Abode offers the whole package

Having looked at numerous new builds, Michael Spray and Laura Antrobus fell in love with a Buckley home that offered something different to the norm.

Abode by Redrow, off Drury Lane, boasts highly specified homes with open plan living spaces and contemporary features such as underfloor heating and wetrooms and the couple were taken with the designs straight away.

“The show home was unlike anything we had seen before,” Michael, 27, explained. “We hadn’t been able to find anything that ticked all of our boxes; i.e. an attractive exterior, a high quality interior that makes the most of the space with funky and interesting decor and a garage. We also loved the wet rooms at Abode as they’re extremely spacious, in fact, I can’t see us ever going back to having a normal bathroom now.”

The first time buyers, who both work for insurance companies in Chester, were also able to make use of the Help to Buy Wales scheme.

Help to Buy is aimed at those lacking a substantial deposit. All homes under £300,000 qualify for Help to Buy Wales which means they can be purchased with a 5% deposit. Purchasers would then cover the remaining costs with up to a 20% equity loan from the Welsh Government, interest free for five years, and a 75% mortgage from a lender of choice.

“Help to Buy was really useful. We used the mortgage expert that the sales consultant put us in touch with. We can’t fault them really, it was a really straightforward process,” Michael said.

Michael and Laura, also 27, plumped for a three-bedroom ‘1011’ style Abode home which has an en suite wet room to the master bedroom as well as a wet room that serves the other two bedrooms. The home boasts a high specification with top brand named appliances and quality fixtures and fittings inside and outside, an ‘uncluttered’ façade finishes off the contemporary standard features.

However, for those that want a few more extras, there are the options of adding things like outdoor kitchens and high spec, low maintenance AstroTurf and lighting for gardens.

For those who would like to follow in Michael and Laura’s footsteps, there is currently a variety of two, three and four-bedroom homes with prices starting from £186,995 for a two-bedroom semi-detached property up to £249,995 for a detached four-bedroom home. More two, three and four-bedroom homes are coming soon.

What’s more, Buckley is a desirable location as Chester city centre is just 10 miles away so buyers still have easy access to the shops, entertainment and culture that a major city offers yet are able to return home to a quieter more relaxed environment.

There are also the high street fashion and home furnishing stores at nearby Broughton Retail Park, which is currently undergoing an expansion to include a new 11-screen cinema, choice of restaurants and a new bus hub.

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Alternatively, visit the Drury Lane marketing suite which is open daily from Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5.30pm and on Mondays from 11am to 5.30pm, or phone 01244 641156.

Currently celebrating its 40th year, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and four consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Redrow also collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 and 2013 What House? Awards; the award for best marketing initiative at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.