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Expectant Grandparents Size Down and Trade Up with New Home at Athena

Posted on 18th February 2019

Roger and Tina Booker were no strangers to moving, having lived in both Manchester and Suffolk before moving to Southfields in south London five years ago. However, they decided to downsize for the first time after their eldest son and his partner announced they were having a baby.

With this new addition to the family, the soon-to-be grandparents were keen to find a home that offered a similar atmosphere to their previous rural homes whilst still providing the amenities they enjoyed in the Capital; Athena delivered on all counts.
Roger, a 59-year-old director of a social care company, said: “We had loved visiting Cambridge when we lived in Suffolk, so we looked at a number of homes in the area. Cambridge is one of only a few places that has really retained its character – but it also offers a great selection of shops, restaurants, theatres, and green spaces to visit and explore.”
During their search, the couple also looked into the cost and effort required to renovate a second-hand property to meet their standards, before deciding that a new build home was the best choice for them. Tina, 58, explained: “We visited several other developments, but none compared to the high quality specification of the homes at Athena. We wanted to be able to walk into our home and enjoy it from day one, but we also wanted to be part of a growing community, which was possible here.”

Discussing the community’s connectivity to Cambridge, Roger noted: “Living in London, we regularly used public transport so we’re really pleased that Eddington has its own dedicated U-Bus. Currently, I use it daily to get to and from the station for work, but we plan to use it regularly as a couple as well. We’re also very excited to start exploring Cambridge and the surrounding countryside via bicycle, something we didn’t feel comfortable doing on the main roads of London.”
As part of its lifestyle offering, Eddington offers a host of cycling and pedestrian-friendly routes, encouraging residents to commute more sustainably. These routes also provide easy access to the range of amenities found at Eddington, as well as those located in the wider Cambridge area. Other local amenities and facilities include the University of Cambridge Primary School, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted; the award-winning Storey’s Field community and performing arts centre; a market square anchored by a large Sainsbury’s; a health centre; and a collection of public sports pitches.

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