Having moved into their first home together in February, Support Worker Natalie Dagg (25) and her partner Richard Crosby (33), an Amazon Warehouse Operative, are enjoying a new life at Dominion in Doncaster. The couple used the government-backed Shared Ownership scheme to purchase 50% of a two-bedroom semi-detached property at the outstanding development by Places for People, which allows them abundant space to enjoy a newfound independent lifestyle away from relying on friends and family. The move means that Natalie and Richard have escaped from the escalating prices of the rental market and are now enjoying the peace of mind that they have invested in their future as a family.    

Natalie had been living in her childhood home in the nearby town of Balby, just 1.7 miles away from Dominion. Yearning for her own space and independence, she and Richard began to discuss the possibility of moving in together around two years ago. Richard, who was renting with a friend in Rotherham, was also keen to improve his living situation, so the couple agreed to take their first step onto the property ladder together.

Explaining more about their decision to buy a home together, Natalie says: “After discussing the idea of living together for a while, we were both excited for our next chapter and the added independence it would give us away from living with friends and family. I’ve always been a good ‘rainy day’ money saver and living at home gave me the flexibility to save even harder with the goal of moving in mind.

Natalie was aware of Dominion by Places for People due to its proximity to her family home, and also has a friend living at the development who recommended the site, and the couples’ interest piqued, Natalie continues: “My friend purchased a property within the first phase at Dominion ten years ago and spoke highly about the development. At the show home viewing, we were blown away by the quality of the properties and experienced the friendly feel of the development first hand. We reserved a two-bedroom property, which was the last plot available, shortly afterwards. We moved in this February and could not be happier.”

Benefitting from a prime location with easy access to the city of Doncaster and surrounded by beautiful countryside, Dominion offers residents a well-balanced lifestyle. Natalie comments: “Dominion’s location was a big plus for us; both Richard and I now have shorter commutes, which is great as neither of us work from home. When we’re not working, I enjoy going over to Lakeside Village, and now we live close there are so many restaurants we are looking forward to trying, as well as a cinema and tenpin bowling.

Outlining how their new home is suitable for their future family plans, Natalie says: “We wanted to find a property with a garden big enough for two dogs, as we are excited to be adding two American Akitas to our family later this year. We’re lucky to have a lovely big lawn at our new home, as well as easy access to local park Woodfields, just three minutes down the road. I’m a massive animal lover so it was important to me that we lived in a community with other dogs, so ours could be well socialised; we have already seen lots of different breeds living at Dominion since we moved in! The relaxed, friendly atmosphere here is also ideal for children which is great as we may start a family in the future.”

Sharing their plans for their new home, Natalie concludes: “We absolutely love our new home at Dominion. The light and airy layout means it feels really spacious, and I love how the sun floods in through our living room bi-fold doors. We have so much more storage too, which is something we used to struggle with. I plan on doing some planting in the garden and testing out some warm toned paint colours in our living room. Richard and I are delighted with life at Dominion and we would highly recommend homes here.”