Downsizers move to Muswell Hill in search of carefree lifestyle

Valerie & David

Valerie & David - Credit: Archant

Valerie Richards, an 81-year-old former social worker, and her husband David, an 83-year-old former teacher, were looking to downsize from their 1930s four bedroom home in Highbury and felt the natural step would be to return to Muswell Hill, where they had lived for 20 years until their children flew the nest.

They wanted a newly built home, which needed very little work or maintenance to better meet their needs as they grow older, but found the prospect of moving to a retirement village unappealing. Instead they turned their attention to housebuilder Hill’s and, retirement housing provider, Hanover’s Woodside Square development in Muswell Hill.

Mr and Mrs Richards have purchased a three bedroom penthouse Garden Apartment at the Muswell Hill development, which overlooks the landscaped central square and features bright and spacious interiors and a large south-facing roof terrace.

Valerie comments: “I have always been a keen gardener so having space outside was definitely on my check-list. After having such a lovely garden at our previous home, we wouldn’t have wanted to move to an apartment without at least a balcony.

“We are thrilled with the outside space available at our new home and the opportunity we have to add our own special touches.

The Woodside Square development is built on the former site of the historic St. Luke’s Hospital. It includes the Heritage Apartments, which will be converted from the Grade II-listed Neo-Georgian administration building and two locally listed Victorian houses into spacious, contemporary apartments.

Muswell Hill benefits from excellent bus services, while the Northern Line’s nearby Highgate and East Finchley stations provide access to the West End within 15 minutes. Bounds Green, Finsbury Park, Alexandra Palace and Hornsey stations are also within easy reach.

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Work is currently underway at the site and the entire development is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, and the first residents have already moved in earlier this year.


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