Meet the people who have found friendship on a Redrow development
Moving into a new home can sometimes feel daunting due to not knowing anyone – but Redrow’s ice-breaker events encourage people to break down the barriers, forge lasting friendships and enhance growing communities.
Alexandra Haley, 29, has moved into Oldfield Park in Poulton-le-Fylde and says she’s already enjoying being part of a growing neighbourhood and getting to know her fellow ‘locals’.
“The wine tasting event myself and partner Michael went to was great because it was lovely to meet some of our new neighbours and find out where they all came from and why they had moved here too, and of course sample some great wines,” she says.
“Where we live, we’re right on the edge of the development, so it was nice to be able to get stuck in with our new neighbours.
“Even the way the development is designed encourages people to meet and stop and chat. The flow of the houses, and the green space around the pond, means you see people walking their dogs, children playing and stopping to chat; and you get to know more people as you are settling in.”
An assistant head teacher at a special school, Alexandra bought her three-bedroom Broadway home on the Carr Head Lane development with boyfriend Michael Bargelli, 28, who works in customer services.
It was one of the homes sold under our Advantage banner, which gave the couple 20% off the original price because they fulfilled a specific criteria which enables people from the local area to be able to afford a new home there and stay close to where they already live or work.
Alexandra added: “We wouldn’t have been able to buy a first-time home quite like the one we did without the Advantage discount – and we love the house.
“It’s got two bathrooms and is big enough for a young couple who might eventually start a family. We’d looked at other properties, but the standard of this one was way above any others – Redrow haven’t skimped on anything.”
And Alexandra and Michael aren’t alone in their delight with the development – and their new-found friends.
Retired couple John Lyons, 69, and his wife Edwina, 68, moved from a large Victorian house to be near their family.
“And we haven’t regretted it once,” said John. “We’d lived in our old house for 45 years but, while we miss the people, we don’t miss the house at all.”
John and Edwina bought a four-bedroom detached Oxford home and have already turned one of their four ‘good sized’ bedrooms into a playroom for their grandchildren.
Edwina was attracted by the open plan kitchen and dining area, and John was impressed by the finish of the house and the development itself: “It’s quite an exclusive estate in a lovely semi-rural area, and there is a lot of open space and none of the houses are overlooked.
“I don’t think we had appreciated just how good our home’s position was until we moved in, but we have the sun in the garden almost all day – it’s phenomenal. I can walk to Poulton itself and, as a golfer, I have got three or four courses nearby. It couldn’t be better.”
The couple also attended the wine-tasting event that was held in one of the show homes and say it was lovely to get to know other people living at Oldfield Park. John added: “You can be very private here if you wish, but it was lovely to get to meet other people and you can see the community spirit really coming to the fore as the development progresses.”
Peter Clements and wife Linda, both 61, moved from Whitehaven to be near their daughter Debbie and grandchildren Isaac, 10, and Mia, six, investing in a three-bedroom detached Worcester, after retiring from nuclear fuel reprocessing plant Sellafield.
Oldfield Park is just five minutes’ drive from daughter Debbie and around the corner from the school where they collect their grandchildren each weekday afternoon.
Peter said: “It’s great being part of a new development because everyone is in the same boat and that encourages the bond and getting to know one another. Being retired it’s even more important to have that community around you.”
The wine tasting was just one of a number of events held by Redrow for existing, new and potential homeowners. The homebuilder also hosts regular ‘Welcome Parties’ for customers after they have exchanged contracts but before they move in. These gatherings help them find out more about their new home, to meet members of the Redrow customer service team and, of course, to start getting to know their new neighbours.
Lesley Myers, sales manager for our Lancashire division, said: “Creating thriving communities is one of the key pillars of our business so it’s lovely to hear some of our customers talk so enthusiastically about the sense of community that has already evolved.”
Oldfield Park is a collection of three and four-bedroom detached homes starting from £249,995 from our Heritage Collection, which boasts traditional Arts & Crafts inspired exteriors and light and modern interiors. Two and three-bedroom properties sold at 80% market value under the Advantage banner start from only £136,000.
For more details of available homes visit the show homes and sales office, usually open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5.30pm, call 01253 923142 or go to www.redrow.co.uk/oldfield