First time buyer, Chinedu Okafor (29) had set himself a goal of owning his first home before he turned 30 but was finding it increasingly hard to find the right home to tick all his boxes, until he came across Linden Homes’ Brunel Street Works.
Originally from Nigeria, Chinedu, who works as a product manager in the fintech sector, had been renting a one-bedroom apartment in London Docklands for the last five years but was determined to step on the property ladder and become a homeowner. Chinedu explains: “It was a personal goal of mine to own my own home before the age of 30. I’ve spent the last two years looking for an apartment in Zones 2 or 3 and have easily viewed at least 15 properties around the Canning Town area. Searching for a home is a big task – you really need to be patient! However, it was important to me to find the perfect home for me, with good transport links nearby whilst also being as close as possible to the centre of London so my friends could easily visit.”
Chinedu came across Brunel Street Works by chance when he was commuting from Gallions Reach to Oxford Street for work one morning, so he decided to book a viewing. “From the moment I saw the apartment, I knew it was the one. It ticked all the boxes for me – good space, good location and a great view. As well as the convenient transport links, the proximity to hubs like Westfield Stratford and Canary Wharf also helped determine my decision. Canning Town also benefits from Hallsville Quarter and London City Island nearby, with its various cafés and hangout spots – perfect for enjoying some down time at the weekend.”
Chinedu decided on a two-bedroom apartment and was able to secure the home with a 5% deposit using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme: “From the moment I moved in, I’ve been really impressed. The apartment is finished to a really high standard. It’s also very spacious and a lot bigger than other homes I looked at in this area and within this price range. One feature that really stood out to me is the view from the balcony – I can see Canary Wharf, City Island and The O2. I can’t wait to spend time on the balcony in the summer!”
From the first viewing in October 2019 to moving in December 2020, Chinedu found the Brunel Street Works team incredibly helpful: “I was debating between a two- and three-bedroom apartment but the sales team were great at helping me decide what was best for me. I also received a lot of advice throughout the buying process, for example when I needed to speak to a broker about mortgage advice and a solicitor for the legal agreements and contracts. As a first-time buyer, it’s very important to have that guidance especially as I used the Help to Buy scheme.”
Brunel Street Works is an exciting development of 975 one, two- and three-bedroom apartments in thriving Canning Town. Each home has been carefully crafted, featuring contemporary kitchens, spacious bedrooms, and underfloor heating throughout.
In addition to the new homes, Brunel Street Works will offer onsite shops and workspaces, children’s playgrounds, a 152-bedroom hotel – providing new job opportunities – and beautiful podium gardens with views of East London. Beyond the development, Canning Town boasts an array of restaurants and bars, an abundance of outdoor space, and excellent transport links to the city centre.
Prices at Brunel Street Works start from £485,000. For more information, visit www.lindenhomes.co.uk or call the sales team on 02038 114 710.