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Lockdown results in Bridge of Don family finding forever home in Grandhome

For the MacKenzie family, lockdown kick-started an unexpected house move to their forever home in Grandhome.

Erin MacKenzie, her partner Billy, two young children and dog lived in Bridge of Don and were aware of the new community of Grandhome, located on the outskirts of the area, but hadn’t considered a move. It wasn’t until lockdown last year that they recognised the need for more space for the increasing amount of time being spent at home. After browsing photographs of the AJC showhome in the community later that spring, Erin was blown away by the property and lifestyle opportunities available in the community and convinced Billy to take a look.

Speaking of the move, Erin said: “We weren’t really considering a move, but with the lockdown earlier in the year we were spending so much time at home and with two young children and a dog in a two bedroom property, we knew we needed much more space.

“Most of our family and friends live in Bridge of Don, and the children’s nursery is there, so it was important to us that we stayed local. As soon as we saw the AJC home and got a feel for Grandhome, we didn’t consider moving anywhere else. Grandhome provides the extra family living space for us, while still being close to all of our important facilities.

“After visiting the showhome, we had narrowed down our choice to two plots and opted for the Glenfinnan housetype which already had flooring and fixtures installed, but many other aspects such as tiles and worktops could be chosen based on our preferences. It was really exciting to have a really good quality new build home but also a blank canvas that we could make our own.

“Our two kids were also really excited about the move and couldn’t wait to visit their new home. Their bedrooms were the first rooms to be decorated, going with the themes of their favourite films, including Toy Story and Frozen.

“As a young family, it made sense for us to move at this point in our life and Grandhome was the place for us – we knew we would benefit from the vast amount of green space and parks, the friendly community and close proximity to town and country. There are lots of younger kids living around us, and a friend of mine recently moved in next door whose children are of similar age.

“Despite lockdowns, we’ve already had a great experience living at Grandhome. There’s plenty of green space and the Davidston Square pavilion really helps bring it all together. The Christmas light display at the pavilion really helped bring a festive feel to the community, and we’re looking forward to the day when community events can be held there.

“Last year was a particularly difficult time but the process of buying a new home couldn’t have been more straight-forward, thanks to the AJC team. From providing us with initial information when we were thinking of buying the home, to easing worries when we were moving, AJC made everything really easy. We had a mortgage advisor, Alaina from McLean Financial Services, who spoke directly with the housebuilder, and both were really accommodating.

“Lockdown introduced some hurdles in the process, but from first seeing the property on Facebook in May, we went on to reserve the home in July and put our house up for sale right away. We moved into the new home in November and have loved every minute since.”

Grandhome welcomes Malcolm Allan Housebuilders

Grandhome is pleased to announce Malcolm Allan Housebuilders as a new homebuilding partner at their pioneering community in Aberdeen’s Bridge of Don. The renowned Aberdeenshire-based firm will build approximately 130 new build homes offering a variety of property types – from flats to detached homes – to first-time buyers, families, downsizers, couples and city professionals.

Malcolm Allan Housebuilders joins CALA Homes, Dandara and AJC as homebuilders for the first neighbourhood at Grandhome which is already a thriving community offering a range of different house types, from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom detached homes.

Aiming to deliver unprecedented standards in the region for quality and place-making, Grandhome is being built according to a masterplan designed by an internationally recognised team of architects in consultation with the local community, and with housebuilders respecting design principles to ensure consistent and high standards throughout.

Bruce Smith, Chairman of the Grandhome Trust, said: “After more than a decade of planning, it has been very rewarding over the last few years to watch Grandhome become a thriving community with around 200 new homes. As we continue to grow, we’re thrilled to welcome Malcolm Allan Housebuilders as a new homebuilding partner.

They are a highly reputable family-owned company with a long and strong local history having been building new homes in Aberdeenshire for more than 50 years. Their traditions and values will complement Grandhome and ensure that it continues to be a place that people are proud to call home.”  

Bruce Allan, Director of Malcolm Allan Housebuilders, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Grandhome who share our commitment to exceptional quality, and to providing the most desirable homes in the North-East. This is a really exciting new community which is delivering on its long-held ambition to build an exemplary place with high levels of design, huge amounts of green space and a real sense of community. At Malcolm Allan, we appreciate the long-term view as we’ve been building quality homes for over 50 years. The key to our success has been ensuring consistently high standards across our house developments and focusing on customer satisfaction, and we’re proud to be the only Aberdeenshire-based five-star rated housebuilder.”

Malcolm Allan Housebuilders is expected to be on site in Autumn 2021. In the meantime, please visit https://www.mahousebuilders.com/ for more information.

Children Take First Steps in Grandhome as Nursery School Opens

The pitter patter of tiny feet is being heard in Aberdeen’s newest community as Grandhome opens its first nursery school.

Banana Moon, located at the edge of the new development in Bridge of Don, offers children aged from three months to five years day care Monday to Friday including education, activities and meals. The small nursery can accommodate up to 44 children and is part of an award-winning franchise of day nurseries across the UK, including two others in Aberdeen.

Terry Wiseman, Nursery Manager at Banana Moon in Bridge of Don, commented: “Banana Moon has always been about offering early years’ childcare that is excellent quality, flexible, friendly and stress free for families – something that many parents and guardians in Aberdeen have called for. Part of a further two outlets in Aberdeen, we are so pleased to now offer that support to families in the Bridge of Don area.

“The nursery is a safe place for children to learn, play and interact whilst being cared for by highly trained teachers and professionals in a loving and secure environment. We even have a resident ‘therapet’ nursery dog called Hilda that children love to look after, play with and take for walks.”

Reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nursery school has introduced enhanced health and safety measures including revised drop-off and collection protocols to allow for physical distancing between parents and guardians and increased hygiene measures.

With high-spec fittings and large windows, the building is light and airy with an in-house kitchen producing freshly cooked, nutritious food everyday as well as a safe outdoor playground area. The nursery is also open on public holidays to further support working parents.

Bruce Smith, trustee of the Grandhome Trust which is leading the build of the new development, added: “Grandhome is quickly becoming a bustling community within Bridge of Don. We are seeing more and more families joining the community, so it made complete sense to have a nursery to cater for children of parents that live in the development as well as those in neighbouring areas.

“We are very excited to see Banana Moon open and are so pleased to welcome children and their parents.”

To find out more about Banana Moon, visit www.bananamoon-aberdeen.co.uk. For more information about Grandhome, visit https://grandhome.co.uk/.

Grandhome Scavenger Hunt

Now the weather is brighter and most of us are at home, many households are taking a daily walk around their local area to get some fresh air and exercise. Walking in the same area, you may feel like you see the same things, but there’s lots of things to keep an eye out for. Why not do a Scavenger Hunt on your walk to take in your surroundings and notice the little things?

Just print off the attached list and tick as you go – we’ve put some bonus finds at the end too.