A new retirement development has opened in the capital where buyers are being offered a service charge holiday

Chimes is a collection of 39 one-and-two-bedroom apartments in the heart of London, designed to appeal to those looking to downsize from a high-end family home to maintenance-free luxury.

The Westminster development from Lifestory has everything the discerning and independent city-lover might look for, as Ben Allen, Chimes Development Director explains:

“Chimes is a very exciting new boutique development which exemplifies the idea of downsizing to moving up the luxury property ladder, which is the opposite of how many of us view downsizing.

“A home at Chimes can be whatever you want it to be. A secure lock up and leave bolthole or a lifestyle choice.”

Owners of a contemporary home at Chimes will enjoy a 24-hour concierge-style service, a Wellness Spa comprising a steam room, stretch studio and treatment room, a cloistered, landscaped inner courtyard and rooftop terrace.

There is also a residents’ lounge where owners can entertain family and friends, a conservatory/library and guest suite.

“Chimes really has more in common with a luxury boutique hotel combined with the feel of a private home,” adds Ben. “Plus, with the option of purchasing private car parking, owners also have the flexibility of being able to travel in and out of London with ease.

“We’re also offering prospective owners a period of no service charges until the development is 50 per cent occupied – a fantastic saving and great incentive to start their new life at Chimes.”

“Chimes, designed for those over the age of 60, is more than about just enjoying an exceptional lifestyle and standard of service provided by the expert staff.

Chimes really has more in common with a luxury boutique hotel

“It also encompasses Lifestory’s community and wellbeing ethos of enjoying good company in welcoming and convivial environments.”

Alex Ely, director at Mæ, the architects who designed the development, added: “We designed Chimes to optimise community and wellbeing and to allow owners to retain their independence and to meet their specific needs in the future.

“Entering the building, owners are drawn through a generously proportioned lobby space to the owner’s lounge, beyond which the cloister wraps around a communal garden, which is at the heart of Chimes.

“It creates opportunities for social interaction and enhances nearby spaces; the lounge, reading area and shared kitchen.

Prospective purchasers can register for a one-to-one pre-booked appointment to visit Chimes by calling 020 7980 8700. Prices for a two-bedroom apartment start from £1,650,000.

Operator Lifestory encompasses Pegasus (formerly PegasusLife) and Renaissance (formerly Renaissance Retirement).