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Why we love our smaller house

Liz and Allan Dentith have lived at Urban Ridge for almost two years and they say it’s been the best decision they’ve made.

We are very happy in our home, which is of a high standard built by Thorne Group.” The couple live in a two-bedroom home, with features including a study nook and a covered outdoor area. “It’s wonderful, we can sit out there and have a barbecue all-year-round,” says Liz. “And we’ve got a stainless steel water feature here that lights up at night so it looks quite spectacular from the lounge.”

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Perfect place to be.

Liz and Allan love the close proximity that Urban Ridge has to all amenities including a local café, wonderful boardwalks, parks, Tauranga Harbour and shopping at Bethlehem…of course! Urban Ridge is also close to central Tauranga and Mount Maunganui, with commercial facilities not far away. “It’s so close to everything,” says Liz. “We just think it’s the perfect place to be. We just love it here.” The neighbourhood is made up of active retirees and families and “has a very friendly atmosphere”. Liz says Urban Ridge is a well thought -out subdivision. “We are proud to be owners of a Thorne Group home and part of this vibrant community.”

A smooth process

“We love the houses with manicured gardens, the facades hiding a multitude of artistry and architectural design, each different in their own way. “They are the pride and joy of their owners.” Michael Speth and Cynthia Qiu moved to Tauranga in November 2013 looking for somewhere to build a new home for their family-of-four, including twin boys. They were determined to find a quality builder to design and build their first home.

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Cynthia says they came across The Thorne Group after viewing one of the company’s showhomes that “they really liked”. The Thorne Group was soon enlisted for the job. Their three-bedroom home was completed almost two years ago and the family moved in at the end of September, 2014. “We really thought they were a good builder to work with,” says Cynthia. “We were really happy with how they worked with us. “Throughout the building process they never said ‘no’ to anything we requested. It was a very smooth process.”

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