With the UK economy and property market still on the road to recovery, many buyers may think that purchasing their first home or moving up the property ladder is beyond them at present. This is not necessarily the case, however, as Paula Benneworth discovered when she purchased a three-bedroom townhouse at Vista in Ipswich thanks to a Crest Nicholson purchasing scheme.

Both first time buyers and second steppers can take advantage of schemes at Vista, including the Government-backed NewBuy scheme which enables buyers to purchase with just 5% deposit, or Part Exchange, whereby Crest Nicholson buys the purchaser’s existing home so that they may purchase a home at Vista. Both schemes have proven popular and enabled many buyers to step onto or climb the property ladder when they would otherwise have been unable to do so.

Paula Benneworth said: “Following a marriage breakdown I had been renting a home with my two teenage children. Although I was desperate to own my own home, I just didn’t think it was a possibility given my situation. I’ve always recognised the importance and value of putting my money in property, however, rather than have it languish in the bank earning little interest, but I just didn’t think buying a family home was an option at this stage. I had been looking into shared equity and thought I might be able to buy a small apartment as an investment but then I discovered Vista.

“I knew that house builders were able to offer buying schemes that helped them purchase a home so I came to speak to the sales team here about their apartments. We discovered though that, not only could I afford a house, but I could buy a three-bedroom Ingham townhouse. We had been living in a rented townhouse and loved the space that they offer - it never occurred to me that I could actually afford to buy one.

“I purchased the former Sales & Marketing Suite and moved in during the summer. We all absolutely love it here. Our house is so spacious; we never feel cramped or in each other’s way. There is plenty of space for everyone which is quite a feat with two teenage girls in the family!”

Paula continues: “It was a very easy move to make, both in terms of the purchasing process with Crest Nicholson and the fact that the home required no repair work or redecorating. The lack of work and on-going maintenance was one of the major benefits and attractions of buying new; we don’t need to spend our spare time or excess amounts of money fixing things.

“We’re all very happy here. Getting onto the property ladder wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Those interested in owning their own home should investigate further and meet with the sales team here; purchasing their own home may not be a pipe dream after all.”

Vista, located on Woodbridge Road, comprises a selection of one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses. At one end of the site lies a wildlife corridor with series of water features to create a peaceful and beautiful environment.

Homes at Vista are all finished to the high standard associated with Crest Nicholson and properties are fitted with modern kitchens, complete with a range of integrated appliances including a stainless steel Bosch oven, hob and extractor hood. Bathrooms and en suites incorporate smart white Roca sanitaryware finished with contemporary Hansgrohe chrome accessories, meaning that homes are ready to move into straight away.

The development is just 1.5 miles from the hustle and bustle of Ipswich’s vibrant town centre. Furthermore, it is fewer than two miles from the train station from which London Liverpool Street is just over an hour away, making a Vista home the perfect choice for commuters.

Prices for current availability at Vista start from £230,000 to £300,000. For more information or to book an appointment please call the Sales & Marketing Suite, open daily from 10am-5pm, on 0870 757 8182 or e-mail vista@crestnicholson.com. Alternatively, visit www.crestnicholson.com/vista. Address: Vista, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP4 2GF.