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The Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in Glasgow looks set to be fully occupied by Christmas -– well ahead of schedule.

Increased interest from buyers co-inciding with the first anniversary of the games in the summer saw around 50 homes sold in just one month, meaning that only 20 of the 300 private homes are still available to purchase.

Athletes village

Athletes village

The Village, which is three miles from Glasgow city centre, was built by City Legacy – a consortium of Glasgow companies CCG, Cruden, Mactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm.

While the homes are just about finished, the site continues to develop. It also has a 120-bed care home under construction, Also close to the Village is the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub – a centre for the local community with a GP surgery, nursery, chemist and shop which is due to open in just a few weeks.

Glasgow City Council will also build a new primary school and nursery at the Village, due to open in time for the 2017/18 academic year.

The new homes here have stunning river views and direct access to the Cuningar Loop, a 15 hectare riverside woodland park which will open next spring.

Athlete's Village

Athlete's Village

Joanne Casey, sales and marketing director for City Legacy says: “We have been taken aback by the speed at which the homes have sold, in what is still a challenging time for the housing market.

“We put this success down to the high quality of the homes, the fantastic value for money with prices from just £80,000, the low energy bills, the close proximity to world class sporting facilities and the excellent transport connections, which mean you can be in Glasgow city centre in a few minutes.”

She believes that the whole area is starting to feel like a community and that this is largely down to the design and choice on offer at the Village.

“In particular many first time buyers and extended families have chosen to buy here, giving the Village a real community feel.”

Over the past year, the Village has gained over 20 awards for high quality design and excellent energy efficiency measures including Best Sustainable Development at the Scottish Business Awards; winner in the Large Scale Housing Development category at the Scottish Saltire Design Awards, and the Regeneration winner at the Scottish Design Awards.

At the most affordable end of what is still available are the one bedroom apartments. Those remaining have an open plan living room and kitchen area which offers a view of the river and the woodland park, and has a French door opening onto the garden.

There is also a shower room and utility room and a spacious bedroom with a built-in wardrobe. These apartments are priced at £80,000.

There are three bedroom mid-terraced villas which start from £135,000. Top of the range are four-bedroom semi detached properties with a living room, dining kitchen, utility room and downstairs shower on the ground floor, the master bedroom suite, guest room and bathroom on the second floor and two more bedrooms and a shower on the top floor.

For more information on homes at the Village go to www.citylegacy.co.uk