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New research by Savills shows the cost of upsizing can be up to £295,000 outside of central London, once stamp duty and moving costs are included. Perfect for second steppers looking for a cost effective way to move up the property ladder, the next phase of four and five bedroom houses at Woodlands View are launching on Saturday 11th March, available with Help to Buy.

With a wide range of home hunters stepping on to or up the property ladder, the Help to Buy scheme allows purchasers to buy with as little as a 5% deposit. The Government will provide an equity loan of up to 20% of the property’s value, which is interest free for the first five years. With prices starting at £465,000, for a 4 bedroom house, a deposit of £23,250 would be required.

Philip Brown, Sales Director at Millwood Designer Homes, comments: “The new homes at Woodlands View have proven extremely popular with local first time buyers and second-steppers, with 50% of purchasers making the most of the Help to Buy scheme. We have already experienced strong interest in the second phase of the development and would advise potential purchasers visit the show-home or get in contact as soon as possible.”

Currently available to buy, plot 20 is an impressive five bedroom family home with 2,249 sq.ft of flexible living accommodation. Designed to maximise natural light, this spacious home includes a stylish open plan kitchen/breakfast area, with a separate utility room. The ground floor also benefits from a study, dining room and a large living room, featuring an attractive bay window. French double doors in both the dining area and living room, lead out to the rear garden.

On the first floor, the spacious master bedroom is complete with fitted wardrobes and a luxurious en-suite bathroom, complete with stylish white sanitaryware and chrome accessories. There are four further bedrooms, one with an en-suite and a family bathroom. The property also includes flooring, a large turfed rear garden and double garage.

Hastings is conveniently situated on the south coast with major cities and towns such as Brighton and Royal Tunbridge Wells only an hour away. The area is also well served by excellent private and state schools. Situated on The Ridge, just minutes from Woodlands View, Helenswood Academy is an all-girls secondary school with state of the art facilities and an excellent sports centre. Claremont School in St Leonards-on-Sea is a mainstream independent school for pupils aged 2 to 13, whilst Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Hastings is a highly rated state primary.

Woodlands View also makes for an excellent commuter location. From Hastings station, trains into central London take approximately 90 minutes with direct services to Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Victoria. The considered introduction of High Speed rail links to Hastings will reduce the journey time from Hastings to Kings Cross to 68 minutes.

Plot 20 is currently available for £550,000. Prices for the new phase at Woodlands View start from £485,000 for a four bedroom home and £575,000 for a five bedroom home. All properties are available with Help to Buy.