Top Tips for Choosing a Retirement Property

Where we live affects so much of how we live – after all, homes aren’t just where we sleep they’re where we relax, where we socialise and where we create cherished memories. With so much to consider, making a choice about where we want to settle can be overwhelming and unfortunately, it isn’t something that gets any easier with age. So, with that in mind, we’ve pulled together tips for how to choose the ideal retirement property for you.

How do I choose a retirement home?

When choosing where to spend your retirement, it is a good idea to try to reference everything back to three simple questions: what do you need, what lifestyle do you want and what can you afford?

What do you need?

These days there are retirement properties to suit all preferences and needs. If you don’t drive and still want to travel for leisure or to see family you might consider proximity to public transport a priority. Likewise, if you have mobility issues then perhaps a ground floor property is a must-have. Maybe you don’t feel comfortable cooking your own meals and would prefer a catered service. Whatever it might be it’s important to think about what things will be most important to you both now and in the years to come.

What lifestyle do you want?

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a retirement property is what sort of lifestyle you want to lead. If you’re someone who enjoys long walks and quiet nights in with a good book you may well fall in love with a rural spot away from neighbours and noise. On the other hand, if you’re the sort of person who thrives in a social environment and craves the buzz of a big city you might choose something completely different. Similarly, if you have a close-knit social group and see family regularly then perhaps staying as close to them as possible might be the most important factor. There is no one size fits all but just be sure to consider what your day-to-day life will look like once you’ve moved in.

What does it cost?

For anyone choosing a new home, budget is going to be a significant consideration, and this is especially true in retirement when most people aren’t likely to be growing their income as time goes on. As a result, it is important to consider the ongoing cost of your chosen property as well as the initial outlay. This links back to considering the lifestyle you want to get out of your property, be sure to take into account how much money you would like to be left with after moving to spend on hobbies, holidays or family. As well as the traditional options there has been a recent rise in the availability of part buy/part rent schemes which allow you to purchase a share of a home and pay rent on the part you don’t own which can help add some extra flexibility to your budgeting.

Types of retirement properties

Once you’ve decided what it is you’re looking for in retirement and what kind of budget you have to work with then you’ll want to start looking at the different residential options available to you.

Independent living

Independent living in a retirement community can be a great option for many retirees who want to retain the freedom of living on their own terms but with the added benefit of living in a community of other retirees and all the social opportunities that brings. Independent living is something that Chapelton is very familiar with thanks to the range of options provided by our very own Brio retirement village.

Assisted living

Assisted living bridges the gap between independent living and making the move to a residential care home or nursing home. Essentially this option allows for residents to come and go as they please while having the security of knowing that there are wardens on-site to help with things such as cooking and cleaning if required.

Residential home care

In a residential home, residents are provided with non-medical personal care. This often covers things such as assistance with meals, washing, dressing and taking medication. These types of homes typically offer cleaning and meal services too which for some people might be a high priority.

Nursing homes

Nursing homes offer a very high level of care from qualified and experienced medical professionals. Some homes may even specialise in certain types of disability or conditions, such as dementia. While this level of care won’t be appropriate for everyone, they provide a brilliant service for those who need it and offer peace of mind to residents and families alike.


Retirement Communities, But Not As You Know It

Our vision for Chapelton is to offer its retirement community the best of both worlds – having access to the city while enjoying the benefits of country living.

If you’re in the market for the best of both worlds in your retirement, and want to enjoy independent living while being part of a close-knit community with excellent facilities on hand, then Brio Retirement’s Landale Court development in the heart of Chapelton could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Landale Court is a vibrant over 55s community, of one and two-bedroom cottages and apartments set in fantastic landscaped surroundings and with ten different designs to choose from there is a home to suit all tastes.

Landale Court also offers a variety of facilities including a Slate & Grain brasserie and bar, homeowner’s club lounge, hobby room, fitness studio, and stunning outdoor spaces.

All retirement properties have been specifically designed for retirement living and include handle-less kitchens with integrated, easy to use NEFF cooking appliances, floor to ceiling ceramic-tiled bathrooms with white sanitaryware and walk-in shower.

Prices start from only £217,800 and all properties are available to either purchase, rent or part buy/part rent so that you can choose whatever financial arrangements are best for your circumstance.

To find out more about retirement living in Chapelton head over to the Brio Landale Court website.


Chapelton Retirement Communities

Take a look around Brio Retirement homes

The Brio retirement living showhomes give a great flavour of the retirement properties on offer in Chapelton’s first retirement community.

Within its vibrant community of friends and neighbours, Chapelton offers a range of retirement homes within the scenic area of Aberdeenshire. Just a short 5 miles outside Aberdeen, our retirement communities have access to local amenities such as a lively tearoom, a visitor centre, community hall, a beauty and hair salon as well as allotments and parks to enjoy.

The Macalpin one bedroom retirement home and the Campbell and Fraser one and two bedroom cottages are bright, spacious and designed to the highest standard.

Take a look at the images and videos below which provide a virtual snapshot of life in Chapelton.

If you would like to visit any of the retirement showhomes in person, please contact the Brio Retirement Living sales team on 01224 543505.

The Macalpin

The Macalpin one bedroom retirement home has been tastefully designed, complementing the town’s unique surroundings while providing all the features for modern living.

Campbell

The Campbell, an exclusive cottage in Chapelton’s Landale Court community is a cosy cottage with character. The single story property is beautifully finished with plenty of light and storage.

Fraser

The two-bedroom Fraser cottage, also in Chapelton’s Landale Court community, is perfect for downsizers with spacious bedrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and Porcelanosa bathroom.


Take a Tour of the Brio Retirement Living Showhome

The Brio Retirement Living showhome is now open, giving you a chance to experience the caliber of properties on offer in Chapelton. To arrange a visit to the showhome, you can fill out this online form or call 01224 946711 where you will receive your exclusive invite.

In the meantime, the below video is a great way to have a look around the stunning two bedroom Fraser showhome at Landale Court.


New Brio Retirement Living Showhomes Launch

Brio Retirement Living has launched its first Landale Court showhomes in Chapelton.

The one-bedroom Campbell cottage and two-bedroom Fraser cottage, named after local clans, provide prospective buyers with the opportunity to see what the new retirement area of the town and the properties have to offer.

Brio homes are now available to reserve off-plan and benefit from the village hub which contains a homeowner’s club lounge, a Slate & Grain Brasserie & Bar, fitness suite and 24 on-site staff presence. For more information on the showhomes or to arrange an appointment, visit www.brioretirement.co.uk/our-villages/chapelton/show-home/ or call the sales team on – 01224 676 952