Wantage: a new approach to age restricted living


When you arrive at the newly-built retirement development on Church Street in Wantage, it is easy to see why more than 40 per cent of the apartments were sold by the end of the first month. The demand for well-built, good quality retirement properties in Wantage is what gives the development its advantage.

There has definitely been a shift in the traditional, “cookie cutter” type retirement lifestyle. In recent years, age-restricted properties are moving away from just the functional spaces for winding down in later living. People are now living much longer, partly due to increased awareness around our physical and mental health and how keeping ourselves well can benefit us as we get older.

It means that today’s retiree is more demanding. They may seek adventure and travel as they enjoy more free time, however they will also seek their home comforts and enjoy living independently. They are also more likely to be financially settled, as the housing market boom has freed up more cash to allow more people to enjoy life to the full. However, their priorities lie with family. They like to be within close proximity of their relatives and enjoy spending as much time with them as possible – particularly children and grandchildren.

For retirement developers, they have had to meet this growing market demand. Renaissance Retirement’s Fleur-de-Lis development in Wantage is one such example of how these demands have been very-well met. There are 32 spacious one and two bedroom apartments and 15 on-site car parking spaces. It is well positioned, within walking distance of the high street and other local amenities.

The building is designed to be sympathetic to its surroundings, to work in harmony with local architecture, but there were other considerations during the building design process which make this Renaissance Retirement development a little bit different.

Social spaces are really important to Renaissance’ owners, so that they can feel part of a community, within a community. These spaces are also designed to address the chronic issue of loneliness, particularly for owners who live alone. At Fleur-de-Lis, the spacious drawing room is ideal for any social gathering, whether it is planned or not. Many owners choose to sit and read the papers, or get together for afternoon coffee.

Concierge is also on hand to help with anything needed, but staff act discreetly, often in the background and will rarely encroach on your privacy. Their main purpose is to help with any day-to-day queries you may have, or just to say hello. They can also keep an eye on your apartment when you go away on holiday.

For those wanting a change of scenery, Fleur-de-Lis Wantage offers pedestrian access to Market Place, right at the heart of Wantage. The vibrant town hosts a number of events and festivals throughout the year, but is also bursting with independent shops and cafes. You could opt for a stroll along Letcombe Brook, or Betjeman Millennium Park. All of this is on the doorstep at Fleur-de-Lis.

The people who have moved in here have quickly formed great friendships and it is something that is encouraged at each Renaissance Retirement development. Owners are free to use the lounge areas for an evening drink or make use of it for larger gatherings – it’s a very versatile space.

Most owners living at Fleur-de-Lis have some connection to the area of Wantage. Several have family nearby and so can keep existing relationships going. However, some owners come from further afield and use their apartment as their own private bolthole when they are visiting their children or grandchildren. Fleur-de-Lis also offers rental options to those wishing for more flexibility in retirement. A lot of our renters see this option as a hassle-free way of right-sizing, plus it can be a great way to “try before you buy”. For renters choosing to purchase their properties later on, they can do so through Renaissance Retirement’s Rent to Buy scheme.

What’s clear is that thoughtful, intelligent housing design improves wellbeing and supports people in living healthy lives. Renaissance Retirement has embraced this philosophy and set out to bring a new aspirational approach to the retirement living sector, moving away from functional design and self-contained spaces to create schemes where communal facilities encourage social interaction, and open plan homes.

To find out more about Renaissance Retirement Fleur-de-Lis development in Wantage, please visit:

or speak to the team on 01235 766398.




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