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L&Q Announces New Launch of Shared Ownership Homes at The Arbour, Beaulieu Amidst Promising Market Activity

Recent research shows that the property market has seen a promising start to the year, with both buyer and seller activity up by 15% compared to the same period a year ago. Bringing more homes to the market for budding first time buyers, L&Q will launch a new collection of homes in the first quarter of 2024 at their popular Chelmsford development, The Arbour.


Situated within the growing Beaulieu neighbourhood, the new homes will be released on 16th March, offering a selection of two and three-bedroom houses and three-bedroom maisonettes.


Prices for L&Q’s new homes at The Arbour start from just £117,750 for a 30% share of a two-bedroom house, providing a pocket of affordability for first-time buyers in Chelmsford. 


“We’re expecting our upcoming launch at The Arbour to receive a significant amount of interest,” Claire Brenlund, Sales and Marketing Director at L&Q, comments. “Many first-time buyers will see the first few months of the year as the perfect time to begin their property journey, and our Shared Ownership homes at The Arbour offer affordability in a highly desirable area.”


“The Arbour is a really fantastic development, and we’re proud to see how it has grown. To date, we have launched a variety of homes, from larger family houses to one-bedroom apartments, which has really helped to establish it as a diverse and thriving community within the Beaulieu site. Families, solo purchasers and young professionals alike have made the neighbourhood their home, all drawn to the array of amenities and the vast amount of green space The Arbour offers.”


Now settled into her brand-new two-bedroom home at The Arbour, resident Laura explains her favourite aspects about her house. “I love my home and I am happy here! My new house is spacious for a two-bedroom home, and it is really great value for money – especially when comparing it to others on the market in the area.”


“All of the finishes are lovely. The appliances are integrated which makes the kitchen look sleek. They were all included in the price too – which was a massive bonus! The cost of those things can really add up!” 


At The Arbour, homes have been finished to an impressive specification and come in one of two colour palettes – Classic Contemporary and Cool Style, catering to a range of individual styles. Kitchens are complete with soft-close doors and drawers, as well as integrated appliances including an oven, hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Bathrooms feature a stylish chrome plated bath, shower and basin tap.


Just a short walk from The Arbour is Beaulieu Square Neighbourhood Centre, where residents can find a new Sainsbury’s local, a dentist surgery, a veterinary practice, a community centre, a day nursery, an education centre and a brand-new health care centre due to open in 2024. Beaulieu Square also accommodates the independent café Coffee Squared, which sources local ingredients from across the county. “There are so many great shops and a community centre nearby in Beaulieu Square, including lots of local businesses and small cafes, which is perfect for me as I love that community feel!” says Laura.


The Arbour is perfect for families seeking a new home, with several highly rated schools nearby. Already on site is The Beaulieu Park School, Essex’s first all-through school and a new primary school will open in September 2024 to accommodate 420 pupils, offering further convenience for parents. Additionally, the surrounding green spaces and children’s play areas are ideal for enjoying with the whole family.


Appealing to young professionals, The Arbour offers convenient access to Chelmsford's vibrant city centre, where residents can find both major high street retailers and independent shops. The Bond Street Chelmsford shopping and leisure centre, situated along the riverside, serves as a hub for avid shoppers and foodies alike, hosting brands like John Lewis, JoJo Maman Bébé and an Everyman Cinema.


With Beaulieu’s very own bus service, which residents can make use of freely for one year, commuting is made easy at The Arbour. The bus timetable coincides with the Chelmsford Railway timetable, meaning commuters can reach London Liverpool Street is less than an hour. For those travelling by car, the new Beaulieu Parkway Bridge is now open, which runs from the A12 at the Boreham interchange to the Beaulieu development, connecting residents to Ipswich and south to London. Furthermore, the new bridge will allow easy access from The Arbour to the planned Beaulieu Park Station, which is scheduled for completion in the coming years, bringing with it transformative transport connections for the area.


Prices for L&Q’s new Shared Ownership homes at The Arbour start from £117,750 for a 30% share of a

two-bedroom house (FMV: £392,500)


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