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Space is always one of the biggest issues in any property search. Whether you are looking for more room for your expanding family or want to work from home, it is one of the last things people want to compromise on. 

But for John Paterson it is more important than for most as at 6ft 4 inches finding the right sized place to call home was absolutely crucial.

The surveyor explained: “My partner Abi and I were renting a home in Edinburgh but felt the time was right to buy our first home together. We saw quite a lot of new build homes but some of them felt very claustrophobic.”

However the couple, who hoped to be settled in their new home before the birth of their baby, were not keen on a second hand property with all the hidden upkeep and repair costs.  

After looking at lots of different types of property, they found their dream home at Grange Estates’ Hopefield Green in Bonnyrigg, moving into a four bedroom Gladstone in July just before Joshua’s arrival in September.

John said: “Unlike properties we saw at other developments this house is very open plan with good-sized rooms and high ceilings. There is lots of space for us to relax.”

With four bedrooms there is plenty of room for Joshua’s toys and baby equipment and for friends to come and visit.

The Gladstone features a spacious lounge and a large open plan kitchen with dining area and family room and a separate utility room. A WC completes the ground floor. Upstairs the master bedroom features an ensuite, and there is a family bathroom. All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and there is a storage cupboard on each floor. A double garage completes the property.

Surrounded by rolling countryside, but just 8 miles from Edinburgh, Hopefield Green features a range of two, three, four and five bedroom homes, finished to a high specification. Ideal for families, Bonnyrigg has a good selection of local stores, a leisure centre, good primary schools and a new state of the art secondary school.

John is looking forward to the opening of the new Borders Railway later this year – with a new station opening a mile away in Eskbank it will make his commute to work much quicker, allowing him to spend more time at home with his family. 

The new train services will take just 18 minutes from Eskbank to Waverley, a major boost for homeowners who work in the Capital.