The Residence, Lancaster
“Our house at the time was a rural dream, a converted barn down a single track lane, huge garden and its own vegetable patch and greenhouse. But circumstances changed and I was looking for a new home and decided to buy in Lancaster close to the children’s schools.
I had actually come to look at another site but drove past the sales office for The Residence and stopped to look at the conversion of Campbell House.
I was blown away by the standard of the interior finish and the character of the properties but they had all been sold. So I went back and explained to the lovely Dan that I needed three bedrooms and he pointed out the options on the plans.
I immediately loved the layout and space of one in the main wing and put a reservation down. It may have been rash as my old property was not even on the market but it just seemed right and so it has proved.
I suppose my traditional option would have been a three bedroom house on an estate but that is so uninspiring. Here I have all the convenience of a new build together with history and character – I absolutely love it.
It has such a sense of space and light and I feel very safe here. I feel totally at home and relaxed which is strange as it is such a contrast. But looking back the huge garden and the land had become a burden and the children had to be met from the bus as it was too far to walk especially in winter.
Here they are much more independent and can walk to school and back and I am comfortable they are safe here if a meeting runs over. I have so much more time and if I do ever fancy growing veg again there are allotments just down the road !”
Wharfedale Park, Otley
“So on Friday afternoon I visited with a tenant who moved into her fabulous new build a year ago on Tuesday. Our tenant suffers with medical conditions including arthritis causing her pain on a regular basis, she manages this, works part time in a school and cares for her 6 year old son but was struggling to cope in a terraced house with steep stairs when I first met her over a year ago.
Meeting her on Friday she was visibly in a very different frame of mind. She now has THE most amazing Social Housing property I have ever seen with open plan living, high ceilings, light airy rooms, fancy bathroom suite, extra wide patio doors, views of Otley Chevin etc
But most importantly to her the property is all on one level reducing the daily pain she experienced from going upstairs; it has an enclosed garden so when she isn’t well enough to do much her son has space to go outside and play safely. This in turn has had a massive effect on her mental and emotional health: in her words ‘the property has changed her & her sons lives’ (for the better). Just goes to show the impact good housing can have.”
Gareth and Janet Jones
Wharfedale Park, Otley
“We went to look and liked the Mostyn House development but then heard about Wharfedale Park in Otley and thought it might suit us better – and it did. We knew we wanted a new house so we could devote all our time and energy on getting to know a new area, not doing up a project, but wanted more than a standard box.
We were impressed by the quality of the original buildings and how the builders have integrated the new build amongst them. The quality and finish is superb and some of the detailing in the new properties is lovely. This is not your usual mass house builder standard.
And they have not been too greedy, it is a spacious development. Properties are not crammed in. That may be down to the council’s planners but the developers have to lead the conversation. The character of the old and the personality of the new build is very attractive.”
Westwood Park, Beverley
“I remembered so clearly walking through the lovely archway as a young nurse and it was wonderful to walk through again and see the original old buildings brought back to life.
I like the finish and the attention to detail and the space.
Another big plus is the social side of life – I get to meet new people all the time as they move in and everyone is very sociable and friendly with a similar outlook. It feels very special, tucked away behind the archway, close to the town centre but still private. I also love the fact that I have a manageable sized garden now and that the grounds and front of the development are beautifully landscaped and maintained. It is such a joy to be able to walk into town or head over the Westwood in literally minutes.
While I may not need four bedrooms I like having the space and I love Westwood Park so much my plan is to stay here and downsize into an apartment when this house gets too big.”
The Residence, Lancaster
“My husband died 21 years ago so I am used to living alone but the house got too big. Being involved in the Civic Society I had seen the plans come in for Lancaster Moor and was fascinated. I knew the building from attending local hospital trust meetings there and I knew that the developers were well respected.
I came to look at the show apartments and was very impressed by the space and the build quality. The sales team from PJ Livesey were all lovely. Not pushy just really helpful.
I have not missed my old house once – isn’t that odd? The time was obviously right and I know I made the right decision because I already feel settled here. My apartment has high ceilings, lovely windows, and a private terrace which means there is no gardening necessary. With the layout being all on one level there are no stairs to have to contend with in the future.”
The Residence, York
“I write to say how very pleased we are with our apartment. The very few snags we had were dealt with courteously and promptly by your staff.
We consider that you have done an extraordinary transformation of the Terry’s building and this is endorsed by our friends who visit.
I would also like to add how delightful and helpful your staff have been in the sales office of the Residence.
Thank you again for restoring this beautiful building and its surrounding area.”