Adam Dickson grew up in the Cotswolds but now finds it a bit too quiet compared with his busy lifestyle in London, where he worked for a cyber security firm.
When he visited friends in Bristol he found the perfect balance between the range of activities in the city and the calm of the surrounding Somerset countryside. He says:
“Bristol gives this happy medium, there is loads to do, but it’s not ‘London-busy’”.
He looked around a number of developments in Bristol before he found The General, where he bought his apartment off-plan while it was still under construction. He explains:
“I was standing in this derelict shell with a hardhat on, holding a floor plan and I only had the showroom to go on as guide. It was a gamble, but it’s come out even better than I could have imagined. As soon as I hit the motorway on my drive home, I called the sales team to buy the property.”
Adam finds The General’s waterfront setting moments from the city centre ideal.
“You’re in the city, but you don’t feel like you’re in the city. You’re tucked around the corner from the hustle and bustle, but if you want to, Bristol’s city centre is just 10 minutes’ walk across the bridge”.
The General’s transport connections perfectly complement his flexible working life. He uses the M32 and M4 to visit his clients in Reading and Hampshire and regularly uses Temple Meads train station, which is just 10 minutes’ walk away, to get to London.
When Adam started his search he did not think he was going to buy a restoration property, but now he thinks it would be hard to live in a modern build again.
“Every time I walk into the flat, I automatically get taken away by the features; the 10ft high ceilings, the arched windows, with two double doors which open out onto a courtyard under an alcove vaulted ceiling. I’m very lucky to live in The General and it’s great to call Bristol my home”.