Hap­pi­est homes in Bri­tain

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BUN­GA­LOWS ARE the hap­pi­est type of home in Bri­tain, ac­cord­ing to Hal­i­fax Hap­pi­est Home Re­port. It says that bun­ga­lows are rated by their oc­cu­pants on av­er­age 8.15 out of 10 on a hap­pi­ness scale. For Lyn Bren­ner, 62, a happy home was im­per­a­tive as she has been re­cently di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s dis­or­der. Mrs Bren­ner re­alised that she needed to move from her sixth-floor flat over­look­ing Re­gents Park where she had lived for eight years, to some­where more prac­ti­cal. She has just bought a charm­ing bun­ga­low at Mill Rise, in Mill Hill, North-West Lon­don. Coun­try­side Prop­er­ties’ de­vel­op­ment, Mill Rise is an age-re­stricted com­mu­nity of re­stored orig­i­nal 1930s bun­ga­lows.

Mrs Bren­ner com­ments: “When I was di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s, I re­alised that liv­ing on the sixth floor in a block of flats was a bit im­prac­ti­cal and might even­tu­ally prove dif­fi­cult. I wanted to be close to my mother and fam­ily, who live in North Lon­don, so, when a friend told me about Mill Rise I de­cided to have a look.

“I bought a one-bed­room bun­ga­low, which I ab­so­lutely love, as it has high ceil­ings and is well laid-out, so it feels spa­cious. I was a bit wor­ried about the process of buy­ing, which can be dif­fi­cult and te­dious, but it was made very easy by the sales con­sul­tants, who helped me through­out the process. The de­vel­op­ment feels very se­cure and I love the en­vi­ron­ment and the peace­ful­ness. My life has def­i­nitely changed for the bet­ter since mov­ing. I am ex­tremely happy with my new home and I have al­ready met some lovely peo­ple.”

Mill Rise is a strik­ing scheme of re­stored one- and two-bed­room, 1930s bun­ga­lows and apart­ments set in the Mill Hill con­ser­va­tion area. It is sur­rounded by ma­ture land­scap­ing, with breath­tak­ing views across Lon­don and ac­cess to miles of path­ways through lo­cal park­land.

Ex­ter­nally, prop­er­ties have an Arts and Crafts in­flu­ence, with red brick­work, tiled gabled roofs and large bay win­dows. In­te­ri­ors are more con­tem­po­rary, many with in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed kitchens. Bath­rooms fea­ture white san­i­tary­ware and chrome fix­tures and fit­tings. Se­cu­rity is of ut­most im­por­tance and homes are fit­ted with a bur­glar alarm, po­lice-ap­proved doors and au­dio en­try sys­tems. There is also an on-site concierge.

Mill Rise is close to Mill Hill Broad­way’s var­ied shops, restau­rants and cafés. Prices for a two-bed­room bun­ga­low start from £299,950. Agent is Pre­ston Ben­nett.

The South East is the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for re­tirees in 2008, ac­cord­ing to Smart­NewHomes.com, which has com­piled a list of the top 10 re­tire­ment des­ti­na­tions, based on the searches for new homes over the past six months. Re­tir­ing to the coast used to be the stan­dard op­tion for re­tirees look­ing to down­size or re­lease eq­uity from their ex­ist­ing home to en­joy their re­tire­ment, with lit­tle choice of prop­erty else­where.

Now, how­ever, de­vel­op­ers are pro­vid­ing many more op­tions away from the coast, to meet de­mand. In­land prop­erty with good con­nec­tions to towns and cities has be­come just as sought-af­ter as coastal ar­eas. The bright lights of the city are no longer just at­tract­ing young pro­fes­sion­als but re­tirees, who want a slice of the ac­tion and easy ac­cess to mu­se­ums, the­atres and shops.

David Bexon, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Smart­NewHomes.com says: “The ar­eas that have been typ­i­cally pop­u­lar among re­tirees, such as Devon and Dorset, are still ranked in the top 10 be­cause of their seafront ac­tiv­i­ties and sur­round­ing coun­try­side with pretty vil­lages. How­ever, com­pared to data last year which showed that coastal des­ti­na­tions topped the wish-list, now it shows that bustling towns and vil­lages of the Home Coun­ties are the most highly ranked.”

Low build­ing, high spir­its: Lyn Bren­ner loves her bun­ga­low at Coun­try­side’s Mill Rise. Agent:

Pre­ston Ben­nett

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