Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Inside this week's Homefinder

Published in the Belfast Telegraph every Thursday

The property landscape in Northern Ireland has changed radically in recent years. And we have some really good examples of housing innovation in Homefinder this week.

Belfast is starting to look like a different city with trendy city centre apartments popping up. Few are as impressive as Saint Anne’s Square in the buzzing Cathedral Quarter.

This part of the city has seen a lot of regeneration, with a state-of-the-art university campus, the new MAC centre which is set to be unveiled next year and, of course, Saint Anne’s Square.

The stylish apartments offer an enviable city centre address near cafes and bars, while residents overlook a European-inspired piazza.

And now lucky buyers here can call on the talents of designers at Belfast-based practice JTPY. They will use their creative flair to help create a beautiful space with more than a dollop of urban chic.

It’s too good a chance to miss!

Meanwhile, family’s seeking a spacious abode in a covetable address, need look no further than number 57 Myrtlefield Park in Malone.

The south Belfast property combines traditional elegance with modern convenience. I caught up with owners Peter and Carmel Rodgers, who explain why this property is perfect for a growing family. It’s near good schools and Queen’s University, as well as being one of the most sought-after addresses in Northern Ireland.

And for those of you who like to think outside of the box, meet Brian and Elisabeth Jonsson Patterson, who shipped in their timber-frame house from Scotland.

The couple fell in love with a site on the shores of Belfast Lough, but then there was the small matter of a home. Norwegian-born Elisabeth looked to her homeland for inspiration, and discovered a company which would supply hardy Scandinavian timber to them in Northern Ireland.

Now they have a gorgeous home from home on one of the most picturesque parts of the province’s coast.

Meanwhile, first-time buyers will love the top city terrace featured in Can You Afford It? this week. The three-bedroom property is nice inside with a great address — and it won’t blow the budget.

Finally, We’re loving it, We’re buying it has loads of awesome accessories to help inject some colour into your home this summer.