Laureate Fields Case Study

Quirky Old Felixstowe is the perfect place for legal professional GJ





Legal professional GJ, 61, recently purchased a two-bedroom house from The Masefield range at Laureate Fields in Old Felixstowe.

GJ had always lived in joint homes, splitting her time between various work locations and being around family and friends. She liked the idea of a hassle-free new build but struggled to find one in Suffolk that she liked.

“My husband and I always divided our time between two homes, our flat in Finchley and the family home in Essex,” said GJ.

“But when my husband died suddenly and unexpectedly, I found myself spending much less time at our house in Essex. I work at the courts in London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk, and my stepson and his family live in Bungay in Suffolk – therefore Old Felixstowe made perfect sense.

“What drew me to a new build was the ability to lock the door and go without having to worry about any of the problems that come with an older house. Bizarrely, Laureate Fields was the only decent new build I found in Suffolk. It’s contemporary and finished to an extremely high spec. The safety features are very good too. I also like that the development doesn’t all look the same. There is lots of variety with different house styles and brick finishes.”

GJ was looking for a home in Suffolk, but she didn’t know much about Old Felixstowe until she came across Laureate Fields.

“It’s a fantastic area. It’s just so quirky and unusual. It’s got a variety of individually owned shops, including a farm butchers, an upscaling gift shop, and a combined tearoom and antiques centre. You also have an amazing artisanal bakery and two interior decorator shops in Felixstowe town centre. A high point has been the fish and chips at the ferry and I’m looking forward to discovering the pubs dotted around the surrounding countryside. On top of that Laureate Fields is adjacent to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I can drive to a local beauty spot, get a tea or coffee, chat to local people and then be back in my lovely clean new house.”

The Masefield is a 767sqft two-bedroom house featuring two double bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor with a spacious open-plan kitchen/living/dining room covering the majority of the ground floor. There is also a W/C conveniently tucked away next to the entrance and French doors leading to the garden.

High quality fixtures and fittings include engineered oak flooring across the open plan living space on the ground floor, oak veneered doors with stylish chrome handles, and brushed steel sockets and light switches.

The property benefits from contemporary German-engineered designer kitchens featuring a full-range of integrated appliances including a stainless-steel oven, 4-zone ceramic hob, fridge-freezer and multi-function dishwasher. The bathroom is fitted with high quality ceramic sanitaryware, a steel bath with shower mixer, and finished with porcelain wall tiles and a feature wall.

The development is situated next to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches north from the sea along the banks of the River Deben. Residents can enjoy picturesque country rambles or leisurely walks to Felixstowe Ferry, with its clapboard cottages, houseboats and ancient fishermen’s inn.

Remaining two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses at Laureate Fields start from £225,000.

Call 01394 763047 to enquire or for more information.



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Paper consultant Megan swaps London for the Suffolk coast





Paper Consultant Megan Simpkins, 60, recently purchased a one-bedroom apartment in The Spenser building at Laureate Fields in Old Felixstowe.

Swapping her London flat for a new home at Laureate Fields enabled her to enjoy an exciting new lifestyle next to the Suffolk coast. Originally from Australia, Megan has lived in the UK for 38 years and can’t see herself ever leaving.

“I love the feel of Felixstowe. It has got more of a natural working town vibe about it, full of history and very friendly people. I wasn’t expecting to buy a new build but when I came to see it, I fell in love with the development”.

“When I walked into the flat, I knew it right away, it was the one for me. It was spacious and had a beautiful window with a lovely view – the finish was done to a high standard. I just felt it was really good value for money.”

“The customer service was great, resolving my snagging in a week, they cleaned the apartment and gave me a nice little hamper when I moved in. There are also on-site managers so if there’s anything wrong, they will speak to you and attend to any issues immediately.”

Megan also managed to avoid paying Stamp Duty due to the current Covid-19 Stamp Duty holiday for properties £500,000 and under.

Designed for maximum flexibility, the apartments benefit from an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area with access to a balcony, many with spectacular views across the countryside. The property features engineered oak flooring in entrance hallways and the open-plan living space, oak veneered doors with stylish chrome handles, and brushed steel sockets and light switches.

The contemporary German-engineered designer kitchens benefit from quality square edge laminate worktops and a full-range of integrated appliances including a stainless-steel oven, 4-zone ceramic hob, fridge-freezer and multi-function dishwasher. Bathrooms are fitted with high quality ceramic sanitaryware, steel baths with shower mixers, separate rain showers, and finished with ceramic wall tiles with a feature wall.

The development is situated next to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches north from the sea along the banks of the River Deben. Residents can enjoy picturesque country rambles or leisurely walks to Felixstowe Ferry, with its clapboard cottages, houseboats and ancient fishermen’s inn.

“It’s a hidden gem that nobody knew about for such a long time. They have spent a lot of money on the seafront; the pier has been rebuilt and there is a lot of regeneration going on. You have the beach, the countryside, full of delightful pubs to explore, the food is world class and it’s 20 minutes from Ipswich.”

