Scone Development Sell-out Highlights Growing Demand for New Builds
Perth-house builders Stephen believe the sell-out of their latest phase at Mansfield Park, Scone is indicative of the growing demand for new build homes.
Despite the challenges of lockdown, the Perth company has experienced ‘staggering interest’ in the development, with the latest phase of 21 homes reserved in just one week. A further 800 people have signed up to the mailing list.
Construction on Phase 1B, a combination of two, three and four-bedroom bungalows, two-storey three and four-bedroom homes and a few five-bedroom villas for larger families, is starting shortly, with the next batch of residents due to move in this Autumn.
John Stephen, Managing Director, said, “We are delighted but perhaps not surprised by the staggering interest in Mansfield Park. This development really does have something for everyone and is set within one of the most desirable locations in Perthshire. It’s great to see the local property market revving up again, and, despite the understandable caution and hesitation shown by people during lockdown, many families are now jumping at the opportunity to finally get moving.
“Because demand has been outstripping supply of late, many people are missing out on offers, often repeatedly. With so much uncertainty in the world and rising living costs, we’re hearing feedback that new builds are a more attractive option as they offer more certainty. As well as the fixed price, avoiding the stress of bidding and being outbid on older properties, they’re easier to heat and, with living costs escalating, generally better insulated to keep ongoing costs more manageable.
“We’re also hearing from many people whose lives have changed during the pandemic, with families either downsizing or re-evaluating their living arrangements to accommodate home working, factors which are perhaps easier to consider and act on with a new build, especially if you reserve at an early stage and can influence the layouts.”
Meanwhile, Karen McDonald has been Sales Advisor at Mansfield Park since construction began on the very first plot.
She said, “Having been here from day one, I’ve watched the community grow from the first resident moving in, to the vibrant, friendly neighbourhood it is today. Mansfield Park is quickly becoming a homely, welcoming place to live full of friendly faces – the kind of place where everybody wants to stop and have a chat with each other.”
The success at Mansfield Park comes just days after the firm was voted a ‘Five Star’ builder by its customers, one of only three in Scotland to secure the accolade. The family firm, which dates back to 1935, earned the rating following a rigorous, externally verified customer satisfaction survey backed by industry body Homes for Scotland.