Re­tire­ment homes with a con­tem­po­rary twist

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FROM coastal vil­lages and his­toric market towns to city or ru­ral liv­ing, the choice of cur­rent McCarthy & Stone de­vel­op­ments across Scot­land of­fers buy­ers an im­pres­sive range of lo­ca­tions that aim to in­spire a move into re­tire­ment liv­ing.

With an in­creas­ing num­ber of de­vel­op­ments to choose from – in­clud­ing Tan­tallon Court in North Ber­wick, Jame­son Gate in Por­to­bello, Ed­in­burgh, and Bea­con Court in An­struther, Fife – each lo­ca­tion of­fers a choice of apart­ments in­cor­po­rat­ing fea­tures specif­i­cally de­signed with the over-60s in mind.

These in­clude a waist-height oven and wall sock­ets to save any un­nec­es­sary bend­ing down plus a slip-re­sis­tant shower room floor for ad­di­tional peace of mind. Spa­cious walk-in wardrobes are a prac­ti­cal and help­ful fea­ture for ev­ery buyer.

Each devel­op­ment presents an at­trac­tive con­tem­po­rary de­sign and an ex­ten­sive range of fa­cil­i­ties to help home­own­ers make the most of their new prop­erty. De­vel­op­ments are within easy reach of lo­cal ameni­ties, shops and trans­port links to en­sure home­own­ers have ev­ery­thing they need to make the most of their re­tire­ment years.

All McCarthy & Stone prop­er­ties pro­vide in­de­pen­dent liv­ing within a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment with the op­por­tu­nity for home­own­ers to ben­e­fit from com­pan­ion­ship when they want it. Own­ers have all the pri­vacy they want plus as­sis­tance when re­quired.

Lor­raine Pater­son, re­gional sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for McCarthy & Stone Scot­land, says: “Our choice of lo­ca­tions has never been so im­pres­sive and our range of stun­ning apart­ments of­fers thought­ful fea­tures that re­ally do make a dif­fer­ence to buy­ers over 60.

“Many of our home­own­ers tell us that mov­ing to McCarthy & Stone is the best move they’ve ever made, and how they wish they’d moved ear­lier.

“The in­de­pen­dence of home own­er­ship com­bined with ad­di­tional se­cu­rity and low main­te­nance, as well as new friends and com­pan­ion­ship, pro­vides home­own­ers with a new lease of life that gives them a real boost and ap­petite for mak­ing the most of their re­tire­ment years.”

Fa­cil­i­ties at each devel­op­ment do vary but al­ways in­clude a home­own­ers’ lounge which is ideal for so­cial­is­ing with, land- scaped gar­dens and a con­ve­nient guest suite should friends or rel­a­tives come to stay.

A house man­ager en­sures the smooth run­ning of the devel­op­ment and take care of time­con­sum­ing chores. The cam­era se­cu­rity en­trance sys­tem and 24-hour emer­gency call points pro­vide added peace of mind.

Most de­vel­op­ments also have a pet friendly pol­icy which means that well-be­haved pets are wel­come.

A range of spe­cial ser­vices aims to sup­port home­own­ers as they move into re­tire­ment liv­ing. Buy­ers can ac­cess free ad­vice to make sure they are aware of the al­lowances they are en­ti­tled to claim and how much fi­nan­cial sup­port they can ex­pect to re­ceive.

McCarthy & Stone’s Smooth Move ser­vice pro­vides help and as­sis­tance to make the process of buy­ing an apart­ment as easy as pos­si­ble.

The Smooth Move pack­age in­cludes £2,500 to­wards es­tate agent fees, £1,000 to­wards le­gal fees, plus a free re­moval ser­vice that in­cludes de­clut­ter­ing, pack­ing and un­pack­ing.

Lor­raine Pater­son adds: “Since Oc­to­ber 1977, we have built and sold over 51,000 apart­ments across more than 1,100 de­vel­op­ments in the UK.

“In this our 40th year we are proud of our record of achieve­ment of build­ing beau­ti­ful homes and pro­vid­ing in­dus­trylead­ing ser­vices for those in later life, as well as sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“With eight cur­rent lo­ca­tions in Scot­land and more in the pipeline it’s a great time for buy­ers to make that move now.”

‘A range of ser­vices aims to sup­port to sup­port home­own­ers'

DE­SIGNED FOR YOU: McCarthy & Stone apart­ments are spa­cious and fea­ture waist-high wall sock­ets.

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