It’s that time of year, as the weather turns a little chillier, when people think it may be nice to spend a little time abroad in a warmer climate. For many downsizers, placing their family home on the market is a big decision and many will have an eye on designing their new lives around greater ease, variety and flexibility. A well-chosen lock-up-and-leave means not having to mow the lawn, cut the hedges, fix loose tiles or, in some cases, do the laundry. It also means you can travel when the whim takes you.
Making that trip to see the grandchildren gets easier too. Graham Wood from our Stokesley team remarks “GSC Grays in Stokesley have seen an increasing number of new enquiries for ‘lock it and leave it’ homes in the area, with relatives of local families coming in to the branch on their visits to the region, looking for suitable properties in the area, which has great countryside, accessibility and the north east coast on the doorstep”.
What makes a good lock-up-and-leave? Security and good transport links are key, as well as rooms large enough to accommodate large pieces of furniture. “Flats in country houses are brilliant lock-up-and-leaves. They have neighbours to keep an eye on things but, most importantly, they are often managed by a third party. With a company or freeholder managing the shared elements, the exterior, gardens and corridors will be looked after on your behalf”.
Recent to the market and a good example in our area is Potto Hall in Northallerton: https://bit.ly/2QMqdkt
Something closer to Town: https://bit.ly/2ORdT5a
1 Pendle House https://bit.ly/2RSfyG5 is also a great property for those with an active lifestyle and a love of the outdoors, with some of the best walking and cycling routes. Located in Great Ayton, with pleasant communal grounds to explore and even a tennis court, this property is close to the centre of the village, giving pedestrian access to all local facilities.
One of GSC Grays’ recent buyers, who popped into the branch recently, added “The real beauty of our new home is simply returning to see everything just as you left it and putting your feet back up and planning your next trip”.