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Townhouse living is a triumph in Bearsden

4th September 2009 Print
Townhouse living is a triumph in Bearsden From the moment visitors walk through the doors of Cruden Homes’ newly launched townhouse showhomes at Westerton Gate in Bearsden, they will fully understand why this award winning house builder deservedly enjoys a reputation for quality, style and innovative design.

Both The Carrick and The Tay showhomes are an utter triumph. Meticulous attention to detail endeavours to demonstrate why these three-storey properties are becoming one of the most sought after house types by Cruden Homes.

Once a style of property found only in the traditional west end terraces of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Cruden has introduced this unique home to the suburbs, presenting the epitome of family living by providing properties that have the flexibility to adapt to a buyer’s changing needs over the years.

Liz Mallon, sales and marketing director at Cruden Homes (West) Ltd, comments, “The townhouse really needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated. Since viewing commenced a few weeks ago, potential buyers have been astounded by the scale and clever layout of these spectacular homes. Also, at an impressive 2,254 square feet, our townhouses must be among the most competitively priced new build properties in Bearsden in terms of cost in relation to size. Buyers are guaranteed a lot for their money at Westerton Gate.”

Situated within Phase One of the development, entitled Westerton Farm, The Carrick, one of only nine luxury properties on the site, is a beautifully designed home that is sure to appeal to every visitor.

Dressed as a joint venture between Anne Marie Sinclair from Angels Pockets interior design and Ronnie Kennedy from Get Fully Furnished, The Carrick is an exquisite property with stylish finishing touches that allow potential buyers to feel instantly at home.

Commenting on the thinking behind the interior design, Anne Marie Sinclair says: “Having looked extensively at Cruden Homes’ own branding, it was decided that the colour scheme for The Carrick should take inspiration from the housebuilder’s own logo – the traditional Scottish thistle.

“Therefore, viewers will see a lot of varying purple and aubergine tones throughout the home, as well as splashes of green, such as the use of topiary in the kitchen and the chaise longue from the lower level.”

On entering the property on the middle level, viewers will be struck by a substantial ‘Happy Buddha’ sculpture positioned on top of a glass column. This is sure to be a fabulous talking point and also sets the tone for the calm ambience provided throughout this home. Two doors lead of the entrance hallway into the kitchen and extensive lounge.

The lounge is a joy. Cream polished wooden flooring is perfectly complemented by a glass top coffee table finished in stainless steel, with coordinated side and console tables. The sumptuous cream couches are scattered with chic purple/aubergine cushions, adding a sense of flamboyancy to the room. The light and airiness of this room is further enhanced by a stunning large mirror, while a matching sculptor takes pride of place on a very distinctive mirrored storage unit, which is fashioned in the style of a glass trunk.

The centre piece of this spacious room is without a doubt the feature fireplace. With its white marble, smooth lines and rectangular shape, this contemporary fireplace will provide the room with additional warmth in the winter months.

Through a set of glass doors is the property’s spacious dining room. Ideal for entertaining, this room has beautiful views over The Carrick’s rear garden and has easy access to the striking kitchen and informal breakfasting area.

The kitchen, which also leads onto the access door to the integral double garage and a handy WC, features state-of-the-art appliances and fittings, sure to appeal to any budding chefs. With extensive storage space, white/ivory lacquered fittings and a slick charcoal Corian worktop, the kitchen also benefits from additional extras such as soft-close drawers and a five-ring gas hob.

Beside the kitchen sits the informal dining area, perfect for more relaxed dinner parties and for pouring over the papers on a Sunday morning.

From this room, a set of stairs lead visitors down to the lower floor, which has access to the back garden via a set of French doors. The first room on this floor boasts an impressive amount of space that is hugely flexible and provides buyers with a space to really be creative with. Ideal as an extra living area, family room, personal cinema, home library or even a mini-gym, the room is bathed in natural light from the south facing garden. Moving through from this room is another adaptable space, again featuring stylish French windows leading onto the garden, which is beautifully dressed as a spare bedroom with extra storage space and a chic chaise longue.

Finally, this fantastic lower level also has a generous utility come laundry room, the perfect spot to keep family clutter away from the kitchen with the added benefit of even more storage space and an extra sink. As this handy room again has access to the back garden, it provides the best place for the kids to store their muddy shoes after playing before traipsing through the rest of the home.

This stunning lower level could easily be adapted into an independent living space, allowing its residents a real sense of privacy away from the main part of the house, with their own lounge, bedroom and kitchen area.

Ronnie Kennedy, director of Get Fully Furnished, comments on the unique layout of The Carrick: “Our aim was to create a separate living space on the bottom floor which could be adapted to suit a range of modern family needs. From a ‘granny’ style apartment or guest quarters to a games room or home cinema space, the lower floor is an extremely practical and flexible area.”

