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Riverstone has developed a new concept for later living with two exclusive residences for the over-65s at Kensington and Fulham in London.

Life at Riverstone is geared towards living a full, active, and independent life while embracing all that the capital has to offer.

Riverstone Fulham is on the north bank of the Thames, with views stretching down to the new Battersea Power Station development and beyond. At Riverstone Kensington residents get the best of both worlds: shops, restaurants, and the cultural attractions of bustling Kensington High Street, plus a secluded garden designed by Chelsea Flower Show winner Andy Sturgeon on their doorstep.

A Riverstone apartment in Fulham

Both residences benefit from a range of amenities exclusively for residents and their visiting guests. There’s a private cinema, a spa and a restaurant and bar – Maria G’s – which is also open to the wider community. There’s also an Espresso bar, Club Room and well-stocked library.

Riverstone has taken a proactive approach to health and wellbeing, with a team that takes a tailored approach for each resident. There is a variety of exercise classes and personalised workouts. The company has partnered with the Good Care Group to support residents with any special health needs, and both developments have a 24-hour concierge service.

A spokesman for the company says: ‘Riverstone is all about future-proofing your later years, with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and a studio for daily exercise classes. Bespoke healthcare is provided by the Good Care Group, which offers the highest quality service in the comfort of your own residence. It can help with any health needs - so you can stay well for the life you want to live.’

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Another developer that is focusing on creating stress-free retirement properties is McCarthy Stone, which aims to enable residents to live independently but with easy access to support.

Its retirement properties in England, Wales and Scotland are secure, stunningly modern and set within beautiful gardens and grounds. They are also low-maintenance and energy-efficient, meaning you could save on your utility bills too.

Make new friends at a McC arthy Stone home

Locations are selected to be close to local shops, restaurants and transport links. McCarthy Stone’s properties are highly sociable communities, with a calendar packed with on-site events. People who live in them say it’s been easy to make friends and discover new hobbies.

If you choose McCarthy Stone’s Retirement Living Plus developments, you’ll also benefit from a Care Quality Commission- regulated manager and 24/7 on-site team.

There is also the option of tailored personal care, and you can choose to have things like cleaning, laundry and ironing taken care of for you. The on-site restaurant serves fresh food and drinks daily, so it’s easy to take a break when you don’t fancy cooking.

With retirement properties for sale or rent - or part-buy, part-rent - there are flexible moving options whatever your current circumstances.

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