Couple on course for above-par lifestyle in Handforth
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Couple on course for above-par lifestyle in Handforth

Web developer Stefan Croft was on the lookout for a buy-to-let property when he came across The Fairways in Handforth– and instead decided to buy a home for himself and partner Joanna.

The couple loved the Anwyl Homes development and its stylish properties so much, they decided against buying a property to rent out, because they wanted to live there themselves.

Great value high-specification homes, the perfect location and a greener lifestyle set the pair in full-swing to secure a three-bedroom, three-storey Snowdon home just nine miles south of Manchester – and now they’re on course to move in this July.

“We fell in love with it straight away,” says Stefan, 38, from Wythenshawe.  “We loved the property – the quirkiness was brilliant – and it couldn’t be in a more ideal spot for us.

“It will mean we can get the work/life balance just right, and it ticks all the boxes for us now, and in the future.”

Stefan, who works for a digital agency in Manchester city centre, and partner Joanna Sucharzewska, 32, an administrator for an engineering company, currently live in a two-bedroom apartment close to Manchester Airport.

They had planned to sell the apartment and buy two smaller homes – one to live in and one to let – until they discovered Anwyl’s luxury homes collection off St George’s Way.

“And we changed our minds completely,” says Stefan. “When I came across The Fairways I thought the price was good, and the area and the homes were really nice. When I phoned up and discovered it was around the corner from Styal Park where Joanna and I go walking quite a lot, and it’s only a few miles from Wilmslow where we go a couple of times a week to shop or for food, that was it.

“It wasn’t what we planned but it all fell into place, and it couldn’t be more perfect.”

The Fairways has a selection of one to five-bedroom styles, with apartments, and semi-detached and detached homes.

Stefan and Joanna chose the three- storey semi-detached Snowdon home because of its flexibility and because it could change and adapt with them and their lifestyle.

Stefan explains: “We loved the open plan layout of the ground floor with the kitchen, living and dining area – it felt so huge and luxurious – and the windows in the ceiling which let in so much light. The top floor is our bedroom suite, and it’s beautiful with a large bedroom area, an en-suite and a dressing room.

“There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and one of those will be a guest room for when Joanna’s family come to stay from Poland, and the other room I’ll use as a home office. I have the flexibility to work there or in the city centre office, which will take about 15-20 minutes to get to via train – and a creative space because I produce music in my spare time.  I currently pay for a professional studio but having my own will mean I save money and I’ll see Joanna more because I won’t have to leave the house.”

The couple have already talked about starting a family together in the next 12 months or so: “Then the other bedrooms will become rooms for the children,” says Stefan, who continues: “I have always lived in a flat so this will be the first home I’ve lived in and I can’t wait. It will be lovely to finally have a garden, and Joanna and I have already made plans for a pergola.”

Homes available at The Fairways currently start from £414,995 for The Snowdon. Other three-storey homes include the four-bedroom detached Cheltenham, from £574,995, with a ground floor living room and open plan kitchen diner, three bedrooms – one with en-suite – and a family bathroom on the first floor, and an impressive main suite on the second floor with large fitted wardrobes and its own en-suite.

The Fairways boasts a wide range of shops and restaurants on the doorstep and the popular Handforth Dean Retail Park just minutes away. It is well-placed for primary schools – some ‘Outstanding’ – and secondary schools, and there is plenty of green space nearby including Meriton Park which has tennis courts and an outdoor gym.

Only 1.9 miles from Wilmslow with its selection of shopping and leisure options and quality restaurants and bars, it’s also ideal for commuters with superb road and rail links to Manchester and surrounding towns.

To find out more about The Fairways or to book an appointment with Anwyl’s sales team, visit www.anwylhomes.co.uk/the-fairways or call 01625 365266.