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An older women contemplating retirement properties in Essex and whether to downsize
24th February 2024

Retirement properties in Essex: should I downsize?

If you are approaching retirement, you may be asking yourself the question, should I downsize? Planning for retirement is an essential step in life and whether or not to sell your existing home and look at perhaps retirement properties in Essex, or a retirement bungalow is something you might want to consider. Making some of those fundamental decisions early and putting a plan in place not only makes processes easier further down the line, but also allows you to live life to the full at present, with confidence that the future is planned for.

Before or upon retirement, the option to downsize property often comes into consideration. There are a great selection of retirement properties in Essex - including our very own retirement community at Burnham Waters. It’s important, however, that you carefully research what you’re after regarding retirement complexes. There is a stark difference between traditional retirement houses and an integrated retirement community.

The retirement village at Burnham Waters offers luxury bungalows, complete with easily accessible amenities to use at your pleasure, creating a vibrant community for the over 55’s. Here’s what to take into account if you are considering downsizing to move to a retirement village.


Spatial Impact


Your family home will always hold a special place in your heart, but perhaps you think that now, you’ve got a little more space than you need. A spacious abode can be a luxury; however, it’s essential to consider the financial aspect of a large house and the possible effect on your wellbeing.

Maintaining the entirety of a large home can be time-consuming, expensive, and even exhausting. Retirement properties in Essex, such as those at Burnham Waters, offer an opportunity to embrace a low-maintenance, community-based lifestyle as you get older. 

If you’re downsizing, it’s also likely that your monthly bills will be less. You won’t be paying to heat rooms that you don’t use, and your council tax may decrease too. Our bungalows are built to heat efficiently, utilising heat pumps and underfloor heating for ultimate convenience. 

Downsizing to a single level home eliminates the concern of stairs, so you’ll never have to worry; ease of access to your property is already accounted for. Our retirement bungalows have been expertly crafted to accommodate every need and eventuality of our community aged 55+.

Choosing to live in a multi-functional retirement village ensures that you get all the benefits of low maintenance living and access to a wealth of on-site amenities. So, whilst your living space may be different to your previous home, you guarantee usage of a whole complex, as part of a community.


Low Maintenance Lifestyle


As we retire, a low-maintenance lifestyle is often what we aspire to. There is certainly comfort in knowing that years of hard work have paid off and now is the time to enjoy life, stress-free. If a sense of ease and tranquillity is what you desire, retirement properties in Essex could be the perfect remedy, as you approach older age.

Downsizing, or moving to a single floor home means a lot less maintenance overall. Perhaps you have had a change in circumstances which means a helping hand is needed? From gardening, to housekeeping, fully qualified carers and an onsite doctor’s surgery, at Burnham Waters, we offer around the clock support, whenever you need it.

You can rest assured that everything will be taken care of, so that you are comfortable and content in your forever home. We even offer a mini-bus services into Burnham-on-Crouch town, so that you can enjoy all the local area has to offer!


Cost-Effectiveness, Convenience and Community


At Burnham Waters, our vision is that residents will lead an independent, active and social lifestyle after retirement, aided by rich amenities and friendships within their community. If you have chosen to downsize for retirement properties in Essex, at Burnham Waters, your bungalow has been designed to accommodate your every need. In addition, you gain a whole community, with all amenities and facilities conveniently located a stone’s throw away from your front door.

Echoing the majority aspiration to live a low-maintenance lifestyle after retirement, we want to eliminate any stress from your day-to-day. In essence, the community is a one-stop hub - everything you need can be found within the village.

From cafes and restaurants to fitness classes, there is always something to get involved in and plenty of opportunities to make all important connections. Additionally, there are beautiful scenic walking routes integrated within the onsite countryside. We cater for a range of different ages to support many different lifestyles and preferences. If you’re looking for a vibrant community after selling your home, this is your perfect match.


Get in Touch


So, perhaps you’re thinking of downsizing your home as you start your retirement journey, or simply want to enjoy the safe and stress-free lifestyle of moving to retirement properties in Essex. We understand how important it is to get this next step right for an easy transition.

At Burnham Waters, our properties offer a taste of luxury, with easy access to all diverse amenities and facilities for ultimate convenience. We can wholeheartedly say that our community is an essential investment for a better quality of life and a step further to planning your future.

If you’d like to receive more information about Burnham Waters, or enquire about reserving a property, our friendly team are on hand to help you.

Simply send us an email at, or get in touch with our sales team on 01621 861559. You can also fill out our contact form for a downloadable brochure. We look forward to hearing from you! 


The team have been so patient and understanding with my elderly parents. Although we haven’t been through a purchase yet we are hoping that will come. Nathan and his team have been accommodating, kind and very knowledgable throughout our dealings with them so far. Highly recommend.

Christina Sheilds

Having been met by Nathan we followed him onto the estate and was introduced to Jamie. His truly inspirational concept for a community development have left us wanting to be part of it. Loved the bungalow and once inside we able to see for ourselves the high spec and generous size rooms. Every aspect appears to have been thought about carefully and we are looking forward to seeing the 3 bedroom show home.

Mrs Moss

The property exceeded expectations. My wife and I appreciate how generous you were with your time with us. It’s a great, well thought out and designed development for the over 55’s.

Mr & Mrs Francis

Completely blown away with the spaciousness of the layout of the estate and the beautifully presented bungalow. I can’t thank you enough for the all the advice and information the team at the bungalow gave coupled with the help and genuine understanding and help with our particular issues.

Mr & Mrs Allix


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