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‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’, is a true adage when it comes to preparing for retirement and why it is never too soon to ‘experience the lifestyle’ at one of McCarthy & Stone’s brand new developments

Central to making the most of your retirement is where you decide to live, and ensuring your new home has access to all the facilities and support you desire.

For this reason, many McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living developments are located in the very heart of vibrant town-centre communities so that you can realise you retirement lifestyle aspirations.

Not only do town-centres provide easy access to a whole range of leisure possibilities, but it also offer local facilities on your doorstep.

Nearby amenities such as health centres, churches, shopping destinations, eating venues and meeting places add a layer of everyday convenience not found in more rural locations, and can be found within walking distance of many McCarthy & Stone developments.

From a leisure and hobby perspective, retirement living in a town can also be life enhancing.

Whether it’s attending photography or art class, joining a choir, teeing off for a round of golf, keeping fit at the gym, or taking in local history, lively towns are increasingly becoming locations of choice for retirees keen to live their retirement to the full.

So when planning where to take advantage of the independence retirement affords, McCarthy & Stone advises considering some key factors which could end up making all the difference.

Here are its top tips:

  1. Assess how important useful amenities and local facilities are to you in order to feel comfortable, safe and which will support your hobbies or interests.
  2. Think about and investigate the local transport connections for the area you are interested in. Look into local bus networks and train timetables especially if you are thinking about no longer driving and want to still be able to visit family and friends nearby.
  3. Make sure you are located near to lush green spaces that help provide a relaxing and tranquil environment and interesting walks with your pet or with family and friends.

McCarthy & Stone fully understands the importance of planning for retirement and the critical need of ensuring that any proposed move to a development completely suits your current lifestyle, and into the future.

This is why it offers ‘Experience the Lifestyle’ at a number of its developments.

This gives you the unique opportunity to ‘try before you buy’.

You can opt to stay in a guest suite within the development, meet other homeowners, explore the local area and see for yourself how a new town-centric location can support your idea of a happy retirement.

Guest suite opportunities are available at many McCarthy & Stone developments, including:

The Wickets, Settle– situated in a stunning Yorkshire Dales market town, The Wickets offers one-bedroom apartments from £199,999 and has excellent road and rail links to make the most of its breath taking location.

Keatley Place, Moreton-in-Marsh– located in the heart of the world famous Cotswolds, Keatley Place offers one-bedroom apartments from £222,500 and a combination of a wide range of local amenities and stunning countryside views.

Scott Place, Lichfield– situated in vibrant Lichfield, Scott Place offers one-bedroom apartments from £195,000, close proximity to shops, restaurants and an on-site house manager to cater for residents’ needs.

Augustus House, Virginia Water– situated in a desirable location with amenities on the doorstep, Augustus House offers one-bedroom apartments from £399,500, as well as an elegant onsite restaurant and private balconies to all apartments.