A home for life at Woodberry Down:
Buyer swaps shared ownership for private sale home
When advertising director Ilona Lubojemska, 37, bought her first home at Woodberry Down in Hackney four years ago using shared ownership, she never imagined she would love Berkeley’s waterside scheme so much that she would also buy her next home in the same development – this time buying through the traditional route.
Ilona had bought her previous one-bedroom apartment at Woodberry Down for an initial 35 per cent share with a £30,000 deposit but over the next four years, was able to buy more shares (known as staircasing) until she owned 100 per cent of her home; at that point Ilona decided to upsize while staying in the neighbourhood.
She explains: “The Zone 2 location, local neighbourhood and incredible reservoir views at Woodberry Down are unmatched and I knew I wanted to stay in the same place but just wanted something larger.”
After selling her one-bedroom apartment, Ilona arranged a viewing of a two-bedroom apartment at the Nature Collection, one of the more recent phases of waterside homes at Woodberry Down, which was considerably larger than her previous apartment. She was sold on the incredible views over Woodberry Down’s landmark reservoirs from the balcony and put in an offer on the same night.
Ilona says: “My buying experience was a very quick and smooth process. Berkeley was very understanding with some issues which arose with my previous apartment sale and were flexible with my moving in date which helped hugely.”
Since moving into her new home, Ilona has been enjoying the stunning views and extra space that it provides. She is looking forward to her family visiting from Poland and being able to show them around her friendly neighbourhood.