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Daniyal dashes to the front of the queue to secure his dream home at The Sidings!

Daniyal dashes to the front of the queue to secure his dream home at The Sidings!

When Daniyal Shah received a text from Taylor Wimpey to say his dream home was officially on sale at The Sidings development in Eastleigh, Hampshire, he wasted no time in snapping it up...

Daniyal (28) had patiently waited for 18 months for the stylish two-bedroom 'Stirling' coach house to go on sale at the leading housebuilder's prestigious development - so when it was finally released in February he made sure he was at the front of the queue!

"I used to go to the sales office every day to find out when the 'Stirling' was going to be available."

Daniyal - who works as a broadcast engineer for Arqiva in Winchester - fell in love with the contemporary coach house thanks to its generous interior layout and attractive price tag.

"I'm a first-time buyer so I couldn't really afford one of the larger houses at The Sidings," he explains. "I really liked the design of the 'Stirling' and it was well within my price range too."

Living just around the corner in rented accommodation, Daniyal kept a close eye on the development's progress over the years with the aim of one day calling The Sidings his home.

"I did look at other developments in the area but they were so much more expensive and not that suitable for first-time buyers," explains Daniyal.

"Taylor Wimpey offered the best quality for the right price and I got a good feeling from The Sidings - it's got a premium, prestigious feel to it.

"The development location is also a big selling point for me - it's within walking distance of the train station and the M3 is really easy to get to as well, which will be ideal for my commute to work."

Daniyal used the Government-backed Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme to purchase his new home, which meant he only required a 5% deposit.

He says: "The scheme definitely made the process more affordable for me. Saving for a 25% deposit can be really challenging as a first-time buyer so Help to Buy was a much better option."

The Help to Buy Equity Loan incentive enables eligible purchasers to secure a Government loan for up 20% of the full price of their new home - so they only require a 75% loan-to-value mortgage and 5% deposit.

Daniyal continues: "I've been really pleased with the Taylor Wimpey staff at The Sidings - they've helped me a lot throughout the process."

With an expected completion date in October, Daniyal is now counting down the months until he finally gets the keys to his stunning new 'Stirling' home.

He adds: "I'm really looking forward to moving in - I love the layout of my new home, especially the large master bedroom which even has its own en-suite!"

The Sidings currently offers a choice of three-bedroom homes priced from just £280,000.

The development is within easy reach of Eastleigh town centre, where there's a wide range of shops and supermarkets, as well as leisure and entertainment facilities, including tenpin bowling, a multi-screen cinema and a leisure centre with swimming pool.

Families will appreciate a choice of schools for children of all ages within walking distance, including the well-regarded Shakespeare Infant School and Crestwood College for Business and Enterprise for secondary-age pupils.

Eastleigh railway station is also just a short walk away, with regular services to London Waterloo in just 75 minutes as well as to Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Poole, while the M3 and M27 motorways and Southampton Airport are all within easy reach.

To find out more about the new homes on sale at The Sidings, property-seekers should visit the Sales Information Centre, located off Mill Street, Eastleigh, SO50 4HJ, and open daily between 10am and 5pm (1pm to 5pm on Mondays). Alternatively, the Sales Executive can be contacted on 0238 001 9050.

Further information about Taylor Wimpey developments across the region is available by calling 01962 676700 or visiting www.taylorwimpey.co.uk<