PAID PARTNERSHIP WITH CATALYST HOMES
Last week we visited the Beautiful town of Princes Risborough to have a look around Kite Meadows, which is a new development by Catalyst homes. We are looking to buy our first home next year and it is increasingly more likely that we will buy outside of London, mainly due to the fact that we can get much more for our money! I hadn’t heard about Princes Risborough before – but in this blog I will explain why it is now right at the top of our list!
Princes Risborough is in an excellent location – giving you the opportunity to live in the quaint countryside, whilst being able to commute into the capital in just over half an hour. I loved walking through the little village and enjoyed shopping in the small, local businesses. There was such a lovely, friendly vibe, where passers by greeted each other. Worlds away from our London life. However, it is equally as important that we can commute into London in a reasonable amount of time firstly as I work in the heart of London, and secondly its where all of our family live.
The development is just a five-minute drive from Princes Risborough train station where journeys to London Marylebone take just 37 minutes on Chiltern Railways. The M40 in just 21 minutes by car, and Heathrow Airport in 40 minutes.
Kites Meadows is a new development of two – five bedroom houses, although only four bedroom houses remain available. We went and had a tour of one of the show homes, and were blown away by the size and space which you get for your money. I immediately was able to envision our family in this home. A large open plan living room and kitchen – where the kids could play whilst I cooked our family meals. French doors opening out into a lovely garden where I can imagine our BBQs and hours and hours of fun for the kids. So many storage spaces, really good sized bedrooms and a lovely en-suite and balcony for the master bedroom!
Kite Meadows sits at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, in a picturesque market town. We explored the local area, having lunch in a local pub (The Plough at Casden) which is full of history and has been visited by many of our Prime ministers! We got a really good vibe from the town and the people. Everyone seemed friendly and you don’t feel the constant rush that you feel in London.
There is a range of schools nearby including Princes Risborough primary school and co-educational secondary school, Princes Risborough school, both within a 16 min walk of Kite Meadows.
These houses are available to purchase through Help to Buy, meaning only a 5% deposit is required, and supported through a government backed equity loan. This is absolutely vital for us as there is no way we would be able to save a 10% deposit whilst forking out for London rent. This government loan contributes up to 20% of the property cost and is interest free for the first five years.
Overall, we have gone away from Kite Meadows with a really positive view of both the development, and Princes Risborough. It seems like the perfect place for a family home, whilst being in a great location for commuting.
You can click here to read more about the Kite Meadows development and arrange a viewing.
*This is a paid partnership with Catalyst new homes but all opinions are my own.