Blue­print for a hap­pier move

The Jewish Chronicle - - CLASSIFIED -

AF­TER A FIVE-year search and one wrong move, a down­siz­ing cou­ple have f ound the ideal home in Bushey, Herts. Ruth and Paul Soft­ness had been search­ing for the right home for 18 months and had made one wrong move be­fore find­ing a two-bed­room, two-bath­room prop­erty at Cavendish Place, a Shanly Homes de­vel­op­ment.

Mr and Mrs Soft­ness had lived in their fam­ily home, a three-bed­room semi in Edg­ware, for 28 years. But once both their daugh­ters had left, the cou­ple found them­selves spend­ing most of their time in the morn­ing room.

“When we de­cided to down­size five years ago, we be­gan look­ing for prop­er­ties around Hen­don and Mill Hill, in North-West Lon­don, as I work in Mill Hill and Paul (aged 64) starts his job from home ev­ery morn­ing,” says Mrs Soft­ness, 63.

“How­ever we ended up buy­ing a brand new apart­ment in Cock­fos­ters. But I hadn’t paid much at­ten­tion to the area and af­ter a while I re­alised I wasn’t happy there. One of the fea­tures that had sold the apart­ment to me was that there was a door open­ing on to the gar­den, but due to build­ing reg­u­la­tions, this door was turned into a win­dow.”

Mrs Soft­ness grad­u­ally be­gan to feel more and more con­strained by this fea­ture and so, once again, it was time to move. But the cou­ple soon felt the ef­fect of the cur­rent hot prop­erty mar­ket. “When we started to look for a new home we had real prob­lems, as nearly ev­ery prop­erty that we went to see was gone be­fore we could even think about mak­ing an of­fer,” says Mrs Soft­ness. “We had heard about the Shanly Homes de­vel­op­ment at Hold­ers Hill but, by the time we ar­rived, all the prop­er­ties had sold.

“Fol­low­ing this dis­ap­point­ment, Shanly Homes came to the res­cue and promised to send us in­for­ma­tion about Cavendish Place, a new de­vel­op­ment they were start­ing, as soon as it was avail­able. Once plans were avail­able, we were in­vited to look at the blue­prints. We just knew that if we didn’t buy the prop­erty off-plan we would have no chance to buy at the de­vel­op­ment. Plus we were in a good po­si­tion, as by this time we had sold our apart­ment in Cock­fos­ters.”

The Soft­nesses felt con­fi­dent about go­ing ahead off-plan be­cause they had vis­ited and liked other Shanly Homes prop­er­ties. For Mrs Soft­ness, the best fea­tures of the new apart­ment are that it is on the ground floor and it is one of the end apart­ments, with dou­ble doors open­ing on to the back gar­den from their liv­ing room.

The Soft­nesses’ prop­erty is one of 10 two-bed­room, two-bath­room apart­ments, across a private road from two two-bed­room bun­ga­lows. Their new home con­sists of a mas­ter bed­room (13ft by 10ft) with dou­ble fit­ted wardrobe and en-suite bath­room; a sec­ond bed­room (13ft by 9ft) with fit­ted wardrobe; a sep­a­rate bath­room with win­dow; a kitchen; linen cup­board, stor­age cup­board and liv­ing/din­ing room (18ft by 17ft) with bay French win­dow.

There is a lift and each ground-floor apart­ment has a pa­tio; half the first­floor apart­ments have a bal­cony and each pen­t­house has a private ter­race.

“We don’t know Bushey very well, but it’s only 15 min­utes for me to get to work and I’ve been told what a lovely place it is. I’m look­ing for­ward to mov­ing in,” says Mrs Soft­ness.

“We’ve hunted for such a long time to find the home we want, and have worked hard to get it.”

Apart­ments at Cavendish Place start from £319,950 and the de­vel­op­ment is al­ready over 40 per cent sold. Agent is Pre­ston Ben­nett.

Down­siz­ers Paul and Ruth Soft­ness

The liv­ing-room lay­out at Cavendish Place of­fers a wel­come sense of spa­cious­ness

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