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Demand for modern houses is building in middle of market

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OLDER builds are no longer suited to the needs of many house-hunters in the mid-bracket of the market, those attending an open day on Saturday said.

Esther Jones, senior property consultant at Martel Maides, at the Brooklands open day. (Picture by Ben Fiore, 21195936)

It was held at the new Brooklands development in Baubigny by Martel Maides and attracted a mixture of families and retired couples.

Senior property consultant Esther Jones said the six properties available to view were a mixture of three- and four-bedroom properties with parking and gardens, but were not aimed at first-time buyers.

‘There’s been several new developments in St Sampson’s and I think it’s an underrated parish. It’s safe for children to walk to school and there is still a green outlook,’ she said.

Sarah, 32, a mother of two, who preferred not to give her surname, said she was looking to move her family from an old Guernsey cottage.

‘We’re just looking at what’s on offer at the moment, we need another bathroom.

‘Although we have a lovely cottage it’s hard. A property like this would be low maintenance, but it does lack character, I like beams and fireplaces.

‘We live in St Martin’s and our children are at St Martin’s School but we can’t find anything in our price range there.

‘We are exploring our options about moving off-island, which is a shame because Guernsey is a safe, nice place to bring up children,’ she said.

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Retired couple Vicky, 67, and John, 68, Dodd, built their current house near L’Ancresse for the family.

‘We’re looking to downsize and there are different things you have to think of as you get older.

‘We’re looking at places on the flat with good bus links for as we get older. We couldn’t look for a house in St Peter’s. Here is perfect as you can get onto the Bridge through the lanes.

‘It would take some getting used to living in a semi-detached property as opposed to a detached one, but it could be good to have neighbours nearby.

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‘I think the way they design everything these days is neutral so you can put your own stamp on it,’ said Mrs Dodd.

Another couple who preferred not to be named said the Victorian property they had lived in for 23 years was not built to be energy efficient and so they are looking for a modern alternative.

‘There’s less stuff around, but people are wanting cleaner and brighter now. I think it’s the heart that makes a home, we’re looking to spend our money on experiences not things these days,’ they said.

Alex Warlow

By Alex Warlow
News reporter

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