Clarion Gate Proves Popular with Young Families

Recent research reveals that increasing numbers of couples are delaying having a family because they can’t afford to buy their own home, with one in four of those surveyed saying that they had been delaying having a family for five years or longer. Having rented since 2009, when they found out they were expecting a baby, Kate Manakee and Anthony O’Donnell renewed their property search and were thrilled to find that the deposit they had managed to save was enough to buy a four-bedroom home at Crest Nicholson’s Clarion Gate development.

Kate Mannakee (35) and Anthony O’Donnell (31) were previously renting in the Primrose Hill area of Chelmsford while they saved up a deposit but, with a baby on the way, they decided the time was right to buy a new home in which they could bring up their family. Believing that buying a period property in need of renovation was the only way they could afford a family home, they were pleasantly surprised to find Crest Nicholson’s Clarion Gate development offered more value for money than they thought possible.

Kate said; “I was subscribed to Crest Nicholson’s mailing list as I had always liked the look of Clarion Gate, but thought that even the apartments were out of my price range. Having not found a suitable second hand property, we decided to meet with a sales advisor who showed us The Hutton townhouse and we haven’t looked back since – it blew everything else out of the water!

“When we looked round the property we were so impressed by how spacious it was, having mistakenly thought that room sizes in new build properties would be small in comparison to older properties. We also really liked the layout of the house, especially how the three floors give us so much space to grow into. I love having the living room on the first floor – the veranda which comes off the large bay windows in the room is one of my favourite things about the house.

“We really couldn’t be happier with our home at Clarion Gate. The community has made such a difference to me in particular; there is a happy, friendly atmosphere with lots of families around and I have formed close friendships with other young mums. For my partner, who is a civil engineer, the location and road links to the A12 are ideal.”

The Avenues is the current phase at Clarion Gate which features contemporary style three and four bedroom townhouses, two bedroom coach houses and apartment buildings in a series of formal symmetrical street scenes. The striking exteriors will feature smart rendered and boarding finishes with large feature windows and steel balustrading to balconies.

Annette Cole, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson Eastern commented; “The development is set out with a village-like feel to create a sense of community for the residents which has proved very popular with young couples, like Kate and Anthony. For those starting a family, the local schools are some of the top performing in the area in terms of exam results.”

In total, Clarion Gate comprises an elegant collection of 153 traditional and contemporary styled apartments and houses. All homes come with at least one parking space and, inside, fully-fitted kitchens feature a comprehensive range of integrated Bosch appliances including an integrated fridge/freezer and stainless steel oven, hob and extractor hood, easing the burden of starting from scratch.

Nearby Chelmsford Station provides fast and efficient services to London Liverpool Street taking approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, the A12 is just a short drive from the scheme and provides direct routes south to the Capital and Colchester to the north.

Just two, two-bedroom apartments currently remain for sale at Clarion Gate, with prices starting from £175,000. Further properties will be available for sale early in 2013. For further information about buying a home at Clarion Gate please contact the Sales & Marketing Suite, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm, at Clarion Gate, Lambourne Chase, Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9FF on 0870 757 8184. Alternatively, visit

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