Milestone for Help to Buy
700 households have moved since April with more than 8,000 helped since launch of initiative
THE Help to Buy Affordable Home Ownership scheme has reached another milestone with the latest phase of the Scottish Government’s hugely successful initiative enabling more than 30 households a week to purchase a new home.
Karen Campbell, director of policy at industry body Homes for Scotland, comments: “Over 700 households have moved into their new homes since April alone, with more than 8,000 others supported since the scheme’s introduction.
“With the majority of Scots aspiring to own their own home, these latest figures highlight the demand that clearly still exists for a scheme which helps to make those dreams a reality.”
John’s home is his castle
TWO really quirky properties caught my eye this week. The first is a strikingly different white villa called Elpalet, situated on East Kilbride Road, close to the shops and railway station in Burnside.
The C-listed villa was built in the 1920s as a home for Glasgow house builder/ contractor John McDonald.
What inspired its bizarre castellated gothic design is unimaginable ... its whitepainted rendered façade sports a Tudorarched square porch, projecting bays and wall-heads that are all parapeted and crenellated.
More recently converted, the ground floor apartment now for sale is arguably the best, as it includes the original circular, mosaic-tiled entrance vestibule, which incorporates a domed ceiling.
The interior also displays amazingly ornate plasterwork, while the layout extends to a 20ft living room, new fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, fully tiled contemporary bathroom and two double bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite shower room.
Elpalet also benefits from new windows, floor coverings, oak doors – and a lovely garden with driveway and detached garage.
Totally captivating, this unique home is for sale with Slater Hogg & Howison’s Burnside office – a snip at offers over £125,000.
Virtual tour at Cruden
STAYING with new homes and reality, Cruden Homes is utilizing virtual reality technology to overcome the problem of giving buyers who snap up a new home off plan long before a showhome is available, a realistic view of what their new home will look like.
While this is not intended to replace a showhome, it fills the interim gap and allows the viewer to slip on a headset and “walk” from room to room and between floors while sitting in the information suite. Currently operating at Cruden’s Baron’s Vale development, off London Road in the east end of Glasgow – where many of the two and three bedroomed terraced and semi-detached houses are being sold off plan – I was invited to test it out. Having “walked” around a beautifully furnished two bedroomed home, I can vouch for its effectiveness – way better than a CGI image or video.
WALKABOUT: Experience the feel and look of a built house off-plan.
GOTHIC SPLENDOUR: John McDonald, a housebuilder, went to town at home.