A new community is moving into Barking Riverside's latest phase of housing, as building work by Bellway Homes finished recently.
The City East scheme comprises a range of homes including one- and two-bedroom apartments, starting from £135,000, and four-bedroom homes from £275,000.
The development is supported by a new primary school, health facilities, place of worship and units for social enterprise, all centred around a new public square.
New tenants Jaromir Kaska and his partner Vaida Butkute moved into the development after realising that their mortgage on a new three-storey home was the same as their rent elsewhere.
Jaromir said: “We were looking for a home that would provide more space and room for our seven-year-old daughter, Goda. We had been renting in Leytonstone, but really wanted a home of our own.
“Our preference was to buy a new home where we could start afresh with our own décor choices rather than inheriting someone else’s design ideas.”
He said that the couple liked the contemporary look of the homes and the fact that their new property has a garden.
He also praised Bellway for helping them arrange a mortgage and keep them informed throughout the purchase process.
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