Published in Essex Living 1st October 2023


Looking for the perfect place to retire? With incredible convenience, peace and quiet, and delightful accommodation, The Canopy is well worth considering

The Canopy is a 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, 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 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.

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.

John Lavin of Cognatum 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. The Canopy ticks all those boxes.”

Other on-site facilities at the Canopy include:

  • Pet friendly.
  • High-speed broadband.
  • 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 £499,950. Part Exchange available.

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.