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Victoria Mills - perfect fit for sports enthusiasts

16th March 2012 Print

Miller Homes knew that their new Victoria Mills development in Dunfermline, which will comprise 154 stylish apartments and duplexes, would attract a wide range of buyers.

But there is one group of househunters the company had not quite bargained for – sports enthusiasts.

The housebuilder is finding that the Pilmuir Street development's proximity to the newly refurbished Carnegie Leisure Centre is a big attraction to househunters.

And that chimes with a similar situation at Miller Homes' Crystal Gait development in Glenrothes, which is near the replacement Fife Institute. Although the new institute, with its range of sports and leisure facilities, isn't due for completion until next year, Miller Homes found that it was proving a magnet for people considering moving to the area.

Anne Marie Britton, Sales Director of Miller Homes Scotland East, said: “A number of people who have made enquires about Victoria Mills have said that one of its big attractions is its proximity to the Carnegie Centre.

“Having a state-of-the-art facility like that so close to our development is great for sports enthusiasts and families alike.

“We know that quality of life is one of the things people look for when they buy a home and clearly having a leisure centre virtually on your doorstep is part of that.

“With a starting price of just £79,050 for two bedroom apartments, using Miller Homes’ equity loan scheme, MiWay, it's no wonder our marketing suite on the site is so busy!”

One person who is looking forward to living near the Carnegie Centre is 22-year-old Allan Banning, who will be moving into Victoria Mills when the first apartments – appropriately called the Carnegie Building – open later this year.

His mother, Sarah, is the first person to have bought an apartment at Victoria Mills, seeing it as both an investment and as a home for her son.

She said: “I felt it would make a good investment. The price was excellent and it will provide Allan, who is still living with me, with a place of his own. It will be perfect for him.”

Allan, who currently works out at his workplace gym in Edinburgh, added: “It's in a great location. It will be great to live within walking distance of the Carnegie Centre, and I'll certainly be using its gym a lot when I move.”

But even without having the attractions of the Carnegie Leisure Centre close by, Victoria Mills is proving to be a success story, with Miller Homes reporting considerable interest from prospective buyers.

Anne Marie Britton said: “Judging from the inquiries we have been getting at our sales marketing suite, we anticipate considerable demand for our apartments and duplexes at Victoria Mills when they are built.

“But, in the meantime, we are still getting people like Sarah who want to buy 'off plan'.

“We know that some people think that they cannot afford to buy a new home but they can reserve one now at Victoria Mills knowing that they have some time to start paying for it. It costs just £250 to reserve properties under £120,000 at Victoria Mills and £500 to reserve those over £120,000.”

Victoria Mills is being built on the site of a 19th century linen works, the facade of which will be retained in the development. It will feature a range of stylish and contemporary two bedroom apartments and three bedroom duplexes.

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