We have the Highlands in the north and Edinburgh in the south, so we’re bang in the middle of both worlds. There’s beautiful scenery around us with rolling hills. The village is a beautiful place. There’s a good school here, with good shops and it’s convenient with the supermarkets in Perth. You can have anything you need in under twenty minutes.
We found a builder that actually seemed to care about the environmental issues – they ticked all the boxes. Hill Top Grange has just got a nice, comfy feel about it with the lovely landscaping and the trees they’ve planted. There is already a nice mix of people with young children and older couples.
A big attraction of moving here was the high school. The closest school has a very good Ofsted rating and that suits us well as the eldest of our two children will be going there next year. We were also happy not to be near any main roads and to be only about five minutes from the shops. Having moved from just down the road, we knew it was well situated.
We know it's going to be quite a small development with just one hundred houses, but the biggest thing for us was the surroundings. There is woodland nearby, and Hill Top Grange was designed in a way that complimented the surrounding area. There’s also a river and there will be a pathway that leads into the woods. It will be nice to take our family down there in the future.
The houses look very smart in the way they are finished off and the brickwork is set with different types of stone so they fit in nicely. The gardens are neat and it’s all very clean and tidy. With lots of parking, there aren’t many cars on the street and that adds to the look of the place. People may go past, or there may be children playing outside, but inside my house there isn’t really any noise at all.
It’s very well insulated. I love the bathrooms; they are particularly well done with the high specification of the vanity and the mirrors, and the finish of it all with the tiles. The house is just the right size; even the garden is just big enough, so there isn’t too much to upkeep. Whether it’s my neighbours across the road or the neighbours that walk down the street, everybody seems to say “hello” here. That’s just what you want moving somewhere new. It’s easy to settle in with nice people around you.
We absolutely love our new house on Monarch’s Rise; it’s light, airy, warm and spacious. When we moved in all of our neighbours were very welcoming. They asked how we were getting on and how we liked our new home. A lot of them were new in as well, so they shared their experience of moving in with us. They said that if there was anything we needed, we could just give them a shout.
In the morning we enjoy the beautiful sunrise from our bedroom window and in the evening we can relax in our living room looking at the sunset over the fields; it’s very peaceful here. When we got in everything was done, including the lighting, the flooring and the fully fitted kitchen. It’s cosy now that we’ve moved in and I didn’t have to do any DIY. The location is the best part of living in Silver Birches. We used to live in Aberdeen and it was always noisy. Here, it’s an easy to commute into the city and I can come back home to the quiet of the neighbourhood. There are farm houses in the fields next to us with horses grazing and peacocks wandering around, and any traffic is minimal. Having said that, all of the facilities are close and you don’t need to go a long distance to get access to the school. The people are friendly and it’s really nice to live here.
One of our main reasons for moving was the schools. There’s plenty of choice for this area, so that will be good for our little one. There are quite a few things on our doorstep as well, like a nice park around the corner. There’s a lot of open space available for us to go out as a family. We’re quite near to the village as well with plenty of shops, all in walking distance. There’s already a community feel in Upton Pines that we enjoy. Everyone is very friendly here.
I love the way the houses are set out here – we’re not overlooked. There’s space between the houses and they’ve landscaped all around us with woodland and other planting, so we get a feeling of countryside. It feels secure, safe and warm relaxing in our well-insulated house, with soundproof fencing around us.