Surveys show that aspirations of home ownership are as strong as ever, with over 85% of the population hoping to purchase in the long term. David Granat has recently become one of those who have made their dreams a reality. After taking advantage of the Government’s landmark ‘Help to Buy’ scheme, he has now moved into his own converted two bedroom apartment at The Garden Quarter, Caversfield.
David, a 23 year old electrical engineer originally from Wallingford, Oxfordshire was living with his parents until he saw the City & Country development advertised online. He immediately fell in love with his quirky two-bedroom, ground floor apartment and the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme gave him the ability to put in an offer immediately and ultimately secure his dream home.
David comments: “Having lived at home with my parents I was very much looking forward to the time when I would be able to move out and buy my own property. Thanks to the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme, this came a lot sooner than I had anticipated and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. I am extremely happy at The Garden Quarter and am intrigued to find out more about the history surrounding the development”.
David added: “The main reason for choosing to move to The Garden Quarter was because the development is so unique. Each property has its own individual characteristics, no two are exactly the same. I was looking for something special and The Garden Quarter really is a one of a kind development. It’s such an honour to have the opportunity to live in a Grade II Listed building and own my own piece of history – without being responsible for its upkeep! In addition to this, the decoration and finish is exceptional”.
City & Country’s expertise lies in creating a high quality specification that has individuality and understated elegance, making each home a pleasure to live in. The specification at The Garden Quarter is fully inclusive with all floor coverings, individually designed contemporary kitchens - fitted with a complete range of appliances and luxurious bathrooms all included in the price.
David has an unusual set of hobbies including Motocross and boxing and has found great facilities locally that allow him to compete on a regular basis. He is also an avid sailor and there are a number of good local lakes where he can practice. Set within a conservation area and amidst over 23 acres of tranquil landscaped grounds, The Garden Quarter provides an exclusive oasis away from the crowds but is still close to major road and rail networks, shops and restaurants.
David added: “The community within the Garden Quarter is very warm and welcoming and I have been made to feel very much at home from the moment I moved in. Everyone I have met is incredibly friendly and I am looking forward to the completion of on- site shop and walking routes because it will give everyone a chance to come together and get to know each other better”.
The layout of the Grade II Listed buildings that make up the original site of the Garden Quarter is heavily influenced by the famous Garden City movement; founded in 1899 by Sir Ebenezer Howard to promote the idea of a planned, self-contained community surrounded by open green space.
Located on the northern fringe of the attractive market town of Bicester, The Garden Quarter enjoys the best of both worlds. Chiltern Railways runs regular services from London Marylebone to Bicester North station, with journey times from 48 minutes. By road the A4095 by-pass provides quick access to Junction 9 of the M40 linking to London, Oxford and Birmingham.
Prices currently range from £299,500 for a two-bedroom cottage to £395,000 for a three-bedroom detached house.
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