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3 ways your choice of home can improve your lifestyle

If you're looking to get out of the renting cycle and to buy your first property, knowing what to look for is crucial to achieving the lifestyle you've always dreamt of. From the home design and type of land to the surrounding areas and local amenities, your choice of home has a huge impact on the type of life you're able to lead.

In this article we'll look at three key ways that your new house will impact your style of living, and explain the choices you can make to get the results you want.

1. The land

The land buying journey isn't always straight forward, but there's one golden rule: Always buy the land before approaching a builder.

The reason behind this is simple - by choosing the land first you can go to your home builder and select a house that will perfectly fit the size and shape of your lot. If you do this process in reverse you risk being restricted on what land the house will fit on. Remember that your goals and those of the builder won’t necessarily always be aligned.

Remember the golden rule: Always buy the land before the house.

Other ways that buying your land before your house can benefit your day-to-day life include:

Finding the best orientation - If you plan to spend long summer afternoons relaxing in your garden, you'll want to think about the orientation of your house. A property that faces south or east will give your back garden maximum exposure to the afternoon sun.

Getting lightning fast internet - If you love Netflix, making lengthy video calls to family and friends, or have kids who enjoy gaming you need a reliable internet connection. By choosing your land first, you can help provide this reliability in two ways:

  • Location - Many of Satterley’s masterplanned communities are National Broadband Network (NBN) or Opticomm ready, whereas established properties can lose out thanks to factors such as geographic location. The same is true of 3G and 4G coverage, so bear this in mind too when selecting your land.
  • Providers - As your house is being built, you have the perfect opportunity to thoroughly research available providers. Make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck!

As many first-time buyers aren't well versed in what to look for in the perfect land package, Satterley's expert Estate Managers are on hand to help you out. All of our masterplanned communities contain a great selection of land, giving you the opportunity to choose between lots of all shapes and sizes. Our team can help you narrow down the ideal plot, and answer any questions you may have about its specifications.

Satterley's masterplanned communities are located near public transport links and other crucial amenities.

2. The amenities

Your local area will also greatly impact your lifestyle, so consider the location of your house in terms of the available amenities. We'll return to the importance of community in point three, but there are several key services and facilities you won't want to be without:

  • Transport links - Taking the time to check out what transport options are available to you ensures that common journeys such as the daily commute to work don't become needlessly time consuming.
  • Employment hubs - The other way to reduce commuting times is to have great employment opportunities on your doorstep.
  • Medical facilities - When you're ill the last thing you want is a lengthy journey to see a doctor. Living near adequate medical facilities will make your life easier in the long run.
  • Schooling and childcare options - You want to be sure there are schools and day care facilities that will offer your kids the best start in life.
  • Green spaces - Parks and conservation areas provide opportunities to spend time as a family, and to exercise.
  • Shopping centres - The weekly shop is another job you want to complete with minimal hassle. If your house isn’t close to a supermarket or shopping village this simple task will quickly become a nuisance.

Finding a house that ticks all of these boxes can prove difficult, especially when you're going it alone. Satterley's masterplanned communities, on the other hand, make this process straightforward.

Satterley's masterplanned communities are packed with important amenities.

Instead of traipsing backwards and forwards between different suburbs, debating whether to compromise on the property or the amenities, you can focus on finding the perfect house and land package. Our estates are designed to make life easy for the inhabitants - they're planned out to incorporate, or be near to, everything a community might need.

As well as being convenient, having a range of useful services close at hand can also help to raise the value of your home when you come to sell.

If you don’t have time to drive around the area, you can explore these facilities by viewing digital tours of the estates you’re considering! They give a great window into the day-to-day surroundings of life in a Satterley community.

Satterley's community team aims to create lively, connected neighbourhoods.

3. The community

The community that surrounds you will have a huge influence on your lifestyle. Choosing a home in an area with a unified and vibrant community feel allows you to make the most of your new location by participating in activities you love, or trying something new.

Choosing a home in an area with a vibrant community will allow to make the most of your location.

To help foster this spirit, many of Satterley's masterplanned estates have dedicated community teams. They can organise local initiatives such as:

  • Concerts
  • Sports and fitness classes
  • Movie nights
  • Farmers' markets
  • Arts and crafts workshops
  • Christmas Carols
  • Residents meet and greet nights

We’ve seen great results from such gatherings - in some estates, three-quarters of residents made friends at free community events organised by Satterley.

These events offer a brilliant chance to get to know your new neighbours, and either join or establish clubs and teams. The events also encourage locals to make use of outdoor areas, and help children to engage with their estate's parks and other facilities.

In other instances residents have started their own sports teams simply through connecting on Facebook. However it happens, we know that an integrated neighbourhood makes for a more fun and engaging place to call home.

With these three points in mind it's clear that your choice of home can have significant impacts on your lifestyle. However, many of the potential headaches and difficult choices can be reduced, or avoided altogether, if you buy land in one of Satterley's masterplanned communities. You now know that these estates come equipped with, or are near, the facilities you need, and offer a great community atmosphere. All that's left to do is choose from the wide variety of available land packages. To get started, reach out to the team at Satterley today.

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