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Lovell helps Jess home in on her ideal apartment in Southampton

Lovell helps Jess home in on her ideal apartment in Southampton

Southampton-based office manager Jess Yau was so impressed with Lovell Homes' new Mansfield Park development in the city that she picked out the home she wanted a year before moving in!

Aware that homes had sold extremely quickly at Lovell's local developments, Jess opted to reserve off-plan (before Mansfield Park was built) to make sure she didn't miss out on her ideal home - a stylish new-build two bedroom apartment in a location near her parents' home, her workplace and the M27 motorway.

"The big advantage of reserving off-plan was that I knew no one could take my apartment away from me," she explains. "I was so excited as I knew this was right for me and I had finally found the home I'd been looking for." With Lovell's help, first-time buyer Jess singled out the apartment she wanted at the start of last year before reserving her home last summer and moving in during December 2015.

Best First Time Buyer Apartment award nomination
Thirty-year-old Jess isn't alone in admiring the superb quality of the homes on offer at Mansfield Park. The two-bedroom apartments - the style bought by Jess - are in the running for the title of Best First Time Buyer Apartment at the 2016 First Time Buyer Readers' Awards 2016, set to be announced later this month (22 April).

The Lovell team helped Jess through the process of buying her home before it was built and she also used the Lovell Homes app to ensure it had all the space and design features that were important to her, with a big kitchen being high on her list of priorities. Now she's moved in, she's delighted with her spacious new home, particularly the open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, which is the main hub of her third-floor apartment.

"I love my kitchen and am so happy that it's a good size as that's where I spend most of the time. I like the open-plan kitchen dining area - It's my favourite room - which means I can watch TV as I cook and socialise with friends. Having an en suite to the master bedroom and an additional bathroom was a big selling point for me and I also like knowing the building is secure and private, thanks to the electric gates.

"When I began looking at the apartments, I liked the layout and could see that the development wasn't too big - I didn't want to move to the type of new development where you feel you're in a rabbit hutch with everyone living on top of each other. I liked the idea of moving to a new-build where I wouldn't have a lot of work to do, unlike the older houses and apartments I'd looked at. They all needed so much work doing and none of them felt like it could be my home.

"My dad had shown me Montague Place, Lovell Homes' previous Townhill Park development and said homes were spacious and a good price. But by the time I looked at them, they were already sold. That prompted me to look at other developments by Lovell and brought me to Mansfield Park. The Lovell sales team were great, especially sales executive Alex Cook who kept me updated - I am not very patient and wanted to be informed every step of the way."

Jess, who works at Yau Bros - her family's oriental supermarket and wholesale business in Northam, Southampton - moved into her home in December 2015, having previously lived with her parents in West End, Southampton.

Strong demand for homes at Mansfield Park means that Lovell has only a small selection of properties currently available. Just two two-bedroom apartments, with allocated parking, are available starting from £179,950 (£143,960 with a Help to Buy Equity Loan).

The Mansfield Park sales and marketing suite and Grant House show apartment are open seven days a week (11am to 5pm on Mondays and 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday) at Exford Drive, Southampton SO18 5DN. Alternatively, call the Lovell team on 02380 083043 to arrange a viewing, visit the website or download the Lovell Homes app.