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The Townhouse And The Country House

Posted 17 August 2020 by Keith Osborne

Barratt Developments has townhouses for house-hunters in out-of-town developments right across Scotland...

Those who enjoy reading a bedtime story to the children in their lives will know the tale of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse well – an exciting read about two cousins who embark on a grand adventure into the big city to drink in all that comes with metropolitan townhouse living.

Toby Town Mouse and his country dwelling companion Pipin soon find themselves in a state of unrest during their visit when a hungry town cat corners them in Toby’s townhouse, which sees the mild mannered Pipin high tail it back to his peaceful hedgerow home in the sleepy countryside.

Equilibrium is restored and children drift off safe in the knowledge that all is well for little Pipin and his larder of delicious fresh berries and seeds in the countryside. But what about townhouse loving Toby? What is to become of him?

Over the last three months, WhatHouse? Housebuilder of the Year Barratt Developments has seen an upsurge in fresh interest from buyers living in the city who want to escape the hustle and bustle, without forfeiting the style and comfort they have become accustomed to with the unmistakeable elegance of the classic style townhouse. And fortunately, the multi-award winning housebuilder has a larder of townhouses ready and waiting to welcome their new owners in out-of-town developments right across Scotland.

What exactly is a townhouse and what makes it so appealing?

The term townhouse originally referred to the city residence of someone whose main or largest residence was a country house. However, time has moved on and the modern townhouse is now the main residence for most who own one.

The reason townhouses are so appealing is down to their layout across multiple floors. Its design allows for the family to congregate in the hub of the home – namely the large kitchen/dining and living areas on the lower floors, and then retire to the bedrooms and study rooms on the upper floors. Now, with most people working from home, the prospect of having a quiet office space in an upper floor is highly attractive to today’s buyers.

What to expect from a Barratt Development’s townhouse?

Flexible living spaces spread across three floors. Barratt’s townhouses make excellent use of the space and light available. And because the house is built upwards, buyers get more space for their money – negating the need to spend on extra land. And if that’s not enough, the stature of the home itself, by design, provides elevated views over the surrounding rooftops and landscape meaning townhouse buyers don’t just purchase a home, they inherit a vista which is theirs and theirs alone.

Where to find a Barratt townhouse in the north, east and west of Scotland

Barratt has gone to great lengths in considering the style and layout of its townhouses as homage to their origins and original purpose.

With Riverside Quarter, for example in the north of Scotland, the ‘Lauriston’ townhouse, from £269,995, offers a large entrance lobby, synonymous with the townhouses of old. Also on the ground floor is the open-plan kitchen and dining area complete with French doors which open into the garden. On the first floor is a large lounge area and a third bedroom or office space. Upstairs is the main bedroom with en suite, bedroom two and a large family bathroom.

Located in Bucksburn and only a ten-minute drive from Aberdeen, Riverside Quarter is close enough for a short commute into the city, but far enough out so that residents can enjoy a more rural standard of living.

TurnberryThe 'Turnberry'

Likewise on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Barratt’s stunning Gilmerton Heights development offers an array of townhouses ready to be snapped up by house-hunters looking for a more tranquil homelife. Surrounded by greenspace, Gilmerton Heights’ ‘Turnberry’ townhouses, from £264,995, are an inspired choice of home with only a five-mile commute to Edinburgh’s city centre.

BorthwickThe 'Borthwick'

Preston Square in pans is another of Barratt’s developments in the east which is gearing up to launch a selection of ‘Borthwick’ townhouses, from £266,995, in an area celebrated for its stunning sandy beaches and places of historic interest.

HelensburghInside the 'Helensburgh'

And for those townhouse appreciators in the west of Scotland is David Wilson Homes’ Weirs Wynd, Brookfield, Johnstone, where the five-star housebuilder has a selection of ‘Helensburgh’ townhouses available to buy right now, priced from £254,995. Everything has been considered in their design, representing a flawless balance of both style and comfort. This striking development is within perfect proximity to local amenities and transport links with quick access to Glasgow City Centre, the airport and surrounding areas.

With the array of options available with Barratt Developments, one thing for sure is that both Toby Town Mouse and countryside loving Pipin would find all of its townhouses very fitting indeed. And they wouldn’t have to forfeit a single thing that they love about their way of life when choosing an-out-of-town Barratt townhouse to call home.

Barratt has also paid great attention to the challenges buyers face in the current economic climate and as a result it has curated a range of bespoke incentives and funding models to support its customers in their pursuit of owning their dream home.

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