Re­duc­ing floorspace should not com­pro­mise style

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

3 Park Cres­cent, Round­hay, Leeds

Price:From £295,000 to £735,000.

Con­tact: Knight Frank, tel: 1423 530088, www.knight­frank. DOWN­SIZ­ING from a large fam­ily home into some­thing more man­age­able is a dif­fi­cult busi­ness and those who have tried it have found a paucity of properties to suit their needs.

Chris­tine Yo­rath spot­ted the gap in the mar­ket for the per­fect baby boomer pad and is putting the fin­ish­ing touches to five lux­ury flats that of­fer ev­ery­thing needed along with some fab­u­lous added ex­tras.

Amer­i­can-style lifts that open di­rect into your apart­ment, sound and light­ing sys­tems, re­mote con­trol cur­tains, in­stant boil­ing wa­ter taps in the kitchen, a TV in the bath­room and cli­mate con­trol that of­fers both heat­ing and cool­ing are part of the pack­age.

“I know a lot of my friends have looked to move from a larger house but they don’t want a flat with a kitchen in the liv­ing room and very lit­tle stor­age space. They want some­thing bet­ter and more man­age­able that they can lock up and leave with­out wor­ry­ing about se­cu­rity.

“So that’s what we’ve done here. You can move from your fam­ily home that might need re-wiring and con­stant main­te­nance to some­thing with wow fac­tor that has lots of new toys like the TV in the bath­room and the re­mote con­trol cur­tains. We have put a lot of thought into the lay­out, se­cu­rity and stor­age,” says Chris­tine, who has con­verted the Ed­war­dian house with the help of New­ma­son Properties.

The pe­riod villa has also ben­e­fited from a con­tem­po­rary rear ex­ten­sion that has cre­ated space and light.

“That gave us the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a new build­ing in­side an old one and I am thrilled with it. New­ma­son have paid amaz­ing at­ten­tion to de­tail,” says Chris­tine, whose TV pre­sen­ter daugh­ter Gabby Lo­gan un­wit­tingly played a part in the de­vel­op­ment.

“I’ve put a steam oven in ev­ery kitchen be­cause Gabby got one and they are amaz­ing. Buy­ers might think they don’t need it but when they try it they’ll be de­lighted and that’s all part of the ex­pe­ri­ence I’m try­ing to cre­ate.”

The apart­ments start from £295,00 for a two bed­room to £595,000 for a du­plex and £735,000 for the pent­house.

“I bought the house be­cause of its lo­ca­tion in Round­hay, close to the restau­rants on Street Lane and park and I put in ev­ery­thing I’d like to have,” says Chris­tine.

“Down­siz­ing isn’t al­ways about re­leas­ing eq­uity, it’s about chang­ing your life­style.”

Th­ese high-tech apart­ments are per­fect for down­siz­ers who don’t want to sac­ri­fice qual­ity


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