Rhoda’s home is one of ten two-bedroom bungalows recently completed by DAMHA in Magnolia Court.
Rhoda, who used to be a nurse, says she is enjoying life in her new home and is particularly happy to be back in the Durham area, having previously lived in other parts of the North East and in London.
“In my 89 years I have lived in 21 different houses and I can say without a shadow of doubt that this one is by far and away the best,” she said.
“I suffer from diabetes and asthma, so the fact everything is on one floor and so accessible makes life so much easier for me.
“It really is a lovely home and I couldn’t be happier.”
The investment of £1.1 million in the homes complements a similar scheme completed by DAMHA in Esh Winning in 2011. On this occasion the Association built nine two-bedroom bungalows behind the Co-Operative store.
The two schemes also form part of a wider £15 million transformation of Esh Winning, driven by the Durham Villages Regeneration Company (DVRC).
Brian Stobbs, Head of Asset Management at DAMHA, said: This is the third Esh Winning development in which we have been involved in the past few years and we are delighted to have been able to support the regeneration of the village by providing much needed housing for people like Rhoda.”
The ten bungalows were all let quickly to people of pensionable age in housing need and feature solar panels which capture the sun’s energy to help to heat the water in the homes.
As well as the solar panels, the properties all have underground tanks that capture rainwater and effectively recycle it so it can be used in washing machines and to flush toilets.
The properties were developed for DAMHA by the DVRC, which is a partnership between Durham County Council and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat.