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Oz great but there's no place like home.


They met on the other side of the world but John McIntosh and wife Carole knew there was no place like home when it came to raising a family.

John, 38, was brought up in the East Dunbartonshire town of Bishopbriggs but left to live in Australia in his mid-20s where he stayed for five years.

It was during his time there that he met intensive care nurse Carole, through mutual friends.

"I went all the way to Australia and met a girl from Glasgow," laughs John.

"We came back in 2005 for family reasons. My mum and dad are still in Bishopbriggs, and homesickness just kicked in and I couldn't get rid of it."

The couple moved to a three-bedroom detached home in Robroyston and now have two children, John, four, and Bella, two. But with their son approaching school age, they wanted to find a home in Bishopbriggs to be both closer to family and to the local schools.

Structural draughtsman John explained: "We started looking about three years ago when CALA had a development in Robroyston, and we thought about buying there, but when we heard there was a possible development going to happen in Bishopbriggs we decided to wait for it to open.

"We first went to Motherwell to see some of CALA's Kennedy-style showhomes, one of the house styles we were interested in.

"The only thing we didn't like about the showhome in Motherwell was it was open plan between the family area and the lounge and we weren't sure about how that would work for us.

"But when the site opened at Bishopbriggs, they said they'd had feedback from customers that they'd rather have a wall separating the family area and the lounge so that was brilliant for us."

Delighted with the design change, the couple bought one of the first plots at the Cotter's Way development and moved in earlier this summer.

Their new Kennedy home combines flexible and practical space with its interlinked formal lounge and dining area giving access to the open-plan family area and kitchen to the rear, as well as a double integrated garage.

Upstairs, a galleried landing leads to the bedrooms, two of which are en suite, and a family bathroom.

And though they have only been in their new home for three months, they are already enjoying the sense of easy living that the Kennedy offers them.

John added: "We spend most of our time in the back room and with the kitchen and family area rolling into one, it's great to be able to keep an eye on the kids.

"Since we moved at the end of June, we've just been adding finishing touches. My auntie is doing our curtains for us and we're still waiting for a few things but we're not in any big rush."

The Cotter's Way development itself is a collection of four and five-bedroom detached homes, situated within easy reach of the local schools and amenities.

Several five-bedroom properties still remain for sale at the development, including the Kennedy, priced from PS420,000, and the Crichton, priced from PS357,000.

The Cotter's Way development in Bishopbriggs is open daily from 11am to 5.30pm.

For more information on the properties available call 01324 600218 or visit

Scots couple John and Carole met and fell in love in Australia but decided there's only one place they'd want to raise a family - back home - and now they've even found their perfect property thanks to Cala Homes.


SETTLED John and Carole with kids John and Bella

LIVING SPACE The kitchen and family area roll into one, which is great for families
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Oct 13, 2013
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