Adem Kalyap (32) and Liam Sweeney (30), originally from New Zealand had been renting a shared two-bedroom apartment in Bermondsey since moving back to the UK in 2017. The couple were growing increasingly weary of paying a premium rental price so decided to start looking for their first home to invest in at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Despite almost missing their chance at Anthology Wembley Parade, they ended up finding their perfect calling with their new two-bedroom home at the development.
The couple had first viewed what would be their home at Wembley Parade virtually, but they initially didn’t feel it was right for them until they came across the development in person. They explain: “It was when we were viewing other properties in Wembley when we saw the Anthology development in real life for the first time and thankfully, we did as our journey could have ended up very different! We really liked the feel of the community, look of the modern architecture and surrounding communal gardens so immediately booked an appointment to view the apartment once again and fell in love with the spacious and well-designed home which also offered stunning views over Wembley. We ended up reserving the home the next day and were able to move in pretty quickly, exactly a month after.”
Adem and Liam didn’t have their hearts set on an exact location in London but with investment in mind, they did know that they wanted to buy their first home in a well-connected, vibrant location with excellent link to the City which would appeal to renters if they decided to leave London in the future.
As many first- time buyers, Liam and Adem decided to use the 40% London Help to Buy loan to secure their first home. They continue: “Help to Buy allowed us to buy our first home and invest some of our savings into our new home and subsequently save money on exorbitant rental fees. We were very lucky to be able to also benefit from the stamp duty holiday which saved us an extra £15,000.”
Since moving into their new home at Wembley Parade, the couple have been enjoying each other’s company in a home which fits all their requirements: ”As we are currently both working from home, our open plan and spacious apartment offers us both the freedom and space to enjoy work compared to our previous cramped home. We have been enjoying going on long walks in Fryent Park which is just a 10 minutes’ walk from our home and cannot wait to discover all that Wembley has to offer which suits our social lives perfectly.
”We feel really lucky to be living in such a thriving location. Wembley really has everything to offer on the doorstep from shopping in the outlet centre and eating out at the various eateries to entertainment at Boxpark and live events at Wembley Stadium. We are very happy with our decision to invest in our starter home in this area and hope to have many happy years living here.”
Anthology Wembley Parade is designed by GRID Architects and comprises a collection of five buildings including a twelve-floor tower, providing 195 one, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The mix of homes provide social rented, shared ownership, private homes and adaptable homes. There is also a dedicated covered play space for homeowners’ children to enjoy and a landscape courtyard. All homes feature a private balcony or terrace, and prices start from £399,000 with London Help to Buy available on the last remaining one- and two-bedroom homes.