“I buy my fish from the fisherman down the ferry and get some of my vegetables from a little allotment, but you also have all the larger shops like John Lewis, M&S and Sainsburys, just to name a few here. There’s also The Spa Pavilion music hall, Felixstowe art fair, a book show and a big vintage car show.” Never mind the beautiful countryside full of delightful pubs to explore, the food in Suffolk is world class.

Remaining one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses at Laureate Fields start from £174,950.

Call 01394 763047 to enquire or for more information.



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Richard and Jessica upsize their home and lifestyle at Laureate Fields





Electronics engineer Richard, 32, and his wife Jessica, deputy manager of a childcare centre, chose Laureate Fields to step up the ladder, purchasing a four-bedroom detached house in May last year.

The couple put down a 20% deposit and Help to Buy provided a 20% Equity Loan, interest free for five years. They then took out a mortgage for the remainder of the purchase price.

The couple, who were living in a three-bedroom house in nearby Trimley, decided to upsize their home and lifestyle following the birth of their second daughter.

“We were looking within a 20-mile radius of Laureate Fields,” said Richard. “The finish of the kitchens and bathrooms was the kicker for me. The appliances were built in and the general finish of the decorating was excellent. The design and layout was far superior to other properties we looked at.”

Having lived in Gravesend in Kent and later Trimley, Richard was attracted to the lifestyle that Old Felixstowe offered.

“Everyone is friendly and it’s a nice compromise between countryside and urban living. There’s a lot of stuff within 20 minutes of Felixstowe. You have big brand shops and local shops – and around the house you have fields and the estuary. It’s lovely to wake up and see Kingsfleet.”

The houses at Laureate Fields are imaginatively designed to provide comfortable, well-planned living space, with every room flooded with natural light. With a variety of homes to suit all lifestyles, each property offers a contemporary specification finished in white satinwood with engineered oak floors to the kitchen/dining area.

Brushed steel sockets and light switches are used throughout as well as oak veneered doors with stylish chrome handles. Bathrooms are fitted with high-quality sanitaryware and finished with ceramic wall tiles with a feature wall, while the contemporary German-engineered designer kitchens benefit from a full-range of integrated appliances.

Laureate Fields offers a premium collection of one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses, with prices starting from £174,950. The development is situated next to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches north from the sea along the banks of the River Deben. From your door, you can enjoy picturesque country rambles or take a leisurely walk to Felixstowe Ferry, with its clapboard cottages, houseboats and ancient fishermen’s inn.

Call 01394 285963 to enquire.



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First-time buyer Rob heads back to his roots





Public relations professional Rob van der Meulen, 38, purchased a three-bedroom house at Laureate Fields in Old Felixstowe.

Rob, a first-time buyer, had been renting in Twickenham, West London and purchased his new home using the Help to Buy scheme. He put down a 5% deposit and Help to Buy provided a 20% Equity Loan. He then took out a mortgage for the remainder of the purchase price.

Rob purchased the property alone but wanted a home for the next 10 years that he could grow in to, together with the space to work from home. The company he works for is based in London, but they are happy for Rob to work remotely for the foreseeable future.

“My employer said they didn’t want anyone back in the office until Summer 2021,” says Rob.

“I spoke to my boss and said it doesn’t make sense for me to be renting in London if you don’t want me to be in the office. He said I could work remotely so I decided to buy a place in Suffolk as that’s where I grew up and where my family still live.”

Laureate Fields was the first development Rob looked at, but he was wowed by the architecture and peace-of-mind of owning a new home. He chose a spacious three-bedroom home, known as The Tate.

“There is nice space between the houses. I like the open-plan feel and how the living space opens out onto the garden. Also, the kitchen is nicely finished with Bosch appliances.

“Help to Buy was a big factor in pushing me towards a new house. My outgoings compared to renting in Twickenham have been reduced by about 50 percent and I’m owning my own house and have more space. It makes a lot more sense for my future.”

The Tate is a collection of contemporary three-bedroom houses comprising a luxurious master bedroom with a ‘his-and-hers’ dressing area and en-suite. The open-plan downstairs space is stylishly finished in white satinwood and engineered oak floors, with bi-fold doors opening to the garden from the vaulted dining area.

Brushed steel sockets and light switches are used throughout as well as oak veneered doors with stylish chrome handles. Bathrooms are fitted with high-quality sanitaryware and finished with ceramic wall tiles with a feature wall, while the contemporary German-engineered designer kitchens benefit from composite stone worktops and a full-range of integrated Bosch appliances.

Rob first visited the property at the beginning of September and managed to exchange and complete on his purchase by early December. He is looking forward to meeting his neighbours when lockdown ends and taking a ferry over the River Deben to go on bike rides and hikes through the countryside.

Laureate Fields offers a premium collection of one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses, with prices starting from £174,950. The development is situated next to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches north from the sea along the banks of the River Deben. From your door, you can enjoy picturesque country rambles or take a leisurely walk to Felixstowe Ferry, with its clapboard cottages, houseboats and ancient fishermen’s inn.

Call 01394 285963 to enquire.