MONCTON – Carol Estey and her husband John Boudreau are some of the first people to move into FiveFive Queen last week, a mixed-use building that includes condos, a restaurant, a liquor store and a boutique hotel.
The retired couple had bought a two-bedroom apartment on the sixth floor about a year and a half ago when they decided to downsize. The building officially opened the condominium section so that residents can move into the fifth to eighth floors.
“There comes a point in your life where you just don’t need that much stuff anymore,” she said. “And we just want to be able to pick up and if we decide to go to Fundy Park for the day, we can do that without any problems. And if we want to go to Halifax or Parlee Beach or whatever we want to do, we can pretty much pick it up and do it because we have no encumbrances. “
They sold their house in Miramichi and chose Moncton because it is still in New Brunswick and has an airport, something important for the travel-loving couple.
They also liked that FiveFive Queen is in the heart of the city.
“We really wanted to be close to everything. We are hikers and wanted to be able to walk as many places as possible. So it was an absolute must that it was in the city center, ”said Estey.
In their first week downtown, the couple tried the Gahan Pub and Brewery and the NB Liquor’s Experience store on the first floor of FiveFive Queen. They also ran the Riverfront Trail and watched the Inspire Festival events.
So far, life there has been “fabulous,” she said.
“There is still construction going on around us and we knew that would be the case, but we were very ready to move, the house was sold and we really wanted to settle down here and find our way around and found it very easy,” said Estey.
“There’s noise, but it’s not really annoying. It’s just the noise of things going on, and that’s what we expected and we’re okay with. “
And now that they live within walking distance of many restaurants, bars, the Riverfront Trail and Park, Avenir Center, and more, they plan to cut their cars down too.
“We had two vehicles and are just waiting for our time to see how it works. So we’re pretty sure we won’t need more than one, and not very much either. That’s great, ”said Estey.
She’s spoken to others who have similar desires to downsize and move to a downtown building, but they just couldn’t make it.
“I think there are a lot of people out there who want to do similar things, apparently based on their reaction to us doing it.”
A total of 41 condominiums were for sale at FiveFive Queen. Eleven remain available for purchase. Of the other 14 condominiums to be rented, only two are still available.
Bill Hennessey, President of FiveFive Queen Developments, said their experience is typical of the other residents who have chosen to live at FiveFive Queen.
“Our vision from the start was that FiveFive would be an outstanding development for Greater Moncton. It’s a place our condo owners are proud of and a great addition to our city, ”Hennessey said in a press release. “Our apartment residents are very satisfied with the quality of each apartment and appreciate the convenience of the in-house Gahan Hub City and the Experience NB Boutique Wine Store.”
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