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Top 5 homes in the North East for those looking to downsize

With an empty nest and a change in lifestyle, downsizing to a more manageable home, with like-minded neighbours close by is appealing to many, but especially those moving with their later years in mind.

Top 5 homes in the North East for those looking to downsize

Buying a house is exciting, but it’s also a big step. One of the main factors that buyers should consider is whether or not the property fits with their future plans. There are many reasons behind people looking to downsize, whether it’s an empty nest, that the garden requires too much maintenance, or that the house no longer feels fit for purpose, each person's reasons will be different, but the benefits will likely be the same. Moving to a smaller home means that there is less upkeep and also that your bills will be lower, freeing up both time and money for you to spend on the things that you enjoy. In our latest blog, we take a closer look at five properties in Aberdeen City and Shire that would make an ideal home for those considering the later years in life.

5 Kirkview, Lumphanan

Located in the peaceful Royal Deeside village of Lumphanan, this charming two-bedroom detached bungalow enjoys quiet surroundings and spectacular views of the countryside.

Inside you’ll find a welcoming hallway with excellent storage and access to generous loft space. The bright and spacious lounge offers a homely space for relaxing or dining, while the well-proportioned kitchen to the rear of the property offers an array of appliances, with a back door inviting you out to the decked patio and garden - ideal for enjoying peaceful summer days.

The home is completed by two generously sized double bedrooms with built-in storage and a modern bathroom with a double shower.

The village itself is an excellent location for those looking to enjoy a slower pace of life. Lumphanan benefits from a local shop, a charming tearoom, pub, and 9-hole golf course, with further shops and restaurants in the nearby towns of Aboyne and Banchory.

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23 Drumthwacket Drive, Portlethen

This appealing semi-detached bungalow offers an ideal home for those looking to downsize on space, with accommodation that is easily managed and all on one level. Both bedrooms are doubles, allowing you to convert one into a guest bedroom or study, and the lounge enjoys plenty of natural light from the French doors to the rear garden.

The gardens of this property are well thought out with a raised timber decking area and planted shrubs to create a little haven that is easily accessible from the living room.

Situated in the popular Portlethen area, the property is within easy reach of local amenities and just a 10-minute drive from everything that Aberdeen has to offer. The town also benefits from a health centre, swimming pool, and 18-hole golf course, with restaurants, pubs and nearby villages on the coast to enjoy.

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42 Whinhill Gate, Aberdeen

Set within a quiet residential development, this one bedroom retirement apartment benefits from bright and spacious interiors, with impressive landscaped gardens which can be accessed directly through the French door in the lounge. The property also contains a brand new fully fitted kitchen, a modern bathroom, well-appointed bedroom, and a welcoming entrance hall to complete the home.

The development itself offers a secure and friendly environment for retirees, with a CCTV entry system and manager in residence during office hours, as well as a communal lounge where residents can enjoy regular activities, such as coffee mornings and exercise classes.

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Flat 1 Gordondale Court, Aberdeen

Forming part of an exclusive retirement development in the desirable West End of Aberdeen, this immaculate self-contained two bedroom flat enjoys landscaped grounds, charming seating areas, and a wide range of communal facilities.

The property itself has been very well maintained and decorated in neutral tones, with a second bedroom to provide an extra bit of space - forming one of the few two bedroom properties in the development.

Members of the development can enjoy social events and activities hosted in the residents’ lounge, as well as shared access to a guest suite for visitors, and extensive garden grounds for staying active and getting fresh air. Just a 5 minute drive from the property is Aberdeen’s thriving city centre, offering easy reach to a wealth of amenities and further outdoor spaces at Westburn and Victoria Park.

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12 Florence Court, Cults

Set within a superb assisted living development in one of Aberdeen’s most sought after suburbs, this modern and spacious one bedroom apartment offers bright and modern interiors throughout. It comprises a well-proportioned lounge with a lovely view, a double bedroom, modern kitchen, a bathroom, and excellent additional features with both safety and convenience in mind.

The development benefits from a function room, guest suite, restaurant, and a beautifully decorated residents lounge for socialising and relaxing in, as well as landscaped grounds and a delightful south-facing roof garden. It’s perfect for someone looking to enjoy an independent life with excellent support and facilities.

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