Downsize and Stay Independent

When we think of new homes, mostly young families spring to mind. But they can also be perfect for older couples who want to downsize and stay independent. We look more closely at the benefits of buying new to do so. Plus, we share some of the new build developments available with the right size properties for retiring in.

A new home to retire in
If you are an older couple still living in a large family home and feel the time is right to move to something smaller, yet you want to remain independent, new build homes are a good option. Of course, if there is a need for any assistance with care or mobility, then this is when a retirement home might be a better option.
New homes are a consideration when you are young and able enough to be self-sufficient yet old enough to have seen the rest of the family move on. If you have equity in the current family property to downsize, a new home offers many benefits. And if you are lucky enough to still have money left over after buying a new home, you can of course enjoy even more in your retirement years.
Buying a new home later in life can make every day living easier. A smaller home is easier to look after and maintain, and there are fewer problems to contend with compared to older properties. Likewise, bills are often far lower compared to those of a large, older property. If you are buying a new build home on a new development, you are likely to find many new services closer by too, from community centres to GP surgeries.

So, where can you buy new, small homes on new developments in the country? We take a look…

Model Walk, Creswell, Worksop from Gleeson Homes

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A 2-bedroom semi-detached house from £122,995
This two-bedroom semi-detached style home is great value for money. While it makes the ideal starter home for a first-time buyer, it works just as well if you want to properly downsize. The property has a modern, open-plan kitchen and dining area, with a separate living room for getting cosy in. It benefits from a downstairs toilet, and the bathroom to the upstairs is modern in style.
The development itself, Model Walk, is situated on the edge of Model Village in Creswell. You will find many amenities close by, while the larger towns of Worksop and Mansfield are around 11 miles away. But what you will enjoy, is the perfect location and easy access to the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.
Find out more about the Model Walk development here.

The Long Shoot, Nuneaton with Barratt Homes

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A 2-double bedroom semi-detached house from £207,995
The homes on this development are proving to be very popular. And what’s great about this semi-detached property is you get a good-sized living space. The downstairs has a spacious lounge, and a modern kitchen/diner which leads out onto the garden via French doors. There is a handy cloakroom to the ground floor too. The bedrooms upstairs are nice and roomy being double rooms, while a modern bathroom compliments the property. To the outside there is enough space on the driveway to park two cars.
In terms of where the development is located, you can enjoy a semi-rural location with rolling green farmland views. You are close to plenty of local amenities, while the larger Ropewalk and Abbeygate shopping centres are only a 5-minute drive away. For walks in the fresh air, the local Hartshill Hayes Country Park is nearby.
Find out more about the Long Shoot development in Nuneaton, here.

The Lawns, Kennington, Oxford with Redrow Homes

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A 2-bedroom detached home from £460,000
If you want something a little bigger when you downsize to a new home, the Warwick Lifestyle home from Redrow Homes is ideal. It’s a larger than average two-bedroom home, offering more space and luxury throughout. You’ll find both bedrooms come equipped with an en-suite, with the master bedroom having a bath, double shower, and a walk-in wardrobe.
The excellent amount of space extends to the downstairs too, with a generous lounge and a light, airy, open plan kitchen / diner which fills with light.
The location is great too, being less than 4 south of Oxford City centre, just outside the ring-road. If you want to head for the town or the country, the development benefits from being close to both. You’ll find The Lawns in the charming village of Kennington with a good choice of local shops and pubs. There are a number of clubs and societies in the village for both young and old, too.
Don’t miss the chance to buy a new home at The Lawns – see the development here.

If you are looking to downsize from your older, larger, family property to a brand-new home that’s smaller and easier to look after as you approach retirement, start your new home search with us. Here at New Homes Place, we bring you all the latest new build developments from a cross-section of new home developers nearby.

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