As children flee the nest and older age approaches, many home owners are left in larger properties that no longer suit their lifestyle or their needs.
This is often the perfect time to downsize, for practical reasons, but also for significant financial gains too; research from Lloyds reveals that those living in the South of England save on average more than £200,000 for moving to a smaller home.
Making this change can be challenging, but downsizing does not have to be difficult with City & Country; the award-winning heritage developer provides many fantastic benefits to downsizers that means whilst you might be giving up some space, you are seriously upsizing your lifestyle.
Georgina Walters downsized to a new home at King Edward VII Estate. Discussing why, she says: “My son got married this year and my daughter travels a lot with her work, so I decided it was a good time to sell the family home. Selling the family house was definitely for lifestyle reasons; downsizing made sense and I wanted something different.”
Unlike some new homes developers, City & Country allows new residents to bring their pets (subject to certain criteria) with them, whilst a management company comes as standard and often a concierge service is provided. Attractive gardens and communal areas are beautifully maintained by the management company and if you want advice and support to sell your existing home, City & Country will take care of that via its Assisted Move scheme.
Retiree George Wilson, who also owns an apartment at King Edward VII Estate, explains: “The gardens are maintained to the highest possible standards and the Estate’s maintenance fees are cheaper than the costs of gardening when I lived in a private property. The landscaping, the plumbing, window-cleaning and general maintenance - when you analyse what’s provided, it’s superb.”
Specialising in the redevelopment of historic buildings, City & Country’s homes are often much more spacious than other new build properties on the market because of the way these buildings were originally built. Internally, they include all the quality modern fittings and fixtures you would expect with a new home, such as new kitchens and bathrooms that feature quality appliances that do not require maintenance for many years. However, these homes also boast many attractive period details, making for a much more unique home.
These historic features were one of the reasons that Alan Findlay, a resident at Donaldson’s in Edinburgh, bought his City & Country home. He says: “We love the historic nature of the building with retained original features, especially the high ceilings and the surrounding grounds.”
The luxury of having a concierge means you can lock up and leave your home, safe in the knowledge that it is securely protected and that reliable staff are on hand to take care of day-to-day tasks such as deliveries.
At City & Country’s developments vibrant communities develop quickly thanks to the range of residents who live in them, from young first-time buyers to retirees. You will often find an active social scene which you can play any part of. George Wilson continues:
“You can meet new friends from all backgrounds. There are younger single people, younger married couples and then there are the older people like me who are retired. Once a month on a Friday evening we have a drinks night and use it as an opportunity to meet people. There are things going on all the time and people are really friendly, so it’s a great place to be.”
City & Country has more than 50 years’ experience building outstanding homes and its highly experienced and knowledgeable team provides help and support throughout the buying process to make sure it is a simple and stress-free process.
Fae and Howard Kinsey, who bought an apartment at The General in Bristol as part of their retirement plans, found this experience to be invaluable. Howard says:
“The best aspect of buying from City & Country was the competence they portrayed – their professionalism as renovators of historic and interesting buildings and their attention to detail is second to none.”