First time buyer moves back to her roots

Posted: 22 September 2017 by Higgins

When first-time buyer Claire Thomas sought to buy her first home, she looked back to the place where she grew up to discover an area that would suit all her needs.

Working as a management consultant in London meant that Claire needed to find a location that would allow her easy access into town. As a single buyer, she also needed to find an area that she would feel safe and happy every day. After researching various options, Claire discovered Loughton in Essex, which is just half an hour by public transport from Central London.

“I wanted to be on the tube for work and getting into town and it is good that Loughton is on the night tube too,” says Claire. “I grew up in Essex but haven’t lived there for a long time, so it is nice to come back to my roots. The location feels quiet and safe but with enough going on with the shops nearby.”

Claire decided that a new build would suit all her needs including being able to finance the purchase through Help to Buy, which she was able to take advantage of. “I wanted the ten-year building guarantee and no hassle because this is my first property purchase,” explains Claire. “I also wanted something clean and modern that nobody else had lived in.”

Landmark is a new residential development in Loughton comprising 64 one- and two-bedroom apartments complemented by new retail space at street level and office space on the seventh floor. Created by local developer Higgins Homes, the highly contemporary, stylish building plays a major role in the exciting redevelopment of the area.

“Landmark is close to the tube and there is also parking, which would help my commute every day,” says Claire. “I knew I wanted a new build but didn’t want it to be a huge development of hundreds of flats because that would have felt very overwhelming. I also like the idea of having some retail space on the lower floor.”

The development ticked all the boxes in terms of location, look and feel and the high specification internally sealed the deal for Claire. “There are really good-sized bedrooms, built-in wardrobe in the master bedroom, balcony with lovely views of the Essex countryside and a great storage cupboard, adds Claire.”

Higgins has ensured that the design details at Landmark’s apartments make a big impression on buyers. There are stylish open-plan, glossy kitchens, contemporary bathrooms and en-suites and indulgent touches everywhere. “There are lots of wow factors such as the kitchen with all integrated Smeg appliances,” says Claire. “With the well-considered lighting, it has been designed to feel very modern and high end.”

As a first-time buyer, Claire naturally had some worries at the beginning but was pleasantly surprised at the ease of the whole process. “I was concerned about all the finances coming together and my mortgage getting approved in a short space of time but in reality it was really smooth because I had a good broker and solicitor suggested by Higgins,” she said. “I got all my paperwork in order and they were efficient in making it happen. The Higgins sales people are lovely, offering a friendly and personal service. They made me feel very special because it was my first purchase.”

Claire moved into her new apartment at the end of July, and is already stamping her own style onto it as she explains: “I have already bought lots of new things for my place; furniture and accessories and put a few essentials up like hooks on the back of doors and curtain poles. Next, I will be looking to make the balcony feel more ‘done’ and paint the bedrooms. I live on my own so I am going to make the second bedroom a bedroom/office.”

Prices at Landmark start at £395,000. For more information visit the Landmark page here

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