Why I purchased: The 24-year-old first home buyer of a two-bedroom townhouse at St Albans's St.A development by Cedar Woods

Among the first home buyers purchasing into the charming development is 24-year-old civil engineer, Jessica Nguyen. Urban spoke to young property buyer about her buying journey

Why I purchased: The 24-year-old first home buyer of a two-bedroom townhouse at St Albans's St.A development by Cedar Woods
St. A, St Albans. Image: Supplied

First home buyers are securing affordable homes at St Albans, thanks to Cedar Woods’ new St.A townhouse development.  

The striking project, designed by DKO Architecture, features 254 two, three and four-bedroom homes which have been crafted to give residents an elevated lifestyle.

Among the first home buyers purchasing into the charming development is 24-year-old civil engineer, Jessica Nguyen.  

Urban spoke to young property buyer about her buying journey and what she loves about St.A.

MK: Where did you previously live and why are you moving to St.A?

JN: I currently live in Caroline Springs and decided to move to St.A because of the location. The area has already been largely developed with a train station within walking distance as well as great restaurants.

I spend so much time in the area already. So many of my family and friends live in St Albans and more of my friends are looking to buy in the area.

MK: Were you already looking for property when you discovered St.A?

JN: I’ve been looking for the last few months mainly at new developments around the Maribyrnong, Sunshine and St Albans areas.

St.A appealed to me because of the price, distance from the city and amenity, available all within my budget.

MK: What do you love most about what St.A has to offer residents?

JN: There is amazing food and a great community. The train station is a big factor for me, it is walking distance from St.A to the station, whereas right now I have to drive 20 minutes to the nearest station each day.

MK: Which townhome configuration did you opt for, and what led you to narrow down your decision?

JN: I purchased the Argyle townhome which has two-bedrooms, two-bathrooms and a single garage.

Why I purchased: The 24-year-old first home buyer of a two-bedroom townhouse at St Albans's St.A development by Cedar Woods
The Argyle floorplan

Price was a big influence. I went through a mortgage broker who helped me figure out what I could afford, and I was thrilled that this was slightly under budget.

MK: What was it like negotiating with the sales agent and the team at Cedar Woods?

JN: Minh was really good to work with; he understood my non-negotiables and replied quickly to get the deal done.

MK: What made you decide to buy off-the-plan rather than an existing dwelling?

JN: I wanted to build and found that buying off-the-plan was a lot easier and stress-free. St.A is already a built-up area and I could see the quality and style of homes Cedar Woods delivered.

MK: St A has impressive nearby amenity. Which amenity is your favourite?

JN: Definitely the restaurants. My favourite is Thuan Phat, I go there every week!

MK: As a first home buyer, how did you find the due diligence research and purchase process?

JN: I asked advice from family who told me to first go to a mortgage broker to understand my budget. I also watched a lot of YouTube videos and listened to podcasts on how to budget and save for my first deposit.

I was also looking at another development in Sunshine but I liked the St.A amenity more. It is already an established community, whereas the other is still a while away from feeling like a community.

MK: Did you have a set of criteria that your first home had to meet?

JN: I very much looked at this purchase as an investment as well as my first home and having two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage was a set requirement for me.

I personally wanted a backyard area as well and I had a preference for a downstairs living area.

As this was my first home, it had to be eligible for the First Home Owner Grant as well as fit within my budget.

What advice would you have for other first home buyers?

JN: Research as much as you can and understand your budget [and] prepare for the expenses of home ownership as well!

MK: Is there anything else you would like to add about your new home or the area more generally?

JN: St Albans is such a beautiful place; it has come a long way in recent years. It is such good value being so close to the city; the west is the next big thing!

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Max Kwok

Max Kwok

Max Kwok is a staff contributor at urban.com.au. Based in Sydney, Max has previously worked at Property Observer where he specialised in content creation and editorial research.

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