Raising a deposit has been cited as the biggest barrier to buying a first property, with would-be buyers struggling to raise a viable savings pot and secure a large enough mortgage. Offering low deposits and future flexibility, shared ownership is fast becoming the preferred route for first-time buyers to get on the property ladder. With this in mind, contemporary homes for first-time buyers are expected to be snapped up at Unity Gardens, where a two-bedroom apartment can be secured with a deposit of just £4,725 Benefitting from both a short 17-minute train journey into central London and acres of glorious green space, the new homes at Ebbsfleet Garden City, on the banks for the River Thames in Kent, offer the perfect blend of city and country living.
The final phase of shared ownership houses and apartments is now being launched by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing. Previous phases of the Unity Gardens development, which is the only project of its kind with 100% shared ownership available in the sought-after garden city, have sold swiftly and proven to be extremely popular with first-time buyers who otherwise may be priced out of the area.
The opportunity to buy one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as two- and three-bedroom houses, is being offered as part of this final phase. The shared ownership scheme allows people to buy as much of the home as they can afford – starting from as little as 35% and rising up to 75% – whilst paying subsidised rent on the remaining share with the opportunity to buy a bigger share of the home with time until you own it outright.
Victoria Finch, Sales Director at Clarion Housing Group, said: “Unity Gardens is a unique opportunity for first-time buyers to purchase affordable housing in such a well-designed space. Ebbsfleet Garden City is not like any other development, it offers an incredibly high standard of living and is home to a plethora of green space, lakes and parks, with enviable connections to central London in 17 minutes and even a direct train service to Paris.”
Perfect for families, the new two- and three-bedroom houses have private gardens, and each has the right to park. Stepping inside, the properties boast spacious, light-filled rooms, with contemporary living areas and relaxing, comfortable bedrooms. Meanwhile, the smart apartments at Unity Gardens feature private balconies or terraces with modern interiors. Sleek bathroom suites, superior kitchens, luxurious carpets and high-quality fittings in every home offer comfort and style.
In the most recently launched phase, Castle Rise, stylish kitchens enjoy Gloss Platinum units, Woodstone worktops and integrated Zanussi appliances, including a stainless-steel oven, splash back and freestanding fridge/freezer. The hallway cupboard contains a washer/dryer and the exceptional finish throughout reflects the luxury touches seen at Unity Gardens.
Unity Gardens is nestled within the village of Castle Hill in the garden city, which is already home to a Co-op, community center, an outdoor playground and The Spring River, a bright and airy pub and restaurant. Perfect for families, Ebbsfleet Garden City will have its own schools, including nearby Cherry Orchard Primary Academy, which includes a nursery for pre-school children and at secondary level, The Ebbsfleet Academy, which are both already open. So much more is still to come to this exciting new area including a hotel, post office, pharmacy, more shops, cafes, pubs and a health centre in the pipeline.
A fantastic variety of dining and entertainment options can be found in nearby Dartford and Gravesend, while Bluewater shopping centre is just a seven-minute drive away. Extremely well connected, Ebbsfleet International Train Station can be reached in a matter of minutes by the award winning Fastrack bus service or 15 minutes by foot. The station connects residents to central London in 17 minutes and also offers direct Eurostar service to Paris and beyond.
Ebbsfleet has undergone a significant programme of regeneration over the past few years and the garden city is a unique opportunity to own a new home surrounded by nature and thoughtful design. Seven new parks will be spread around the garden city, transforming lakes and quarries into beautiful spots for walking, biking, sailing, kayaking and more. Meanwhile, footpaths and cycle paths will connect every part of the new city together and a new promenade will be opened along the historic waterfront at the River Thames. Two-bedroom apartments start at £94,500 for a 35% share. For more information or to arrange a viewing please visit https://unitygardens.co.uk/ or call 0300 100 0309.