Heads Up, First Time Buyers! Finding Your Own Little Slice Of London Is Closer Than You Think

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Heads Up, First Time Buyers! Finding Your Own Little Slice Of London Is Closer Than You Think

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Renting in London gets a whole lot of airtime — dodgy landlords, sneaky fees, extortionate rents, the list of woes goes on. But taking your first steps onto the property ladder and actually buying a property? That’s something young Londoners hear a lot less about. After all, finding a home in the capital is a mere pipe dream… Isn’t it?

Not if Fairview has anything to do with it.

Comfy, open plan living at Maritime in Greenwich.

While you may think your only chance of becoming a homeowner requires a one-way ticket straight outta the capital, Fairview helps Londoners stay right where they want to be. London, of course!

How do they do it? A blossoming collection of brand spanking new apartments in well-connected, yet more affordable parts of town. We’re talking Surrey Quays, Greenwich, Harrow and Hornsey — London neighbourhoods filled with all the lovely restaurants, parks and shops you want, yet only a few tube stops away from the city centre you know and love.

Out for a stroll at Venue in Anerley.

Good news — your new home means you won’t need to leave the capital, trade in your treasured London lifestyle or wave goodbye to your job/friends/family/favourite pub. Hoorah! But you’re probably wondering how on earth can you afford it. Fairview’s apartments start from just £305,000 and, thanks to the London Help to Buy scheme, you could qualify for a 40% government-backed loan once you have a 5% deposit. That means you’ll only apply for a mortgage on 55% of the property’s value. Not too shabby, eh?

It can feel like a lot to get your head around, but Fairview are on hand to help every step of the way. They have connections with a wide range of independent suppliers, which means you can get help with anything from immediate answers to all your burning questions, to delving into the nitty-gritty with a mortgage adviser when you’re ready to take the leap.

Views towards the city at Park Royal's Regency Heights.

You don’t just need to take our word for it either. Alexis and Sophie are proud new homeowners at Fairview’s Altitude neighbourhood in Hornsey. Alexis works in finance, so when it came to decision-making, he knew they’d want to be thorough. Throughout the process, they made good use of Fairview’s recommended independent mortgage brokers, solicitor, and even the after care team who helped Alexis find a secure parking solution for his motorbike.

"This has been such a big step" he says, "it is still sometimes hard to believe that we are now homeowners. And it couldn’t have gone more smoothly."

There's more than just the support network to win you over. From one bed apartments with views towards Alexandra Palace, to three bed homes just 5 minutes’ walk from the banks of the Thames, buying in your own corner of the capital has never looked so good.

With six developments already being snapped up, plus another five on the way, each area has its own identity. And thanks to the likes of private balconies, landscaped gardens, integrated appliances and open-plan living all up for grabs, it’s easy to see why 300 homes have been sold in the last three months alone.

Claudia, showing off her new Hydro home.

The property itself is what sold it for Claudia, who bought her home at Hydro in Surrey Quays. "The apartment I viewed was really modern, the perfect size with a lovely big balcony — it has everything I was looking for and more." The fact that Surrey Quays was her first-choice location, the shops are round the corner and she's a 10 minute walk from the Jubilee and Overground lines? That's just the icing on the cake.

Fairview New Homes currently have homes available in Harrow-on-the-Hill, Park Royal, Anerley, Hornsey, Surrey Quays and Greenwich. New developments launching in 2020 include Hounslow, Queensbury, Highams Park, Charlton and Tottenham. Find out more about all their properties and how they can help you remain a Londoner over on the Fairview website.

Last Updated 28 October 2019