The design of the Allan home is excellent. We love the kitchen/dining aspect of it and the large kitchen cupboard which stretches under the stairs is great for storage. The bedrooms are laid out well, again with ample storage in the form of built in wardrobes (which are included in the price).
Unlike the Allan homes at Gilchrist Gardens, there is a small porch to the entrance of this home which we love. It gives that little bit extra privacy for anyone coming to the door.
The only thing missing from the design is a driveway. There are two allocated parking spaces for each house right outside each door which would have been a great space for a driveway. Instead, there is a residents owned path between the spaces and the house which makes it extremely difficult to get permission for a driveway to be built. To the front of the spaces is a public pathway which is used more regularly so the residents path is almost redundant anyway.
The building management has been great and friendly. Any snags we have had they have come round to fix them as soon as they could.
The property management team are equally great and friendly. They pick up emails quickly and forward any snags on to the site team quickly.
There were a few things we had asked for early on in the buying stage which were agreed upon and as we got closer to the completion stage we had mentioned and were told it would all be in order. It wasn’t until about 2 weeks before completion that when mentioned again, we were told we hadn’t asked for those things and hadn’t paid for them so would not be getting them. We assumed this would be something added to the final cost and didn’t know any different. Luckily one thing was rectified after fighting for it however the other thing wasn’t and we now have to pay out of our own pocket to have this done which is disappointing.
Despite the property management team having a list of optional extras and prices, this list was not made available to us.
Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:
Within the area there is a reasonable amount of shops close by with a Sainsburys local within 10 mins walk and an Asda supermarket within 30 mins walk.
There are no bars/restaurants within the development or within a 15 min walk however there are several within 30 minutes walk.
There is only one primary school within the area which is already over capacity and there has been no plans for any new schools.
There is also a lack of doctors surgeries in the area. Each one states they are full and the only option is to go through nhs who then assign you to an already over capacity surgery.
The transport links in the area are great for anyone needing to get the train with a train to Glasgow/Edinburgh every hour. This used to be every 30 mins but was reduced during COVID so it may increase again. The transport links to Falkirk aren’t great with buses which take a long time and do not come regularly. If you drive then you are sorted as Falkirk is only a 10 min drive. The development also has easy easy access to the motorway.
The development has built visitor parking for guests however due to still being in the building stage, these are often full of contractors vehicles or skips.
There have been reports of anti social behaviour in the close by area however this development is a bit more out the way and seems to have avoided it well.
Bin collections are regular.
There is a small amount of traffic noise due to the motorway being just behind the development however it is not loud enough to disturb you and you become accustomed to it.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
If you want things changed such as plugs moved, extras etc make sure to ask for them very early on in the buying stage and get it in writing. We found that extras/changes we wanted to make as we went along were mostly rejected as they told us it was too late. They will move plugs for you but they will likely forget so make sure to ask early on and keep reminding them.
What is the best feature of your home:
The best feature of our home is definitely the internal doors. They are absolutely beautiful and we regularly get compliments on them. We didn’t get to choose them but definitely would have if we got the choice.