At the start of their house search, Umar and Zahraa Aziz’s wedding was less than six months away and they were eager to find the perfect home to start their life together in.

Having lived in London all their lives, Umar and Zahraa began their property search around their local areas, prioritising staying close to family and friends. Upon viewing apartments in Watford and Harrow, they soon became disheartened by what was available to them within their budget.

They explained: “When we first started viewing properties to buy, we were looking at two bedroom apartments, but none of the places that we saw gave us the space and stylish design which we were hoping for from our first proper home together.”

Realising that homes in the capital were out of budget and didn’t fulfil their criteria, Umar and Zahraa decided to move their house hunt outside of London.

Umar and Zahraa recently bought a three bedroom semi-detached house with L&Q at Saxon Reach near Milton Keynes, for £355,000, using the Help to Buy equity loan scheme.  

After spending a short time looking for properties outside of the capital, the couple soon knew that it was the right decision to relocate. Umar commented: “Once we started looking at homes outside of London, we were absolutely shocked by what we could afford by moving a few miles north! We found lots of developments around Milton Keynes on Right Move and were drawn to the location because of the easy links to the M1 – we could drive back to London to see family and friends in just an hour. There are no newbuilds in London like the ones we saw around Milton Keynes. We thought our only option was a newbuild apartment – we had no idea that newbuild terraced houses even existed!”

Having explored the region, the couple explained why they chose to buy at Saxon Reach, “We viewed lots of different developments around Milton Keynes, and L&Q’s offering stood out straightaway – we couldn’t believe what we could get for our money at Saxon Reach! We viewed a semi-detached house which was split over three floors, which we instantly loved because it felt very spacious. As well as lots of storage, the spec was incredible in comparison to other show homes that we viewed. The high-quality finish and integrated features sold it to us – we had absolutely no idea that we could get all our appliances included without additional costs.”

When it came to moving, Umar and Zahraa weren’t the only ones who had found their dream home at Saxon Reach, as Zahraa explained: “My sister and her husband have also recently moved onto the development! Finding Saxon Reach allowed us to move from London as a team and become neighbours, like we always hoped we would.”

The couple were able to move in quickly without having to worry about additional costs for appliances for their home. “We were incredibly lucky to find a home like this – we viewed lots of other developments and none of them compared to L&Q’s offering of all the essential white goods, carpets throughout and a turfed garden all included in the price – it’s amazing!

Now newly married, Umar and Zahraa have had time to settle in their home and begin exploring the local area. Zahraa comments said, “The sense of community here is really wonderful. Since moving in three months ago, there have been community events in outdoor communal spaces, meaning everyone can come together. There’s also so much to do and explore in the surrounding areas of Milton Keynes. We can definitely see ourselves being settled in Saxon Reach for a long time to come.”


If you would like more information about Saxon Reach, or to book an appointment to view our show homes, please contact our sales team on 01908 031 197 or email 

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