Media Release: First homes released for sale at new Donside development


THE first release of 13 homes at the new Donside village development in Aberdeen has gone on on the market, with prices starting at £140,750.

Chap Homes reports strong interest in the new development, with a large number of enquiries and one reservation received already.

Meanwhile, Tenants First Housing Co-operative are dealing with many enquiries for the homes to rent in the first phase. Tenants First is also offering the first release of nine shared-equity homes at Donside, as part of the Scottish Government’s LIFT/NSSE scheme for first-time buyers.

Donside is being developed in partnership by Tenants First Housing Co-operative and Chap Homes Ltd on the former Donside Paper Mill site, on the wooded banks of the River Don near the centre of Aberdeen.

The houses at Donside all take their name from tributaries of the River Don, the house types in the first phase are:

• The Carvie two-bedroom flat

• The Nochty two-bedroom flat

• The Ernan two-bedroom terraced house

• The Conrie three-bedroom terraced house

• The Ury four-bedroom terraced house.

The Carvie features lounge, dining kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms, both with built in wardrobes. There is ample storage including a large cupboard in the hallway. It is expected that the Carvie will be particularly popular with first-time buyers and parents buying a flat for family members attending the nearby University of Aberdeen.

The Nochty is similar to the Carvie with a different layout, also having a lounge, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and hall storage.

The Ernan is a two-bedroom town house, priced from £175,900. With lounge, dining kitchen, cloakroom and storage on the ground floor, it has two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, bathroom and storage on the first floor.

The Conrie provides three bedrooms for the larger family. It has a substantial lounge and dining kitchen on the ground floor, plus cloakroom and storage. The three bedrooms, each with built-in wardrobes, along with a family bathroom, are on the first floor. Prices for the Conrie start at £185,900.

The four-bedroom Ury offers substantial accommodation for family living. There is a family-sized lounge and dining kitchen on the ground floor, along with cloakroom and storage. On the first floor are two substantial bedrooms and family bathroom, while the second floor offers two further bedrooms and a study.

“With a mix of housing from flats through to town houses, Donside has been planned as a vibrant, sustainable community, with business start-up units, office space, shops and a children’s nursery,” says Sandy Murray, chief executive of Tenants First.

“From the outset Donside has been designed to reflect a traditional North-east Scotland townscape with a grid of streets and squares forming neighbourhoods and encouraging community life.”

All the homes at Donside incorporate low-energy features pioneered by Tenants First in the lead up to its zero-carbon house programme run in partnership with the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow.

All the Donside homes are built using the ‘closed panel’ construction method which offers superior insulation properties, with the wall insulation exceeding building regulation standards by around 30 per cent. The houses also have high standards of air tightness and are fitted with energy-efficient gas boilers.

When completed in 2013, Donside will be a community of more than 300 homes of which just under half will be rented through Tenants First and Langstane Housing Association, almost 80 will be sold privately through Chap Homes while the remainder will be low-cost shared equity and mid-market rent.

Tenants First, based in Aberdeen, is believed to be Britain’s largest housing co-operative with 1,396 properties in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Glasgow.

Chap Homes is part of the Aberdeenshire-based Chap Group, one of Scotland’s leading privately-owned construction groups, founded in 1976.

The Donside website at includes an interactive mortgage calculator that shows likely mortgage payments, depending on the deposit and the term of the mortgage.

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