For Colleen Bradley and Stacey McKinstry, their new home at Castlehill ticks all of the right boxes

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Castlehill is one of Braidwater Homes latest developments. Situated off the Ballygowan Road in Belfast, residents will enjoy a development that fits seamlessly into leafy surroundings, while presenting homes defined by architectural style and the highest build quality.

“I’m from Derry and Stacey is from East Belfast. We liked the neighbourhood we were in, but the house was too small, so we needed something within the same catchment area, but bigger,” said Colleen.

The Derry native had been living just a mile from Castlehill, but had kept an eye on the development, from when they were first announced. “It’s a good neighbourhood, and it’s a catchment area for the school that Stacey’s daughter Hannah goes to at the minute. We were interested in the house right from the very minute it was announced and the sites were out. We just kept an eye on the news about it,” she said.

After attending an open night in the Stormont Hotel, the couple decided to find out more information, and after having a chat about the development with the Braidwater team, they decided to go for it. “The whole process was easy. Picking the house, and even when we organised our mortgage, with Danske Bank who were recommended by Braidwater, that was easy too. From picking the house to picking the extras for the house, it was all a very simple process,” she added.

Although they have just moved in to their four bed detached home, Colleen has had some very good first impressions. “The finish of the home is really good. It is to a higher standard than most new builds. The finish and the quality, even on the external walls as you are coming in to the development are to a much higher standard than I would see anywhere else. Although we’re only in, it’s a timber framed house and it’s the first time I’ve lived in one, and it heats up a lot faster than you would expect for a house of this size. I do notice it heats up fast,” said Colleen.

Castlehill is just four miles from Belfast City Centre, but there are also lots of amenities in the local area. Just under five minutes from Castlehill is the coffee culture and cuisine heartland of Ballyhackamore, an area which has stolen the crown as Belfast’s trendiest and most relaxing hotspot. The village style of this area offers an eclectic combination of fabulous eateries, cafés, boutiques and shops, set within a compact high street setting.

There is also a superb range of schools from nursery through to secondary school. Grocery stores, supermarkets and High Street brands are available in the immediate area, and at the Forestside Shopping Complex just under three miles away. For travelling around the city and further afield, the Metro bus network is accessible from the Ballygowan Road, and the Knock Dual Carriageway carriageway provides an easy connection to the M1 and M2 motorway networks.

Colleen added that Castlehill is easily accessible to the city centre, as both her and Stacey work in offices based there. “It’s a straight road to work for both of us in the morning, it’s literally three miles. It’s an extra 10 minutes in bed in the morning,” she added. Colleen said that although she has only moved into her new home, she would “definitely” recommend Braidwater to potential buyers.

“The money that has been invested by Braidwater Homes in the whole development is obvious. From the communal areas, with flowers planted. The grass has been laid right through the front garden, and everything has been painted. I would definitely recommend Braidwater Homes in a heartbeat.”