First-time buyers don’t have to compromise on space or location


The Times and Metro Moves interviews a young couple using Help to Buy at Greenland Place.

Freelance fashion stylist and blogger Elizabeth Ramos De Freitas, 25, and her husband Heber recently purchased their first home at Barratt London’s Greenland Place, thanks to Help to Buy. The Times and Metro moves interviewed her to find out more about buying a three-bedroom apartment using a 20% equity loan from the Government.

Elizabeth was already renting at Barratt London’s Fulham Riverside and was keen to get on the property ladder, and reassured by her current renting situation, she decided to research where Barratt London offered Help to Buy. She discovered Greenland Place in Deptford, London SE8, which ticked all the boxes for the young couple and meant they did not need to compromise on location, size or price.

As a stylist, having wardrobe space was a must for Elizabeth. Metro Moves looked at how “some developers are tackling the issue of wardrobe space by turning it into a selling point for their homes, devoting generous amounts of floor space to walk-in wardrobes and dressing rooms”. Elizabeth has “converted one of the bedrooms into a vast dressing room” and customised the existing wardrobes to accommodate her shoe collection.

A particular selling point for Elizabeth was the size and layout of the apartment. She commented: “We have a large master bedroom and use the second and third bedrooms as a closet and an office, which suits the nature of my work as I do a lot of it from home. We even have a spacious hallway which is something our previous homes have lacked. As well as our own private balcony, we’ve also got access to a communal garden which is a lovely place to eat when it’s warm.”

Elizabeth was amazed at how “fast and painless” the buying process was, commenting: “It only took one month and the only reason we didn’t move in straight away was because our previous contract wasn’t up yet – we didn’t expect it to happen so quickly!”

Designed by RMA Architects, Greenland Place is made up of 562 new homes within a series of courtyards and squares set amongst landscaped gardens. Greenland Place is just a short walk from the Surrey Quays DLR station that connects commuters to the Jubilee line at Canada Water Underground Station in just a few minutes, offering rapid links to London Bridge, Canary Wharf and Bond Street. Historical Greenwich can also easily be reached by bus or via the Thames clipper service from Greenland Pier.

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Read “Create your very own fashion house” article in the Metro property section on 16 February 2016.