From ease of maintenance to community spirit, neighbourhood facilities and somewhere to walk their dogs, the couple have found that their new home at River View Garden Village offers everything they were looking for – and more.
“We lived just across the bridge in Thornbury – I had been there 30 years or more. My husband and I got together in the last 10 years and wanted a house that was both of ours,” Stella recalled.
“For our wedding anniversary unexpectedly he booked us a table at The Globe Inn in nearby Alvington and I remembered my dad used to drive around here for his job. It’s such a beautiful area that when I got home from the meal I searched for homes for sale in the area and River View Garden Village came up. We came for a look and fell in love with the place.”
River View is being developed by the Edenstone Group, featuring properties from the company’s two housing brands – Edenstone Homes and Bluebell Homes, along with a host of community facilities.
The couple, Stella, 56, and Adrian, 57, originally looked at buying a home on the Edenstone phase and Stella said she was “devastated” when mortgage availability meant that wasn’t possible.
They went on to buy on the Bluebell phase through shared ownership.
“Everything fell into place. It was meant to be,” Stella added.
“We sold our old three-bedroom semi-detached home and used the proceeds from that to buy part of the property outright, without a mortgage, and so all we are paying is the rent element on the remaining share.”
They reserved their home before Christmas 2019 and had been due to move in at the end of March, but this was delayed until June after Coronavirus restrictions temporarily stopped construction.