Take 5… Homes for downsizers


It’s not necessarily straightforward to predict when you might be ready to downsize. Although, more often than not, it tends to be when children have flown the nest that ultimately dictates the move. But, we know it is not always an easy step. There can be a lot of emotion attached to leaving behind the family home. Then there’s what to do with granny’s inherited brown furniture, the big dining room table that’s hosted every Christmas lunch, even down to the many boxes of photographs from the days of film camera. The thought of moving can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. In fact, downsizing can be the start of an exciting new chapter and a real lifestyle change.

Access to amenities and a thriving community frequently top many downsizers’ wish lists so researching the right location is a must. It can be helpful to be close to doctors, dentists and supermarkets, as well as community activities and excellent public transport. If it sounds like its ticking boxes, a quaint market town or city living might be a good option. Alternatively, we are seeing more and more property developments that specialise in homes for downsizers. They offer clubs and activities, as well as being amongst likeminded individuals.

Although area is important, you must think of it as your forever home too. Size is important to consider – you may feel like you’re lost in your current property but you don’t want to feel cramped in the next. After all, downsizing isn’t downgrading - and, if the children come to visit, you’ll still need space to host them. But, there’s much more to think about than just a smaller space. If you’re planning on this being your last move, you’ll need to consider if the house will be manageable in ten or 20 years. Outdoor space is a big perk but it can be hard work. A smaller plot can be less time consuming and brings with it the freedom to lock up and leave.

So, with this in mind, we’ve picked five homes that would be fit for downsizing. And, if you’re considering on taking the downsizing plunge, our ‘upsides to downsizing’ blog might be a helpful read.

Nuns Road, Winchester, Hampshire

This semi-detached property is full of Victorian splendour and has all the benefits of city living. You’re in striking distance of the train station and also have access to a range of leisure facilities, including a theatre, cinema and tennis club.

Jasmine Cottage, Walking Bottom, Surrey

If you’re looking for less space both outdoor and in, Jasmine Cottage could be a good option. The property has three bedrooms and a small walled rear garden, with a sun-trap paved terrace for al fresco dining.

North Beach, Morpeth, Northumberland

The much-loved bungalow frequently tops the list for those downsizing. Its appeal is an obvious one, but this one in Northumberland has a lot more to offer. You’ll get all the benefits of being in a small seaside town, including a thriving community and access to the coast.

2 Amberfield Mews, Amberfield Drive, Suffolk

This beautiful mid-terraced mews house is perfectly suited for retirement and is exclusively available to those aged 55 and over. There are even lovely communal gardens, and a visitors parking area.

Burnthwaite Road, Fulham

Proximity to hospitals and excellent transport links, as well as restaurants, bars and shops, put London on the map for many downsizers. This quaint Fulham property could be the perfect home – it comes with three bedrooms and a small paved garden.

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