Strata pride themselves in building homes, not houses.
We love our new home and the design of the kitchen and bathroom, it had been built before we reserved it so we didn’t get a say in the bathroom or kitchen however it’s been kept modern yet minimalistic, making it very easy to like, and easy to make your own with added extras. We have a 3 story house, set out different to anything i’ve seen before with the bedroom and bathroom been ground floor, living area and kitchen middle, master and en-suite top. It was our choice to give our toddler the master and en-suite simply because we didn’t like the idea of him been ground floor without us, incase we were broken into. We would rather be on the level of the entrance. This has been absolutely fine for us and infact keeps him out the way of noise and disturbance and helps him sleep better since there’s literally no one on the same level as him at bedtime to distract him, plus there’s space for him to play well. For a 2 bed house the bedrooms are both spacious and the master could easily accommodate 2 children. The bathrooms are also both plenty big enough, either of them to be classed as ‘the main’ bathroom. We moved in amidst covid-19 and so our experience with getting support with snagging issues hadn’t been 100% however we understand and consider the circumstances and the lady dealing with our property, Hannah, has been lovely and easy to contact so this made up for it. I’m hoping our snagging issues will be sorted now things are going back to normal. We do have quite a list of problems we’ve noticed with the property but none are serious or dangerous; hence why we are happy to wait until someone is free to help solve the issues. We are pleased overall that we went with purchasing a new build as it suits our family well.
We live very close to roundhay park, which is a huge open space
for walks, cafes and play parks. In the area there is a variety of schools, primary and secondary. There is a shopping complex with a supermarket amongst other high street stores a 2 minute drive away, and 15 minute walk. The closest local corner shop for us is about a 10 minute walk. There is a doctors surgery and pharmacy 10 minutes is both directions, so you can choose. The new build estate itself is very quiet, nice neighbours, plenty of parking, and kept tidy. The main road near us can be busy on evenings and weekends but never enough to stop you sleeping, or distract you if you’re working in your home. There is a bus stop 5 minutes away from on foot, in both directions, which takes you to leeds city centre and on all the way to horsforth, and then up to the local shopping complex too, which also passes by a few local schools, this would be useful for non driving parents. We luckily haven’t experienced any anti-social behaviour, although the estate has become a cut through for teenagers walking too and from the local high school, which can be noisy but we’ve experienced no bad behaviour and personally aren’t affected or put off by this aspect. We have children ourself.
It may seem obvious to some but instructions on different appliances/facilities would’ve been so useful. For example the house alarm and how to set it, the central heating controls, the boiler and instructions, the outdoor tap and electricity supply (which weren’t actually connected and we had to sort ourselves). Although obvious to some, as first time home owners and fairly inexperienced people when it comes to running a home (lived with parents previously), it can’t be presumed people just know these things. And whilst a quick google sorted us out, in the midst of moving into a new home with a young toddler; this was a stress we would’ve been thankful to avoid. If the people handing over the keys could give a quick demonstration or even the fitters of these appliances could leave an instruction pack, that would be so useful. I imagine if i went out and hired someone to come fit me an alarm system i would receive some kind of manual and a demonstration, so the same needs to be applied when purchasing a home with these things already installed.
We have had a quick and friendly response to most issues raised, getting them resolved and fixed if need be has taken a little longer but we have allowed for that since we moved in right during the pandemic. Generally it’s been okay, i would like to see how it’s dealt with now the rules have relaxed and life is resuming at some kind of normality.
Very happy with the house and the development in general. The homes and streets are aesthetically pleasing (although not all roads are quite finished yet.) The houses look great, mine seems very well made with very little in way of snags but all were sorted extremely quickly and to a high standard when raised. A particular good point was the thought in design and layout…. The amount of times I was told, “new builds are tiny” and “you can hear everything the neighbours do” and it simply isn;t the case. Our home is very well laid out and makes the absolute best use of the space and plot. It is well insulated both for heating but also sound.
The village of Ackworth is excellent, I have wanted to live here for a number of years and also wanted a quality new home so the Elegance development was perfect. The local area has a great community spirit, local shops ranging from bespoke florists, cards and gifts to petrol stations. There is a good selection of pubs and restaurants and has the facilities required such as a dentist, pharmacy and Dr’s surgery too.
My only criticism or further consideration would be in regards to parking. Not all homes have 2 parking spaces when each home usually has at least 2 cars, some of them with more and there is no room for visitors and guests to park. The road layout do not allow for safe parking easily either. There really should be more space allocated for residents and visitor parking and better layout design to accommodate.
We have had very few snags or issues and anything raised has been responded to quickly and to a high standard by the developer.
The houses look beautiful, varying colours of stone so it doesn’t look like the usual mass produced matching housing estates, a variety of styles that made choosing one pretty difficult! So much choice! The standard of things like the carpet, kitchen, appliances and tiling is very high. Snags were resolved when flagged though due to covid this was understandably slower than normal.
Lived in the area for 3 years prior to buying, very close to motorway whilst keeping the rural feel of the town. Nice pubs are not far away and good convenience stores. Plots have their own driveways so parking not an issue, but the number of cars per house hold appears to exceed 2 in a number of neighbouring houses so the top of the estate has a lot of cars parked on the road side (fine except when they park at the end of the T junction so turning is more difficult to do safely)
There are a lot of children on the estate and on the whole they are polite and respectful. Minimal traffic noise as there is only one road at the top of the estate which is fast but not overly noisy. Park and fields near by for walking and the woods are about 1 mile away. Lovely location
My personal preferences have changed in the short time loving here and I would actually focus on different things if I were to buy again. Some things don’t become apparent until you live somewhere, for example the lounge is on the front of the house and the dogs constantly people watch and get anxious when they see people walking their dogs. However, I love that we have a view over a large green space rather than into other houses
All snags and issues have been resolved except 1, which was accidentally marked as resolved last year but has been ongoing. They have booked to send someone out soon to fix this which is great
Love the design of the houses on Elegance, plenty of storage space within the house and good size rooms. Down side is the stair ways, alot of issues with the houses that have the living room on the middle floor and being able to get large furniture in them without damaging walls/doors/banisters.
Most aspects of the building are to standard and not many issues found during the settling. One major issue is some water pipes haven’t been secured using the correct size clips causing movement and eventually resulting in a leak. Again nothing major but for the price of the houses you don’t expect to have issues like that within 2 years.
Local area has lots to do socially and easy access public transport. Plenty of routes to go walking and not too busy for most of the day.
Living on the Estate is great some house positions aren’t great but reasonable ie garden view is overshadowed by a 3 story house. Main concern and issue is how narrow some points of the main road are especially on a busy corner onto the estate. Footpaths in this area should have been reduced in width to allow safe easy passage of vehicles on a bend.
More detailed plan for the community area would have been beneficial and the opportunity to be involved In the final plans
Most issues were resolved quite quickly within the first 6 months. After that we had to chase up things a few times before they were dealt with.