Ideal first-time buyer homes at Tilbury Lodge

According to recent research from Savills the number of first time buyers in London has increased dramatically in the last two years and is set to continue in this way. Helping to meet this ongoing demand for new homes from those trying to take their first step onto the property ladder, Shanly Homes has launched a new scheme, Tilbury Lodge, where homes are available to purchase with London Help to Buy in the sought-after commuter hotspot of Croydon.

Tilbury Lodge is a collection of luxury one, two and three-bedroom apartments just a 10-minute walk from South Croydon station. The London Help to Buy scheme means purchasers can buy with a deposit from as little as 5% and with an equity loan of 40% from the government, leaving them to secure a mortgage of just 55% of the property value.

Designed for flexible living, apartments at Tilbury Lodge feature spacious, open-plan living areas with large windows, which fill each room with an abundance of natural light. Boasting high-specification interiors throughout, all kitchens are equipped with integrated Siemens and Zanussi appliances, including an oven and ceramic hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer dryer. This means first-time buyers have far less things to purchase before moving in.

Master bedrooms feature fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom can be found in the two and three-bedroom apartments. The bathrooms come with Ideal Standard white porcelain sanitaryware, stylish chrome brassware throughout and luxury Minoli tiles.

Most apartments at the development also offer outdoor space in the form of a terrace or balcony. For residents' convenience, Tilbury Lodge provides private allocated parking with several electric charging points, as well as a lift to all floors. All residents will also receive a three-year car club membership as part of their purchase, with access to an electric car based outside the development.

The development is set in an enviable location just a short drive from central Croydon, where residents will find an array of shops, bars, restaurants and pubs. These include the Whitgift shopping centre which hosts high street stalwarts M&S, Debenhams and House of Fraser. Nearby independent restaurants include Basil & Grape, Taperia, KK's Texan Grill and Ponte Nuvo - offering residents of Tilbury Lodge many different international flavours.

Residents who like the great outdoors have an array of green spaces available to them, including the Selsdon Wood Nature reserve and over 120 parks and woodlands within the wider borough of Croydon. There are also several golf clubs in close proximity, namely Farleigh, Purley Downs and Addington.

Tilbury Lodge is served by excellent transport links: South Croydon station is a ten-minute walk away, with connections to London Bridge and London Victoria in less than half an hour. Nearby East Croydon station offers even more destinations, with train services to Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton in under an hour, as well as a 14-minute journey to Gatwick airport. The M25 is just an eight-minute drive away from Tilbury Lodge.

Jo McDonagh, Sales Director at Shanly Homes Southern, said: "Tilbury Lodge is a great option for those looking for a spacious home, with high-quality finishes, within easy and quick reach of the capital. It is located in a popular commuter town which offers a wealth of green space and a great selection of leisure amenities - perfect for first-time buyers who are looking for a place that has it all."

Prices at Tilbury Lodge start from £340,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, with 40% London Help to Buy available. For more information call 0208 681 6744 or email southern@shanlyhomes.com.