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10 lovely homes we’d be proud to show Nan

By Sophia Wood-Burgess

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Later-life moves are a huge consideration, whether you're moving yourself or helping a loved one. You might be moving Mum and Dad closer so you can help out around the house. Maybe you're finding Grandad a flat in a community where he can socialise. Or, after your hip replacement, perhaps one floor would be easier to navigate. Whatever the case, there are lots of emotions and plenty to think about.

Our office Managers and Area Directors came up with a wide range of properties to spark inspiration. Also, these are all on the market, so if something looks just right, click the picture to see it on our site.

All one floor

3 bed | Lateral apartment | Chelsea | £2,995,000

A manicured courtyard between period brick townhouses

We often find customers selling town houses for something all on one floor. Easier on a bad hip. This is a gorgeous lateral apartment with plenty of room and absolutely no stairs.

Neighbours your own age

Moving into an age-specific development can bring a network of friends, social activities, great amenities and onsite support. Living around people your own age (the three we feature here are for over 70s, over 60s and over 55s) can help you connect with your neighbours.

1 bed | Retirement development flat | Guildford | £400,000

Bistro set on a garden patio with green plants and red flowers

This ground floor flat in an over 70s development has a private patio overlooking communal gardens, access to a residents’ dining room and an onsite manager.

2 bed | Retirement development flat | Belmont | £270,000

Exterior of a beautiful building with an open door leading into a ground floor flat

In an over 60’s residential building, this ground-floor flat leads right out into the beautiful communal garden. This flat is bright, roomy and really exceptional value for the Belmont area.

2 bed | Retirement development flat | Muswell Hill | £380,000

In an exclusively over 55’s development, this spacious flat offers plenty of natural light and dazzling views across North London (pictured).

An exceptional find

3 bed | Bungalow | Gladstone Park | £1,350,000

Spacious kitchen leading to a conservatory, opening out to a garden and summer house beyond.

This is the first bungalow the Sales Manager has seen in the area, working in the Willesden Green office for the last nine years, so it is extremely rare. This is a stunning single-storey home, finished to the highest standard, with a lovely summer house at the end of the garden.

Everything onsite

Exterior of Royal Arsenal Riverside Complex building facing riverside.

These ground-floor flats in the Royal Arsenal Riverside Complex each have a large private patio to catch the sun. But the biggest benefit of living in this complex is the community feel, bolstered by the sheer amount of amenities onsite. No need to leave the complex to go to a supermarket, pub, café, GP, pharmacy, dentist, theatre and more. There’s a concierge and great transport links with the thames clipper, rail and DLR close, plus forthcoming Elizabeth line.

1 bed | Ground floor flat | Woolwich | £325,000

Sitting room with brick wall and light through glass patio door.

2 bed | Ground floor flat | Woolwich | £325,000

Sunny patio surrounded by green foliage.

3 bed | Ground floor flat | Woolwich | £325,000

Modern bedroom with glass door to a sunny patio.

The benefits of empty nesting

They call it ‘downgrading,’ but that's not necessarily true. Once the kids have all grown up and moved out, empty nesters might want to change where their money goes – swap spare rooms for better views. Here are some glamorous Chelsea choices, both with a lift so they’re easy on aging knees.

1 bed | Luxury apartment | Chelsea | £1,100,000

Sunny bedroom beautifully furnished in beige and green tones

2 bed | Luxury apartment | Chelsea | £1,200,000

Sunny sitting room with classic furniture

Let us help find the perfect place

Foxtons is London's leading estate agency, with a network of 50+ interconnected office all over the Capital. Our wider reach is a huge asset when you've got specific requirements. For more information on London property prices, you can check out our living in guides. Register with us, and you'll be notified of properties that fit your search before they're listed on Rightmove and Zoopla.

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