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For newlyweds Ross and Gemma Dunlop, finding their dream home in a perfect location was the next chapter following their fairy-tale wedding.

With their heart set on the highly sought-after North Lodge district of Motherwell, gas engineer, Ross (27) and nurse, Gemma (25), set up home at Merchant Homes’ exclusive The Grove development. The move was made possible thanks to a help-to-buy scheme that saw them take the keys to a spacious three bedroom home.

Gemma explained: “After renting for three and a half years, we knew we wanted to find a home close to where our flat was in Motherwell. We loved the area but it was becoming more and more apparent that finding a home with room to grow was going to be tough.

“Houses within our budget were few and far between so we couldn’t believe our luck when we came across the stunning Grove development. The help-to-buy scheme made our home buying process completely seamless and we were astonished at how little deposit we needed.”

Ross, Gemma and their King Charles Cavalier dog Ruby, moved in to their three-bedroom semi-detached Blair home in February. Boasting 904 sq.ft. of spacious living, The Blair is perfect for first time buyers and young families alike looking to lay down roots in a beautiful semi-rural location.

Gemma continued: “It was a very special moment to see the house completed. We had seen the house at various stages of the build process but it was so exciting to see it finished.

“Every room within our home is really spacious which is what we loved about the design and layout of The Blair. One feature we really wanted when buying our first home was a downstairs bathroom as Ross and I both have elderly grandparents who struggle to climb stairs. The downstairs w/c was a huge selling point for The Blair as it’s really spacious and also has a shower – which was an added bonus.”

“The open plan kitchen/ diner with patio doors leading to the garden was also a big feature for us when purchasing our forever home. We’re particularly looking forward to the summer months when we can leave the patio doors open and let our little dog Ruby come in and out as she pleases.” 

Perfectly positioned within one of North Lanarkshire’s most coveted spots, The Grove serves as the perfect setting to showcase the exclusive collection of homes.

Comprising a mix of three contemporary housetypes, the unique development of just 17 homes is set to conclude in June 2018. With only one home remaining, the last four-bedroom detached Lewis at 1,316 sq.ft. – which is a first for Merchant Homes in Scotland – is available to purchase now at £270,000 with a summer move in date.

Gemma added: “The help-to-buy service couldn’t have been easier and made buying our dream a reality. We reserved our house on the 26th October, our mortgage was all approved a few weeks later and our move in date was the 2nd of February – it was such a quick process. 

“When we worked out that our mortgage was going to be less per month than the flat we were renting – we were both absolutely delighted and knew instantly that we had made the right decision.

“Merchant Homes made moving to The Grove really simple and such a pleasant and exciting experience for my husband and I. The sales team made us feel so welcome and comfortable from our initial visit. They were all so friendly and were able to help with any questions we had.” 

Merchant Homes currently has two additional developments available – Kirn Gardens in Gourock and Philipshill Gardens in East Kilbride – offering prospective new homebuyers another opportunity to purchase a contemporary new abode from one of Scotland’s leading housebuilders.

Comprising a mix of 35 three and four-bedroom detached and semi-detached family abodes, Kirn Gardens features a choice of three house types including The Blair, The Bruce and The Lewis with prices starting from £192,000.

The niche development of homes in East Kilbride, Philipshill Gardens, comprises a mix of stylish new two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom luxury villas. Prices start from £213,000 for the apartments and £400,000 for the villas.

For further information on the development, call the Marketing Suite on 01698 652080 or visit The Marketing Suite is open Thursday – Monday 11 am – 5.30 pm.


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