Keeping it in the Family

Keeping it in the Family: Buyers Purchase at The General After Being Recommended by Daughter

Having previously been private landlords, Melanie and Paul Nash decided earlier this year that the time was right to look into purchasing a new buy to let property. With their daughter and her partner buying in Bristol, the couple decided the city was the right location for them too.

Their eldest daughter and her partner had bought a new apartment at City & Country’s development Factory No.1 in Bedminster. They were so impressed with the quality of the build and the product on offer, that they recommended City & Country. Melanie and Paul were also astounded, and while they liked Factory No.1, they ultimately purchased at The General, the developer’s other flagship scheme in Bristol.

Teacher Melanie explains: “the thought of having a foothold in Bristol really appealed to us, especially with our daughter and partner living in the city. They were so impressed by City & Country that they recommended them to us, and we were attracted by the level of design and finish that had been achieved, as well as the idea of repurposing the disused building to provide homes. We visited both Factory No.1 and The General, and were stunned by the care and attention to detail put into these properties.

“We bought at The General because we know the harbourside well – it is an area we enjoy visiting. The whole development has a really lovely feel to it, a nice community with different age groups who come together; we could really imagine ourselves living there in the future when we’re ready to downsize.”

Speaking about the property itself, Melanie says: “we purchased a two-bedroom apartment that was previously the show home. We arranged to buy all the of the furniture and kept the interior design; we’re thrilled that City & Country allowed us to do this, as it meant it was ready to let straight away. The apartment has a small terrace which we envisage being a lovely place to sit and have coffee on while watching the world go by. It also has a parking space, as well as access to the development’s concierge service, which is a fantastic benefit and very convenient.

“The location is ideal for our tenant, who works in central Bristol and commutes to work by walking along the river. Everything he tells us about the place makes us excited to one day do the same, when we want a taste of city life once more.

“Best of all, it’s really close to our daughter and partner in Bedminster. They moved into their property in March, just ahead of lockdown, and love having all of the amenities on their doorstep, such as a gym and the new Bristol Loaf. Whenever we come up to see them and pop in to check on our apartment, we look forward to seeing a new shop open or another bit of the site’s restoration complete – it’s becoming a really exciting place to be.”

The final apartments have been released at The General, one of Bristol’s iconic historic buildings. These include those in the Edward VII Wing – an exclusive collection of two and three-bedroom apartments that form part of the wider Grade II listed hospital that has already been restored and converted. 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 where it served as a nurses’ ward.

The apartments are light and spacious thanks to their modern, open plan layouts and come with space for a home office and access to high speed internet connections. All the properties feature high specification kitchens finished with fully integrated Neff appliances, and benefit from plenty of storage space. The development is ideally located just a short walk from Bristol city centre and Temple Meads Station.

Meanwhile Factory No.1 is a new scheme located on East Street, just a short walk from The General, at the gateway to Bedminster. The building, originally constructed in 1886 as the headquarters of W.D & H.O Wills’ Imperial Tobacco, is being restored and converted into 271 new apartments perfect for modern city living. City & Country is working closely with the Bedminster BID to help rejuvenate more than just the old factory, but the wider area too, including the transformation of Imperial Arcade to offer new workspaces and retail premises.