Digital marketing executive at Cloudspotting Ltd in Leeds, 24 year old first-time buyer, Rachael Hand, was looking at apartments in Leeds when she found out about Merchant Gate, the English Cities Fund development in her home town of Wakefield. She was keen to find a high quality city centre apartment with great transport links and Merchant Gate, directly opposite the brand new Westgate train station and only a few minute’s walk from the heart of Wakefield, ticked all the boxes.
Rachael says: “My favourite aspect of the development is the location. I catch the train to work in Leeds every morning and it takes just five minutes to walk from my apartment to the platform. It’s great to have high speed train links on my doorstep – which is perfect for me as I regularly visit my friends around the country London, Birmingham and Newcastle.”
“I also love being able to wander into Wakefield on a weekend without any planning and walk home from town, maybe after a gig down at ‘The Hop’ or a few drinks in ‘Velvet’. It really couldn't be more convenient for the things I like to do and the places I like to go. It has all the hustle and bustle of a city centre location, but without negatives such as noise and traffic.”
As a first-time buyer, Rachael bought her new 1 bed apartment using the Government’s Help to Buy shared equity scheme. The scheme allowed her to step onto the property ladder with just a 5% deposit of less than £5,000.
Each of the 66 luxury apartments at Merchant Gate come with hard wood floors and a fully fitted, high specification kitchen and bathroom. The development surrounds an attractively landscaped public square and many apartments have a balcony - Rachael’s favourite thing about her new home: “I can see for miles on a clear day and at night I can see most of Wakefield lit up and out over towards Emley Moor Mast. I haven't been in long enough to really enjoy summer on the balcony yet, but I am looking forward to when I can.”
One bedroom apartments are available to buy at Merchant Gate from £81,950, two beds from £114,950.
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“When I graduated I knew I didn’t want to live with my parents as university had given me independence and it would’ve have felt like a backwards step.
I made appointments to see a lot of developments in Wakefield, but as soon as I saw the Mulberry House apartment at Merchant Gate, I cancelled all of the others. The location was perfect - I could walk to work and it’s so close to the city centre; also it felt grown up and very secure.
My friends love that I live so close to town and I regularly become the starting point for a night out. When I moved in my grandparents came to visit and fell in love with the development instantly. They were looking to downsize and make things easier for themselves in terms of getting around. Quite quickly their initial interest turned into a serious consideration and now my pretty cool grandparents have purchased at Mulberry House too.”
Mary Dickenson (Simon’s Grandmother)
“There was a really nice feel about the building when we came to visit Simon. We had wanted to downsize for a while; to get rid of the garden and enjoy our retirement instead of having to take care of a house and garden that were too big for us and so the apartments at Mulberry House, Merchant Gate seemed like the ideal place to buy.
We really wanted a balcony and enjoy sitting out there in the morning and watching the world go by. But feeling safe and secure played a major part in the decision too - the building has great security which takes away any of those niggling worries we may have had in a house.
It’s lovely to live so close to Simon too - he pops in after work through the week quite often, but we are careful to give him his space too.”
"Having looked at a number of similar apartments in both Wakefield and Leeds, I came to the conclusion that the Mulberry House apartments at Merchant Gate were a great price when taking into consideration all its benefits.
It is more convenient for work being located right next to the train station and means I can save 30 minutes on my commute in the morning. I really like the fitted kitchen and the generous space in the utility room - overall the size of the apartment is fantastic. There is also a sheltered and locked bicycle storage which is great.
The area is genuinely peaceful and quiet despite being so close to the train station and its central location is great for the shops and pubs."
"I drive to work in Leeds and Merchant Gate has easy access to the motorway and for non-drivers it’s next door to the train station. I chose to live in the city centre as it’s near to the gym and shops.
I love the layout of my apartment as it is nice and spacious and looks really trendy – I viewed quite a few apartments but the Mulberry House apartments at Merchant Gate were by far the best."