Jo Weston, shares her experience as a first-time buyer of a one-bedroom apartment located in Woodberry Down, Berkeley’s landmark regeneration scheme in Hackney ..
The importance of access to green space for people’s well-being has been a hot topic over the past year. Among those lucky enough to have nature on their doorstep, and time to enjoy it while working from home, is first-time buyer Jo Weston, 36, who has purchased a one-bedroom apartment at Woodberry Down in Finsbury Park, north London. With a 27-acre nature reserve and vast expanses of open water, Woodberry Down, a landmark regeneration scheme by Berkeley, offers spectacular natural surroundings and a wonderful escape from the city and the stresses of everyday life, never more so than during lockdown.
Jo says: “I came across Woodberry Down when I was looking at a map to find new areas where I could run. I first visited in June 2017, when the park was full of wildflowers, and I knew that this would be a lovely place to live.”
At the time, Jo was renting a house with four other people and was not yet ready to buy a home of her own. Two years later, when she was ready to take the plunge, a friend who had already bought a property at Woodberry Down told her about the new homes. Jo says: “I looked at a few other properties in the area, but already knew that Woodberry Down was the place for me. I just love the beautiful surroundings and the quality of the homes is great.”
Jo bought her one-bedroom apartment in 2019. Now a homeowner, her monthly outgoings are very similar to when she was renting. She explains: “My monthly mortgage repayments are around only slightly higher than the rent I used to pay each month, but there’s a big difference because now I own my own home and I’m investing in my future.”
Jo works in advertising and although she was based at home during lockdown, this has not been difficult for her. Her apartment is designed in an open-plan style with a large living/kitchen/dining space which opens on to a balcony, giving her plenty of room to work comfortably. The wonderful green spaces around her home are a bonus. Jo comments: “I’ve been very lucky to have so much amazing nature on my doorstep to enjoy during lockdown. I love the independence and peace of living alone – it’s my own little nest and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.” When Jo returns to her office she will have an easy journey to work thanks to the excellent transport connections. Manor House tube, on the Piccadilly Line, is just two minutes’ walk away and she can be in her office in Camden in less than 30 minutes. There is also an excellent bus network. Jo concludes: “Buying my home was very easy and everything went really smoothly. I couldn’t be happier that I moved to Woodberry Down – it’s perfect for my lifestyle.”
Woodberry Down is a new urban community with an eclectic mix of local shops, cafés, schools, a health centre and restaurants. Nearby Stoke Newington also offers plenty 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 the development include a river walk and a children’s park, as well as the nearby Woodberry Wetlands, a public nature reserve managed by the London Wildlife Trust which attracts a wide range of wildlife.
At Hawker House, the latest collection of homes at Woodberry Down, prices start from £536,000 for a one-bedroom apartment. For more information, please contact Berkeley’s Sales and Marketing Suite on 020 3944 7729 or visit www.woodberry-down.co.uk.