Emily Fitch, an architect working in London, has bought her first home at Angel’s Courtyard in Colchester, a collection of restored buildings set just off the High Street.
City & Country has transformed the former council offices into a range of elegant apartments featuring contemporary interiors. As an architect, Emily immediately appreciated the detailed work City & Country undertook to restore the buildings and provide them with a new use. She comments:
“I first visited the development while it was still under construction and even then I thought the spaces and layouts were of high quality and the attention to detail was obvious. As I watched the development progress it was clear a lot of thought had been put into the units and the shared spaces; small things like the generous window sizes and excellent finishing of the roof make all the difference between an average residential development and an exceptional one.”
Colchester benefits from excellent local transport connections, including a direct train service to London Liverpool Street taking less than an hour, and Angel’s Courtyard has been a popular choice for those commuting into the capital, including Emily, who explains:
“I was looking to make my first step onto the property ladder with a home that could provide a good standard of living and which was a good investment. I needed a location that could provide good transport links into central London. I am able to go out more now; have more of a social life without actually spending more money as I can just walk home. I love the local area; Colchester is a lively and interesting place. There is a lot going on and a lot of different groups of people; it has a complex social fabric.”
At the centre of the development’s tranquil courtyard is a unique stainless steel polished sculpture that City & Country had commissioned by a local sculptor. The attractive centrepiece has created a focal point for residents, and it is a feature that particularly impressed Emily. She says:
“The shared courtyard is a great addition to the development – it really has the wow factor! City & Country has created a place that people want to inhabit. For me, that is the crux of architecture.”
A limited final collection of apartments are now for sale, all with two bedrooms. Some benefit from views across the historic Dutch Quarter rooftops.
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