This is a sponsored article on behalf of L&Q.
Rolling hills, wild flowers, and wandering geese... sounds pretty idyllic, right? But what if we told you this semi rural neighbourhood is actually inside the M25, and 25 minutes from King's Cross? Welcome to Mill Hill, in the London borough of Barnet.
If you fancy living somewhere surrounded by natural beauty, yet close to the bright lights of the capital, you won't do much better than this leafy north London suburb. And L&Q — the shared ownership brand of one of the UK's most successful independent social businesses — has a selection of one, two and three bedroom homes here that could be yours via shared ownership.
What is shared ownership?
A really handy way for those who would normally be priced out of the housing market to get on the property ladder. Shared ownership is a government-backed scheme that lets you buy a 25%-75% share in a property and pay reduced rent on the remaining portion.
At Ridgeway Views, the striking new development where L&Q properties are available, that means you can kickstart your journey towards home ownership for as little as £93,750 for a 25% share. And you typically need only stump up 5%-10% of that for your deposit.
With the average Mill Hill property costing an eye-watering £742,319*, it's clear that shared ownership can be an attractive alternative to the traditional route of buying a house. What's more, with L&Q you get the option to 'staircase' your way up to full ownership, increasing your shares over time as you become more financially able.
Why Ridgeway Views?
Well, first of all there's the location. Mill Hill has an abundance of green space, including a 35 acre park, several nature reserves, and even a duck pond situated in the heart of the historic Mill Hill village. The development itself is just a few minutes' walk from the village, and boasts plenty of its own private, landscaped space.
Nearby Mill Hill Broadway boasts an array of bars, restaurants, and independent and big name shops. From here, Northern line and Thameslink services can whisk you swiftly into central London, and there's a great local bus network. Prefer to drive? Ridgeway Views offers onsite parking, plus bike storage for cyclists.
Inside the striking mid-rise blocks that comprise Ridgeway Views you'll find spacious, stylish apartments drenched in natural light. These are fitted with integrated Zanussi appliances, oak Amtico flooring, and integrated wardrobes that help maximise space in the bedroom. On top of all that, each home has its own private balcony or terrace, so you can enjoy your evening aperitivo al fresco.
*Source: Zoopla, September 2019.