Article image Emily Carwardine is well versed in the benefits of buying a new build home.  Previously a sales manager for a major housebuilder, she spent her working day helping homebuyers to find their dream property and, having worked in the industry for over 12 years, she knows quality when she sees it.  But when Emily decided to move to Penarth Heights in the Vale of Glamorgan it wasn’t just her industry-insight she put to good use – she made sure to get her mum’s recommendation too.

Emily’s mum, Annie Hoss, is a sales advisor for Crest Nicholson – the award-winning housebuilder behind Penarth Heights – and it was through her that Emily was first introduced to the development’s fantastic features.  

Emily said: “We’d been living in an older property in Cardiff but were in need of more space and wanted to find a home close to good schools and amenities for our young son, Morgan.  My mum had been telling us about the impressive new development she was working at in Penarth and as soon as we saw the houses, we knew why she was so keen for us to take a look.

“Penarth Heights is a truly unique development and the standard of the homes is really impressive.  We’ve lived in both older and new build properties before but as someone who works for a housebuilder I naturally lean towards the energy efficiency, design and build security you get with a new build home.  

“We instantly fell in love with a four bedroom townhouse. It offers us all the space we could hope for and the layout is particularly well-suited to our lifestyle.  My partner Sion works from home, so the fact one of the bedrooms is located on the ground floor is a real bonus for us as Morgan can use this as a playroom, while Sion’s office is upstairs away from all the noise and excitement!  Having a separate playroom downstairs means I can keep an eye on Morgan but we don’t have to have all the toys in the living room – we can close the door at the end of the day and enjoy a mess-free space for us to relax as a family.”

Penarth Heights is one of the most enviable addresses in South Wales. Set high above Penarth Marina, it enjoys a prime position just a short walk from the town centre and a quick drive / train ride from Cardiff city centre.  

“We’re very fortunate to benefit from the amazing views some of the properties have of Penarth Marina and the allotments. But to be honest, wherever you live in the development, you’re spoilt by the location. People drive up here just to take in the vistas and we really enjoy taking bike rides across the barrage and into Cardiff. Penarth was named as one of the best places to live by the Sunday Times and it’s not hard to see why.  We love walking into the town centre to visit the many wonderful cafes and independent shops.  There’s also a pier and cinema, and lots to keep Morgan entertained.”

“Morgan is three years’ old so being in the catchment area for a good school was really important to us.  Penarth Heights is brilliant because it’s within walking distance of an array of excellent schools. It’s also got a great community feel. It’s a very friendly neighbourhood, which has made a real difference to us as a young family moving into the area.”

Speaking about her delight at helping Emily to find her new home, Annie said: “I’ve worked at Penarth Heights for almost three years and always knew it would make the perfect home for Emily and her family.  Little Morgan is growing up so fast and what better place to spend your childhood than here in Penarth.  It’s a lovely coastal town with oodles of charm and lots of open space for him to play. Then you’ve got Penarth Heights, with its striking architecture, contemporary mod-cons and picture-perfect location. I know they’re going to be very happy here.”

Prices at Penarth Heights using Help to Buy – Wales currently start from £129,600 for a two bedroom Bayswater apartment and £202,360 for a three bedroom Mulberry house. 

Help to Buy Wales enables purchasers to own their own home for just 80 per cent of the purchase price. The remaining 20 per cent is lent to the purchaser by the Welsh Government through the HCA and is interest free for the first five years.  

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