Laragh Homes has seen a huge demand for its landmark development in Stretham, and it goes beyond building high-quality homes.
Another major factor, according to new residents, has been the company’s dedication to creating community at the heart of this exciting project near Ely.
While the run on sales at Manor Farm saw nine purchases within six weeks, with three properties being snapped up in just one weekend alone, the focus on establishing a real sense of community has inspired homeowners to relocate.
“There has been an enormous amount of interest, with plots reserved off-plan before ground is even broken,” states Hannah Greenhow, Sales and Marketing Manager at Laragh. “Together with quality properties, the essence of Manor Farm is its community, which is thriving as part of our founding concept to deliver green open spaces and cohesive designs that help residents connect. Emphasis has always been on building a community hub,” she said. “We involved local people from the outset and incorporated suggestions, such as opening new footpaths to the village and woodland walks, planting fruit-bearing trees, regenerating the pond and taking a natural approach to inclusive countryside landscaping.”
Attending the Manor Farm phase two unveiling event in spring, Mayor James Palmer said of the project: “I think it is an extraordinarily exciting development, a place where people would want to live, with wide open spaces, good design and high-quality homes. I am very proud to be associated with Manor Farm and I think it is a great example of what can be achieved when communities work together alongside planners and developers.”
The first resident to reserve off-plan 10 months ago is Yvonne Turner, who will be relocating from Essex once her new home build is completed at the end of the year.
“I had absolutely no intentions of moving, until I came to visit my son and his partner at Manor Farm, of course I wanted to be close to them, family is everything to me, but this place has something really special. I knew that if I ever moved home I’d love to live somewhere like this, so when my son-in-law suggested it might be possible, I didn’t think twice.
Once I’d seen plans for the Foxcote property everything just fell into place. I put my house straight on the market and asked if there was any chance of a very early release for my perfect plot. The team at Laragh Homes were amazing, and Hannah did everything possible to make this happen, so I was the first person to be able to reserve my space long before it was available.
I absolutely love this close-knit community so I’m more than happy to wait to move in, and I know exactly what my new home is going to look like, with wood burner and little stream running at the back. In fact, I’ve visited Manor Farm so many times to enjoy different events that it already feels like home – there’s a supper club, book club, walking and running clubs – and we’ve all just had a summer street party, so I got to meet more of my neighbours-to-be. What a wonderful way to buy a home, it’s opened up a whole new lifestyle for me and I can’t believe my luck!
Manor Farm’s second phase includes 28 new homes, ranging from two to four bedrooms, all designed around the central village green and available with the Help to Buy scheme. Eight of the new homes will be part of the Community Land Trust and available exclusively to local people within the neighbourhood.