Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Conversion Will Breathe New Life into Old Offices; APARTMENT SCHEME FOR HEART OF THE CITY CENTRE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Conversion Will Breathe New Life into Old Offices; APARTMENT SCHEME FOR HEART OF THE CITY CENTRE

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Byline: IAN ROBSON Reporter ian.robson@trinitymirror.com

FANCY coming home to what is reputed to be the best place to live in the North East? Now you can after an estate agent put 10 apartments on the market in a development at Newcastle Quayside.

The Quayside was last week number one in the North East in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live survey. But you will have to wait because conversion work on the former offices has only just started.

Estate agent Urban Base say the apartments in Princes Building on Queen Street - located within a Grade II Listed building -- will add to that special something the area already has. Prices are not yet confirmed but will range from PS140,000 to PS220,000.

Work on the first floor of the building, which has just started, is not expected to finish until August.

It is transforming what used to be offices into the homes.

The apartments could not be closer for city centre living with pavement cafes and exclusive restaurants within walking distance. The views are spectacular with the Tyne's city centre bridges on the doorstep.

Boss Jan Dale said: "Urban Base have one of the very first new residential schemes for sale in over a decade. It is Princes Building, on Queen Street, and is called Level One. This is following the success of the late 1990s and early 2000 with schemes at Quayside Lofts, Merchants Quay, Baltic Quay, St Annes to name a few all now 10 to 15 years old."

There are nine two-bedroom apartments and single-bedroom apartment which are said to be suited to both modern lifestyles and the legacy of the past.

The Sunday Times said the Quayside was the best place to live in the North East after studying places all over the region.

They combined data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with the local knowledge and expertise of its writers to compile the definitive top locations to make your home.

The locations were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

Even the quality of the local coffee was a deciding factor. …

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