30 things… you didnʼt know about living in a retirement village

News posted

23rd January 2012

1. You donʼt have to be retired to live in one!
2. Unlike the American version our retirement villages are not gated and donʼt have guards
3. Pets are allowed
4. People as young as 55 – younger if youʼre married to someone aged 55+ – are welcome
5. Families and friends are welcome to stay
6. Residents can join the village committee and have a direct say in how itʼs run
7. There are no rules about joining in – thereʼs freedom to come and go as you want
8. You can buy in domestic support and care as and when you want it
9. You can bring guests to eat in the village restaurant
10. You can walk to post a letter, bump into a neighbour, and be gone an hour!
11. Residents control the social agenda
12. Village finances are discussed with a selected group of residents
13. You can lock up your home and leave it while you take extended holidays
14. Many villages have links with community groups like churches, U3A and charities
15. Some have allotments for residents to grow their own fruit and veg
16. Some people have lived at Elmbridge Village, our oldest village, since it was built
17. Residents can join a gardening group and be involved in planning the grounds
18. Every village has a manager and a team of staff
19. While some villages enjoy a ʻvillageʼ setting, others are in urban environments
20. You can enjoy an overnight stay before committing to buy using the Try Before You Buy scheme
21. You donʼt always have to buy a home – some villages have apartments to rent
22. Residents input into the menus created by the chefs who oversee the restaurants
23. Some villages have ʻholiday groupsʼ – neighbours who enjoy regular breaks together
24. Every property has an emergency call system
25. Residents at many villages have access to dedicated village transport
26. You could be within easy reach of the seaside, countryside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a golf club, a bustling town, a country park…
27. Many are award winning communities
28. At our smallest village you could be one of just 50+ residents – at our largest village you could be one of 300+ residents
29. Like any home you own you can sell up whenever you wish.
30. Life can be what you make it!