The advantages of living in a retirement development

Aspen Mews – Chigwell, Essex

If you are downsizing, have you considered the joys of living independently in a stylish development setting that is designed specifically for residents aged 55 plus, where you can enjoy plenty of fun and socialising on your doorstep?

Offering a host of benefits to include luxury interiors, a 24/7 concierge, good security systems, activities and the ability to bring in care support as needs grow, our latest retirement homes in Essex (Aspen Mews) and Oxfordshire (Mansell Vale) are attracting plenty of interest from buyers keen to enjoy their golden years with similarly aged people.


Modern Luxury

Our developments offer an environment designed to offer a life of modern luxury with the peace of mind in verdant, nature-rich surroundings. For example, each apartment benefits from the highest standards of specification in order to deliver optimum levels of comfort and peace of mind, alongside a unique home of understated luxury designed for 21st century country-living. Internally, materials are stunning and stylish allowing rooms to exude warmth and character, with each home offering the promise of richly rewarding day-to-day life with interconnecting living, dining and kitchen areas flooded with natural light into generous open spaces. The kitchens by Howdens include integrated appliances and solid oak worktops with ceramic splashback tiles; the bathrooms boast full height walls with marble effect tiles and walk-in showers as well as a separate bath; whilst all master bedrooms have their very own walk-in wardrobe. Other mod cons include underfloor heating throughout and an air change system to maintain clean air for maximum comfort.

A stylish kitchen at Aspen Mews


Socialise with similarly aged people

From admiring the views on a stunning roof top terrace or strolling through our beautifully landscaped communal grounds, to taking part in a Pilates class or enjoying a wine tasting evening, there’s so much to do with similarly aged people at Aspen Mews and Mansell Vale. With many of the apartments having private terraces or balconies too, our homes offer an ideal set up for having a great social life with friends and loved one’s.



In the past, retirement developments have often been associated as being lonely and isolated, removing the independence of its residents. However, with the over 55’s being more active than ever before, developers have modernised their designs to reflect today’s type of buyer. You can live independently in your own apartment at Aspen Mews and Mansell Vale, with easy access to local life right on your doorstep. You choose what you want to do each day, and where you want to be – whether that’s catching up on the latest news headlines at home or connecting with peers in communal facilities and activities. Independent living is about making life easier and preserving freedom for longer. By tailoring our homes to our residents’ needs and interests, we can ensure we can achieve all of that for them.


Amenities and social events

Retirement developments offer some fantastic on-site amenities and facilities for their residents to make lives easier and more enjoyable. For example, our buyers benefit from a parcel store, buggy area, private parking and high speed broadband. Facilities include a stunning rooftop terrace with landscaped gardens, and a tranquil private woodland ideal for dog walks or just a gentle stroll. Whilst a 24/7 lifestyle concierge can organise a range of activities from restaurant reservations, holidays and theatre, to golf, experience days and helicopter travel via a Heli-pad located nearby. Residents can also enjoy various activities together, from wine tasting and yoga to mindfulness and meditation.


Low Maintenance

Being part of a retirement development means property and garden maintenance is pretty much taken care of, keeping things hassle free for you. All you need to think about is enjoying later life in your new home with friends and family.

Safety Reassurance

People tend to feel safer when living together rather than alone, and with well-established security systems such as extensive CCTV and fob-controlled entry, residents at our homes can be reassured even further of a safe and secure environment round the clock, adding to peace of mind.


Care support

Assuming you do not require round-the-clock help with eating, dressing and so on where a care home would be more suitable, the joy of living at a retirement development is that you can enjoy the independence and security of your own home, and hire in care support as and when your needs grow.


For more information about our embracing independent life at Aspen Mews or Mansell Vale, do get in touch with Sequoia Life on or book a viewing.