Couple find the perfect retirement home

The Watts had been living in Silverknowes for many years. They’d raised their family there but felt they needed a change as they entered retirement – Gary wanted to be closer to the golf course and Janette wanted to be nearer to the beach and city centre.

The couple drove past the Pennywell development almost every day and were impressed by location and the look of the multi-tone facing brick effect. Although they originally had no intention of moving having just finished an extension on the back of their house, they decided to visit the team at Urban Union for more information. 

Their home wasn’t quite ready for viewing when they visited the Urban nion sales cabin but Janette and Gary were so impressed by how spacious the homes looked on the architectural drawings that they bought their new home off-plan. In just one month, they had sold their Silverknowes house and were moving into their brand new home in phase two of Pennywell.

The Lorimer is a three bed villa with a generous garden at the back. It also benefits from an open plan dining and cooking area and floor length windows in the living room and kitchen area. Janette commented: “I was surprised by how bright and spacious the house is particularly the kitchen and dining area – it’s wonderful!”

“This is our first new build home. We’d been put off new build properties because of past experience and complaints from friends and family, they always felt so cramped.  However our home feels fresh and big, the ceilings are high – which we need because Gary is over 6ft tall! There are so many storage options too which makes for more living space. I’m really excited to have somewhere for me and Gary to really embrace the next chapter of our lives, it’s so quiet and everything we need is right on our doorstep – it’s perfect.”

Gary added: “It’s been a painless process from start to finish and the team at Urban Union have been so helpful throughout. The only thing left to do is add our own touches to the garden. I’ve been told not to touch anything and stick to busying myself at the golf course – which is handy because it’s a lot closer now! Other than that we can just sit back and enjoy it.”   

Urban Union started work on Pennywell phase two in late 2016 adding 177 new apartments and houses to its regeneration development.

Pennywell is part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s 21st Century Homes programme which aims to develop city wide brownfield sites into high quality social housing. It is part of a development to bring 700 new homes to the area following the investment of £42 million by the City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government.