Residence of royalty

No need to curtsey but towns and counties with royal associations do offer elegant and sophisticated surroundings for older homebuyers

The bunting is up, the tables are out and the celebrations are in full swing – and there’s a way you can enjoy a royal life far beyond this summer’s diamond jubilee street parties.

The good news for monarchists is that there are perfect developments for retirees and older residents in Britain’s burgeoning number of towns and boroughs with royal patronage.

Royal Leamington Spa was granted the title in 1838 by Queen Victoria, and Royal Tunbridge Wells in 1909 by Edward VII. Last year, Royal Wootton Bassett won its regal epithet in recognition of its efforts to honour Britain’s war dead.

Meanwhile, Greenwich has this year joined Windsor and Maidenhead, Kensington and Chelsea and Kingston-upon-Thames in the list of royal boroughs. There’s also the county of Royal Berkshire and in Wales, Caernarfon also includes the word “royal” in its title.

Developers love these locations because they are steeped in history with listed properties and conservation areas that provide dignified and gentle locations for older buyers.

For example, Banner Homes has new homes for the over-55s in Berkshire at Glebelands, a family estate in Wokingham built in 1897. The new apartments and cottages are designed to complement a neighbouring listed building.

“The development will provide the best of both worlds with a communal clubhouse complete with kitchen and large TV where residents can come together, but still have privacy and space within their own apartment or cottage,” says Banner’s Shelley West. Prices range from £250,000 to £600,000.

Still in Berkshire, developer Pegasus has a right royal offer at its Calcot Priory scheme in a quiet area close to the bustling town of Reading. There are 64 one- and two-bedroom apartments for sale in seven different designs at prices ranging from £154,950 to £284,950.

As with many retirement schemes this one has an on-site estate manager, a Careline 24-hour emergency call system, lifts to all floors, secure parking with electronic gates, landscaped gardens and a fitness suite. But there is a bonus this summer: every visitor viewing a property before 1 July will take away an official diamond jubilee £5 coin.

In Royal Tunbridge Wells, a favourite Kent town for retirees, about 40 per cent of residents are aged 55 or over. Unsurprisingly, the town has many specialist developments for older buyers. For example, there is a one-bedroom apartment available at Chartwell Lodge, a scheme built in an older part of the town: there is a guest suite for visitors to hire and an owners’ lounge plus communal gardens. All this is £185,950 from Wood & Pilcher.

There are retirement properties for sale at almost every other town and borough with royal patronage. Websites such as Retirement Homesearch and the Accessible Property Register are good starting points. There are plenty of homes perfect for over-55s in Windsor, Wootton Bassett and Kingston-upon- Thames especially.

So enjoy the street party tea and cake, then crown your celebrations. Buy a new home in a royal hotspot.

 

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