Published in Essex Mag 11th January 2023

The Canopy is a superb collection of 25 luxury apartments exclusively for the over 55s, nestled among the leafy treetops of the desirable and sought-after London suburb of Chigwell. Set in its own woodland, The Canopy is a perfect balance between bustling convenience and quiet retreat. The large communal roof terrace, furnished with soft seating, and heaters for cooler days, is a perfect spot to enjoy views over the development’s lush landscape and further afield.

With the well-connected transport links, and within walking distance of nearby Grange Hill Tube station, travelling to London is a breeze. Liverpool Street and nationwide rail connections are a 30 minute tube ride away, while the M11 and M25 are easily accessed from the village.

The dip-in dip-out nature of a community of like-minded people is popular with later-life buyers. The Canopy’s comfortable lounges, one on each floor, are a welcoming space for residents and their guests to get together for a chat, a game of backgammon or cards, or to read the paper in companionable quiet.

The apartments all have two bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom, a guest bathroom, open plan living spaces, bespoke kitchens and underfloor heating. Many have a private balcony, and a pendant alarm service for emergencies.

The Canopy’s Estate Manager is on hand and committed to ensuring the smooth running of the estate, to be supportive in day to day life, and to be on hand for advice or in an emergency, without intruding on residents’ privacy.

Richard Williams, executive chairman of Cognatum Property, says, “Today’s retirement buyers are looking for properties that require little in the way of day to day maintenance, are easy and secure to lock up and leave, with excellent transport links, extensive amenities within easy walking distance, and that are energy efficient – effectively allowing them to make the most of their retirement. The Canopy ticks all those boxes.

“Retirees are attracted by the hassle-free lifestyle of retirement estates, with all the benefits and reassurances of a managed environment and an estate manager to take care of any issues that arise. A pet friendly estate with good walks on the doorstep has also become a priority for many retirees, as has easy access to culture, leisure facilities and good transport links, both national and international.”

On site facilities at The Canopy include:

  • Roof top terrace equipped with heaters, blankets and soft furnishings
  • Private woodland and woodland walk
  • Pet friendly
  • High-speed broadband
  • Electric car charging on site
  • Communal socialising areas, including a games room, located on each floor of the development
  • Lift to all floors
  • Highly efficient communal boiler with residents’ heating costs forecast to be significantly lower than for the average home.
  • Dedicated parking space per apartment, plus visitor spaces
  • 24hr personal emergency alarm service
  • Energy efficient

Prices from £599,950

For more information:
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Cognatum, a not-for-profit company, has 60 retirement estates in 21 counties across central and southern England, a total of 928 retirement homes. All are in prime locations within vibrant market towns or villages, within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Each estate benefits from thoughtful architecture, landscaped grounds, and a dedicated estate manager.