BUYING A RETIREMENT HOME? IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION…AND IT DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN HARPENDEN.
If you’re looking for a retirement home, the old adage, ‘location, location, location’ is even more apt. When you retire, you want to invest in a home with shops and services on hand but one which is close to beautiful open spaces.
Retirement specialist, Beechcroft, is renowned for selecting development sites that offer all this and more. Over its 40-year history, the company has gained a reputation for building retirement communities in some of the south’s most attractive locations. The company’s latest retirement development – Redclyffe Place in Harpenden – is a perfect example.
According to a study commissioned by the Daily Telegraph and carried out by Savills in 2023, Harpenden is Britain’s ‘most desirable town’ The research took a number of factors into account including residents’ state of health and the academic achievements of the local population as well as what’s on offer in the town. Indeed, Harpenden has been described as ‘a lovely town built for those who enjoy the finer things in life’* with fast connections to London and a fantastic range of independent shops, café-bars, restaurants and gastro-pubs.
Redclyffe Place is an exclusive development of just nine retirement homes, designed for those who are accustomed to the finer things in life. If you’re thinking of downsizing from a large family home, you won’t need to compromise on living space, style or quality. Set within beautifully landscaped communal gardens, Redclyffe Place is perfectly placed, just ½ mile from the centre of Harpenden. You’ll have a choice of new or converted properties as three of the new homes are the result of f Beechcroft’s careful conversion of an elegant Victorian villa and the remaining six new build homes have been designed to complement the original property.
Inside each apartment, the fixtures and fittings are all of the highest quality. Kitchens feature bespoke cabinets and a full range of top brand name appliances. The stylish bathrooms and en-suites include vanity units and fitted mirrors, wardrobes have been fitted to the principal and second bedrooms and each new home comes complete with flooring throughout – including carpeting. Outside, each offers outside space – in the form of a terrace, balcony, private garden or a combination of these, along with allocated parking and electric charging points.
Each of the newly built, two-bedroom houses at Redclyffe Place comes with a separate study and a private garden, maintained by the estate management service. These houses, like all Beechcroft homes, creates a wonderful impression of light and space. Glazed double doors separate the generously-proportioned, dual aspect drawing room from the light and airy kitchen/dining room – and, from here, French doors open onto the terrace and private garden beyond. On the upper floor, the principal bedroom has its own en-suite shower room and the second bedroom is located next to the main bathroom, which is convenient when guests come to stay.
One of the most impressive homes in this superb collection of retirement homes is a three-bedroom duplex apartment. Set on the first and second floors, this apartment is accessed by a private staircase from the ground floor or by a lift which opens into the apartment’s inner hallway. At the heart of the apartment is a dining/hall; flexible space large enough to accommodate a dining table but equally suitable for use as a reading room or study. The triple aspect drawing room leads onto a private balcony; the perfect place to enjoy pre-dinner drinks or to relax with a book on a sunny day. The second and third bedrooms are located on the first-floor level, along with a separate shower room whilst the principal bedroom suite is on the uppermost floor. This bedroom has a dressing area lined with wardrobes, the en-suite comes complete with bath and shower.
With an Estate Manager on hand to handle the day-to-day administration of the development, to take responsibility for the upkeep of the communal grounds and private gardens, to keep an eye on properties whilst owners are away and to offer help and advice when needed, it will be easy to relax into retirement at Redclyffe Place.
With the show homes open at Redclyffe Place, it’s worth visiting to appreciate everything these retirement properties have to offer. For further information visit the website on www.beechcroft.co.uk or call the sales team on 01582 323160 to arrange an appointment to view.