Potter's Pond

Local couple find Cotswolds bliss with help from family

When Andy Price and Naomi Hopes decided to buy their first property, Potters Pond, Crest Nicholson’s new development in Wotton-Under-Edge, was at the top of their list. The very first people to arrive on opening day, Andrew and Naomi were also the first to reserve, and have a very special connection with the development.

Naomi, explained: “One of the reasons we were so aware of the development is, that my family actually has a rather long history with the site. My great grandparents Frederick and Elsie Smart, used to own a little plot of land and a house where the Potter’s Pond sign is today, and my grandfather Patrick Smart was born there. He was also an employee at the Cotswold Collotype plant which used to be here – for 25 years in fact!”

With a baby on the way, the young couple were keen to stay close to family and find a property they could grow into. The Hallingbury, a three-storey four bedroom townhouse, proved just the ticket. Intelligently designed with the busy family in mind, it boasts a large day room and kitchen on the ground floor. On the first floor you find the spacious front room, as well as the stunning master suite, featuring its own en-suite shower room and dressing area. The second floor has a further three double bedrooms and the family bathroom.

Naomi, said: “There were many factors drawing us to Potter’s Pond, the main one of course being that we are local, and our families live here. Growing our little family close to those we love was important to us, so when the signs for Potter’s Pond started going up in 2014, we were very interested. We quite enjoy the fact that when the little one grows up, we’ll be able to talk about our roots, our community and our family history in a way that most people don’t get a chance to. Being able to do that is such a privilege

“I also have a relative living at another Crest Nicholson development, Hunts Grove in Gloucester, so we were familiar with the great quality of homes on offer, and were even able to access the £1,000 Recommend a Friend scheme. 

“Using Recommend a Friend and the government’s Help to Buy scheme has meant that we were able to buy a bigger property than we could otherwise. We love our new Hallingbury house, it’s perfect for a family! Because it’s a new-build our bills are also noticeably lower, and we haven’t had any of those unexpected costs you would associate with an older property. As a young family with a baby on the way, we didn’t want a DIY project, so it’s been great to be able to just move in and start this new part of our lives.”

Prices at Potters Pond, using the Help to Buy scheme, currently start from £277,000 for a three bedroom house and £395,000 for a four bedroom house.  

Help to Buy enables homebuyers to own their home for just 80 percent of the purchase price with a deposit of as little as five per cent. The remaining 20 per cent of the property price is lent to the purchaser by the Government and is interest free for the first five years.

For more information about Potters Pond, visit the on-site Sales & Marketing Suite (open Thursday – Monday, 10am-5pm), call 01453 706955 or visit www.crestnicholson.com/potterspond and www.facebook.com/CrestNicholsonSWWales 

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