Childhood sweethearts, who grew up on the same street, say they have never been happier after moving into a new apartment at the prestigious Leighton Park development.
Christine and Christopher Ball say living in the Heritage Buildings has given them their dream home, due to its great mix of character and convenience.
“The apartment has got everything we want. It’s in a beautiful location with a cricket pitch and bowling green,” said Christopher. “Christine loves the buildings’ character, with the big windows and high ceilings, and we often say that this is the happiest we have ever been. Leighton Park is also close to local shops and the post office, it has a bus stop outside and you can also walk into town if you want. It is perfect for us.”
The couple enjoyed a childhood living just seven doors apart on Parkdale Road in Hadley, Telford, and married at Hadley Methodist Church, which they attended together as children.
“We’ve known each other a long time because Christine’s mother went to school with my father in Oakengates,” said Christopher. “When we lived in the same street I used to go fishing with Christine’s brother on the Shropshire Union Canal.
“Christine studied nursing at Wolverhampton University and went on to work at Stafford hospital as a nurse. We then went on to start our own business and opened a nursing home, The Hill at Barlaston, Staffordshire, in 1984. It was an older building, dating back to 1863, and we really liked how much character it had. We closed the business in 1998 but it was then we knew we didn’t want to live in a modern home, we wanted somewhere with character.”
The couple have two children, Julian who serves in the RAF as an air commodore, and Rachael who is head of art at Sir John Talbot School in Whitchurch. The couple say their new apartment is perfect for having their grandchildren, Madelaine, 17, Charlie, 14, Henry, 10, and George, 8, over to stay.
“We used to live at a bungalow in Whitchurch, which had an acre and a half of grounds,” said Christine. “It probably sounds wonderful but the garden was such hard work. The thing we like about the apartment is there is space for us to have family over to stay, but when we want to get away for a holiday we can just lock it up and go. We love to be out and about, but having a house with a garden was actually stopping us getting outdoors.”
It’s no wonder those who love the great outdoors are choosing to live at Shrewsbury’s Leighton Park, which has been transformed by Shropshire Homes, thanks to the wooded parkland setting, bowling green and cricket pavilion. The luxury homes and apartments may be located just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Shrewsbury, but they provide a breath of fresh air to those home-hunters that are looking for an oasis of calm on the outskirts of this beautiful medieval market town.
Located in Bicton Heath, Shropshire Homes has created a development of houses and apartments within a selection of stunning Heritage Buildings, which date back to 1845. Owners can enjoy spacious and easily managed accommodation in a beautiful setting.
Christine added: We have a lodge at Marton Pool holiday home park, near Welshpool, which is out in the countryside with a view of the Shropshire Hills. Living in an apartment means we don’t have to worry about it when we are away at the lodge.
“Everyone we meet at Leighton Park is positive and friendly. Also, the reputation of Shropshire Homes is top notch - and you understand why, when you live in one of their homes. You really can’t imagine being anywhere better.”