due to arrive next year.
L&Q | 0333 003 3636 | lqpricedin.co.uk/acton-gardens
There are a range of home styles and sizes available at this luxe new development close to the centre of Bedford – recently voted the third hottest property market in the UK. The one bedroom apartments feature a well-proportioned living area, fitted kitchen with integrated appliances and a huge bay window for optimum light. The houses are arranged over three floors, with two of the bedrooms featuring a walk-in wardrobe, plus a study on the top floor. Bedford rail station, in the centre of the thriving town, is just an 11-minute walk away.
Storey Homes | 01582 742165 | storey-homes.co.uk
Located in the pretty Berkshire village of Winnersh, yet close to the city of Reading, these new homes are ideal for combining city and country life. Perfect for families, the homes range from two bedroom semi-detached to three and four bedroom detached properties. The red-brick homes are beautifully designed and feature contemporary kitchens with French doors opening to private rear gardens. Residents also benefit from private parking. Nearby Winnersh station provides services to Wokingham in six minutes and Reading in just 12.
Thames Valley Housing | 020 8607 0550 | tvhsales.co.uk
The zone one location of these properties make the development just perfect for urbanites looking to make the most of London’s sights. The one, two and three bedroom apartments form part of the Albany Place development and lie just over a mile from the Thames, Tower Bridge and the Southbank – for the Tate Modern and The Globe. Transport links are also excellent. Inside, the homes are finished to a high standard and feature a good range of appliances as well as wooden flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies.
L&Q | 03330 033 640 | harvard-gardens.co.uk
This landmark development in the heart of Stratford has recently launched 35 new one and two bedroom apartments available through shared ownership. The homes form part of a fabulous new community where residents have access to a private, on-site gym and a roof-top terrace – perfect for laid-back summer evenings. Inside, the apartments enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, some with enviable views out over London’s skyline. Stratford is a lively part of the city with a great deal of new restaurants and bars as well as world-class shopping and sporting facilities.
East Thames | 0300 303 7333 | east-thames.co.uk
The leafy west London town of Uxbridge is home to these stunning new one and two bedroom apartments and three and four bedroom houses. The one bedroom homes feature an open-plan living/dining area with smart, fitted kitchen, while the houses are arranged over three storeys – perfect for family life. St Andrew’s Park is perfectly located for commuters and those who love to be close to the city while having easy access to countryside pursuits. Uxbridge Tube station is just a 10-minute walk, for Piccadilly and Metropolitan line services into the city, which take just over 40 minutes.
St Mowden Homes | 0844 2434560 | stmodwenhomes.co.uk
Situated on the Greenwich Peninsula on the River Thames, the urban views from this substantial development are second to none. Iverna Quay forms part of Greenwich Millennium Village, an expansive community that enjoys easy access to new parks, an ecology centre, yacht club, the O2 and Canary Wharf. The homes on offer are well sized, with open-plan living areas, balconies from both the bedroom and living room and fitted wardrobes in the bedroom. Transport links are excellent: from nearby North Greenwich station, Jubilee Line services will whizz you into Bond Street in 17 minutes, or to Westfield Stratford in eight.
Taylor Wimpey/Countryside Properties 020 8305 2712 | gmv.london
Popular Chiswick is the location for these plush new apartments, penthouses and townhouses, ranging from studio to four bedrooms. The homes here are finished to an incredibly high spec. As well as balconies and beautiful kitchens, the apartments feature fitted wardrobes, a utility cupboard and storage space to enable residents to make the most of their homes. Chiswick, which is renowned for its beautiful homes and café culture is just a few minutes’ walk from the development, along with a gym, cinema and supermarkets. Catch the District Line from nearby Chiswick Park station and you’ll be at London Victoria in just 20 minutes.
Redrow London | 0203 811 5914 | redrow.co.uk
There are a range of two bedroom apartments and four bedroom houses available at this pretty new development in Trumpington, three miles south of Cambridge’s city centre. The two bedroom apartments feature bright open-plan layouts with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, as well as a laundry room for added space. Residents will also enjoy access to beautifully landscaped gardens as well as cycle storage and private parking. Travel into the city centre is easy by car, public transport, or bike – an ever-popular transport method in the city.
Countryside Properties | 01223 960 677 | countryside-properties.com
The one, two and three bedroom apartments and houses available at this popular development are just perfect for modern living. They are beautifully designed, with bright living areas, private balconies and fitted kitchens. The development features an on-site gym and concierge service, while Chelmsford’s centre, with its wide range of high-street shops, cafes and restaurants is just over a 10-minute walk. What’s more, travel into London Liverpool Street takes just 39 minutes from nearby Chelmsford station. There are also some great parks and beautiful countryside on the doorstep, while the coast can be reached in under an hour.
