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Aberdeen show village to open its doors at year end

December 5 2016

Aberdeen show village to open its doors at year end
Stewart Milne Homes are to throw open the doors to their Countesswells show village on 29 December, providing the first glimpse of what life could be like in the 3,000-home town.

The first phase consists of 35 homes ranging from two-bedroom mews properties to five bedrooms detached villas, each of which will have French door access to its own private garden, open plan living spaces and high-end appliances.

John Low, managing director at Stewart Milne Homes North Scotland, said: “The launch of Countesswells is the realisation of a pioneering vision to create a new community which will be a great place to live.

“We are creating the largest central park to have been built in Scotland in over 100 years, as well as woodland trails, cycle paths, green pathways, parks and sporting facilities. New homeowners will also be able to enjoy tree lined avenues, leafy enclaves and an elegant square to get together with friends and family over lunch or a coffee.”

Countesswells aims to achieve a number of individually designed neighbourhoods just five miles from the city centre and minutes from the west-end suburb of Kingswells.
Countesswells will constitute 3,000 homes when fully complete
Countesswells will constitute 3,000 homes when fully complete
Open plan living spaces will open out onto private gardens
Open plan living spaces will open out onto private gardens


#1 Posted by Al on 5 Dec 2016 at 13:21 PM
'What life could be like in the 3,000-home town'.

Car-keys and wife swapping maybe?
#2 Posted by Lazarus on 5 Dec 2016 at 13:29 PM
This is what is otherwise known as a cemetery.
I should know.
#3 Posted by Jon on 5 Dec 2016 at 15:51 PM
Plastic houses for plastic people
#4 Posted by Clive on 6 Dec 2016 at 09:19 AM
look at the level of (misguided) effort put into the most hideous of hideous interior decor (who on earth ever lays a table like that?) compared to the 10 to 15 minute sketch-up exercise for the exterior.....
N. Foster
#5 Posted by N. Foster on 6 Dec 2016 at 12:49 PM
Once again we are getting the usual negative coments from people who have the most subjective views on housing. Everyone is entitle to opinion however we need more houses nationally and simply put, bespoke design (has its place) but not in terms of volume. Try to understand this please as these negative comments are not productive.
lazarus' mother
#6 Posted by lazarus' mother on 6 Dec 2016 at 13:26 PM
#5 These images speak volumes and speak most articulately for themselves with no need for any subjective opinion.

I wonder, did you see 'The Big Short?'

Clive has a point.

The images are clearly aimed at a specific aspirational 'market sector' with their Chelsea tractors, mega tellies and hot tubs blah blah blah and are by their very layout, anti-community. This is what the 1980s 'there is no such thing as society' looks like. It's all bollocks. It's a cemetery by any other name. We're born, we consume, we die etc.

That's the most positive thing that can be said about it.

Sorry, I forgot about the Spar at the corner.


Auntie Nairn
#7 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 6 Dec 2016 at 13:34 PM
#5 - you're right in one regard - bespoke design does have it's place - everywhere. Is everyone not entitled to a well designed, considered home instead of the usual dross?
Walter Zenga
#8 Posted by Walter Zenga on 6 Dec 2016 at 13:51 PM
#5 - yes, more houses required, but unfortunately the likely cost and demographic these are pitched at at hardly addresses the shortage of good quality, affordable homes which are far more pressing than yet another enclave for Range Rover drivers. Still, I'm sure the sales team will have a lovely evening out at the Herald Property Awards in a couple of years time.

And #6 - unfortunately the Spar isn't being built until the final phase, so bang goes the 'lunch or coffee' they talk about...
#9 Posted by cadmonkey on 6 Dec 2016 at 14:18 PM
What is wrong with chelsea tractors, mega tellies and hot tubs?
Or does everyone on here reckon everyone must have a skateboard, gaming station and a council gym pass instead?
lazarus' mother
#10 Posted by lazarus' mother on 6 Dec 2016 at 14:57 PM
Hi cadmonkey -

I'm glad you get to the point, beyond all this smokescreen.

But forget the skateboard, game station and council gym pass - they're just the same.

The point i am making is, if life is solely about the acquisition of cocooned comfort and the endless entertainment of our sad selves, which is what these images and all that goes with them most definitely allude to, then that's your choice and good luck to you. Personally, I just think all that crap is a dead end.
Islands of sanity
#11 Posted by Islands of sanity on 6 Dec 2016 at 16:18 PM
Why are the masses happy to buy cars with cutting edge design, yet display an inherent conservatism when it comes to their house purchases, namely a preference forthe scaled down Edwardian villa type?
#12 Posted by Al on 6 Dec 2016 at 16:35 PM
Sorry, what's wrong with having a subjective view. I'd rather have that than wishy washy meh!

I thought 3,000 houses was volume, and would gives the scale to do something a bit different that created a distinct community rather than being same old same old.
#13 Posted by Aileen on 6 Dec 2016 at 22:32 PM
Just what Aberdeen needs. Major job creator, new homes and a whole new exciting community!
#14 Posted by JUXTAPOSE on 7 Dec 2016 at 20:49 PM
So many negative comments with so little info
#15 Posted by G on 8 Dec 2016 at 22:55 PM
This is not an example of good house builder design. Poor elevational form, lacking in any real flare however, and to be fair, the urban design of this development is very good if you look at the overall masterplan. Its a typical example of where todays housebuilding is which hasnt changed in over 70 years. Volume rows of the similarity. Designing streets is going some way to changing this and give more of a sence of place...gradually. Look at Polnoon. Uninspiring house types that cant sell but great urban design. House building has always been driven by profit and always will be. Focusing on the urban design as is the case today is the correct way forward and simply put, if you dont like the house types, dont buy them.
N Foster
#16 Posted by N Foster on 9 Dec 2016 at 12:15 PM
G your comment on the "poor elevation for" I have to disagree with. However its subjective but on your urban design comment, This is exactly what house building is about these days and its nice to see it being acknowledged.
#17 Posted by juxtapose on 9 Dec 2016 at 22:38 PM
Fair comment by G there , the flip side of the poor elevational form opinion is that to make the property's affordable they cant erect 3000 bespoke units .

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