Downsizing to a dream home at Birnam Mews
"Shared Ownership is a great fit for me, it enabled me to come along and buy a house of this size with the funds I had available."
After 32 years of living in a home with her mother, Portia decided to downsize from a home that became too large to manage since her mother passed away the previous year. Having spent the majority of her life in Welford-upon-Avon and working in Stratford-upon-Avon, one of the deciding factors of moving to Birnam Mews, was the location which was perfectly placed.
Portia explains “I decided to sell the house and luckily for me I managed to find Birnam Mews, which suited me very well financially because of the situation I was in. Whereby, I could take advantage of the L&Q Shared Ownership scheme that enabled me to buy a share of the house and the remainder I pay as rental on a monthly basis.”
Portia purchased a 25% share of a spacious 2-bedroom house at Birnam Mews through the Shared Ownership scheme.
“After looking at the property on the virtual tour online back in July, I decided to come along and have a look at the property from the outside and immediately, I fell in love with it and the next day I contacted the local sales office on site and expressed my interest and started the process of buying my new home. Having seen a few other properties, I knew this was the house for me! The location suited me perfectly, as I work in Stratford and is only 3 to 4 miles away.”
When discussing the buying and moving process, Portia explains her positive experience with L&Q.
“The sales process was extremely proficient, Lisa in the sales team became more or less a friend. She was extremely helpful, always available on the telephone to deal with questions and queries I had. I felt quite emotional when I picked up the keys and also really excited because I was actually in my new house and it was a week before Christmas, so it was so lovely to come in and get settled. The day I moved in, we cracked open a bottle of fizz and we a had a glass to celebrate and relax because I actually finally made it.”
When asked what her favourite features of her new home are, Portia remarks, “Once I moved in, I absolutely adored it. I couldn’t believe the size of the lounge together with the two good-sized double bedrooms, one is en-suite and the other has an additional bathroom. I love the kitchen, it’s very spacious and the light in there all day is amazing. Outside I have parking for two cars and a huge rear garden which I’m looking forward to using once the summer arrives for entertaining friends and family.”
Concluding on her new home at Birnam Mews, Portia said, “I love the house, I love the space and I love the fixtures and fittings and in particular the quality of the build and the care that has been taken. Shared Ownership is a great fit for me, it enabled me to come along and buy a house of this size with the funds I had available. “