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Granary Wharf winner moves into free flat

Young dentist scoops top prize in ISIS and Confidential giveaway

Written by . Published on May 19th 2011.

Granary Wharf winner moves into free flat

A 26 year-old dentistry student from Carlisle won her dream home in Leeds thanks to Leeds Confidential and ISIS Waterside Regeneration.

Afruza Khatun, who is planning to move to Leeds after graduating her degree in dentistry in July, was the lucky winner of our competition to give away a stylish one-bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor of Candle House on Granary Wharf.

Afruza will live rent and bill free in the apartment for a year, saving up to £15,000. She has been studying for the last four years and has just been offered her first job as a dentist at a practise in Headingley.

“I now get to live in my dream city, start my first job and live in a dream home in the same place as my best friend – it’s too good to be true."

She heard about the competition from her best friend, who was already living at Candle House. “Two of my close friends have lived in Leeds for a few years now and I’ve always loved the city whenever I’d visited them so this was the first place I looked for a job,” she said.

“One of the girls moved into a two-bedroom apartment at Candle House last year and when I stayed with her I just fell in love with the building. I’ve never owned a home and knew I wasn’t in a position to buy yet but did look at renting here.

“I didn’t think I’d be able to afford to live in the city centre and I was looking at other areas further out. I never thought I’d win, I still can’t believe it now.”

ISIS and Leeds Confidential received more than 4,000 entries to the competition, which was launched in March.

Candle House has 160 apartments, a communal rooftop terrace for residents and facilities for boaters so they can stop on their journey through Granary Wharf.

“I now get to live in my dream city, start my first job and live in a dream home in the same place as my best friend – it’s too good to be true. I want to use this opportunity to save so that I can buy my own apartment here on Granary Wharf one day.”

Granary Wharf, which is next to Leeds train station, also offers a striking second residential building, Watermans Place, with a stepped design and copper and cedar clad exterior, 122 apartments and a communal roof-top terrace. 

The wharf is becoming one of the most desirable corners of the city, with future plans including the development of a new southern entrance to Leeds station expected to be open by 2013, allowing direct access from Granary Wharf.

It is also home to a budding community of independent retailers, with a growing reputation as a hub for independent bars and restaurants including the restaurant and bars at Mint Hotel, the south-American flavours of authentic Brazilian eatery Fazenda, coffee shop Out of the Woods and live music and real ale bar, The Hop.

Hollie Reynolds, senior sales and marketing manager at ISIS, said: “We know how difficult it can be for first-time buyers so it’s really great to offer someone like Afruza the chance live here free for a year and experience life as part of this friendly waterside community.

“We were overwhelmed by the reaction we had and to those who didn’t win – I’d still urge them to come and talk to us about some of the great initiatives we have available, such as our shared equity scheme ‘Loan2Own’ which are ideal for helping first-time buyers on to the market.”

To find out more about ‘Loan2Own’ and other ways of buying an at Granary Wharf, visit the marketing suite at Granary Wharf is open from Monday – Friday: 10am -5pm, Saturday: 10am - 4pm and Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

For more information visit: www.granarywharf.co.uk  or call 0113 243 4441.

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