It is commonly thought that to buy a spacious, character-filled home, it is necessary to buy an older, ‘second hand’ property. For Madelaine Sibley and Rhian Bladen however, a brand new three-bedroom ‘Kensington’ detached house at Crest Nicholson’s Cedars Park development in Stowmarket ticked all the boxes. As they both owned their own property before buying together, they used Crest Nicholson’s Part Exchange scheme on one of their houses to enable them to have a swift and easy buying experience.
Madelaine Sibley said: “This is Rhian and my first home together so we were very particular in our requirements; we wanted to be sure we were buying the right home that would be perfect for us both. I owned a 15 year old house while Rhian’s was Victorian and we initially thought that, in order to get the size and style of home we were after, we would need to buy an older property.
“We had been looking at Victorian properties for quite a while but we weren’t particularly taken with anything we saw. Some of the layouts were quite awkward – such as having only one bathroom which was situated on the ground floor and could only be accessed through the kitchen – and the room sizes were pretty tight. After we’d been looking for a while with no success, we decided to expand our search to include new houses.”
Madelaine continues: “We both knew of Cedars Park and had always liked the look of the development but we were even more taken with it when we saw the homes available. We liked the Kensington design straight away as it offered exactly what we were looking for. The design and layout is lovely; it’s based on an l-shape which gives it a completely unique layout compared to other new-build homes. It’s a very individual design and we haven’t seen anything similar anywhere else. The room sizes are great, particularly the living room and the kitchen/dining room which is really large and has lots of storage space. It’s ideal for hosting parties and having friends and family over.
“Location was also very important to us both. The development is close to the A14 which is handy for both of our jobs, but it’s far enough away so you don’t hear any noise. It’s also convenient for the town centre. Cedars Park is in a pretty, residential area so you get the best of both worlds.”
“Being able to use Part Exchange was another major plus point in buying a new home,” continues Rhian Bladen. “It made the entire process so quick and easy. It meant we were able to buy our new home and move in straight away without having to wait to sell Madelaine’s house on the open market. We are renting out my previous house so it has all worked out very well indeed.
“We are now both converts to buying a brand new home. It was great to be able to walk in on the first day and not have to redecorate or fix any problems. We have no concerns about the boiler breaking down or the plumbing needing to be redone. We could just live in our house and enjoy it from day one. Also, thanks to Part Exchange, buying new meant peace of mind in many different ways. We would certainly recommend it.”
The Laurels, the latest phase at Cedars Park, has just launched and show homes are now available to view. When complete, The Laurels will comprise a mix 168 two and three bedroom cottages, three and four bedroom family homes and a landscaped open space next to the existing playing field and community centre.
The Laurels comprises 14 house styles, including a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses. Most of the homes will have an open-plan kitchen and dining area and include en suite bathroom to the master bedroom. All homes will also benefit from some form of outdoor space for residents to enjoy.
Cedars Park is a lively community with its own local amenities, all of which is surrounded by beautiful Suffolk countryside. The development is ideal for commuters with families as they have a straightforward journey to London yet have all the lifestyle benefits of living in the countryside for relaxing weekends at home with the family.
Stowmarket sits in the centre of Suffolk and on the River Gipping, just 12 miles North West of Ipswich it is well connected by the A14. The town was originally an agricultural market town and was brought prosperity by the canal network on the river. Stowmarket retains its market town charm with a variety of listed buildings and is a quintessential Suffolk town.
For further information, please call 0870 755 1620 or visit www.crestnicholson.com/cedarspark