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Retired couple secure beautiful, low-maintenance Story home at Aspen Grange

May 2019

Carlisle-based couple Ron and Sheila Armstrong were able to secure their ideal home for retirement thanks to local housebuilder Story Homes.

Ron and Sheila, who have been married for almost 51 years, opted for a four-bedroom, detached ‘Warwick’ house type at Aspen Grange as they loved the open feel of the property and the fact that it overlooked a SUDS pond.

The couple previously owned a large house with a very sizable garden just off Newfield Drive in Kingstown and wanted to move home whilst they were still fit and before the garden became too much of a burden. Keen to stay in north Carlisle, the couple sold their property in favour of a new-build home at Aspen Grange.

Ron said: “We chose a Story home because of the housebuilder’s reputation for quality and Aspen Grange was the perfect location for us because we like the area and it is handy for shops, buses and the motorway.”

Sheila added: “We love the kerb appeal of the house. The open plan downstairs layout, the fact that it is warm and well insulated, the manageable garden and the outlook across the SUDS pond were the biggest draws for us.”

Before purchasing their new home, Ron and Sheila visited a friend who owns a Story home at the Crindledyke development in Carlisle and they also stopped by the Warwick show homes at St Andrew’s View (Thursby) and The Ridings (Carlisle) to take inspiration from the interior design.

The Warwick house type offers 1,400 sq ft of comfortable living space and includes a gallery entrance hall, an open plan kitchen/dining area, lounge, downstairs cloakroom, four bedrooms with an en-suite to the master and a family bathroom.

Hayley Blair, Head of Sales, said: “A new build home is ideal for those who perhaps want a low maintenance home and who don’t want to spend time renovating an older property. With high specification features such as designer fitted kitchens, AEG appliances and Porcelanosa tiling it’s great to see that a Story home was the perfect choice for Ron and Sheila. We’re thrilled to have helped the couple find their ideal property and we wish them every happiness in their new home.”

Sheila summarised: “The service we have received from Story Homes has been fantastic and there really is a ‘dream team’ here at Aspen Grange.  Our Sales Executive has been fantastic since day one, keeping us informed and helping and advising on many different aspects of the process.

“The Site Manager was fantastic – we can’t believe what he has achieved in 12 months.  Last but not least is the wonderful Assistant Site Manager who is such a great ‘people person’. Nothing is too much trouble to him and he has helped so much checking to see if everything is OK and explaining how things work.

“It is fair to say we love our new home and the team here at Aspen Grange have made it a wonderful experience and taken much of the stress away. We would and have recommended Story Homes to friends and family and anyone who has asked how we are settling in.”

Aspen Grange offers an executive collection of two, three, four and five-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes, carefully designed throughout, with a high specification as standard.

For more information about Aspen Grange please contact our Sales Executive Julie on 07970 498924 or email The show home and marketing suite is open seven days a week from 10.30am to 4.30pm.