Ally Redding, 26, purchased her first home at Inspired Homes’ Central Cross development in Croydon. A consultant within the insurance industry, Ally had been renting with friends in Tooting, South West London, but was keen to get a foot on the housing ladder as soon as possible.

Ally bought a one-bedroom micro-apartment at Central Cross for £284,950 with a mortgage from Halifax and a Help to Buy London Equity Loan. The apartment’s hallway-free design comprises 340sqft (32sqm), built to a high specification featuring Bosch kitchen appliances and granite worktops to the kitchens, engineered hardwood floors, beautiful contemporary bathrooms with Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware, NEST Smart Thermostats, 1GB Superfast Hyperoptic broadband and a concierge service.

She was attracted by the development’s location close to East Croydon station, offering good transport links for work in central London and close to Croydon High Street, for socialising at evenings and weekends. She also liked the fact that the development feels homely, safe and secure.

Ally said, “I’m delighted to have been able to afford to buy on my own in a buzzing town so close to London. I like the safety features at Central Cross, such as video entry, which make me feel secure in my own home. Being brand new and with high specification interiors, the apartment will require very little cost or effort to maintain. It doesn’t feel small for a first home and has a balcony, which is great when the sun makes an appearance!”

Central Cross is now fully sold but Innova is still available in Croydon and Inspired has new developments launching in Luton, Witham in Essex and Clapham in South West London.