Buyer swaps shared ownership for private sale home ..
When advertising director Ilona Lubojemska, bought her first home at Woodberry Down in Hackney four years ago using shared ownership, she never imagined she would love Berkeley’s waterside scheme so much that she would also buy her next home in the same development – this time buying through the traditional route.
Ilona had bought her previous one-bedroom apartment at Woodberry Down for an initial 35 per cent share with a £30,000 deposit but over the next four years, was able to buy more shares (known as staircasing) until she owned 100 per cent of her home; at that point Ilona decided to upsize while staying in the neighbourhood. She explains: “The Zone 2 location, local neighbourhood and incredible reservoir views at Woodberry Down are unmatched and I knew I wanted to stay in the same place but just wanted something larger.”
After selling her one-bedroom apartment, Ilona arranged a viewing of a two-bedroom apartment at the Nature Collection, one of the more recent phases of waterside homes at Woodberry Down, which was considerably larger than her previous apartment. She was sold on the incredible views over Woodberry Down’s landmark reservoirs from the balcony and put in an offer on the same night. Ilona says: “My buying experience was a very quick and smooth process. Berkeley was very understanding with some issues which arose with my previous apartment sale and were flexible with my moving in date which helped hugely.”
Since moving into her new home, Ilona has been enjoying the stunning views and extra space that it provides. She is looking forward to her family visiting from Poland and being able to show them around her friendly neighbourhood. She continues: “Coming home from work after a stressful day and being able to enjoy the open green spaces and the water is a great experience. The development has countless amenities and facilities – like the gym, swimming pool and concierge – which are a great added bonus for me as I have such a busy lifestyle.”
The accessibility of the development to Central London also played a very important role in Ilona’s buying process. Located just minutes away from Manor House tube station, which is in Zone 2 on the Piccadilly Line, residents can reach King’s Cross station in eight minutes, Covent Garden in 16 minutes and The City in 20 minutes.
Woodberry Down is a new urban community with an eclectic mix of local shops, cafés, schools, a health centre and restaurants on your doorstep. Stoke Newington is close by, also offering a variety of shops, bars, cafés, pubs, restaurants and a regular Farmers’ Market. Woodberry Down’s semi-rural setting covers 64 acres, including 15 acres of parkland and the East and West Reservoirs. New areas of public space within Woodberry Down include a river walk and a children’s park, as well as the nearby Woodberry Wetlands, a popular urban oasis where a wide range of wildlife thrives.
Prices start from £495,500 for a one-bedroom apartment at Hawker House – the latest phase of one, two and three-bedroom apartments at Woodberry Down. Prices start from £1,500,000 for a three bedroom townhouse. For more information, please contact Berkeley on 020 3944 7729 or visit www.woodberry-down.co.uk.