Published in The Oxford Times & Wantage and Grove Herald 7th February 2024

“Downsizing has historically gone hand-in-hand with retirement, but as more people go on working later in life, sometimes on a part time or consultancy basis, the moment to move is less clear and can often be postponed indefinitely”, John Lavin, managing director of Cognatum, says, “In our experience, the happiest downsizers swap the family home for something smaller and more suitable earlier on in their retirement years, when they have plenty of energy and desire to spend their time pursuing hobbies, and generally having more disposable income and less need to generate income.”

The Rivus, Wantage- just moments away from the amenities of Wantage, and with speedy access to Oxford, national and international road, rail and air connections, The Rivus is in a peaceful but prime position. It offers a range of easy to maintain one and two bedroom apartments and a worry-free lifestyle for the over 55s.

There are a range of communal areas including a lovely roof terrace, and a wellness Suite with infrared sauna, gym, stretch studio and treatment room. Internal courtyard, roof terrace, and indoor communal socialising areas. Car Club. Guest Suite available for residents to book for family and friends. High-speed broadband. Lift to all floors. 24hr personal emergency alarm service.


For buyers, getting into a new development early can pay dividends offering a great choice of layouts and aspect. Buyers are also able to take advantage of the part exchange option currently on at The Rivus.

Sales prices from £265,000 for a one bedroom apartment.






Renting on a retirement estate before deciding to buy offers many benefits, allowing individuals to experience the community and lifestyle before making a long-term commitment. Renting buys time for long-term decision making, offering the opportunity to take a slower more deliberate approach to the decision of whether to settle permanently in a particular community, or in a particular area, and whether that area meets priorities such as proximity to family and friends, leisure facilities, and essentials such as healthcare. Rental prices from £1,300 pcm + £300 pcm for utilities for a one bedroom apartment.

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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.