Focus: Downsizers

Focus: Downsizers
Downsizing is often a logical option

WHAT happens after children grow up and move on? Until recently it was the norm for homeowners to stay put even if meant rattling around like two peas in a pod. But nowadays downsizing offers a more logical option, enabling owners to move into a smaller and more suitable home, thereby returning a family home to the market – and freeing up equity that can be spent on other things. Here are three ideal contenders …

GIFFNOCK is a sought-after high amenity suburb in East Renfrewshire that has arguably less choice for downsizers. But this "seldom available" two bedroomed lower conversion on Redburn Avenue is ideal and only minutes’ walk from Whitecraigs station and Rouken Glen Park.

This apartment is a former garage converted to a high specification to create a beautifully presented home with a secluded patio and private garden.

Perfectly proportioned and all on one level, it has a hall and cloakroom, spacious sitting room, formal dining room, 21ft open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room with bi-fold doors out to a charming patio and utility off the kitchen, and two en-suite double bedrooms. This is a discerning downsizer’s dream home, for sale with Nicol Estate Agents at offers over £289,000.

KING’S Park in Stirling is a genteel residential suburb adjacent to a vast public park – historically the hunting ground for the Royal Court. The houses here are predominantly large detached period villas. But in the midst of all this sandstone splendour is a delightfully modern duplex apartment in Gladstone Place Lane, which includes a private low-maintenance garden and two parking spaces.

Presented in as-new condition throughout, the ground floor layout comprises a bright corner living room open-plan to a custom-built kitchen with contemporary handle-less units, integrated appliances and granite work surfaces. Also downstairs are a main bathroom and two double bedrooms, one of which has built-in wardrobes. The whole of the upstairs is taken up by visually striking 33ft master bedroom with en-suite shower room and walk-in wardrobes.

This stylish duplex offers easy access to the city centre for dining and evenings out as well as trips to Glasgow or Edinburgh, making it a modern alternative within a highly sought after established residential area. Slater Hogg & Howison’s Stirling office invites offers over £265,000.

CLOSE to Banchory, in Aberdeenshire, Inchmarlo is Scotland’s first and foremost specialist retirement village, with terraced and detached house styles, apartments and facilities in spectacular landscaped grounds of Inchmarlo Estate on Royal Deeside, a setting described as a 100-acre garden paradise.

Catering solely for over 55s, Inchmarlo’s 200 properties form nine distinctive neighbourhoods and all have been carefully designed to create a lively and sociable community for independent living – with optional ancillary nursing care services available if required. Housing options include Queen Victoria Park apartments, where a two bedroomed home in a secluded courtyard setting is currently for sale.

The accommodation at number 40 includes a living room, adjoining kitchen and two good-sized bedrooms, sizeable shower room, utility cupboard and storage.

Details from Aberdein Considine’s Banchory office, which is seeking offers over £135,000.

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