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Lee Hammond, previously lived in a four bedroom house in Braintree, when he decided to downsize, purchasing a three-bedroom detached home at Crest Nicholson’s Notley Grange development in nearby Black Notley.


Lee comments: “At this stage of my life I wanted somewhere that was ready to move into; I didn’t want to have to do any refurbishment and was keen to have a low maintenance home – that’s why buying new was perfect for me. It also meant that I could use the Help to Buy scheme. It’s a great scheme and it really suited me financially as I only needed to put down a five percent deposit.”


Lee explains: “As I am a Senior Site Manager for another developer, I was aware of Crest Nicholson’s work; they have a good reputation when it comes to build. When I looked around the development, it ticked all the boxes for me, it was a lovely product and I liked how the development was set out, with a quiet, community feel. I bought a three bedroom detached house with a kitchen / diner to the front of the property and a nicely sized separate lounge, which was just what I was looking for.”


Notley Grange offers a beautiful collection of two and three-bedroom cottages, and four and five-bedroom family homes. Situated within the charming Essex countryside, residents can enjoy the best of both worlds, with access to both the hustle and bustle of the local town and picturesque country living. Braintree is just three miles away, and the development is nearby White Notley train station, which provides regular trains to Chelmsford in 17 minutes and London Liverpool Street in 50 minutes. For jetsetters, Stansted Airport is just 16 minutes away by car.


Lee continues: “Black Notley is a great location, I have a large Tesco just down the road, Braintree shopping village is just around the corner with plenty of amenities and Chelmsford is only a 20-minute drive away for shopping. Stansted Airport is also easily accessible via the A120, which is useful when I want to jump on a flight for a long weekend away.”


Lee concludes: “The team at Crest Nicholson have been outstanding, particularly the sales staff who could not do enough for me. The whole process was smooth throughout and it only took me roughly three months to complete.”


Prices at Notley Grange start from £370,000 for a three bedroom house, four bedroom houses from £430,000 and five bedroom houses from £675,000. For more information call 01376 768545 or visit