Help to Buy + a waterside location = a winning formula for one couple

For one couple looking to secure themselves their first home, it was the lure of a waterside apartment, combined with the offer of Help to Buy, which proved the winning formula. Ben Harrison and his partner Karen French had been searching to buy their first home for over a year when they came across Brentford Lock West – an impressive collection of apartments and penthouses situated alongside the Grand Union Canal in Brentford, west London.

The couple, who both work as freelance musicians, had been renting in Ealing for the last eight years, and were keen to stay in west London. Eager to purchase their first home together they were aware that they would need the Government’s Help to Buy scheme to assist them with their initial step onto the ladder. After discovering Brentford Lock West online, they were keen to investigate whether they really could afford to purchase such an impressive, highly specified apartment which offered its own private balcony and a direct water view.

After meeting with the sales team on site and exploring the local area, the couple are delighted to have just secured themselves a one bedroom, water facing apartment at Brentford Lock West.

Ben Harrison commented: “We are really excited to have purchased our first home together and we couldn’t think of anywhere better to be moving to. There is so much going on in Brentford already and with all the regeneration plans underway, it is only going to get better. To be situated directly on the water and with or own balcony, overlooking the canal, is like a dream come true – we never imagined we would be able to afford such a great first home. Help to Buy has proved a lifeline for us, helping us to finally get out of rented and into our very own home.

“We were really impressed with the high level of specification, as well as the space and light that the apartment offers us. What’s more, we’ve got almost immediate access onto the canal – where there is always something happening from paddle boarding to canoeing. We can’t wait to move in and start enjoying all that our new home offers us.”

Talking of their experience of the sales team, Ben added: “The sales team were like a breath of fresh air – we couldn’t have asked for more from them. They have always been very friendly and quick to respond. What’s more, they are really proactive – regularly getting in touch to keep us updated with the progress of everything. We’ve been really impressed and would definitely recommend buying here to others.”

Chalico Walk makes up the first of the homes to be released as part of phase two at Brentford Lock West. A waterfront building of 42 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, Chalico Walk overlooks Brentford’s Grand Union Canal, where Waterside Places has carried out extensive improvements.

Prices at Chalico Walk start from £412,500. A number of the homes enjoy water views. For more information and to book an appointment at the marketing suite, please call the Brentford Lock West sales team at Stubbings Property Marketing on 0203 504 6403, email or visit The Sales and Marketing Suite is open daily 10am-5pm.

Brentford Lock West forms part of a long-term regeneration project to breathe new life into Brentford through the anticipated delivery of approximately 500 new homes. Close to local shops, leisure facilities, beautiful parks and waterside walkways, the scheme has been carefully designed to maximise the water frontage whilst offering stylish homes, community spaces and commercial buildings in a new desirable west London destination.