JASMINE Donlan and fiancé Josh Walker, one of the first tenants to sign up for the £10million Summers Quay, explained why they fell in love with the town-centre development.
The pair were looking for somewhere to live as graphic designer Jasmine works in Openshaw while Josh continues to work for Asda in Sheffield.
Stalybridge was perfectly placed as Jasmine, who lives in Colne, explained: “I work in Manchester and didn’t want the chaos of city centre living as we are both from small towns.
“Stalybridge is only 20 minutes away while Josh will be able to get back to Sheffield in 40 minutes so it is perfect for us.”
The couple spotted the Patten House development online as a potential new home.
Jasmine explained: “We booked an appointment for a viewing at Patten House.
“When we arrived for the viewing we were walking about Stalybridge and came across Summers Quay which we immediately decided was where we wanted to live.
“We cancelled the viewing at Patten House and signed up for Summers Quay – it was also cheaper and there is also free parking.”
The pair has the added bonus that their fourth-floor apartment has a canal-side view.
The 67 apartments are due for completion in July and Jasmine and Josh are planning to stay for between six and 12 months with the intention to buy after that.
Jasmine said: “Our intention long-term is to buy in the area, but we thought it best to test it out first.
“We will be playing it by ear and a lot depends on if we like Stalybridge.
“Our first impressions of the town are good and we have liked what we have seen.
“There are more shops here than in the towns where we live and there is definitely a lot of potential.”