A short guide to buying your first home in Northamptonshire – where, what, how.

There are many attractive and affordable homes in Northamptonshire. As more and more young people in Northampton want to make the leap onto the housing ladder, it can be difficult to know where to look, and what to look for. We’re here to point you in the right direction.

Outside Northampton Town Centre: Houses

While the allure of being directly in the town centre is strong for some buyers, you’ll definitely get more house for your money outside of it. Northampton’s constant development means that its town culture is spreading further out, and road links are such that it’s an easy commute to the town from the suburbs. Properties outside of the centre will typically be older, have outside space like gardens, and potentially multiple bedrooms.

Hunsbury, NN4

Both East and West Hunsbury have a lot to offer first time buyers, not the least of which is some 1 and 2 bedroom houses. Perfect for young professionals, a lot of the affordable houses in Hunsbury is located on quiet cul-de-sacs with gardens and allocated parking. Close to the M1 with A-road links to the town centre, the roads are extremely convenient without the expense and trappings of living in the middle of the town.

Kingsthorpe, NN2

The postcode area includes the university, and Kingsthorpe is generally another great out-of-town location for first time buyers. There are local schools and amenities nearby, with fantastic road links to Northampton, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Leicester and beyond. Recently there have been a number of 1 and 2 bedroom houses, relatively modern, becoming available in the area which could see lots of younger professionals flocking to the area.

In the Town Centre: Flats and Apartments

It’s pretty logical that a house in the centre of Northampton is going to be out of reach for most first time buyer’s budgets. However, there are some excellent apartments available that will certainly suit first time buyers, and they come with the conveniences and the amenities of a culturally vibrant Northampton, with excellent national transport links for commuters.

Cliftonville, NN1

There’s no shortage of apartments all over the town centre, and they all have unique histories and characters. The east of Northampton town towards Cliftonville has some beautiful re-purposed industrial buildings that have been turned into apartments that suit the needs of modern young couples and young families.

How do you go about finding your perfect first home?

The search as a first time buyer is a difficult one, fraught with questions that you don’t know the answer to, and more often than not, full of compromises. However, there are a few things you can do to help yourself along the way:

  • Research your local estate agents’ listings on a weekly basis and keep up to date on property prices;
  • Explore Northamptonshire! Look around the town, look into the local suburbs and decide how far you want to live from the town, from your family, and from your work.
  • Lastly, ask for help from experts. When it comes to making an offer on a house, you should know everything about it and the local area. The team at Grange Mortgages have compiled a wealth of experience to help first time buyers through this exciting first step – contact us today to help you find your dream house in Northampton!