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Thursday, 05 November 2020

Lockdown has had a profound impact on many aspects of life, with a leading housebuilder in the North East even seeing an effect on the sort of properties housebuyers now want to purchase.

CALA Homes (North) has seen a rise in interest in properties with flexible living spaces that can be easily adapted to suit the needs of the homebuyer – weather that’s space for a home office, gym or playroom.

Sales and Marketing Director for CALA Homes (North), Fraser Carr explains: “Our homes and how we use them have never been more important. We’ve all had to adapt them to become multipurpose spaces for home working, home schooling, exercising, relaxing and much more.

“Since our sales offices reopened, we have seen a continuing trend towards homebuyers looking for properties that can suit a multitude of needs. They are looking at homes in a new light – a garage could be converted into a gym, a dining room could be used as an office or playroom.

“Spaces need to be flexible for this ‘new normal’ we are facing for the foreseeable future and this has definitely been at the forefront of homebuyers’ minds.

“As a result, particular housetypes have grown in popularity post-lockdown. The Lewis housetype at our Craibstone development as well as the Oatfield at Craigton Mews and the Anderson townhouse at Southbank have received a flurry of interest.”

The Lewis at CALA’s Craibstone Estate features a double integral garage, an open-plan kitchen and dining area as well as a separate lounge and dining room – however these spaces could be adapted to suit any lifestyle.

On the first floor, five bedrooms, two with en-suites, and a family bathroom can be found but again, the possibilities are endless for any spare bedrooms a family may have.

The three bedroom Oatfield at Craigton Mews in Cults also boasts a separate dining room as well as a lounge and kitchen/dining area, with the dining room offering an attractive dual-purpose as a work space.

Meanwhile the Anderson townhouse at Southbank by CALA offers endless opportunities to create spaces that suit the needs of the homebuyer. The ground floor includes an integral garage, utility room and a bedroom/additional lounge. The first floor features an open-plan kitchen and dining area and also a separate lounge space. Three further bedrooms and a family bathroom occupy the second floor.

Fraser added: “One additional attraction which has become even more important post-lockdown is the superb locations of each of these properties and the ability of its residents to enjoy the outdoors on their doorstep.

“Craibstone Estate is a unique community set within beautiful woodlands. Southbank by CALA is situated next to the river Don with beautiful walks a stones’ throw away. And Craigton Mews is located within the charming village suburb of Cults.

“Lockdown has brought the importance of our surroundings to the forefront and each of these developments offers spectacular locations to explore.”

Current prices at Craibstone Estate and Southbank by CALA start from £139,950, current prices at Craigton Mews start from £398,950.

The sales offices for each of the developments are open for personal visits by appointment.

For further information on CALA Homes, visit www.cala.co.uk.




Issued on behalf of CALA Homes (North) by Beattie Communications 

For more information contact: 

Rachel Connor / rachel.connor@beattiegroup.com / 01324 602563 / 07768468812
Julie Yeudall / julie.yeudall@beattiegroup.com / 01698 787845 / 07730415019 

Notes to Editor – CALA Homes


CALA Homes, part of the CALA Group, is a major UK home builder focused on building well-designed, high quality homes in prime locations throughout the South of England, the Midlands and Scotland.

Key Facts:

  • In the 18 months to December 2019, CALA sold over 2,400 homes and announced profit before tax of £96.2m and revenues of £1,002.2m.
  • CALA employs more than 1,100 people across 10 offices and more than 75 developments.
  • CALA Homes has received the maximum 5 Star rating in the Home Builders Federation’s National New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey 2020. On average over the past 11 years, the independent survey has found that more than 93% of our customers would recommend CALA to a friend.
  • At the 2018 Scottish Home Awards, CALA received the Customer Service Excellence Award for the third year running. In 2019, CALA was named Home Builder of the Year at the Homes for Scotland Awards.
  • CALA is proud to have named the Samaritans as its national charity partner. CALA’s support will help to ensure that Samaritans can continue to be there for anyone who is struggling to cope. In turn, Samaritans provides training to help equip CALA’s staff – as well as employees of its subcontractors – with the skills to take care of their own wellbeing, as well as being aware of their co-workers’.
  • In March 2018, CALA Group was acquired by Legal & General Group, the insurance, savings and investment management company.
  • CALA started as the City of Aberdeen Land Association in 1875 and was the first Scottish company listed on the London Stock Market. As CALA is an acronym it is always reproduced in upper case.

For further information visit www.cala.co.uk