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Older people are looking for more independence and are intent on maintaining their lifestyle according to research from the Institute for Ageing & Health at Newcastle University. Add that to the fact one in three people will now live to the age of 100, instead of one in 100, according to the Office of National Statistics, it makes sense more downsizers are looking at homes that offer a more active lifestyle. For buyers looking for life outside of a retirement village, while still offering a host of amenities, Bellway Homes’ The River Gardens in Greenwich will whet the appetite.

The River Gardens offers downsizers luxury living surrounded by riverside views, with exclusive access to a private gym and a swimming pool. There is also a 24-hour concierge service and while there are plenty of gardens and a tow path to get active on foot or by bike, the development is set in a peaceful environment for the best of both worlds.

Active Downsizers Head To The River Gardens


Emma Hamlett, Sales Director at Bellway Homes, comments: “For those seeking more independence, The River Gardens offers an excellent choice for downsizing. The use of the private gym and swimming pool allows those who like to keep active, to do so close to home, while incredible riverside views and the close proximity to the bustling, vibrant Greenwich make it easier to have everything to hand. We encourage anyone considering downsizing from their current house to a stylish apartment to come along and see our development for themselves.”

All apartments are finished to a high standard throughout, including open plan living spaces, balconies and quality kitchen appliances. A typical three-bedroom apartment, features a spacious, open plan kitchen, dining and living area, with integrated kitchen appliances. The bedrooms have plenty of storage space and an en-suite to the master bedroom. In downsizing, there is no need to sacrifice outdoor space, with the apartment featuring two balconies, to tend to pot plants and admire the views. There is a modern ‘family’ style bathroom, all fitted to the highest quality specification.

Greenwich is a cultural hub famous for its Maritime history including the last-surviving tea clipper, the Royal Observatory, and London’s oldest enclosed Royal Park. Greenwich offers an excellent array of pubs, restaurants and bars, alongside a large variety of shops to satisfy all retail needs ranging from high-street brands and designer boutiques to the Greenwich Market, just a mile away, selling organic produce. Film fanatics can enjoy two cinemas close by, including the Greenwich Picturehouse that regularly host classic films.

The combination of five-star facilities and first-class connections make The River Gardens a sought-after location. With the Cutty Stark DLR Station just a short stroll from the development, residents can navigate the city with ease with frequent services to key London locations

Prices at The River Gardens start from £445,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, £590,000 on a two-bedroom apartment and £740,000 on a three-bedroom apartment. Help to Buy is available on selected plots. For further information and to register your interest please visit or call 0845 257 6065.

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