A staircase from the entrance hall takes viewers up to the top floor of this fabulous property. Featuring four equally stylish bedrooms, with the master and second bedrooms both including top-of-the-range en-suite facilities, the upper level also hosts the main family bathroom. This bathroom, situated to the rear of the house, is flooded with natural light thanks to a slanted velux window and is a haven of clean, crisp lines – the ideal place to create a home-spa and relax after a hard day at work.

The master bedroom of The Carrick comes with a wealth of storage space thanks to extensive by-fold wardrobes, ideal for storing any ever-increasing shoe collections, and is tastefully decorated in elegant indigo and lilac hues. The fabulous headboard of the bed provides the focal point of the room with a chic leaf print pattern that draws the eye instantly to the beautifully presented bed, expertly scattered with stylish cushions. Another attractive feature of this room is a covetable high-backed chair and foot rest set, both covered with unique purple tartan, which sits in the corner of the room and provides the perfect reading spot.The elegant en-suite that services the master-bedroom, with slick black surfaces and clean white storage space, benefits from a large double-shower.
Following more neutral tones is the timeless second bedroom, again featuring an eye-catching headboard with elaborate flower motif. Also serviced by an en-suite, this room is dressed in an array of smart muted yellows, creams and coffees.

Bedrooms three and four are flexible in their potential uses. Both facing the rear garden and both benefitting from slanted windows, these rooms would be ideal for the children or a dedicated guest bedroom. To showcase different design ideas, bedroom three is a colourful retreat with a funky striped futon and a stylish dark wood framed mirror, whereas bedroom four follows a slightly more dramatic theme, with a gothic wall mounted mirror and glossy black furniture.

Phase Two of Westerton Gate, Annan Drive, is home to the second exceptional showhome – The Tay.

A stone’s throw from the first phase, this chic apartment and townhouse development features just ten stylish apartments and 34 three-bedroom, semi-detached townhouses, ensuring there is something on offer to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Annan Drive is already a success for the developer, with sales secured on four of the six available apartments prior to its official launch.

On entering the three-bedroom, semi-detached Tay, on the bottom floor, viewers will find two highly adaptable rooms, fitted out as a home study and a snug family room respectively. The study, facing the front of the house, and the family room, which has access to both the front and rear gardens, are a testament to the flexibility of this type of home. The lower level also benefits from a WC.

On the second floor, is the heart of this home – the huge kitchen and dining area. Featuring sliding glass doors looking out over the large back garden space, the open-plan dining and kitchen is strikingly dressed with splashes of vibrant lime. Beside the dining table, set for four with formal armchairs covered in slate-coloured velvet, is a feature wall with a unique floral motif of greens and silver.

The kitchen itself, separated from the dining area by a stylish breakfasting bar, provides a abundance of storage space, as well as fully-fitted appliances and Corian worktops. A door leads from the kitchen into the rear garden.

As with The Carrick, The Tay benefits from an immensely generous living area. With a chic white leather sofa, covered with vibrantly striped cushions and throws, a beautiful marble fireplace and two windows that overlook the green land that is at the front of the development, this room is sure to become the hub of family life. Again, this level of the home has a convenient WC.

Moving to the top level, the three bedrooms have been dressed with a young family in mind.
For Mum and Dad, a chic master bedroom, featuring its own en-suite, is a haven of bold emerald colours, brilliant stripes and stylish furniture pieces. The modern glass side tables are perfectly complemented by the large, fully fitted glass wardrobes, creating an airy feel.

The second and third bedrooms will no doubt be a hit with younger visitors. The second bedroom is sheer heaven for any true girly-girl, with bright pinks, whites and greens. Everything from the side units and chest of drawers to the fluffy rug and bed covers has been given the fairy-tale treatment and is sure to appeal to any budding princesses.

Bedroom three will most definitely be a sure-fire success with any boy. Bold red walls and mirrored cupboards are perfectly matched with stark white bed linen, and the obligatory sporting paraphernalia, including a football, also make an appearance.

What further adds to the appeal of these unique homes is that Cruden is providing the company’s ‘Key Plan’ incentive on selected plots. Buyers have the option to pay just 75% of their new home’s price, yet own 100% from the outset. The remaining 25% is provided by Cruden Homes as an interest-free loan, payable after 10 years or when the property is sold, whichever comes first.

Liz Mallon says, “Lending remains lethargic, while at the same time there is both a need and a demand for good family homes. This is why we remain resolute in trying to provide solutions that help our buyers secure funding and Key Plan has proved instrumental in this process.”

It is hard to believe Westerton Gate is a new addition to Bearsden, as flawless landscaping of the open spaces and the elegant façade of the properties make the development seamlessly blend within this well established neighbourhood.

Westerton Gate has the duel advantage of nestling in a quiet locality and also having excellent road and rail links, allowing residents to fully enjoy all that the city centre and the stunning natural beauty of nearby Loch Lomond have to offer.

Prices at Westerton Gate are released from £335,000. For further information or to arrange a viewing of the stunning new showhomes, visit cruden–

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Townhouse living is a triumph in Bearsden