Plymouth couple call Quadrant Wharf home
The couple, who have been married for 50 years, have recently moved into their modern and superbly located new home after making the decision to leave their semi-detached family house, in nearby Eggbuckland.
Michael said: “We are getting to that tender age, I am 71 and Maureen is almost 70, and we always said that we would eventually sell the house and move to a flat. Last year was a bit rubbish and we thought to ourselves, why are we waiting? The time was right, particularly with this development, and we decided to move now and enjoy it together.
“It all happened quite quickly, we had a viewing in the last week of September 2020 and decided to buy it, we got our keys in the first week of December. We have, however, been watching the overall development go up for quite a while. We often walked our daughter’s dog in the area, and we have been watching it develop over the years. It was in the back of our minds as somewhere we would like to move.”
On searching for their new home, Michael and Maureen were determined to stay in the city they know and love, and Millbay, and Quadrant Wharf, seemed the perfect solution.
The stunning £30 million, 137-home Quadrant Wharf development continues the multi-award-winning mixed-use regeneration taking place in Millbay. It has been thoughtfully designed to make the most of its enviable coastal location. Apartments are split across two light and airy buildings – Aqua House and Lye House – and a selection of cleverly designed split-level homes making up Canola Row.
Michael, who worked for a plumbers’ merchant for 20 years before he retired, added: “We had lived in our house in Eggbuckland since 1975, so it was a big decision to let things go and move forward. We are Plymouth born and bred, and, although we have travelled a lot, we definitely prefer our own city. Millbay has really come a long way since the beginning of the development.
“Our new place is on the first floor and is modern with much less maintenance than our old house – we liked it straight away. From one perspective, we have a beautiful view of the Plymouth Sound and over to Cornwall, it’s very appealing.”
The Norris’ new apartment at Quadrant Wharf is part of a stand-alone block of 32 apartments over four floors. It features a balcony, two bedrooms, the master of which has an en-suite, as well as a family bathroom, kitchen with a breakfast bar, and a dining room and lounge.
And its location was a real plus for Michael and Maureen. Their new home is in the heart of Millbay, close to beautiful walks and vistas as well as local amenities.
“The area really appealed to us, it’s such a lovely location. We are now just a 10-minute walk to the city centre and on our doorstep are shops, a surgery and a pharmacy,” said Michael. “We can walk out and within five minutes we are on Plymouth Hoe – it’s ideal!
“There is a lot happening in Plymouth, particularly in Millbay. The regeneration of the area is starting to look really nice, it’s such an up and coming area.”
Millbay is being delivered by The English Cities Fund – a strategic joint venture between national urban regenerator, Muse Developments, Legal and General, and Homes England – in partnership with Plymouth City Council. This new coastal quarter will deliver an innovative mix of residential, leisure, business, hotel, and retail development, with high-quality public spaces and direct access to the waterfront.