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Danielle’s homeownership story

Danielle, who you may know on Instagram as @myfirstwicklow, stepped onto the property ladder with Gleeson, purchasing her first home. Danielle is eager to embrace her creativity and design a space that is uniquely hers.

Buyer: Danielle Oakley

Occupation: Secondary School Teacher

Year of purchase: August 2022

Development: Greencroft View, County Durham

House type: 3-bedroom semi-detached Wicklow

Purchase price: £126,995

Mortgage cost: £380 pcm

Meet first-time buyer Danielle, 25, who is the proud owner of 3-bedroom semi-detached Wicklow on one of our County Durham developments. Danielle decided it was time to find her own space after previously living with her parents and commuting two hours daily to work.

Danielle's dream of owning a new build home has become a reality thanks to Gleeson and she couldn't be happier. She is thrilled to now be paying far less for her energy, gas and water bills than she anticipated, with her only regret being that she didn't move sooner!

Danielle said: “I’ve always dreamed of purchasing a new build home, as I love the idea of having a black canvas with the creative freedom to decorate my space how I want to, with no restrictions of a landlord or parents. The variety of house styles Gleeson has caught my interest and was a major selling point for me.

"I eventually settled on a 3-bedroom Wicklow. The living room is a great size; it feels open and spacious, which is ideal for entertaining family and friends! I have two large bedrooms and have decided to turn my third bedroom into a dressing room which I love

"Once I discovered my development, I sat and waited patiently every day for the plot to be released; the location is ideal, only a short distance from my workplace, and I now have a fresh start in a new area. My development is super friendly, and my neighbours always offer help if needed – great if you’re a single occupant like myself! I love the sense of community; I couldn’t be happier with my decision!

“Renting was not an option for me, I didn't want to waste my money. Instead, I wanted to invest in my own space and have a place that was entirely mine!

"Once reserved, I chose several upgrades to customise my space; I have a full floor package, which is a great addition, wardrobes in the bedrooms and I also upgraded my kitchen and bathroom!

"My style is chic, modern, and timeless, and the Wicklow house style, combined with my upgrades, has captured this beautifully. To tie everything together, my roof and door are the same colour! It truly gives it a modern exterior appearance.

“It was so simple and stress-free to reserve a home with Gleeson! My wonderful Sales Executive guided me through each step of the process, which was ideal for a first-time buyer with little knowledge of the home-buying process. I took advantage of the Government backed help to buy scheme paired with my help to buy ISA. My solicitor sorted it all out, meaning I could sit back and be excited for my new home!"

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