Ev­ery­body needs good neigh­bours

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What would you sac­ri­fice to en­sure you have great neigh­bours nearby in later life? A sec­ond be­d­room, per­haps, or a great view? Hav­ing good friends liv­ing in the same place you do could be the key to a happy re­tire­ment.

In or­der to find the kin­dred spir­its you’d like to bump into ev­ery day, you must meet as many own­ers as you can when view­ing a re­tire­ment prop­erty. When Wendy Os­burn, 76, went to visit Wadswick Green, a re­tire­ment vil­lage near Bath in Wilt­shire, it was a chance meet­ing with widow Mar­i­lyn McGee that con­vinced her it would be the right move.

“We started chat­ting and learned that we both grew up in the Brom­ley area in Kent, so we had a lot to talk about from the start,” says Wendy.

“It wasn’t the eas­i­est de­ci­sion for me to move as I still look af­ter my hus­band who suf­fers from de­men­tia, and lives in a care home not too far from here. Mar­i­lyn’s com­pany has re­ally helped me find my feet within the com­mu­nity and our lit­tle ad­ven­tures help to take my mind off things.”

A sur­vey by Churchill Re­tire­ment and Onepoll re­vealed that older peo­ple want to be more neigh­bourly, with 90 per cent of over-55s say­ing they would like to get to know their neigh­bours bet­ter, com­pared with 71 per cent of 18-24 year-olds. Fewer than half of the younger peo­ple ques­tioned said they ex­changed Christ­mas cards with those liv­ing next door, com­pared with 80 per cent of the over-55s.

Sep­a­rate re­search from May­field vil­lages, which is build­ing a de­vel­op­ment in Wat­ford, dis­cov­ered that fewer than a third of mil­len­ni­als know their neigh­bour’s full name, com­pared with two thirds of over-55s.

Trust seems to in­crease with age too, with twice as many over-55s likely to leave a spare set of keys with their neigh­bour than 18-34 year-olds, ris­ing

Al­fred Lodge in Brid­port, Dorset, left and main. Git­tisham Hill Park, be­low right

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