FROM CHURCH PARISH TO CHURCH FARM: RETIRED VICAR BUYS FIRST HOME AT AGE 66
The average age for first-time buyers is 37 – however, for retired vicar Andrew and his wife Sarah, buying their first home has been a lifelong ambition they were able to achieve in their 60s. Andrew and Sarah found their perfect home at Church Farm – a sustainable development by Pye Homes in Radley, Oxfordshire. The couple used their life savings to purchase the four-bedroom detached house outright.
Until retiring at 66, Andrew and Sarah lived in a 13th century vicarage, which they described as wonderful but very cold and dark – so an energy efficient, light and warm home is what attracted them to Church Farm. Solar panels and air source heat pumps were also a deciding factor, knowing they needed to keep energy costs as low as possible.
Andrew said: “Being a vicar isn’t just a job, but a way of life. You are on call for people in need at any hour of the day, seven days a week. Retiring and buying our own home after 40 years means our life has changed massively, and we are thoroughly enjoying the freedom of our new lifestyle.”
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