William (25) was renting in Clapham and tired of spending his money on rent, was determined to become a homeowner. Thanks to the Government-backed Help to Buy: Equity loan scheme, William was able to step onto the property ladder and found the perfect two bedroom apartment at Crest Nicholson’s The Picturehouse in Redhill, Surrey.
William, who works as an actuary for a London-based insurance company, comments: “After living with flatmates for a few years, I was ready to move out into my own home. I was very determined to get more value for my money, so I settled on leaving London. I had always been good at saving and managed to put away a lot while I was at university, but I wouldn’t have been able to purchase my first apartment without the Help to Buy scheme.”
The Picturehouse offers a modern and stylish collection of 133 high specification, one and two bedroom apartments with fully fitted kitchens and contemporary sleek bathrooms. The open-plan kitchen and living areas are low maintenance and great for entertaining, making these properties perfect for busy young professionals.
William says: “Part of the appeal of this apartment was the flexible layout which has allowed me to transform the second bedroom into a study. With my partner, Emily, and I both working from home, it was essential to have a dedicated workspace. I also love that the property is brand new as everything has been done to such a high standard. It also meant we’ve been able to make it our own with painting and furniture choices, and I’m so happy with the result.”
Located in the heart of Redhill, residents at The Picturehouse will benefit from a wide array of amenities nearby including the Belfry Shopping centre, popular high street retailers and banks – as well as an abundance of restaurants and bars. The development is also directly next to Redhill station, which offers direct trains to London Bridge in only 31 minutes, making it perfect for commuters.
Commenting on the excellent transport links, William says: “It’s fantastic being on the Gatwick train line as it means we have excellent connections into London. When I do return to work, it will take me just 45 minutes on the train and tube to get to my office in the city, while it’s a 50 minute commute for Emily, who’s a mental health practitioner for the NHS in South London. We’re also only about a 20 minute drive from my parents and it’s lovely to have them nearby.”
Prices for a one bedroom apartment start from £260,000 and £354,950 for a two bedroom. Select properties are available on the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme, as well as Home Reach, Crest Nicholson’s part buy-part rent ownership scheme in partnership with heylo. For more information or to book an appointment with the sales team, call 01737742439 or visit https://www.crestnicholson.com/developments/the-picturehouse/