When Liz Bromley began her search for a second home within commutable distance of London she was delighted to find a one-bedroom Grade II Listed cottage at The Garden Quarter, Caversfield; which met all of her needs.
Liz comments: “My husband, Andrew, and I have lived in Hartford, Cheshire, for years. His work is an easy commute from our house; however, I was commuting into London which was tiring. We’ve always planned to eventually retire in Oxford so a second home at The Garden Quarter was the perfect solution for us. I have a home to live in during the week so I can commute easily and when we are ready; we can move here permanently and enjoy a relaxing retirement.
Located on the northern edge of Bicester, The Garden Quarter homes are ideal for commuters who are looking for the chance to escape city life and enjoy a heritage home in a tranquil landscaped setting. Bicester North station is a five minute drive from the development and runs regular services to London Marylebone with journey times from 48 minutes.
Liz continues: “I work as the Registrar and Secretary at Goldsmiths, University of London. My commute to work is very pleasant, the train isn’t too busy so I always get a seat and the journey takes me just over an hour once I have hopped on the tube from Marylebone to New Cross”.
Amongst having a home in a commutable location on her wish list, Liz was also searching for a property that wouldn’t force her to sacrifice the luxuries of her house in Hartford.
Liz explains “We knew we wouldn’t be happy in a bland house with no character, we wanted to find something similar to our house in Hartford, which is a Georgian Listed property. When we looked around the cottage at The Garden Quarter for the first time we couldn’t believe it, it looked just like a smaller version of our house in Hartford! The cottage is Grade II Listed and has beautiful neo-Georgian characteristics; we felt at home at once and knew we had to buy it.
“We have found that owning a listed property can be expensive but we don’t have those worries at the Garden Quarter. We have the pleasure of living in a heritage building which is very manageable and we don’t have the expensive costs of running a heritage property – it’s the best of both worlds!”
The Grade II Listed development is steeped in history, having formerly been the domestic site associated with RAF Bicester. Its status as the best preserved example of the bomber bases constructed as the principal arm of Sir Hugh Trenchard’s expansion of the RAF from 1923 caused it to be designated a conservation area in 2002.
Liz continues: “It was also really important to find a home with a lot of outdoor space and greenery as we’ve always lived in the countryside. We loved the idea of having the landscaped gardens at The Garden Quarter as it didn’t feel like I was compromising on outdoor space as the site offers 23 acres of grounds which are maintained gorgeously. Looking after our garden in Hartford was hard work, it’s great to come home from work to find the grass has already been mown and the flowers have all been attended to”.
Located on the northern edge of Bicester and offering easy access to the High Street and the stylish boutiques, cafes and restaurants of Bicester Village, The Garden Quarter is also within 15 miles of Oxford and 17 miles of Aylesbury.
Prices at The Garden Quarter start at £182,500 for a one-bedroom property, £199,500 for a two-bedroom property and £295,000 for a three-bedroom property. For further information please contact the on-site sales suite, open daily between 10am and 5pm, on T: 01869 253 999, or visit: www.cityandcountry.co.uk.
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