Mile­stone for Help to Buy

700 house­holds have moved since April with more than 8,000 helped since launch of ini­tia­tive

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - Bev­er­ley Brown

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.

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