Date: Tuesday 05 November 2013
Buying a house and taking his first step onto the property was something that Omar Hamid could only have dreamt of when he arrived in Birmingham last year, but that dream has now become a reality.
The 29-year-old took advantage of the Government’s new Help to Buy shared equity scheme to buy his first property at Taylor Wimpey’s sought-after Highfield Gardens development and couldn’t be happier with life in his new home.
He says: “I moved to Birmingham a year ago for work, having previously lived in Brussels, and rented in the city centre in New Street. It was very, very busy and after a while, once I got to know the area a little better, I started looking around.
“I had been considering getting onto the property ladder for a couple of years and this seemed the right time to do it. I came across Highfield Gardens on the internet and booked a visit. Straight away I was really impressed with the development – it was exactly what I wanted.
“The first thing that struck me was how quiet and peaceful it was, despite still being close to the city centre. You could hear the birds chirping, it was very peaceful and it was really green.
“I had a look around several of the apartments and when I heard about Help to Buy my mind was made up. It allowed me to buy my first property, and without it I wouldn’t have been able to afford to live in a place like Highfield Gardens. It has enabled me to get on the ladder and enjoy a better standard of life than I had previously thought possible.”
Thanks to Help to Buy, Omar snapped up a one-bedroom apartment at Highfield Gardens and moved in at the end of July. He is now part of a thriving community in a private development of less than 60 apartments, mews houses and coach houses tucked away in the leafy surroundings of Edgbaston.
He says: “I’m settled in now and have got to know the other residents. I had a delivery the other day while I wasn’t at home and one of my neighbours looked after it for me until I got home, which was great. There’s no big parties, it’s a great place to enjoy a nice quiet life.”
With all two-bedroom apartments now sold out at Highfield Gardens and available plots selling fast, time is running out for homebuyers to secure their place at this highly desirable development.
One-bedroom apartments at Highfield Gardens are currently priced from as little as £152,995 while there’s also a strictly limited selection of three-bedroom town houses available from £397,995.
The Help to Buy scheme enables first-time buyers and those looking to move home to purchase their new property for 80% of its full price, including a 5% deposit. It involves a Government loan of up to 20% and is available on new-build properties up to the value of £600,000. There is no salary cap for homebuyers taking advantage of the incentive.
Highfield Gardens enjoys a prime location in Edgbaston, and offers the chance for homeowners to attain a wonderful balance between their work lives and leisure time.
Simpsons Michelin-starred restaurant, ambient gastro pubs, numerous shops and a popular delicatessen are all within a one-mile radius of the development, putting a broad range of amenities on residents’ doorsteps.
Edgbaston is well established as a centre of sporting excellence, with Warwickshire County Cricket Club, the Priory Tennis Club and the Edgbaston Golf Club all located in the neighbourhood, while a number of leading private and independent schools are located nearby.
Two railway stations – Five Ways and University – provide commuters with fast, direct services into the city centre, and drivers will appreciate that the A38 can be easily reached for links across the Midlands and to the motorway network.
To stand a chance of snapping up one of the final homes at Highfield Gardens, property-seekers should visit the Sales Centre, located off Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3ED, and open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm. Alternatively, the Sales Executive can be contacted on 0121 227 2302.