Caroline Smith and Jessica Templeton have just moved into a three-bed town house at Trinity Walk in Woolwich costing £590,000.
Caroline, 43 and Jessica, 39 had their eyes on the Trinity Walk development for over two years and watched Phase 1 being built not more than 500 yards from where they lived.
Trinity Walk is a collection of 445 new build one, two and three-bedroom apartments and 13 three and four bedroom townhouses. The first phase sold out in June. Each new home has been built to maximise space and light as well as being finished with a high specification to ensure high levels of comfort, security and quality.
Jessica said: “There were a number of factors that led us to invest in a property here in Woolwich. Our Trinity Walk townhouse represented very good value for money when we took in account the amount of space on offer so close to key transportation links for our commute. No other area of London offered us the same amount of space so close to a wide variety of amenities and a proper town centre. The diversity and vibrancy of the area is also really evident. Greenwich Council support and celebrate that diversity with a number of community festivals held every year.”
“Woolwich is up and coming,” added Caroline. “There’s an influx of professional workers moving into the area. There’s new Government funding promised to invigorate the High Street and there is a new Creative District being built. The level of new and ongoing investment in the area can only be a good thing.”
“We particularly wanted three bedrooms to accommodate a guest room and a study,” added Jessica. “We’ve also got a small outdoor space and parking spot which were on the shopping list as must haves.”
The proximity of Trinity Walk to the Woolwich Arsenal DLR line and the coming soon Queen Elizabeth Cross Rail line were also vital to the couple.
Caroline said: “We can be on the train in 10 minutes of leaving our front door. Being so close to the station and the Queen Elizabeth line when it opens will mean much quicker service to central London and Docklands. I think a lot of buyers here are moving to Woolwich for that reason as well as affordable property.
“The last thing we wanted was a freehold property which we’ve got, so Trinity Walk ticked all the boxes,” added Caroline. (Lovell offers freeholds on townhouses only)
Jessica, who teaches Events Management at the University of Greenwich, added: “We now have a spacious home where we are able host friends and family with ease. We’ve never been able to accommodate family from abroad, and it means the world to us to be able to do so.”
It was the community aspect that was highlighted on the company brochure that Caroline and Jessica also bought into. Lovell Homes limits the number of units it sells to investors and instead promotes its homes people living and working in London.
“Lovell talked about community values and getting to know your neighbours in their advertising, and we have to say it’s one thing claiming it and another experiencing it. We experienced it immediately after we moved in and were made to feel very welcome by other residents. It re-enforced to us the feeling that we were doing the right the thing.”
Jean-Philippe Gadel, Lovell Homes regional sales manager, said: “We are delighted to hear that Caroline and Jessica have settled in well and are enjoying living at Trinity Walk.”
He added: “There’s never been a better time for first time buyers to get onto the London housing ladder. We have sold many of the apartments at Trinity Walk to first time buyers who realise they can afford to buy in London.”
With prices for a one bed luxury apartment starting at £349,950, first-time buyers are finding they can afford to buy at Trinity Walk with the Help to Buy initiative. A five per cent deposit is all buyers need and with the interest rates being historically low, there’s never been a better time to get onto the property ladder.