Having lived for 40 years in the same house in Chesham, Mrs Jean Hall decided to make a move to be near her two daughters who both live in Berkhamsted. After spending so long in one place, the move involved a great deal of ‘decluttering’ but Mrs Hall believes that it was well worth the effort - and she is now happy at Beechcroft’s Birch Place
Built on the site of the former police station in Berkhamsted’s High Street, Birch Place is a gated development comprising 21 elegant two and three-bedroom apartments
along with two three-bedroom houses
, designed exclusively for the over 55s. Most homes have terraces or balconies along with allocated parking and each is energy-efficient and easy to maintain. There is lift access to all apartments and an Estate Manager handles the day-to-day administration of the development, including organising the cleaning and maintenance of the communal areas – and is on hand to offer help and advice if needed.
“My former home was about six miles away but my daughters live in Berkhamsted so when work started on the new Beechcroft development, my daughters advised me to put my name down for a new apartment,” comments Mrs Hall. “I had seen the Beechcroft show apartment at Rothschild Place in Tring about two years ago and really liked it.”
“When the apartments were launched for sale, we were going to come at about 9 am in the morning for the 10 am opening,” says Mrs Hall. “My son-in-law, however, arrived at the development at 7.15 am and he was fourth in the queue. It was a good job he did. As we were there early I was able to select an apartment over the library – and it is just perfect for me.”
“Birch Place is really central. I do drive but now I don’t have to use the car much. I am able to walk to the shops and, from my apartment, I have a lovely view over the town – I can look out and watch the world going by” adds Mrs Hall. “I love Berkhamsted – it’s a really nice town and I was so pleased to discover that my large pieces of furniture fitted into my new home; the rooms are really spacious and friends comment on how high the ceilings in my apartment are.”
“Moving home means having to sort everything in the house out and, as I was moving from a four-bedroom house to a two-bedroom apartment, it meant getting rid of things that I no longer use. My daughters and both my son-in-laws and my grandson all helped – so that was fantastic. Everything I wanted to bring with me, furniture-wise, fits in. The apartment has lots of windows in the lounge, which is very light and spacious.”
“My daughters are pleased I am here,” adds Mrs Hall. “They can pop in at any time and it’s easy for my grandson to come over. If I ever need them for anything, it’s very comforting to know that they could be with me in minutes.”
Two-thirds of the new homes at Birch Place
have now been sold or reserved, leaving just seven apartments available for sale with prices starting from £525,000 for a two-bedroom, second floor apartment with a balcony and lift access.
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