The city cen­tre pent­house with many added ex­tras

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

THE Pent­house, The Quays, Leeds. PRICE: £995,000 CON­TACT: Con­tem­po­rary Apart­ments, tel: 0113 244 6457, www.con­tem­po­rarya­part­ments.com WHEN pro­fes­sors Terry and Pamela Rab­bitts re­lo­cated from Cam­bridge to Leeds they first stayed in a ser­viced city cen­tre apart­ment while they took to hunt­ing for a house in the out­skirts.

“We had lived in a Vic­to­rian house be­fore and we were ini­tially look­ing in Round­hay for some­thing sim­i­lar,” says Pamela.

How­ever, the ben­e­fits of city liv­ing soon be­came ap­par­ent and the cou­ple, who are both cancer re­search sci­en­tists, plumped for a pent­house at the Quays.

“We de­cided that we fan­cied a com­plete change though we strug­gled to find a flat that suited us be­cause most of them don’t have enough stor­age. When we viewed the this we could see im­me­di­ately where all our stuff would go. It had plenty of stor­age. The only thing we strug­gled with was the word pent­house. We had never seen our­selves liv­ing in a pent­house.”

The cou­ple, who are both in their 60s, lived there for more than five years and say that although they were con­sid­er­ably out­num­bered by young pro­fes­sion­als, it of­fers a fan­tas­tic life­style for the older gen­er­a­tion.

“It is bril­liant if you have a busy life. One of the best things for us was the concierge, who could sign for parcels and de­liv­er­ies or let peo­ple into the flat with­out us hav­ing to be there. It’s like a ho­tel in that way.

“Hav­ing the shops, restaurants and the the­atre on the doorstep is also won­der­ful.”

The apart­ment is high-spec, fit­ted out by the pre­vi­ous owner with no ex­pense spared and ex­act­ing at­ten­tion to de­tail. It in­cludes be­spoke fit­ted fur­ni­ture, hand-painted wall­pa­per, hand­carved doors and a num­ber of high-tech fea­tures in­clud­ing a so­phis­ti­cated light­ing and sound sys­tem, air con­di­tion­ing and re­mote con­trol blinds.

The pent­house has a large en­trance room, util­ity room with fit­ted cup­boards, a cloak­room, a large open plan liv­ing space with slid­ing doors onto a ter­race with river and city views, a master bed­room with sunken bed, walk in stor­age and en-suite bath­room and a sec­ond dou­ble bed­room with en-suite, plus two un­der­ground park­ing spa­ces.

The pro­fes­sors have moved to Ox­ford to con­tinue their work in cancer re­search and say they will miss the apart­ment.

“We loved liv­ing there and loved the en­ergy of the city cen­tre, ” they say.

The apart­ment has sen­sa­tional views and is in one of the most sought-af­ter blocks in leeds

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