Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 11.44.34The doors to smart and stylish apartments in Backworth will open to the public, later this month.

 Eccles Grange, a refurbished complex of 34 one-bedroom retirement flats created by North Tyneside Council, recently welcomed its first residents.

 And on Saturday October 31, the complex is holding an open day for others interested in living in the modern accommodation.

The building benefitted from a huge makeover recently as part of the local authority’s £300m North Tyneside Living project, which will see more than 920 modern, independent living homes created at 26 sites across the borough by 2017.

Encouraging people to come along to the open day, Cllr John Harrison, cabinet member for Housing and Transport, said: “We are immensely proud of the North Tyneside Living Scheme, and the feedback we’ve received has been fantastic.

“Eccles Grange, like all the schemes we’re creating, is much different to the old traditional types of sheltered accommodation – it’s bright, contemporary and inviting.

“We’ve really thought about every little detail when designing them – from room layouts to taps and window handles – to make life easier and make sure people can live independently for longer.

“I’d really encourage people to go to the event at the end of the month and see the luxury apartments for themselves.”

Eccles Grange boasts state-of-the-art wet rooms and kitchens, and every home has either Juliette balconies or patio doors to access the shared garden.

While each apartment has its own personal lounge, there’s also a communal one and a sun lounge. There’s also a therapy room which is used by professionals, including hairdressers, and a guest apartment where family and friends can stay.

Tenants who lived there before it was revamped – previously called Eccles Court – have moved back in, but the extra apartments created means there are another 14 now available to rent from the council.

At the open day later this month, a show flat will be open and staff will be on hand to provide information and tours, between 10am and 2pm.

If you’re unable to make the event, the show apartment is view at other times, by appointment.

The North Tyneside Living homes are available for those aged over 60. For more information, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk or call 0345 2000 102.