Elizabeth Johnson (31), the Head of Development at an IT company in Oxford, was looking for her new home and the ideal work/life balance when she started her property search just before lockdown began in Spring 2020. She found just what she was looking for at St Nicholas Place, an Abbey New Homes development close to Oxford’s town centre. After a positive socially-distant purchasing experience, she moved into her new home during the Easter weekend.
Her search began online, with a virtual house-hunt of both new-build and second-hand homes in the Oxford area. She’d seen Abbey’s development of three, four and five-bedroom homes on her daily drive to work.
Elizabeth, an avid netball and korfball player explains: “Having lived in the Oxfordshire area for over three years, I knew that I wanted a new-build home close to Oxford city centre which would improve my daily commute to work and make daily life, training and socialising more convenient. I had been following the progress of St. Nicholas Place from the early build stages and once I visited the site, I was confident that I wanted to buy my new home here.’’
Elizabeth had been renting when she decided to purchase a home, however it wasn’t her first time on the property ladder. The sale of her previous property had provided her with considerable equity which she topped up with her additional savings and a mortgage to purchase a larger semi- detached three-bedroom house for £455,000.
“Deciding to move during lockdown was an interesting experience!”, says Elizabeth. “I was the first person to move into the development and, because of social distancing rules, I had to complete my move almost by myself and couldn’t go through the normal completion procedure. My experience with the Abbey New Homes team was and continues to be fantastic however, from Dean the construction manager, who came for a socially distanced visit to check things were progressing smoothly, to Nev, the assistant site manager, who went out of his way to help me with my rubbish which had collected during lockdown.’’
Elizabeth’s new home is perfectly suited for her needs and provides the balance between her professional and home life that she was looking for. Currently working from home like many people, she’s looking forward to her shorter, more convenient commute to the office which is 1.3 miles away, a mere three minutes’ drive from her home.
Elizabeth intends to use one of her spare bedrooms as a guest room for friends and family visiting and will use the other room to create a dual-purpose study/workspace so she can continue her hobby, painting at home.
St. Nicholas Place is an exciting new development comprising one and two-bedroom apartments and three, four and five-bedroom houses, just 2.5 miles from Oxford town centre with rail services from Oxford reaching Reading in 22 minutes, Slough in 37 minutes and London Paddington in 56 minutes.
The homes are available in a range of stylish and contemporary layouts; an eclectic medley of facades creates an attractive street scene and provides a choice for buyers. All homes feature a modern open plan kitchen and dining/family area.
With Help to Buy available on every home at St Nicholas Place, the development provides a great opportunity for families looking to upsize and first-time buyers who might have thought a larger house was out of their price range. There is also an Assisted Move scheme available, to help you sell your existing house or apartment at full market value through Abbey’s approved agents at no cost; saving you time and money.
Prices at St Nicholas Place start from £385,000 for a three-bedroom house. For more information or to make an appointment to view the three-bedroom showhome, call Connells Estate Agent on 01865 748448 or visit www.abbeynewhomes.co.uk.