Help to Buy Woodberry Down

If you’ve always wanted to live in a spot that combines serene nature with contemporary urban living, we’ve found just the place. The 64-acre Woodberry Down is a new mega-district that’s slowly unravelling across east London – occupying a zone 2 site beside two vast reservoirs and the New River. Everyone’s favourite naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, descended here in 2016 to inaugurate one of these waterholes as the Woodberry Wetlands – a serene and green nature reserve with thriving wildlife populations, meadows and orchards. A five-minute walk away from the development, it’s an incredibly peaceful pocket for residents to take respite from the city throb. And let’s face it, it if gets Sir David’s approval, then it must be a belter. The new homes also sit beside a sailing reservoir where locals splash about on boats and glide on the glassy water in kayaks and canoes, all overseen by the West Reservoir Water Sports Centre.

Next to Clissold Park and Stoke Newington

There’s been a lot of hype about its nature-meets-city-living blueprint and you’ve got to admire its ambition. It’s just another innovative example of how leading developers are taking forgotten corners and transforming them into highly desirable living areas with ecology at their cores. Far from being an afterthought, adding in green spaces and environmental policies are key to 21st-century urban living… and Woodberry Down gets it right on the money. For now, it’s one of Europe's biggest single-site regeneration projects with more than 5,000 new homes over the next 20 years. Added to this, a whole raft of community and commercial facilities are popping up or are in the pipeline, including quick pit-stop cafes, enduringly cool bars and handy shops. You can’t knock its location either: it’s a short stroll to Manor House and Finsbury Park stations, giving you speedy connections around the city (eight minutes to Kings Cross; 12 minutes to Oxford Circus; and 15 minutes to Old Street). Woodberry Down has the whole shebang. You’ll see.

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To get your hands on one of the properties for sale in Woodberry Down, going down the Help to Buy route might just be the answer. Go for a place that’s less than £600,000 and a swish apartment could be yours with a 5% deposit and a 20% equity loan that’s interest free for the first five years. On the market for prospective Help to Buy punters is an enviable collection of homes with clean design, high-spec appliances and waterside living at its heart. Willowbrook House is one of the development’s completed phases and its shiny new apartments are knockout – from cleverly designed layouts to contemporary fittings. Buy here and you’ll also have exclusive access to a resident’s swimming pool, gym and concierge.

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