We’re all living longer, so it’s only natural that our lifestyle expectations for our golden years are also on the up. It’s out with dull, dowdy retirement homes and in with luxury ‘later living’…
Lead image: The owners’ lounge at Belle Vue, Hampstead
‘Later living’ is not a choice, nor a lifestyle, it’s a simple fact of life. The Urban Land Institute recently produced a report stating that one in four people in the UK will be aged over 65 by 2037.
Unsurprisingly then, property developers are now catering specifically to the over 60s with new homes that have intelligent, future-proof design and lifestyle at their core. The traditional retirement home, or a quiet little bungalow in the countryside, no longer cut the mustard.
At Chimes and Belle Vue, stylish, contemporary and dynamic developments for the over 60s created by specialist later living developer Pegasus (part of Lifestory), health, wellbeing, lifestyle and exceptional service are paramount.
Located in two of London’s most sought after neighbourhoods – the vibrant, urban Westminster and the more beatnik luxury of Hampstead – these developments are much more than just bricks and mortar.
With café-style restaurants, beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyards, luxury wellness areas with sauna, steam room, treatment rooms, gym and stretch studios, plus 24-hour concierge, safe on-site parking and guest suites for visiting friends and family, Chimes and Belle Vue offer low-maintenance comfort and independence on a whole new level.
Chimes, which launched in August 2020 in Westminster, is an exclusive collection of 39 deluxe apartments featuring large picture windows, open-plan living areas full of natural light and thoughtful design throughout.
‘One in four people in the UK will be aged over 65 by 2037’
There’s also a stunning roof terrace offering sensational views and a sunny spot for cocktails in the company of fellow owners and friends, perhaps before heading off to one of the many upmarket eateries nearby, or a concert at St John’s Smith Square.
The one and two-bedroom apartments at Belle Vue in Hampstead also offer open-plan living areas that maximise living space and natural light. Most are dual aspect and feature a loggia-style terrace offering striking views of London.
An amble around Hampstead Heath or the myriad cultural and artistic delights of Hampstead Village await Belle Vue owners. Explore such gems a Burgh House or Fenton House, follow in the footsteps of romantic poets and artists or enjoy a bite to eat in one of the tempting gastro pubs before returning to relax in the private owners’ lounge.
Or perhaps the appeal lies in the sheer luxury of being able to spend an indulgent afternoon in your very own wellness spa, without setting foot outside. Imagine the enjoying the cleansing and healing steam room on a chilly winter’s day…
Both of these Pegasus later living developments are places to call home for those who place lifestyle high on their list of priorities. Life at both Chimes and Belle Vue offers an exclusive later living community that will help redefine retirement living, with unrivalled locations, service and lifestyles.
All that remains is to decide whether you want the central London buzz or the leafier, artier, surrounds of Hampstead?
Sales suites open for viewings strictly by one-to-one appointment. Prices at Chimes start from £1,650,000 for a two-bedroom home. Call 020 3991 7791, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see lifestory.group/chimes for further details or to book a viewing. Homes at Belle Vue start from £792,500. Call 020 3808 0004, email email@example.com or see lifestory.group/belle-vue
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