A dozen high quality new properties have been reserved in the first few weeks of award-winning Linden Homes launching its Riverside collection in bustling Godalming.
The tide of customers has been led by families attracted by the desirable yet attainable combination of location, quality and value by the banks of the River Wey, close to the heart of the historic Surrey market town.
The leafy development is a thoughtful arrangement of traditionally designed and very spacious two, three and four-bedroom houses as well as two-bedroom apartments.
The development only officially launched in September but already 12 homes have been reserved, 50 per cent of which used the Help to Buy scheme.
The support of the government-backed Help to Buy scheme has been a major boost for purchases by giving people with deposits as low as five per cent the opportunity to make their home among Riverside’s tree-lined streets.
With the show home now open for visitors to see the high specifications and all-inclusive value that characterises Linden Homes developments up and down the country, the surge of interest is expected to last.
Linden Homes Guildford managing director Peter Youll said: “There’s something for everyone at Riverside but I’m not surprised it’s been particularly popular among young families. It has that perfect mix of beautiful setting, top quality and achievable value.
“A lot of people who thought they’d never get a big enough deposit are spotting the opportunities opened up by the government-backed Help to Buy scheme. We’re here to explain the simple process, map out the options and get you started.
“The intense interest in Riverside hasn’t abated since the launch. It means that people will have to act quickly to get the home and riverside lifestyle they want. The first step is a visit – so come and see for yourself and we can answer any questions.”
In common with all Linden Homes properties, each Riverside home comes with integrated kitchen appliances as standard, plus a 10-year NHBC warranty and two-year customer care warranty for peace of mind.
Those benefits add to the factors drawing more and more people towards buying new. Not only are they a blank canvas ready for buyers to stamp their character, but new-build also sidesteps the hassle of inheriting the problems of used homes.
Riverside’s pretty location puts its collection of traditional brick, wood and render homes within walking distance of the Godalming’s bustling centre. A play park has also been built to entertain youngsters and access is open to the banks of the gentle River Wey.
Well-heeled Godalming counts among its community one of the leading independent schools in the world, Charterhouse. Summer brings concerts at the bandstand in the Phillips Memorial Park off bustling High Street.
For getting further afield, the A3 runs north-south and Guildford is less than 20 minutes away by car. Train commuters have a choice of two mainline stations each about a mile away, Godalming and Farncombe. both run direct into London Waterloo in about 45 minutes.
But the list of attractions doesn’t mean buyers have to break the bank. Properties worth up to £600,000 are eligible for Help to Buy, which is open equally to first-timers or those moving further up the housing ladder.
It works by the government lending 20 per cent of the value of the property through an equity loan which can be repaid at any time or on the sale of the home. It means buyers only need to come up with a 75 per cent mortgage on top of their five per cent deposit.
As an alternative to Help to Buy, current home-owners may prefer Linden Homes’ Part Exchange scheme. It offers one quick, hassle-free agreement that takes out estate agents’ fees and the problems with chains which can scupper even the most secure-looking move.
To book an appointment or to find out more, call 0844 488 1953.
For further information, contact Claire McCowan or Claire Bradley at Remarkable Public Relations on 01962 893 893.