THEY found the perfect family home in a new development in Longwood.
But six years later the Tate family are ready for a new adventure – thousands of miles away.
The family are starting a new life in Canada and can’t wait for the massive change in lifestyle it will bring.
Their new hometown will be a far cry from the place they’ve lived in their whole lives, says dad Daniel.
The 35-year-old has been living in Prospect Road, part of a small modern estate with wife Lynne and nine-year-old daughter Shona.
The family bought their three-storey home off plan while the estate was being built.
This allowed them the flexibility of putting their own stamp on the property, something they craved after living in a much older home in Brighouse.
Daniel, a technical manager for a large retailer, explains: “We wanted to move into the Huddersfield area, we were looking for our next family home and schools were a priority for our daughter.
“We looked at a number of properties and particularly liked this development in Longwood.
“Before we had been living in a very old terraced house so the big appeal of buying off-plan was being able to mould and shape it to our taste.
“We got to choose everything from the kitchen cabinets, tiling and finish of the fireplaces right down to finish of the door handles.
“At the time, the careers of my wife and I were starting to take off so it was really nice being able to move in knowing that we didn’t have to do any DIY.”
The couple wanted an exterior that matched their new modern home.
“We wanted it to be modern but homely to stop it from feeling too minimalistic and cold.
“For example we added feature walls to the rooms and each have a different feel – the downstairs rooms are bolder than the bedrooms which have a more subtle, tranquil look.”
The house, which sits near to an old converted water mill, is spacious and one of the rooms the family love spending time in together is the contemporary dining kitchen.
Daniel said: “It’s the room we all tend to congregate in on an evening so its definitely the hub of the house.
“We’ve also got a family den which we enjoy chilling out in, with a sofa, TV and games.”
The family love the home which they’ve injected so much of their personality into.
But they have decided to put it on the market as they get set for a new and exciting chapter of their lives.
Daniel added: “We’ve wanted to emigrate to Canada for some time, but now the opportunity has come along we’ve decided to go for it.
“It’s all about starting a new adventure and hopefully finding a better way of life for our family.”
The Tates are planning to move to the town of Milton, located 35 miles out of the vibrant city of Toronto.
They spent two weeks in the area scouting for potential properties and fell in love with the charm of the town, said to be one of the fastest growing towns in the area.
Daniel said: “It’s a very pleasant part of the city, in the countryside near to some fantastic walks.
“The town has a really nice feel to it. There’s new houses being built and lots of opportunities, the average age is 35 and a lot of families are moving in so it’s perfect for us.
“In the summer there’s the beautiful countryside to explore while in the winter it becomes a ski resort – my daughter is particularly excited about the prospect of trying out snowboarding and skiing.”
Daniel says his company may find him a role in the city, while Lynne is retraining with the hope of becoming a primary school teacher.
The family say the new way of life will be a real adjustment, but they are looking forward to embracing the challenge.
Daniel said: “It’s a very different, much slower pace of life. The work ethic is very good, not many people are in the office after 5pm as they are busy enjoying the lifestyle!
“The properties out there are also very different, the plots have a lot of space and huge basements converted into living space.
“A lot of the developments are built around park and a lot of people don’t lock their doors at night.”
Because of their move the family are planning to sell their home with a lot of items included, such as electrical items, light fittings and a lot of their furniture.
Daniel added: “It is going to be a big change for us, but we’re very open-minded and ready to embrace the culture.
“We will of course miss our family and friends but we can’t wait to start our new life.
“I’m a big fan of Huddersfield Giants and will really miss the rugby – I guess I’m going to have to start supporting a Toronto ice hockey team!”