Laureate Fields Case Study

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.



Laureate Fields Case Study

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.