It’s not enough living within a stone’s throw of the high street, today’s modern retiree wants to be within striking distance of the bright lights of the city says JANE SLADE
Former model and sculptor Gillian Webb, still loves shopping for fashionable clothes at 84 which is why she moved to Bishopstoke Park in Eastleigh near Southampton. “There’s a good TK Maxx in Eastleigh where I can buy designer dresses,” she says which she likes to wear on her cruise holidays,
“And Hedge End near Southampton is good for bags and shoes. There’s also the Harbour Lights cinema in Southampton where they show live streaming of opera and ballet so I am lucky to have so much on my doorstep.”
Gillian was a model in the 50s modelling collections in Paris and New York before studying sculpture at the Royal College of Art. Two years ago she bought a two-bedroom apartment at Anchor’s flagship retirement village which has 91 one-and two-bedroom apartments and an 48-room care home.
A second phase of 73 properties is underway with one beds priced from £345,000.
Bristol Rovers season-ticket holders, Wendy and Ray Watson, will be able to walk to their club ground when they move into their two-bedroom apartment at PegasusLife’s new development, Vincent, due for completion in July.
Wendy 73 and retired teacher Ray, 68 are moving just half a mile from their current home so they can be walking distance from their favourite haunts in the city centre; Harvey Nicholls (30 minutes), Everyman cinema and Bristol Old Vic (20 minutes) Waitrose (10 minutes).
Wendy, who ran a marathon in 2013, says, “We can’t wait. Vincent is in the perfect location; closer to our favourite places than we are now. Also we won’t have to change doctor, dentist or church.” Or football club.
Vincent (pictured top), less than two miles from the heart of Bristol and walking distance from Clifton will have 65 one-and-two-bed apartments prices from £371,950, as well as a restaurant, spa and gym..
“There is a new generation of people who have lived or worked in cities for most, if not all, of their lives and don’t want to retire to the country,” says Howard Phillips, CEO of PegasusLife which is building schemes in London, Croydon, Seaford, Cheltenham, Bath and Bristol. “Older people want all the cultural and entertainment facilities that they are used to having on their doorstep.”
McCarthy and Stone also have developments planned in the heart of major cities over the next six months including Edinburgh, Edgbaston, Portmouth and Maidenhead.
“It is a dated myth that everyone wants to move to the country or seaside as they get older,” says Nick Sanderson CEO of luxury retirement developer Audley.
“There is also a growing trend of people drawn to cities in their later years, prioritising closeness to cultural amenities and the buzz of urban life. London is one of the world’s most vibrant cities and many would love the opportunity to live in the country’s capital – but there are few housing options to cater for their needs.”
Audley which has urban schemes in Leamington Spa (pictured right) and Edgbaston and has just announced its first development in London, a £125million village overlooking Clapham Common which will be completed in 2020.