Eleanor Cartwright, a 29 year old television producer, has bought her first home at The Garden Quarter, City & Country’s development of historic restoration properties and characterful newly built homes on the former RAF Bicester domestic site in Oxfordshire.
City & Country has embraced the site’s past, restoring and converting a range of military buildings including the former Officer’s Mess, a decontamination bunker and the base’s original electrical substation. Now the clever design and layout of the development maximises space and light, with buildings formally arranged in symmetrical patterns around formal squares and landscaped areas.
Eleanor was particular impressed with the history of the development, and working in television she could immediately appreciate the efforts that have been made to retain and enhance the original buildings. She notes:
“When I first saw the development, it almost felt like I was driving onto a movie set. It used to be an RAF base and I love the way City & Country have styled the old hospital building and bunker. They haven’t tried to deny history but have kept it, even down to the naming of the roads. The landscaping is beautiful and the surrounding areas are so well kept. There is a lot of green space and the whole area feels very airy.”
Stylish and contemporary in design, The Garden Quarter homes, built in either a Neo-Georgian style or reflective of the Art Deco period, offer a rare and sought after combination of outstanding build quality, luxurious specifications and historic detailing and features. Eleanor was particularly interested in the historic nature of her new home, and comments:
“I love the fact it is an historic and listed building that has lots of character. I was never interested in a box, I particularly wanted a home with character and I’ve got it here. Although the buildings are old, they have a modern vibe and have been completed to such a high specification. It’s a great quality of workmanship here and the homes are certainly worth the money. I have a one bedroom home but I know I have an investment in the whole development which is the greatest feeling.”
Owners at The Garden Quarter benefit from an enviable location surrounded by superb countryside, yet with fantastic road and rail links to local towns and larger cities, a combination that Eleanor was attracted to. Nearby Bicester North station provides regular train services to London Marylebone, with journey times from 48 minutes. Oxford is less than fifteen miles away, and by road the A4095 by-pass provides quick access to Junction 9 of the M40, linking The Garden Quarter homes to London and Birmingham. She continues:
“The location is so convenient. As well as being very close to Bicester, Oxford isn’t far away. The train station is near and so it’s very easy to reach the major cities. If I want, I can be in the open countryside in no time at all.”
Eleanor found the whole process of buying her home remarkable straightforward and stress free, and she is now looking forward to enjoying her new home. She concludes:
“I had a lot of help and support from the sales team, they were wonderful. I was guided through the process and kept in the loop about everything so I had a really smooth ride. The processes made everything straightforward. It all happened so quickly and less than 8 weeks after placing my offer I moved in. I would definitely recommend City & Country because I’ve got a lovely home that has been so well finished. I’ve been very well looked after along the way; the experience has been quick and virtually stress free.”
Recent new homes for sale include a collection of two bedroom cottages created from the former Officers’ Mess buildings (which date back to the 1920s), and a number of newly built three-bedroom terraced houses benefitting from excellent layouts that incorporate specific Art Deco detailing.
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