Bellway | 01245 269208 | bellway.co.uk
Located in a quiet corner of sprawling Gladstone Park, this new collection of two, three and four bedroom houses forms part of the wider regeneration of Cricklewood. Both Cricklewood – home to a lively high street and good shopping facilities – for pubs and bars – are with a short walk, while Jubilee Line services from Dollis Hill station take around 15 minutes to reach central London. Gladstone Park is a beautiful green space with a great cafe and gym and offers great views over the city from the summit.
Octavia Living | 020 8469 1133 | gladstonevillage.co.uk
L&Q @ Beaulieu
Set within the former parkland of the Tudor palace of Beaulieu, the 22 homes here available through shared ownership form part of the wider development of a new neighbourhood in Chelmsford. Homes range from one bedroom apartments to two bedroom homes that are set to launch in late 2016. The development will eventually include new facilities and transport links, as well as new schools and landscaped parks. Chelmsford lies just 30 miles east of London and is a thriving city that’s just a short train journey to London and 40 minutes by car to the coast.
L&Q | 0844 406 9800 | lqpricedin.co.uk
The Gables, Peterborough
The new collection of homes, located in Peterborough range from three to five bedroom houses and are designed with modern living in mind. The three bedroom homes feature separate kitchen and living rooms, two bedrooms on the first floor, with the third bedroom located on the top floor – all with private bathrooms. Residents also benefit from private parking spaces or garages as well as good-sized gardens. Peterborough is perfectly located for getting around, with easy access to Cambridge, Essex and London.
Weston Homes | 01279 873 300 | weston-homes.com
Due to be completed in 2018, this collection of new homes offers first time buyers a great chance to buy in a buzzing part of the city at affordable prices. The Gallery is beautifully designed and interiors are bright and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows and open-plan living/dining areas. Camberwell is a lively town, just moments from popular Peckham and Brixton. It is also so easy to get into central London, with regular bus services running throughout the night. You can also catch the Northern Line from nearby Oval underground station.
Peabody Sales | 020 7021 4842 | peabodysales.co.uk
Tucked away along the tranquil streets that run along the Regent’s Canal, this new collection of homes in Bethnal Green, a famous hub of the East End, offers a slice of exclusive London living. The location of these homes is great for getting around: cyclists have a direct route to Camden or further east via the canal, while Shoreditch and the City are very close by. The homes are beautifully designed and boast modern, luxurious features, with floor-to-ceiling windows, timber flooring, spacious balconies – many overlooking the canal.
Guinness Homes | 0300 456 0522 | guinnesshomes.co.uk
Camberwell on the Green
The bustling corner of Camberwell is home to this new collection of 92 studio, one, two and three bedroom homes. The six-storey development sits just moments from the trendy restaurants and bars of the area as well as several supermarkets and buses that zoom into central London in under 30 minutes. Peckham is just a short walk, while Brixton is just a short bus journey away. Inside, the homes are beautifully designed to reflect their artistic surroundings. Features include wood-look flooring, beautiful tiled bathrooms and large private balconies.
Frasers Property | 020 7368 4836 | camberwellonthegreen.co.uk
The one and two bedroom apartments available at this new development sit right in the heart of Orpington, a bustling town with many great shops and amenities. The development forms part of wider regeneration plans which are set to see the town bloom even further, as its great community times continue to appeal to first time buyers. The homes are thoughtfully designed, with well-sized living/dining areas, en suite bathroom from the master bedroom and a well-sized balcony. All this just 18 minutes by train from London Bridge station.
Berkeley Group | 01689 669 066 | berkeleygroup.co.uk
Located just a mile from East Croydon station, this new development is in a great spot for commuters – trains to London terminals can take as little as 16 minutes. The homes range from one to three bedroom apartments to four bedroom family houses and offer quality fittings and fixtures throughout, including fitted appliances. There are plenty of amenities and parks in easy reach. For excellent shopping facilities, visit Croydon High Street, while foodies are in paradise at the Restaurant Quarter in South Croydon.
Bellway Homes | 0333 577 0664 | bellway.co.uk
St Paul’s Square
Right in the heart of the East End, Bow has bloomed in recent years and has become one of the most desirable places to live in the city. Transport links are great, with Central Line services running from Mile End to the West End in a matter of minutes, several DRL stations and speedy buses into Shoreditch and the City. The homes at St Paul’s Square offer stylish contemporary design, timber effect flooring and brushed steel featured throughout. Each home also benefits from a well-sized balcony or terrace.
Countryside Properties | 07900 769 752 | countryside-properties.com
Rembrandt House, once a printing house for glossy magazines including Vogue has been transformed into 43 one, two and three bedroom loft-style apartments – some with mezzanine levels. The homes’ interiors will be finished to a high spec, with some beautiful features, designed to reflect the classic exterior of the building. Watford is an up-and-coming town with a lot going on, but it is also very well connected to London. Nearby Watford and Watford Junction stations connect the town to the city via the Metropolitan Line and Overground service, in as little as 20 minutes.
Henley Homes | 020 7368 4830 | henley-homes.co.uk