Strawberry Fields is named after the local area’s strawberry crops, which thrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Located in Locks Heath, in the western residential suburb of Fareham, it lies 7.9 miles away from Southampton, the closest city to the unspoilt countryside of the New Forest.
A wealth of history awaits you at Southampton’s Old Town, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and visit breathtaking medieval buildings. Museums are also plentiful, and the famous waterfront is just a short distance from the Old Town. Southampton is also one of the UK’s top 20 retail destinations.
With all the amenities you need for modern living nearby yet still being able to enjoy the charm and character of this unique location, you will want for nothing with a home at Strawberry Fields.
Waitrose in Locks Heath opens
Following a five-week fit out, the new Waitrose in the Locks Heath Shopping Village opened on 27th March.
Leisure complex gets go ahead
Fareham Borough Council have granted outline planning permission for a swimming pool and leisure facility on land at the Coldeast site in Sarisbury. The complex will be situated next to Barnes Lane opposite Holly Hill Woodland Park and near Sarisbury Infant School.
When built, the complex is expected to include a six-lane, 25 metre pool, a learning pool, changing rooms, a viewing area, 80 fitness stations, a separate exercise room/dance studio, meeting rooms and car parking.
Work on the leisure centre is due to start Spring 2015, and is expected to open in May 2016.
Help To Buy opens the door to family's dream home at Strawberry Fields
Paul and Jane Clark-Veness with their children
Oliver and Charlie and Taylor Wimpey Sales
Executive Jess Street.
“The ‘Rosedale’ was the first property we looked at and we just fell in love with it. We initially thought we weren’t going to be able to afford a home under Help to Buy, but Briony, the Taylor Wimpey Sales Executive, sat down with us and looked through the figures and we discovered it could work for us.
“Jess, another Taylor Wimpey Sales Executive, then helped us throughout the building process and with choosing our ‘extras’.
“With the Help to Buy scheme we were able to raise the deposit required and it’s made a big difference to the monthly repayments on our mortgage.
“Using this scheme with Taylor Wimpey was really easy and the sales team was so supportive – it was as stress-free as a house move can be, especially with how nerve-wracking it is as a first-time buyer.
“It’s the perfect family home for us. We absolutely love it here – our house is round a corner of the development at the end of a cul-de-sac so we don’t have any through-traffic, which is great for our two cats and for when the boys, Oliver who is four years old and Charlie who is nine months, grow up and want to play outside.
“It’s the perfect long-term family home on a great open-spaced development. The ‘L’ shape design of our house really appealed to us, and the fact that the master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom means that when I have two teenage boys I still have a bathroom to myself!”
Jane and Paul Clark-Veness, residents at Strawberry Fields
Jordan and Vikki step on the property ladder with Help to Buy
First-time buyers Jordan Burton and Vikki Newbold have just opened the door to their brand new home at Strawberry Fields, thanks to the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.
Jordan Burton and Vikki Newbold are happy with their new two bedroom apartment at Taylor Wimpey’s Strawberry Fields development.
The couple were handed the keys to their brand new two-bedroom apartment at the end of November 2015, after deciding to move in together and purchase their first property.
Jordan, who works as an IT training consultant, says: “Before moving to Strawberry Fields I was renting a property in Bedhampton, which is about 14 miles away, while my girlfriend Vikki was living in Southampton, so when we decided to move in together we looked at buying a property.
“The main reason we decided to go for a new-build home was because we could use the Help to Buy scheme, which we found really helpful.”
Using Help to Buy, first-time buyers as well as existing homeowners can secure a Government loan for up to 20% of their new home’s full price, so they only need a 75% loan-to-value mortgage and a deposit as low as 5%.
The scheme is available on new-build homes up to the value of £600,000 and there’s no salary cap for purchasers making use of the initiative.
“Help to Buy was really straightforward and it definitely gave us a better understanding of our price range and what deposit we needed,” says Jordan. “Being able to use this scheme also helped us to make the decision to go for our apartment.
“What also appealed to us about the property was the fact it has a balcony and two bedrooms – it’s just perfect for us and we’ve managed to get everything we wanted. It’s the perfect size for us as well, as we’ve got the spare room so we have extra storage space.”
Jordan and Vikki found the development offered the perfect location to purchase their first property.
“When we looked at Strawberry Fields we thought it was in a great location and we have everything we need nearby,” continues Jordan. “The overall development is really nice and it definitely looks like it does in the pictures, so we’re really happy to live here.
“In the local area we have supermarkets and shopping centres and Locks Heath is situated in between Portsmouth and Southampton so both are within easy reach, which is handy as I work in Portsmouth and Vickie works as an assistant manager in Southampton. Plus Vikki’s mum lives just over the road from us!”
The customer service provided by Taylor Wimpey staff helped the pair to make a hassle-free house move.
Jordan adds: “The Taylor Wimpey staff were great and the sales team was really responsive. When we moved in they helped us by showing us around so we knew where everything was. It was a nice process buying with them and we’re enjoying settling in.”