An 86-year-old man has become the oldest first-home buyer in the UK.
Edward Simon Jones bought his first home, a £147,000 bungalow in Flintshire, Wales.
Prior to buying the bungalow, Edward lived in an assisted-living facility called Marleyfield House. Rather than seeing out the rest of his days in the care home, he saw it as a pitstop before settling into his own house.
‘I’m so excited to finally have a place of my own, I loved it at Marleyfield but I want to spend the remaining years I have in my own home,” Simon said.
Edward’s niece, Lynne Palin, said he was delighted to finally have his own pad. She did comment though that he would be sorely missed at Marleyfield House:
‘At Marleyfield he was known as being a real character, and a bit of a lady’s man – so no doubt he’ll be missed there.
‘The home’s cat, Mikey, even slept on his bed every night.
‘But Simon’s always maintained that he wants to spend the last years of his life in his own place, and he’s absolutely delighted to have the keys to his new bungalow.’
Edward’s new house comes equipped with pre-installed solar panels, and his niece joked that he thought that meant ‘he would be getting free electricity’.
The house will be the third place Edward will call home. Before residing in Marleyfield House for a year, Edward had spent his whole life on his family’s farm in Mostyn, a village in Flintshire.
The average age of a first-home buyer in the UK is 34- over fifty years younger than Edward. However, he proves that you’re never too old to try something new.