There are a number of retirement housebuilders in the UK and in this section, we provide a little information about the major ones. If you're interested in buying a property built by one of them- even if on a resale basis - we would recommend visiting their website and reading their literature.
Retirement housebuilders build homes that are slightly different to ordinary properties because they reflect the concept of properties that provide an independent lifestyle designed for people who want to live in their own home but might need a little extra help and support with either their personal care, cooking or cleaning.
The properties are also specially adapted with the older person in mind and include mobility features such as ramps by the door and hand rails in areas like corridors and bathrooms. These modern developments often include an onsite restaurant, a communal lounge, laundry room and guest suite.
Once a development has been built, management of the property is usually taken up by a separate company - usually a specialist in management of retirement properties. Where possible, we have identified these property management companies and suggest you also look them up for your own peace of mind.
McCarthy & Stone
McCarthy & Stone have been building houses for over 40 years and they are the UK’s largest retirement housebuilder, currently selling over 70% of the UK’s owner-occupied retirement housing each year. McCarthy & Stone offer two types of retirement housing. Retirement Living is a type of retirement lifestyle property that’s designed for the over 55’s. Retirement Living Plus (formerly Assisted Living) is another name for sheltered housing and is designed for people in their 70’s.
Renaissance Retirement was founded in 1997 and build high quality retirement homes for independent living in locations people want to live in.
Churchill Retirement Living is a privately owned, family run British Company specialising in developing retirement properties and flats in lovely locations across the UK. They aim to provide the best lifestyle choice offering a safe and secure retirement.