It was Sir Ranulph Fiennes (at age 71) who said: “While getting old can be a pain in the neck, it’s a pleasure to see that it’s not just adventurers of my age who are still active and are actually far better at keeping up with ‘the times’ than younger generations might think.”
“You must not think about getting old,” he advises in The Telegraph. Having undertaken in treks considered impossible for people in their late sixties (Antarctica, Everest), he urges us to ‘If you can walk, go for it’.
The over 55s is the largest age group in the country. Their lifestyles are such that they don’t want to give up the standards of living they’re used to and want to travel, study, work and take up new leisure interests while helping family members buy a home of their own.
Age UK’s ‘Later Life in the UK’ Report says people between 60 and 70 are likely to be healthier if they keep working. Becoming your own boss is pretty likely at age 65 according to Age UK’s report which says people in this age group starting their own business has more than doubled in the last five years.
You may decide that retirement is a good time to move home. A modern, single level property in a new location could help support your new lifestyle and improve your quality of life.
Downsize in luxury
Half of the UK’s homeowners over 55 are willing to downsize but they are faced with an ever-growing challenge.
In Great Britain, there is a lack of accommodation designed for people who wish to downsize from a larger family home without moving into what is known as a ‘retirement home’.
Only 7,000 retirement homes were built in the UK in 2017 and only 2 per cent of the country’s housing stock is currently designated as retirement housing.
As a result, there is a UK demand for higher standards of living in retirement and semi-retirement.
When they start their search for suitable retirement housing, most people are put off by the quality and standard of accommodation.
People want to move from the large family house to somewhere more manageable, and which provides a high standard of living. At this stage in their lives, retirees do not need nor want to live in the kind of retirement home which means sharing with many other retirees. What they do want is a specially designed property of their own where they can continue to live independently.
Few bungalows are built today and most retirees prefer to live in a house rather than a flat. With this in mind, the demand for homes which people of retirement age want to live in will continue to grow.
Residents at Lakeshore agree that this housing development is unlike any other in the country.
These park homes are built to a high specification in a private, secure, gated community, set in landscaped grounds with an adjoining private meadow and lake (complete with island and bridge).
They are designed with the over 55s in mind and offer the opportunity to downsize, reduce maintenance costs and release equity in their property.
Interior designs mean there will be no compromise on lifestyle.
With high vaulted ceilings, large fully fitted kitchens and spacious, open-plan living areas, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the homes are designed specifically to allow people to downsize without giving up on luxury.
The homes are designed to be accessible and easy to maintain with low running costs, whilst at the same time being attractive and secure in this ready-made community of retirees.
Lakeshore nestles in a quiet corner beside Burton Waters. The park lies within easy reach of Lincoln city centre and all its amenities – it is a wonderful place to live. Like most of the UK, Lincolnshire lacks the single level living properties preferred by many over 55s.
Your first visit to Lakeshore will show you the kind of life you can enjoy here. Ask about the other residents and what they especially like about their new lifestyle.
A new beginning at Lakeshore
Book your visit to the luxury housing park at Lakeshore, Burton Waters, Lincoln and find out why other residents love living here.