“I’m here for the long-term!”:  First-time buyer David’s found his freedom at Brooklands – but he’s not willing to let family stray too far!

David Duwell will move into Places for People’s vibrant new Brooklands neighbourhood in Milton Keynes this spring.

Both David and his sister will be moving only doors away from each other; here, he tells us about the appeal of Brooklands, and how Shared Ownership has helped turned a dream into a reality…

A simple step onto the housing ladder

David has long hoped for his own home. Having rented in the past, he has been happily living with his parents to help save for a deposit, but is looking forward to starting a new adventure in a one-bedroom apartment at Brooklands in Milton Keynes.

The development first caught 35-year-old David’s eye in autumn 2021 when our newest homes at Brooklands popped up on a Rightmove search: “I saw the homes online and started thinking about life in my own place,” he says. “Since then, everything’s just been so easy.

“Field Sales Manager, Simon – my contact at Places for People – was great to work with, talking me through off-plan blueprints, and showing me completed examples and different specifications. It’s been an enjoyable journey and I can’t believe I’m so close to having my own place.”

The process was simplified further by Shared Ownership, a government-backed programme in England, which allows buyers to purchase a share of their home – usually between 25% and 75% of the property’s value. As customers are buying a share of the property, the deposit amount needed will be smaller which makes this option more affordable. David continues: “Shared Ownership is such a great way to get in your first home – especially given the rapid rises in the housing market. It was all explained to me in such simple terms and helped me turn a dream into a reality.”

 A new sense of freedom

David is very close to his family, but is now looking forward to setting up life in his own place. “My new home is a one-bedroom, open plan apartment – meaning I get the large, bright and airy space I wanted. I’ve opted for a lovely white kitchen, with grey cupboards and a graphite worktop; it’s a really stylish design.

“My favourite room is the bedroom which has balcony access. I’m really excited to spend long summer days in my own home overlooking this great neighbourhood.”

A great location

But beyond the aesthetics and dreamy days in the sun, it was the location that was the biggest factor in David’s decision-making process. As a retail employee working for Boots opticians in Northamptonshire, David had to carefully consider the commute when searching for his new home. “The location was one of my main priorities,” he adds.

“Brooklands’ location enjoys great access to the motorway which is really important for me. I’d looked at lots of developments locally in Broughton and Woburn Sands, but they didn’t compare to what I was getting at Brooklands; plus the Places for People team guided me through the process, I love the location and everything just works for me.”

David says the layout and location at Brooklands also appeals: “It’s really nice and quiet, but with everything I need on my doorstep – places to eat, supermarkets, and of course Milton Keynes itself just 10 minutes away.”


A family affair

Now, on the cusp of moving into his home, David’s sister is also set to move here, just a floor away. His sister visited Brooklands with him and was soon drawn in. “I thought I wanted freedom and my own place, but I can’t believe that my sister’s going to be so close by,” he continues.

“She’s opted for an apartment right below mine and will move in around the same time. It seems we were both ready to fly the family nest but also wanted to stay as close as we could in our new homes. We’ll have our own space but still be there for each other.

“I hope we’re both here for the long term. I like everything about Brooklands and in the future, I’d hope to look at moving into a bigger place.”

For more information, please contact Simon Johns on 07771160268 or email simon.johns@placesforpeople.co.uk

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