It’s not always easy getting to know your new neighbours so Marcia Hughes made sure friendship blossomed at Redrow’s Woolton Fields, In Liverpool – by throwing her own summer garden party for fellow residents.
A former press and PR consultant, Marcia is an expert in building relationships – especially when they’re close to home.
She says: “It’s a wonderful little community here and so it was lovely for everyone to get to know each other.
“I’m a bit of a party animal – for me there’s nothing nicer than when the house (or garden) is full – so it was great to get everyone around and say ‘hello’.”
Mum-of-two Marcia, 62, and husband Graham, 63, moved into their new Redrow home in Beaconsfield Road, Woolton, five months ago, leaving behind a five-bedroom 60s’ semi not far away.
She says she and Graham, a retired teacher, wanted a brand-new home but not a new area and Woolton Fields, near to the iconic Strawberry Fields, was ideal.
“We have lived in Woolton for 37 years and we love it and would never want to leave, so we were looking for a more modern home in the area. I loved the location of Woolton Fields and the houses being built here.”
Marcia and Graham chose the four-bedroom Sunningdale property from the homebuilder’s award-winning Heritage Collection with traditional exteriors and modern interiors. It is a generously proportioned home with a spacious kitchen and dining area – perfect for those parties – and a separate lounge and study for when they need quiet or want some time alone.
Of its four bedrooms, two have en-suite, there’s a family bathroom and, downstairs, a utility and cloakroom and an adjoining garage.
“But it was the landing that impressed me,” smiles Marcia. “I just loved how bright and spacious it was and, while I like the rest of the house of course, it was that that stayed with me.”
There was more than just the landing, however. The three and four-bedroom homes at Woolton Fields are built to be easily adapted to suit homeowners’ needs as they change.
Graham has difficulty walking and so Redrow worked closely with the couple to make some changes to their new home at the outset with additional handrails, bath handles and level access to the side of the house to help.
“It also means we can make other changes should we ever need to in the future,” adds Marcia.
Woolton Fields forms part of the Liverpool Housing Partnership, an award-winning collaboration between Redrow, Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Mutual Homes, an arrangement that sees receipts from council land sold to Redrow directly invested in new affordable housing.
“We didn’t know about the scheme when we moved in here,” says Marcia, “but we do now and it’s nice to think that as we enjoy our home, we can help someone else to have and enjoy their own home too.”
All properties at Woolton Fields have now been sold, but for information on other Redrow properties in the city, go to www.redrow.co.uk/liverpool.
For more information about the Liverpool Housing Partnership visit www.liverpoolhousingpartnership.co.uk.