Feline friend helps first-time buyer find the perfect new home in Bristol
When trainee auditor Yiwei Wang decided to settle in the UK, there was only one region on her wish list: the south west. The 24-year-old, who moved to England to study, had her sights firmly set on the area having previously visited. After graduating, she promptly applied for jobs in Bristol and then began her search for a new home. She has since bought an apartment at The General, City & Country’s prestigious renovation of the city’s iconic General Hospital.
“The education system in the UK is great, so I always knew that I wanted to attend university here. I graduated in London and, having visited Bristol several years ago, decided this was where I wanted to settle. I secured a job and was renting in the city until I found a place to buy.
“The General came up on an online search, and I couldn’t believe how pretty it looked – it seemed too good to be true. I visited mostly out of curiosity, as I didn’t think I’d be able to afford an apartment here, but it was just as beautiful as the photos. I brought my cat, Anthony, along on my visit, and as we were leaving, he put up such a fight. It seems he was clearly as won over as I was!”
“My new home is perfect. It ticked all of my boxes with a lovely south east facing balcony, and it’s so much bigger than my rental apartment – my cats have plenty of space to roam. The location, so close to the city centre, is also ideal for work and leisure, plus the atmosphere is wonderful and my neighbours are lovely. I can’t wait to have friends over.”
The General, one of Bristol’s most notable historic buildings, is now over 90% sold. The final apartments are located within the Edward VII Wing – an exclusive collection of two and three-bedroom apartments like Yiwei’s, that are now ready to move into.
Designed by George Oatley, the renowned Bristolian architect responsible for Bristol’s Wills Building, the wing was built in 1912 as an addition to the original hospital and forms part of the wider Grade II listed building that has already been restored.
All apartments are light and spacious thanks to the large original windows and open plan layouts and have ample storage space. Apartments feature stylish and modern kitchens, all finished with fully integrated Neff appliances with luxurious stone worktops. Additionally, a concierge service is on hand for ultimate convenience, as well as secure underground car parking.
The General is ideally located in Bristol city centre and a short walk from Temple Meads Station. At lower street level, The General is also home to a collection of commercial premises including restaurants Casamia and Paco Tapas, a gym and hair salon.