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When Aberdeen couple Mike and Nicola discovered that they were expecting their first child, they knew they needed to move into a bigger home to fit their growing family.

While Mike was out running one day, he happened upon our development, Southbank by Cala in the city, and knew instantly this was somewhere he’d love to live.

“I spotted construction starting on the development and thought it was a great location, being so close to the city centre but also tucked out of the way in a leafy, riverside spot. From then on, I dreamed of being able to live in a house in that area one day”, said 31-year-old Mike.

“When I pointed it out to my partner, she absolutely loved the location too, and it ticked all the boxes for what we needed from a new home. The space was a huge selling point especially when we found out we were expecting our first baby.

The family originally lived not too far from the picturesque Southbank location, in a much smaller three-bedroom terraced home, which was no longer a suitable size when Mike was home from Offshore and his two kids came to stay with them.

Mike and 32-year-old Nicola decided to view one of the four-bedroom show homes and soon made an offer on their four-bedroom Bryce new build home.

Mike said: “We initially viewed the development in October 2022 and began the process of reserving our plot in the December, before moving in on the 11th of April this year. Just six months from first viewing the development to moving in really highlights how much we loved the house!

“We love that the area is surrounded by nature, a play park and the River Don, yet it is just minutes away from Aberdeen city centre, without being too close to busy roads - these are all the things you need to consider when you have children.

“As well as the location, the house itself has everything we wanted and more in terms of space and the layout. Our kids can play in the garden whilst we cook dinner in the open plan kitchen and dining area.”

 

The couple were able to take advantage of our Part Exchange service to buy their home, which is their first joint home they have purchased together, helping to make the move as stress-free as possible.

Mike continues: “One of the big benefits of buying a new build home is moving into a complete blank canvas. We’ve been able to create a home which is personal to us and suits our lifestyle. We want this house to always feel like a home for our children, even when they are grown up.”

Mike and Nicola’s love for the surrounding area even goes further than just their own home.

“We’ve invested a lot of our time, energy, and savings not only into our home, but into the area itself. Already we’ve been out litter picking along the riverside and on the local streets alongside our neighbours because we feel so attached to the community,” explains Mike.

“This home was something we both dreamed about growing up – it’s our family’s forever home that you often hear people fantasise about, but for us it’s now a reality.”

Overlooking the tranquil River Don, surrounded by 6.4 acres of open space, and just moments from Aberdeen city centre, Southbank by Cala is the perfect location to enjoy a peaceful setting whilst still making the most of everything the city has to offer families and couples alike.

The development features a stunning new collection of light and spacious three-, four- and five-bedroom family homes and a mix of one- and two-bedroom contemporary apartments.

Apartment prices start from £123,950, and homes start from £316,950. To book an appointment, or to speak to a member of the sales team, click here.

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