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Escape To The Countryside Thanks To Zoom

Posted 29 June 2021 by Keith Osborne

Fiona and Chris did all their homebuying online, first visiting their new Barratt home at Preston Square on completion day...

Chris Preston and Fiona Ingleby had been living in London, working in the City while enjoying their weekends being active outdoors. The frustrations of an older property and staying in a busy area eventually got to them, so to be closer to nature, the couple decided to move to Fiona’s home country, Scotland, choosing Barratt’s Preston Square development near Edinburgh.

Fiona said: “Our first house in London wasn’t right for us. It was quite old, so there always seemed to be something that needed to be fixed and the area surrounding it became very built up and busy. We soon decided we wanted to live somewhere nearer to open space that we could enjoy. We did quite a lot of research online and chose Edinburgh, as it ticked those boxes, allowing us to continue our careers and be closer to family.”

Chris added: “Preston Square was in the ideal location and perfectly positioned, with green space on one side of it, and commuter, bus and train links to Edinburgh on the other. We also liked that it was quite small, but with considered green spaces and well-sized gardens.”

However, with Covid-19 travel restrictions in place, there was little chance for Chris and Fiona to view the property in person.

“Our buying process was a bit unusual. Due to travel restrictions, as well as living in London and buying in Scotland, it meant we couldn’t view the development in person,” said Fiona. “Despite this, Zoe, the sales advisor met with us on a video call, and walked us through the development, showing us the estate and the plot we were interested in. She also sent through extra plans and photos, as well as arranging for physical samples of carpet to reach us. The sales and marketing team really made everything possible – Zoe was so helpful and gave us the confidence to go through with the purchase in the middle of the pandemic,”

Fiona Ingleby and Chris PrestonChris and Fiona chose a ‘Fenton’ house type at Preston Square, a four-bedroom detached home, first visiting it on completion day. The home’s open-plan fitted kitchen and dining area provide access to the rear garden, benefitting from a separate utility room and downstairs WC. The ‘Fenton’ also comes with an integral garage, providing added convenience and security.

Fiona said: “Despite the unusual viewing and purchasing process, our experience of buying with Barratt was very different to the stress of when we bought our first house, which involved a lot of uncertainty of bidding through an estate agent.

“We'd recommend buying with Barratt to anyone. The house is a perfect blank canvas - everything is neatly but neutrally finished, easy enough to personalise it and make it feel like home very quickly. It's also great to have solar panels allowing us to be more environmentally friendly.”

When asked if they had any plans now they had more room, the couple said: “We're in the process of setting up one of the bedrooms as an office. It's lovely to have the space to be able to do this properly now as it used to be very difficult not to be able to keep home working separate from everything else.

“We're also thinking about getting a dog but not quite there yet. We've always wanted one, but before we felt like we didn’t have enough space or good enough walks nearby to be able to care for one properly – we're in a much better position now.”

Preston Square is now sold out but Barratt East Scotland continues to offer several developments close to Edinburgh including, Barratt @ St Clements Wells, St Clements View, Yew Gardens and, coming soon, The Strand @ Portobello. All feature easy commuting links to Edinburgh city centre and a range of local amenities, with sales centres and show homes open by appointment.

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