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Record numbers turn out as new show village launches at Rivenwood, Stephanie Bell reports…

Unprecedented numbers turned out to view a stunning new show village launched on Sunday at Rivenwood, Northern Ireland's newest development by Fraser Houses.

Every house type in this beautiful New England style development situated close to the shores of Strangford Lough is represented in the unique show village which saw a phenomenal 700 people visit on the first day of opening.

Simon Brien from Simon Brien Residential, selling agents for Rivenwood commented: "It is a long time since a new housing development of this scale has launched a Show Village representing every house type being offered for sale.

"This is a massive investment for the developers, Fraser Houses, and is testament to the company's standing as a leader in house building where quality of design, finish, innovation and personal service are of paramount importance.

"The Show Village opened last Sunday and was one of the most successful show house launches ever in Northern Ireland with over 700 people attending.

"It is evident that the Rivenwood development has been exceptionally well received by homebuyers from the local area and further afield, with 25 sales already and further bookings expected this week. "

In order to meet the demand, Fraser Houses are forging ahead with an active build programme of the first complete phase of 50 homes.

Located on the Eastern side of Newtownards, accessed off the Movilla Road the development will ultimately comprise of up to 1,000 houses.

Its location puts it within easy access of Newtownards town centre and close to a good range of primary and secondary schools. Belfast, Donaghadee and Bangor are also within easy reach.

The Designer Show Village really shows off the high standard and beauty of these unique homes with all the interior décor, furnishings and accessories selected by one of the best known names in interior design and furnishing - Cyril Fulton.

Turnkey has been taken to a whole new level at Rivenwood which offers every buyer the chance to become their own interior designer.

Fraser Houses will finish the interiors to your specifications, allowing you to customise your own rooms.

Each buyer can personalise their look by choosing from a large selection of flooring, tiling and kitchen units.

For kitchens there will be a choice of doors, worktop colours, handles, tiles and flooring and every kitchen comes with an integrated gas hob and electric oven, extractor unit, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.

Bathrooms will be fitted out with the latest designer sanitary ware with chrome fittings and there will be thermostatically controlled showers and chrome heated towel rails in both bathrooms and the en suites. Again you choose how the shower enclosures are tiled.

Modern technology will also be a standard feature in each new home with superfast Fibre optic Broadband and FTTP with speeds of up to 330mbps, cabling for digital and Sky TV and zoned security alarms.

Such is the attention to detail that some rooms will feature lovely grooved or exposed beams to the ceilings and there will be multi fuel stoves in the main lounge.

These same high standards will apply outside where each home will be finished with generous Bitmac driveways with landscaped gardens to include a patio area and timber boundary fencing at the back.

Throughout the development common areas will also be landscaped to enhance what the drawings already reveal to be a beautiful new environment to bring up your children or spend your retirement years.

To further enhance the village atmosphere future plans include providing provide retail, community and healthcare facilities and there is even a proposed location for a future primary school development.

There will be a wide range of house types on offer to suit a variety of people including first time buyers, families, retired people and downsizers in an attempt to create a warm community environment.

In the first phase there is a choice of a two bed 800 sq ft semi-detached bungalow, a 3 bed semi-detached house at 1100 sq ft, a 3 bed 1275 sq ft detached house and a four bedroom detached house at 1372 sq ft.

Also a first for Northern Ireland is the architectural concept of Rivenwood which has a fresh "New England" style inside and out.

The striking exteriors will feature the distinctive New England clapboard cladding while inside will have the clean lines of shaker styling.

Positioned close to the shoreline of Strangford Lough, Rivenwood offers a combination of stunning countryside and easy access to a number of thriving towns and Belfast City.

If you love the great outdoors, there is an abundance of scenic locations to take advantage of in North Down. Escape to the country with Crawfordsburn Country Park, play golf at Clandeboye or Scrabo Golf clubs, and for the more adventurous there is the flying school at Newtownards Airport as well as the various sailing clubs along the coast.

With the current release, you can own a home in Rivenwood from as little as £443 per month. The rent for a similar house would be over £600 per month.

The Show Village is open every Sunday 2-4pm or by private appointment with Simon Brien Residential.

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