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First-time buyers find their forever home with Kirkwood
12th May 2023
Moved In 1st Mar 2023
4 Bedrooms

First-time buyers Diane and Callum had outgrown their rented property in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, and felt it was finally time to step onto the property ladder and buy their first home.

Searching for a spacious home with countryside surroundings, the couple fell in love with the 4 bedroom detached ‘Morven’ at our Castle Road development in Alford. After getting the keys to their brand new home in March, we caught up with Diane and Callum to discover what they love most about their new home, how they found the buying process with Kirkwood Homes, and what they’re enjoying most about living in Alford…

What made you choose ‘The Morven’ housetype in Castle Road, Alford?

Diane: “We had been renting a property in Strathdon in the west of Aberdeenshire. After a year and a half, we had both reached a point where we felt ready to buy our first ever home - something that we could really make our own.”

Callum: “Initially, we were looking at older, pre-loved homes but they were just too expensive considering the amount of work the majority of them would need. We then considered building our own home, but again, we were faced with the same budget issues as the building rates and the cost of materials were just out of our price range.

“We then came across The Morven at Castle Road and realised we could move into a luxurious new home for a lot less than we had first imagined. Once we had viewed the property online, we realised that this would be the perfect move for us both for many reasons - including shorter commute times for our jobs.”

What do you love most about your new home?

Diane: “For me, it has to be the open-plan kitchen and dining room, as it is so spacious and draws so much natural light into the home which is just perfect for hosting our friends and family. We also love the doors leading to the rear garden from both the kitchen and utility room, as this is ideal for letting our dogs out.

“Our home is so versatile, especially the spacious bedrooms - one of which is on the ground floor. We’ve been able to use one as a guest bedroom which is just perfect for having family and friends stay with us, while we have converted another bedroom into a home gym. I’ve always been passionate about fitness, and because of the generous space in the room I’ve been able to fit in a spin bike, weights, mats and more!”

Callum: “My favourite thing is the fantastic quality that’s present throughout our home in every room. I’ve been in many new builds before where they’ve felt quite cheap, but the quality within a Kirkwood home is unmatched. Everything feels robust and well-made, such as the solid quality doors.”

Our home is so versatile, especially the spacious bedrooms - one of which is on the ground floor.

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Castle Road

What is it like living in Alford?

Diane: “We wanted to stay outside the city - somewhere that has nice countryside surroundings, and Alford was the perfect fit. There’s also an array of amenities available here that were not as accessible in Strathdon - such as the swimming pool which is something I have loved making use of since we moved.”

Callum: "Being a firefighter, the move was great for me as the process of transferring to the Alford Fire Station was seamless. I went to school in Alford so I was already aware of the many great things about the village including cafes, local shops, and a butcher, as well as the community centre and library.

“We both really enjoy the outdoors, so we appreciate the array of places that we can walk the dogs as well as the mountain bike trails nearby that we’ll be testing out soon enough.”

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What stood out to you during the buying process?

Diane: “As first time buyers, we were so impressed by how seamless the entire process was from when we first spoke with our Sales Advisor Michelle, to the day we got our keys! Buying your first home can be a daunting process, but Michelle reassured us from the start and made the whole journey very easy!

“Michelle was able to accommodate a viewing for us very quickly, and after she showed us the home we just fell in love. We really appreciated how helpful and responsive she was throughout the buying process - whenever we had queries or needed advice, she was able to point us in the right direction.”

Callum: “We could relax and rely on the service from Kirkwood Homes and the partners they collaborate with such as Gail Reid Mortgage Services - we never found ourselves chasing for answers or needing to call up the solicitors every week. As first-time buyers, we couldn’t have asked for a smoother buying process from start to finish.”

Learn about The Morven

A fantastic 4 bedroom detached home, with spacious internal living space
and a detached garage. The stand-out features of this home are the
open-plan kitchen, dining and family area, versatile fourth bedroom
downstairs, large lounge and impressive en-suite with centralised bath
and separate shower enclosure.

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Michelle Kidd
Senior Sales Advisor

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