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Lauren (31) and Alan Ross (35), were renting a one bedroom apartment in Woolpit, Suffolk, when they decided to purchase their first home at Crest Nicholson’s St John’s Mead, Elmswell. The couple had been searching for a year for a new home when they stumbled upon the new Suffolk development. Lauren and Alan were able to step onto the property ladder and purchase their dream three bedroom semi-detached home using the government backed Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme.

Lauren explains: “We were set on purchasing a new build as we didn’t want to worry about renovations or make do with previous residents’ decisions. By buying a brand new house it meant that we were eligible to use Help to Buy. The scheme was great and helped us get onto the ladder with just a 5% cash deposit, making our move much quicker than we had expected. The lovely sales team at the development helped us throughout the whole process.

“We were instantly attracted by the village location and the unrivalled quality of the homes at St John’s Mead. The ‘Newton’ ticked all of the boxes: the layout, size and finishes of the home were all we had ever wanted.We now have a large living room and kitchen/dining area which we can use to entertain family and friends. We have converted one of the bedrooms to be a bedroom/office where we can host my nieces and nephews when they come and visit us. Another feature which stood out to us was the garden both at the front and back of the house, which we can’t wait to use during the warmer months.”

Set along distinct tree lined streets, the homes at St John’s Mead are traditional in style and built to complement the semi-rural village setting. The development is surrounded by greenery, creating a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the nearby town, and residents will be able to enjoy community parkland on the site.

Lauren, who works in health and safety for a utilities company, continues:“Our new home is perfectly positioned. We are just a stone’s throw away from the bustling towns of Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. I drive to Woolpit for work, while Alan, who works for a window company, commutes to Ipswich. We both make good use of the excellent transport links in town as Elmswell’s railway station is just a short walk from the development where we can jump on a train to London, Cambridge or any of the neighbouring towns.”

Known for its strong community spirit, Elmswell is a thriving village in Suffolk. Residents at St John’s Mead will enjoy a variety of amenities on their doorstep, including a Co-op, two pubs, library, post office, playing fields and a cricket and football club. Families will also be well placed with Elmswell Primary School, Little Elms Pre-School and Street Farm Day Nursery all within walking distance of the development and rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’.

St John’s Mead offers two, three and four bedroom houses, with prices starting from £250,000 for a two bedroom house. The Help to Buy scheme is available on all properties. The marketing suite and show homes are open daily from 10am – 5pm. For more information, or to register your interest please call 01359 358034 or visit