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Diana and Colin Silk find downsizing to be a cinch at Grand Central, Cambridge

When Diana and Colin Silk decided that they were to downsize having lived in Cambridge for the previous forty years they realised that whilst they had out-grown their house, they had not out-grown Cambridge. “At no point did we want to leave Cambridge, we have been based here for many years and love the atmosphere which is supported by the many museums, galleries and academic instutions” commented Diana. “We noticed the Weston Homes development Grand Central immediately; it is less than fifty metres from our current house, and the design really stands out”.

Grand Central provides 143 apartments, duplexes and houses. With a stylish, modern design the one and two bedroom apartments and duplexes and the two and three bedroom houses are within a four minute cycle of Cambridge rail station where residents can be in the capital within fifty minutes.

All residences at Grand Central benefit from Weston’s signature fit out, all kitchens are fitted with a choice of quartz stone worktops and designer units by Oakwood Kitchens, integrated Zanussi appliances and feature the Weston signature Fascino instant boiling water tap. Bathrooms are fitted with Roca sanitaryware, a choice of RAK Ceramics tiling and Laufen Pro brightwork.

The benefits of continuing to live in Cambridge were clear to Diana and Colin, both retired; surrounded by academia and history, Cambridge offers unique opportunities for those who are looking to live outside the crowds of London within a tranquil but connected location.

Diana noted “Colin and I have some loose ties to the University, but more importantly the U3A (University of the Third Age) scheme offers a multiplicity of learning opportunities in Cambridge, we have been avid followers of its lectures, symposiums and courses for several years and with the levels of academia in Cambridge we have been able to see some world-leading minds within a short walk of our home. Staying within touching distance of these opportunities was certainly a factor in our decision to stay in central Cambridge.

We have purchased a duplex apartment, with a small terraced garden. Really I don’t have the time to potter around the garden in our current home and I am happy to trade a large garden for the clean, modern design of our new residence at Grand Central. We have moved from the classic into the modern, once we had seen other Weston developments in Cambridge we realised that the look was right for us.

With the Grand Central site sitting between Homerton College and the 40 acre University Botanic Garden, both are English heritage listed and offer stunning open spaces only moments from Grand Central. Diana explained “I find it exceptionally peaceful to walk around the colleges of Cambridge, especially the ‘backs’; colleges that back onto the River Cam.” Cambridge itself is well known for its mixture of architectural styles with over 1,500 listed buildings, including Trinity College, Rose Crescent and the Giles Gilbert Scott designed main library.

The Weston Homes commitment to service impressed Diana too. “Everyone we have dealt with at Weston has been polite, professional and efficient.

Over 75% of homes at Grand Central have been sold off-plan, the next phase is set to launch in October 2015. For more information please call 01279 873 300 or visit