Get on the property ladder near fitness facilities with Shared Ownership
Check out five of the top first time buyer homes in Hounslow, Hillingdon, Wandsworth, Merton and Ealing
According to a YouGov survey at the start of 2022, for the third year in a row getting fit and healthy is the main focus of the majority of brits this year. With 49% of people surveyed claiming that fitness is the top priority in their lives, the growing importance of being able to exercise close to home is undeniable.
Buying a home with integrated fitness facilities, outdoor space for workouts or nearby parkland is often out of reach for first time buyers, as a result of the expensive price of homes on the open market. Providing high-end amenities at an affordable level, there are now increasingly more Shared Ownership developments across London offering access to gyms, fitness facilities and nearby parks, meaning residents can enjoy exercising closer to home, without paying a premium.
Shared Ownership allows buyers to pay lower deposits and monthly repayments than those traditionally found on the open market. The part-buy part-rent scheme enables buyers to purchase a percentage of the value of their home, while paying a reduced rent on the remaining percentage. Deposits and monthly payments are based on the purchased share – lowering costs and helping first time buyers step onto the property ladder in some of London’s most popular and exciting areas.
Helping buyers purchase an affordable home without compromising on priorities, leading Shared Ownership property portal Share to Buy have rounded up five of the top Shared Ownership homes currently listed on the website offering fitness facilities for first time buyers.
BE WEST have launched a collection of 12 high specification apartments at AW4KEN, on Barrowgate Road, Chiswick. The homes are perfectly placed for residents to enjoy swift access into central London, either for a day out or for a morning commute. Chiswick is host to a whole range of amenities, from plentiful parks and green areas to an excellent café culture and trendy bars along Chiswick High Road. All homes feature outside space, ideal for home workouts, whilst the development is situated within walking distance of a range of fitness facilities.
These nearby facilities include Chiswick House and Gardens, home to the public pay and play sports centre, and the Hogarth Health Club, offering residents the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of sports including squash, tennis, swimming and more. Chiswick Rugby and Football club is also a short walk away, and West 4 Gym is five minutes away. Prices start from £183,750 for a 25% share of a two bedroom apartment (FMV: £735,000).
L&Q at Hayes Village, Hillingdon
L&Q at Hayes Village offers a collection of 413 studio, one, two and three bedroom Shared Ownership homes. Transforming the site of the former Nestle Factory in Hayes, West London, Hayes Village will become the capital’s newest urban village community, providing over 1,300 new homes with landscaped private communal gardens. The wider neighbourhood will become home to expansive green spaces with a walking trail, whilst perfect for fitness fanatics the site will also welcome a 200m running track, and outdoor exercise equipment – in addition to a revamped public realm along the Grand Union Canal complete with pedestrian walkways. At L&Q at Hayes Village, prices start from £75,313 for a 25% share of a one bedroom apartment (FMV: £301,250 and £95,625 for a 25% share of a two bedroom apartment (FMV: £382,500).
Windsor Apartments, Wandsworth
Elmbridge House at Windsor Apartments is located at the prestigious Prince of Wales Drive development, situated in a prime location at the heart of the extensive regeneration of Battersea. Formerly occupied by Victorian gas holders alongside the iconic Battersea Power Station, the area has today been transformed. Homes at Windsor Apartments are in a unique position just 180 meters from one of London’s finest riverside parks, with Battersea Park providing an oasis of calm in Prime Central London’s fastest-developing and most dynamic quarter.
In addition, the development benefits from 2.5 acres of new, landscaped, public open space featuring pedestrian access to Battersea Park through its own reclaimed railway arch. Residents will have access to an on-site gym, part of ‘The Gym Group’, with Latimer by Clarion Housing Group currently holding deals for residents to purchase a discounted membership. Prices start from £156,250 for a 25% share of a one bedroom apartment (FMV: £625,000), and £216,250 for a 25% share of a two bedroom apartment (FMV: £865,000).
The Switch, Merton
Providing opportunities for first time buyers to become homeowners in a new sporting and cultural hub for South West London, Catalyst are delivering 181 one to three bedroom Shared Ownership homes at The Switch, Wimbledon. Part of a landmark joint venture with Galliard Homes delivering 633 homes alongside new retail and leisure space set around a new 9,000-seat stadium for AFC Wimbledon, the homes are equidistant between Earlsfield and Wimbledon. Residents have green spaces, cultural and entertainment opportunities and great transport connections all on the doorstep, helping to establish this as an exciting new district. Perfect for a workout or run through the park, close to The Switch is a wealth of green space including Wimbledon Park, Wandle Meadow Nature Park and Garratt Park. Prices for a one bedroom apartment start from £100,000 for a 25% share (FMV: £400,000).
SO Resi Greenford, Ealing
Made for modern life, SO Resi Greenford is a collection of 84 conveniently situated Shared Ownership properties, with interiors specifically designed for the way we live today with access to a gym and concierge. Each of these stylish Shared Ownership homes – most with balconies, many with en-suites and some with parking – deliver thoughtfully designed, sleek interiors perfect for modern life. Ideally located in the West London neighbourhood of Greenford, this collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments are just moments from Greenford Underground station and within easy reach of transport links, bustling shops, a fusion of eateries and plentiful leafy green spaces. Shopping for daily essentials is simple. Westway Cross Retail Park (including M&S Simply Food) is just a five minute walk away, and the town centre offers a mix of independents and high-street chains plus a thriving twice-weekly market. Prices start from £82,500 for a 25% share (FMV: £330,000).
Information and pricing correct as of 04/02/2022.
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