A quiet revolution is happening in London as older people turn away from the traditional retreat to the country or coast and stay as part of the communities that they built during their lifetimes. There are an estimated two million people over 50 in London, a number that is continually rising. To accommodate the needs of this growing group a new breed of retirement housing has been created.
Nuala Foley from Season, which has sites across London, explains: “Most people who come to us have spent a lifetime creating their communities and don’t want to be forced out. Quite often their home has become unwieldy and they want to see it go to a new family while they enjoy a better lifestyle with the sense of security, community and independence our developments offers”
All of Season’s new developments feature modern and spacious apartments for retirees in some of London’s most desirable locations. Its latest homes in the heart of Lewisham, South London, are set to open for sale in March 2018. Part of the Christopher Boone development by Season’s parent company, One Housing, the new retirement living provision includes 30 two bedroom apartments available for purchase by over 57s.
SiteSales Property Group, a leading residential property sales and development consultancy in London and the South East, is managing the sales and marketing of the development.
Every spacious apartment has large windows and patio doors, creating an abundance of natural light and is fronted by outside patios, balconies or terraces. The development is populated with mature trees and connected by spacious covered walkways. Every home opens onto a lush central south-facing garden.
Guide prices for the two bedroom apartments start from £530,000. In addition, there are also 26 other properties with two, three and four bedrooms available for private sale, guide prices starting from £545,000.
The 30 apartments available for the over 57s also have convenient wheelchair storage space and all properties come ready for smart technology to be installed.
Christopher Boones’ development – CGI image of courtyard. Copyright © SiteSales Property Group.
The Christopher Boone development is ideally located, only a short distance from the greenery and relaxing calm of Greenwich Park and fifteen minutes from the shops and traditional outdoor weekend market of Lewisham shopping centre.
Also close by is Blackheath Common, a charming village within the heart of London with a regular farmers’ market, village shops, restaurants and wine bars and a microbrewery. Nearby Blackheath Halls, one of the oldest concert halls in the UK, adds character to the area.
Eloise Robins, Associate Director of SiteSales Property Group, said: “We’re pleased to be working for Season on this exciting new development, and to be bringing a range of attractive, affordable and convenient homes for the over-57s to Lewisham. With a summer garden, modern appliances and excellent transport links this development is the perfect place to retire and enjoy this vibrant part of London.”
The development is named after Christopher Boone, a seventeenth-century merchant and member of the Merchant Taylor’s Company who used his income to support almshouses for the poor. The Christopher Boone Charity was founded in 1683 and Christopher Boone still lends his name to the modern-day Merchant Taylor’s Boone’s Charity which is working in partnership with One Housing to develop the properties in Lewisham.