Neighbourhood ties

10 Nicholson Place, Falkirk
10 Nicholson Place, Falkirk

This is a house that offers the best of both world. Its location offers excellent walking and cycling on the doorstep– while a busy commuter railway station is just a short walk away.

For Alan Renfrew and wife Susan, it will be a wrench to leave their home of 11 years, but now their family has flown the nest, a house with five large bedrooms – three of which are en-suite – is no longer practical.

“We really like the neighbourhood,” said Alan. “It is full of families that have been here for years, so people know each other and it is just a very nice place.”

He also loves the location. “The council has done a lot of work to create cycle paths around here so there are some great tracks now. It’s ideal for walking or cycling.”

The modern villa was built in 2001 and Alan and Susan were impressed by the large bedrooms – in particular the size of the master bedroom – as well as the spacious living room.

Once in the house, they knocked the kitchen and dining room into one large area, which Alan says is particularly ideal for socialising.

The luxury kitchen with its glistening granite worktops and integrated Bosch appliances is a pleasure to work in.

“When guests come round, they can sit and chat while I’m cooking. It’s really great,” he said.

The couple also added a second patio door, leading from the living room to the garden, which enhances the bright, spacious feel to the whole house.

“It’s a very bright, sunny house because it is south facing. The extra patio door is really great on a sunny day.”

Downstairs also has a study, which is ideal for working from home.

“Well, perhaps it’s a little too near the kitchen and too handy for making a cup of tea!” jokes Alan.

On days they do go to work, they find Falkirk High station extremely handy.

“We work on contracts,” explained Alan, “So it’s not unusual for us both to be at Falkirk High waving across the platform as we catch different trains. It really is ideal for working in Glasgow or Edinburgh. “

But when work is finished and relaxation can begin, where better to unwind than in a hot tub? The couple installed one in the garden and, if required, this can be left.

There is also a sun terrace – an area of decking that catches the rays all day long, thanks to its south facing situation.

“We are very reluctant to leave,” said Alan. “It’s a really great house!”