Family Home That Kicks All The Boxes In Strathaven
Great market town location and superb local schools, as well as a choice of great family homes were key deciding factors for the Nicolson family when they chose to make Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s Avondale Gardens in Strathaven their new home.
Avondale Gardens is a development that has ticked all the rights boxes for this young family. Craig Nicolson (aged 46) and a teacher in North Lanarkshire explains further: “Having two boys – Theodore aged 3 and Struan aged 1 – meant that we were outgrowing our three bedroom detached house in Glassford quickly.
“Before the boys reached school age we wanted to make the move to a family home where we knew the local schooling would be fantastic right from primary through to their secondary years, and where we knew that we’d have room to grow.
“I’m originally from East Kilbride so I know the local area really well, and being a teacher gives me an obvious keen interest in making sure we’d be in the catchment area for all the right schools including Strathaven Academy. This put Strathaven right at the heart of our initial property search.”
The family fell in love with the location of the development and one house in particular as Ella Nicolson (aged 36), who works in a local interior designer shop adds: “We really liked the countryside setting of Avondale Gardens and we loved the layout of the Geddes four bedroom detached house.
“The kitchen is large enough for us to be able to dine in and we could see the potential of the integral garage which we’ve already converted into more living space.
“Upstairs there are four really good-sized bedrooms, and the Jack/Jill en suite between bedrooms two and three make these perfect for the boys now and even more so as they get older.
“Being part of a new-build development is really exciting because everyone is here right from the start and a big reason for us to move here was that we felt that other families like us would be attracted here. We’re starting to see this already, and it’s lovely to think that in time our children will all be able to play together outside safely.”
The family found that using Taylor Wimpey’s Part Exchange scheme meant their move to a new home was very easy as Craig comments: “We hadn’t really considered new build homes in our original search.
“To be honest there wasn’t too much choice in the second hand market so we decided to have a look at each of the new-build developments in Strathaven. I thought that I’d really struggle to find anything that we both like but I was wrong.
“We literally loved the homes offered by Taylor Wimpey and we found our dream spot on the development which has lots of outdoor space which is ideal for us as we like to BBQ a lot!.
“Plus the offer to use Taylor Wimpey’s part exchange scheme meant that any worries I had about selling our existing property in Glassford just melted away and the whole process was simple and stress-free.
The family’s customer journey with Taylor Wimpey continues to be a very positive experience as Ella adds: “Everyone is so friendly and approachable. The sales executive Jacqui explained everything really clearly to us and everything has turned out exactly as she said, plus the site manager Jordie has been amazing. Our after sales care has also been brilliant and the handover meeting that you have to chat through how everything in your home works was really helpful.”
Seeing Avondale Gardens in Strathaven come to life as the first customers move in marks a key time for the development. Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland adds: “Avondale Gardens offers buyers the balance of picturesque and countryside living with the convenience of excellent transport links and impressive local amenities, and it’s great to see it become home to families just like Ella and Craig and their boys.
“Our range of modern and stylish four and five bedroom detached family homes offer the ideal opportunity for families looking to grow in a truly stunning and picturesque location.
We’re Guiding Kids Along The Path To Healthy Living!
This autumn we are urging families in Strathaven to leave the car keys at home and make the journey to school on foot instead.
Once again we are supporting Walk to School Month, an annual initiative held in October that aims to promote healthy living. The initiative also aims to reduce levels of traffic and make roads safer for all.
With the evenings drawing in as the darker months approach, we have handed over 500 high-visibility snap bands to Wester Overton Primary School and St Patricks Primary School in Strathaven to help keep pupils safe on their way to and from school.
The donation forms part of a national Taylor Wimpey scheme to supply more than 14,900 snap bands to schoolchildren all across the country.
According to Living Streets, the charity behind the Walk to School campaign, 70% of youngsters made the journey to school on foot a generation ago, but now that number has more than halved.* It is the organisation’s aim to reverse this downward trend.
A team from Avondale Gardens also took the opportunity to give the children at both schools some reminders about health and safety ahead of the school October holidays as continues at the development.
We are always keen to promote the dangers associated with playing near any construction site, and the team took this ideal opportunity to raise the awareness of the children’s need to be extra vigilant as the work progresses to deliver its range of new homes.
Audrey Ross, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, says: “We are thrilled to be supporting Walk to School again this year and are proud to be working with both Wester Overton Primary School and St Patricks Primary Schools to encourage families to realise the benefits of leaving the car keys at home.
“Walking to school is a fantastic way for children to get active and we hope they enjoy using our snap bands to help keep them safe on the journey.
“Combining our Walk to School campaign with a reminder to children never to play near a construction site has created an interactive way for us to convey a very important message that we’re keen to spread amongst the local community, especially ahead of the October school holiday.”
Mandy Thomson, Head Teacher at Wester Overton Primary School, says: “As well as promoting a healthy lifestyle to students, walking to school is also a huge help in reducing the volume of traffic outside school, thereby making the area safer for all.
“On behalf of our whole school, I would like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey for this donation and for their help in raising awareness of Walk to School Month among our pupils and their parents.”
Pamela Bradley, Acting Head Teacher at St Patricks Primary School, adds: “This is a fun and informative way to engage our children in getting active safely. Many of our children already walk to school and using the high-viz bands will certainly brighten up their journey to and from school whilst also helping to keep them safe.
“Having the chance to meet some of the team building the new homes near our school has been an ideal way to remind the children never to play near the construction site regardless of how inviting it may look.”
Pupils from St Patricks Primary School and Wester Overton Primary School show-off their high visibility bands as part of Taylor Wimpey’s support of Walk to School Month with Ian Holden, Taylor Wimpey’s Health and Safety Advisor, and David Neilson, Trainee Site Manager at Avondale Gardens, following their health & safety presentations.