Won't you take me to... London town?

It’s no secret that we are all living longer. A recent report by estate agent Knight Frank suggests the number of people aged over-65 living in the UK is set to hit 12 million by 2027.

Often such stats are presented in headlines warning people to ensure they saved enough to finance this longevity! Seldom do we read or hear how we should celebrate healthier individuals living longer lives and the wider benefits of this to society.

There are of course practical considerations to be made around our ageing population and, chief among them is suitable housing options.

The later living market is attracting record levels of investment with increasing levels of wealth and more informed choices fuelling this market growth.

Economics aside, there has been a seismic shift in people’s mindset meaning many would baulk at any suggestion they are ‘old’.

And it is specifically this change in attitude that is driving the need for a living environment that allows independence whilst at the same time offering a sense of community.

A luxury retirement village offers exactly that, with a choice of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom retirement properties in London.

London, although frequently perceived as a young person’s city, boasts just over 1 million people aged over 65.

According to Knight Frank, these individuals’ living needs are catered for by 63,000 retirement living units across almost 2,000 schemes, with 17% privately owned.

More are urgently needed, although there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The Mayor is supporting the Draft New London Plan, which sets out plans for a marked increase in the number of new later living schemes in London. Hot spots in the south west of the city are proving to be increasingly attractive locales.

Recently voted the ‘Best place to live in London’ by Time Out’s city living survey, Clapham is the prime location for Audley's first London retirement village.

Today Clapham is one of London’s most sought-after locations both for the vibrant community it boasts and its proximity to green spaces.

Nestled among some of London’s most affluent boroughs, it offers an eclectic mix of attractions near Clapham with cafes, shops and restaurants, all a mere 20-minute commute from central London.

Due to complete in 2020, Audley Nightingale Place will offer 94 retirement apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms in size. As with all our villages, it will also have a health club, pool, library and restaurant, and even it's own cinema.

Our first London retirement village will be situated next to Clapham South underground offering Audley owners’ ready access to the big smoke but, at the same time, a chance to enjoy the stunning greenery of Clapham common.

It’s vital that older Londoners have the right living options in their city, and we are delighted to be opening our first London village.

Nightingale Place offers Londoners a way to stay fully in control of their retirement living without having to compromise on the city they love.

Find out more about Audley Nightingale Place and view our available properties, starting at £665,000.