Real-life story: local couple downsize to the city at Factory No.1

Looking to make the most of city life, the couple recently purchased an apartment at Factory No.1

After their children moved out and with retirement on the cards, Christine and Peter Gordon decided the time was right to downsize from their family home into something easier to manage and with an abundance of facilities right on the doorstep, in the form of City & Country’s development in Bedminster, just a short walk from North Street and Bristol city centre.

Peter, a 63-year-old retired IT project manager, explains why they chose to move into the city in their later years rather than seeking a quieter location: “We have lived locally for many years, raising our children in a village about 30 minutes away, but there were very few facilities close by, so we often went into Bristol to find these anyway. Our son also does part-time tennis coaching at Bristol University, so it helps having a base here.” 

Known as Wills Factory No.1, the factory opened in 1886 and covered approximately 1.75 acres and included the street frontage that, today, forms Consort House. The factory continued to expand throughout the 19th and early 20th century and, in 1908, following the amalgamation of Wills with 12 other British tobacco manufacturers, Regent House was constructed as the headquarters of the resulting Imperial Tobacco Company. City and Country Group’s vision for the site is to effect the beneficial repair and re-use of the Factory’s Grade II Listed buildings, Regent House and Consort House, by introducing a mix of stylish conversion and new-build flats.

He continues; “With the market as it was, we decided to make the most of it and look for a property in a more central location which we would use on an ad hoc basis for now and then fully retire into in a few years. We chose Factory No.1 over other developments nearby because of the location – there’s so much on the doorstep, such as Southville and the harbourside, and it’s an easy cycle to David Lloyd, plus the city centre is just a short walk from home. 

The couple are now looking forward to making the most of the central location and enjoying all that Bedminster has to offer: “when we viewed the conversion apartments at Factory No.1 we were immediately impressed by the quality of the development, especially the space thanks to the high ceilings. It has a lovely, enclosed garden which is nice and private, and the security is excellent thanks to a concierge service and gated parking. We’re looking forward to spending more time here over the next few years, as we transition to our forever home at Factory No.1.”

Prices at Factory No.1 start from £270,000 for a one-bedroom apartment. Help to Buy is available on selected properties, terms and conditions apply. 

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