The Residents in Residence scheme gives potential residents the opportunity to spend some time living in a home and in a community before buying. This innovative scheme enables you as a future home owner to step through the front door and stay for a while. Rather than just imagine what your life in one of these contemporary urban developments might be like, you can experience your new lifestyle first hand. Try out your local post office, practise your daily commute, speak to your neighbour in the driveway, and see what leisure activities your local area offers. Talk to us and together we will find you the home of your dreams. Through Residents in Residence you can live it. You can love it. You can buy it. And remember, after you have been a Resident in Residence, you are under no obligation to stay.
Elyssa and Britt have lived on opposite sides of the country for more than a decade. They have
been saving up for a deposit while they’ve been renting separate homes in London and Liverpool, but the thirty-somethings haven’t been able to decide where to buy a more permanent home together. It’s a big decision to make, especially for first time buyers. “For many years we have been umming and aahing about whether we should,” explains performance artist Elyssa. “Everything is so expensive in London and I am not necessarily tied down by my work in the City. We have been looking at lots of houses in different places, but it
is just such a big step and we could never quite make ourselves put
an offer in.”
Over the last few years, Britt and Elyssa have been regularly invited to teach in Cambridge and they often wondered if this city might be the place for them. Elyssa sometimes has to travel abroad for her work, so the proximity to the M11 and to Stansted Airport would suit her perfectly.
When they first read about the Residents in Residence scheme, they were immediately intrigued by the idea. “Britt showed me the ad and I immediately thought: ‘This is for us! We have to try this.’ So we went through the application process and it was surprisingly uncomplicated,” says Elyssa. “I haven’t given up my flat in London yet, of course. That would be too scary.”
“It is really remarkable how fast this area is changing,” says artist and event organiser Britt, looking out of the floor-to-ceiling window over the ever- expanding development of Great Kneighton, “even just in the last three months since our application was submitted. On the one hand I am so excited to be part of something new and on the other hand I am aware that these changes bring a lot of upheaval for other people.”
Britt, who grew up in rural Germany is interested in gardening. She is not quite sure what will grow here, but she is very excited about the proposed community gardens. “We are so excited to try out this house and neighbourhood,” she says. “I have been walking into Trumpington and on my way I saw some fantastic allotments and chicken plots. I can’t wait to find out more and hopefully get involved. And of course to get involved with the community gardens, if they are ready soon.”
Britt and Elyssa both like cycling and they hope to still be on the Residents in Residence scheme in the summer, so they can explore the various cycle routes around Great Kneighton and Trumpington. They are also thinking about borrowing a friend’s dog from time to time so they can practise keeping a pet.
And when asked how they are planning to get to know their neighbours, they look at each other and share a cheeky smile. “We love hosting!” says Britt. “We are looking forward to getting to know people in the area. We plan to have lots of neighbours over during our stay.”
We love hosting! We are looking forward to getting to know people in the area. We plan to have lots of neighbours over during our stay.