Stephanie and Cameron Duncan • Dykes of Gray, Dundee

WEB Stephanie Alexander and Freya

We were starting to outgrow our house so decided it was time to sell up. Our house sold and we moved into rented accommodation temporarily until we found the perfect house for us. Cameron, my husband, is from Dundee and we have always lived on this side of the city. We also both work in Dundee, Cameron is a nurse at Ninewells hospital, so we were looking to remain in this area.

When we started our search we didn’t have a new build in mind. We thought that rooms in new build homes were small and that they were out-with our budget. Originally we were looking at the second hand market until Cameron went to see the show home at your Blairgowrie development. When he came back he was raving about it. He was telling us about the quality, the size of the rooms, what was included and so on. Soon after we all took a trip up to have a look around and we were just as impressed.

But as I said previously we were keen to stay at this side of Dundee. We went to chat to Sally, the Sales Executive at Dykes of Gray Village to get some more information on the houses etc. available here. We knew we were looking for a three bedroom house but couldn’t decide between the Fortrose and one of the other three bedroom homes available. We went away and after weighing up all the options we decided on the Fortrose. There are so many great things about this property, the rooms are really spacious, the patio doors leading to the garden as the kids can just come in and out as they please and the large windows – especially the one in the lounge. But I would say my favourite thing is having three bathrooms, there’s no arguing on who is going first or shouting to hurry people up.

ARTICLE SIZE Fortrose D 300dpi

The level of choice was another thing which sold Springfield to us. It was really fun going through the choices process, visiting suppliers designing our own kitchen. We decided to totally go for it as it was a brand new house, we made some really bold choices including a red paint in our kitchen. Everyone was really helpful, including the staff at the suppliers and we didn’t feel pressurised at all. And the fact it’s included is just brilliant you know the price and that’s that. Although we did upgrade to have Amtico flooring in the kitchen and the hallway and I’m really glad we did; it looks nice, it’s really easy to keep clean and doesn’t scratch.

Dykes of Gray is a lovely place to live. Although not all the facilities are in yet, there is already a real sense of community around the village. Our plot is on the corner which is nice as you can chat to people as they are walking past. I think because it’s a brand new village everyone is eager to get to know each other, all the neighbours are lovely. The play park and playing field aren’t quite ready yet but all the kids still play together on the communal patch of grass just across from our house. It’ll be handy to have a local shop and café a stone’s throw away but I also know there is a bus route planned to come through the village, it’ll be great to be able jump on the bus in to the city centre. I must admit I was a little bit worried it would feel like we were living on a building site but it doesn’t feel like that at all. It’s so quiet which sounds funny to say because it is a building site. It is relaxing and homely, it feels like we are living in a village out in the countryside but actually we are in close proximity to Dundee City Centre. And it’s great to see all the wildlife as well, we have birds in our garden almost every day and just the other day we spotted three deer in the field across the road.

Over my adult life I have bought three houses and buying with Springfield has definitely been the smoothest, stress free and problem free purchase I’ve made. They communication was fantastic. They kept us up to date with the progress of our house, phoning and emailing us regularly. 

I thought after sales was just a given with all new builds but I was recently speaking to friends who have bought with another developer and I couldn’t believe they didn’t have a dedicated after sales team. We have just had our year end maintenance check and although we only noted minor issues they were dealt with quickly and efficiently.  

I recommend you to everyone. We are 100% happy and so glad we decided to move here. We can imagine ourselves living here for a long time and the house growing with us.