10th Oct 2019
Moving home can be a stressful experience but according to research, the average British person still moves house eight times over the course of their lifetime – with two moves in young adulthood.*
Mrs Kay Thorpe (68) has just moved for the third time in nine years and, having settled down at Beechcroft’s ‘The Sidings’ development on Station Road in Wheatley, she is determined not to move again.
The Sidings is a stylish retirement community of just 16 new two-bedroom houses and three-bedroom apartments designed for the over 55s. Each apartment has a terrace, balcony or Juliet balcony and the houses have sunrooms, terraces and balconies. The new homes come with allocated parking and an Estate Manager takes responsibility for the maintenance of the communal areas, upkeep of private and communal gardens and is on hand to offer help and advice and to keep an eye on properties whilst owners are away.
Mrs Thorpe and her late husband moved from their family home in Gerrards Cross to a duplex apartment in the same area, nine years ago. Three years later, Mrs Thorpe, having been widowed, took the decision to move closer to family – one daughter lives in Oxfordshire and the other in East Sussex.
“I moved to Oxford in 2016 but became ill shortly afterwards and realised the four-bedroom town house that I had bought wasn’t suitable – there were too many rooms for one person and far too many stairs. My daughter and her family live in Wheatley and when she noticed the Beechcroft signs advertising a new retirement community on the site of the former Railway Inn, I registered my interest.”
“We attended Beechcroft’s sales launch and I made the decision to move again. I really wanted to be near my family and to have a home that would be easy to maintain. In the end I selected a first-floor apartment with lift access at The Sidings. My apartment is very spacious and all on one level – it’s beautiful. I didn’t want the maintenance of a private garden but I thought it would be lovely to have communal gardens.”
Mrs Thorpe is still finding her way around Wheatley which she describes as having all the amenities she needs. Indeed, as Mrs Thorpe will discover, Wheatley has a good selection of local shops including a traditional butcher’s, artisan bakery, branch of the Co-op and Asda, a pharmacy and post office. Park Sports Centre, between Wheatley and Holton, features a modern gym and fitness class programme, three squash courts, a sports hall, dance studio and therapy room. Local residents are able to play tennis free of charge on the courts at Wheatley Playing Fields and Wheatley Library organises events. Mrs Thorpe is planning to join a few of the local groups– and as she points out, travel links are excellent:
“Gerrards Cross isn’t too far away and we’re close to the motorway here so I can meet up with friends who still live there. One of the best things about moving is that I can see my 10-year old grand-daughter who lives a couple of minutes’ walk away. She visits me every day and, in fact, she is very impressed with my apartment and would like to move in. I really think I will be very happy living here.”
To make an appointment to view the show homes at The Sidings on Station Road, Wheatley and discover more about the community of like-minded people who have already moved here, please contact Beechcroft’s sales team on 01865 873369. Prices start from £399,950 for a two-bedroom, second floor apartment and the sales office and show homes are open Tuesday to Saturday inclusive from 10 am to 5 pm. Details on all Beechcroft’s retirement communities are available on the website at .