Four years after getting together, Robyn Somerville, a 21-year-old customer service assistant at Govan Housing Association, and her 24-year-old partner Arron Ross – who works as an engineer for the NHS – have taken the next step in their lives together by purchasing their first home.
The property? A three-bedroom house at Miller Homes’ Millerbank development in Clydebank.
They’d previously been living with their respective families, and both took on extra work, doing shifts in Robyn’s parents’ pub, in order to be able to afford to buy.
Once they’d made up their minds to start their search, they found their dream home almost immediately.
‘We both had our hearts set on a new-build, and the timing was just perfect,’ says Robyn.
‘Days later we visited the show house and decided that this was the home for us, so we reserved it right away.
‘Arron and I both work two jobs, and we’ve been saving up for years. It feels like such an achievement to be buying our own home in our early twenties.’
The couple, who are currently the youngest to buy at Millerbank, paid £185,000 for their home, which includes a kitchen at the front, a spacious living/dining room overlooking the back garden, a cloakroom and a roomy built-in wardrobe in the master bedroom.
Do the maths: What a house like Robyn and Arron’s costs:
Here’s how the figures stack up for a three-bedroom Haldane home:
Purchase price: £290,000
10% deposit: £29,000
Mortgage: approx £1,098pcm
Monthly spend: approx £1,098
They reserved off-plan in March last year and got the keys mid-May this year – but didn’t move in until last week as they wanted to decorate and add the finishing touches first.
These include fitting a striking two-tone stair runner that contrasts beautifully with the plain walls in the hall, and papering bold feature walls in the third bedroom and cloakroom.
The development – Millerbank, Clydebank:
Millerbank is just a 15-minute drive from Glasgow city centre, adjacent to the Forth and Clyde canal and a short walk from the Clyde Shopping Centre.
More than 70% of homes are now reserved, but three-bedroom, three-storey Haldane townhouses with allocated parking spaces are currently available, starting from £290,000.
More Urquhart Mid house types like Robyn and Arron’s will be released soon, but prices haven’t yet been disclosed. See Miller Homes for more details.
There are statement light fittings and colourful accessories throughout: one of Robyn’s favourite pieces is the fuchsia sofa in the living room, complete with a matching footstool and dog bed for Troy, their teacup Pomeranian.
They have really enjoyed the process of designing each room from scratch and to record their progress, they set up an Instagram account (@our_wee_urquhart) and are already getting to know their neighbours and other residents at Millerbank through the social media platform.
‘We’re obsessed with the lounge with French doors that open into the garden – it’s just perfect for Troy – and Arron’s favourite room is bedroom three, which is a gaming room-cum-study,’ says Robyn.
‘We’ve loved planning our interiors – it has been great to see it all come together.’
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