Deciding to downsize can have many triggers. For Nigel Morris, seeing his sister-in-law having to cope with a large house and garden after being suddenly widowed was his trigger, causing him to make the decision that things needed to change to ensure that his wife didn’t have to suffer the same ordeal.
After having decided to downsize however, finding the right property in the right location and at the right price isn’t always easy. For Nigel and Janice Morris it took over 18 months of them and their daughter searching. But as soon as they saw Scott Place in Lichfield, they knew it was for them.
Nigel Morris comments: “We knew we wanted to live in Lichfield but nothing we saw grabbed us. My daughter spotted Scott Place when it launched and we arranged to take a look. And as soon as we saw the plans, we knew it was for us. We love Lichfield and Scott Place is perfectly positioned. We are 100 yards away from Market Square and all the shops and facilities, and the views from the apartment are fantastic. It’s just perfect as far as we’re concerned!
“We’re opposite the park, with Stowe Pool, which we walk around regularly; in fact we’ve even got healthier since we moved here because of all the exercise we now do! Location is vital when choosing where to live – especially in retirement – and we couldn’t have chosen a better spot.
“The night before we first visited Scott Place, we popped in to see a friend who was living in McCarthy Stone development in Atherstone. Her apartment was lovely and she was - and is - thoroughly enjoying it there. Her experience helped to show us what we might achieve at Scott Place and we’ve not been disappointed. The quality of the apartment is excellent and we are thoroughly enjoying being part of a community. In fact, we’re currently part of the residents’ team organising a summer barbecue and the Christmas party, and I’m running next week’s quiz night. There’s lots to do.”
When asked what top tip to give others thinking of downsizing, Nigel advises: “People talk about downsizing to a smaller home or a bungalow, but you’re still on your own. It’s nice to have others around you who are in a similar stage of life who you can chat to and spend time with. We’ve really enjoyed that aspect to Scott Place. In fact all we need now are the final resident’s to move in to join us.” McCarthy Stone’s Retirement Living developments are designed to offer the over 60s the very best in independent living within a safe and secure environment, with the opportunity to benefit from companionship when they want it and privacy when needed.
Clare Bright, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy Stone West Midlands, said: “It gives us such great satisfaction when we see homeowners really enjoy their new home and see their quality of life improve because of the increased socialisation, great location or reduced maintenance. Nigel and Janice are clearly making the most of Scott Place and we are thrilled to hear how they are truly living life to the full! If you fancy joining them, get in touch – there are still a few apartments available and we’d love to hear from you.”
Offering an attractive selection of 44 one and two bedroom Retirement Living apartments, Scott Place provides everything homeowners could want for a relaxing and enjoyable retirement. Prices currently start from £199,950 for a one bedroom apartment and £299,950 for a two bedroom apartment.
Scott Place features a homeowners’ lounge, ideal for socialising with friends and family; beautifully landscaped gardens; an on-site car park; and a convenient guest suite, should friends or relatives wish to stay. A House Manager is on hand to take care of the smooth-running of the development; while a security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points provides added peace-of-mind.
Homeowners at Scott Place benefit from easy access to local amenities, including shopping centres, independent shops and restaurants. Good transport links by road and rail also allow an easy escape to the country or the possibility of visiting Birmingham and beyond.
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