This is a sponsored article on behalf of Guinness Homes.
For many of us, becoming a homeowner in London is the dream, but — let's face it — trying to get on the property ladder here can be a bit of a nightmare.
Luckily for those struggling to raise the (often enormous) upfront costs associated with buying on the open market, there is another option: Shared Ownership. And one development currently in the works in the south west of the capital has a heck of a lot to offer those eligible for this part-rent, part-buy scheme.
This is Signal Park.
Located mere minutes from Tolworth station in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Signal Park is a soon-to-be-unveiled collection of high spec one, two and three-bedroom apartments by Guinness Homes.
Each apartment is available via Shared Ownership, with shares starting at 50%. This means both your deposit and your mortgage will be based on half of the property's full market value — significantly reducing your upfront costs.
You'll pay rent on the rest but can choose to buy additional shares over time, up to full ownership. Of course, if you like, you can sell up before then but — after a taste of south west London life — there's a very good chance you'll want to stay put. Here's what you've got look forward to...
Location-wise, Signal Park has loads going for it. It's just a three-minute walk from the local train station, where you can catch direct services to Vauxhall (27 mins) and Waterloo (just over half an hour), so it's ideal for commuters and anyone keen not to stray too far from the bright lights of central London.
But that's not to suggest that you have to head north of the river for entertainment; there's plenty to do closer to home — especially if you've got an adventurous spirit. In your new neighbourhood, you'll find a go-karting track, a Hollywood Bowl and a climbing wall, on top of less exciting but super-essential amenities like supermarkets, barbers and pharmacies.
Meanwhile, Go Ape and Chessington World of Adventures are both a short drive away (ideal if you've got kids!)
For more grown-up fun, neighbouring Surbiton is home to a few picturesque pubs (we've heard great things about The Antelope) and a few lovely waterfront bars and restaurants.
If you cycle, it takes around 10 minutes to reach the banks of the Thames from Signal Park, north of which you'll find the magnificent Hampton Court Palace — bursting with historical intrigue, and home to sprawling grounds.
Closer to home — just minutes from the development — is Tolworth Court Farm Fields, a Local Nature Reserve that's teeming with wildlife. You might even spot the odd roe deer.
As for the apartments themselves? The photos we've featured give you an idea of what to expect, but you'll have to watch this space for all the details... the development is expected to launch in 2023.
But there is something you can do in the meantime — register your interest in Signal Park today and you'll be first to know all the latest news. It might just be the first step towards getting your dream home!