At a launch event held this week to release the final phase of 49 properties at the new Richmond Witney retirement village in Oxfordshire, the company was astonished to find a queue of people ready to place a deposit to secure their chosen property, even before it had opened.
By the end of the day, 21 of the 49 one and two-bedroom apartments scheduled for completion by autumn next year had been reserved off-plan.
“We knew there was a keen level of interest,” said Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages, “but we were completely taken aback by the number of people, and their enthusiasm to secure a property there and then.
“Sales of the initial phase had been progressing so well that having sold almost all of the Village apartments, we took the decision to press ahead with the final phase of 49 properties.
“I think this undoubtedly demonstrates the strong demand for high quality apartments, combined with the retirement lifestyle we can offer with good central facilities and support in the background for when it might be needed.”
The village offers a wide choice of properties available, with the average 2-bedroom property providing some 1,000 sq ft of living space, up to a very generous 1,500 sq ft. Many are
privately located, south facing with views over the wild grass meadow, and with easy access to the spa and other central facilities.
Apartments are well appointed and include a spacious kitchen, living room, one or two bedrooms and en suite bathrooms. They are finished to a very high standard, with kitchens featuring granite work tops and Bosch and Neff white goods, and separate laundry cupboards to avoid using precious space in the kitchen.
The new £30 million Richmond Witney includes all the facilities that have made the other Richmond villages so popular, including a wellness spa with swimming pool and gym, hair and beauty salon, a library, IT room, terrace café, quality restaurant and garden bar, and all set within beautifully landscaped grounds with a bowling green and nature reserve beyond.
“These properties are ideal for those thinking about living independently and want their own front door, yet like the idea of being in a safe and sociable community with support and assistance close at hand if required. We listened carefully to what our clients wanted which included having a large living space and up to two large bedrooms, especially important if someone is downsizing,” added Paddy Brice.
Richmond Villages also offers its own domiciliary care team who are on-site 24 hours a day to provide tailored support packages to residents, while a care home at the heart of the village provides the reassurance of 24 hour nursing and dementia care.
Prices for these new apartments range between £335,000 for a generous sized (728 sq ft) one bedroom apartment to £645,000 for one of the largest (1,500 sq ft) two bedroom apartments, and compare well against the average size of a three or four bedroom new-build detached home.
The new Richmond Witney village is located at Curbridge Road, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 7NR, and is within close proximity of the town centre.