By Keith Osborne, published on, Wednesday 4th August 2021

There’s no doubt that the last extraordinary 16 months have made us all think more about where we live and our lifestyle, and for older people locked down for so long, a place with great support and the proximity of likeminded neighbours will have been especially appreciated.

Downsizing to a dedicated age-exclusive or retirement development with great facilities and a sense of community could be the right step for older buyers, and there are plenty of brand new homes for sale over-55s, over-60s and over-70s.They are an opportunity to keep a foot on the property ladder and combine the benefits of a secure, low-maintenance, well-designed new build home with a satisfying lifestyle of activities and support which general developments may not provide.

There’s a great choice of these types of homes across the South of England right now.

Howarth Park, from developer Cognatum, is an exclusive collection of houses and apartments for over-55s which sits on Milford Hill, with views across at the spire of Salisbury Cathedral. The apartments are in a converted Victorian villa within Milford House, while the houses are in a contemporary architectural style.

The homes are set in managed grounds with a centrepiece of a Cedar of Lebanon, believed to have been planted in imitation of St Edmunds College towards the end of the 18th century. Prices are on application. Find out more at

Howarth Park

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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.

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