Christchurch, long a favourite downsizer hotspot for older people, has been crowned the most expensive destination in the South West per square foot*. Apart from the odd bit of traffic congestion at times - usually at "school run time" (Christchurch's "bypass" runs through the middle of town!) Bournemouth Bournemouth Whereabouts in Christchurch to live - then I would have to say Highcliffe ! We moved to Devon for much the same reason as you are thinking of moving to Christchurch and although I love Dorset we have never regreted coming here to live but I still get back regularly to visit family & friends! We are in our 40's and have 2 teenage daughters. Seven ways to keep fit and well in older age. ft. of space in the coastal town. Prices start from £145,000 for a 50% share of a one-bedroom apartment (FMV = £290,000). ft. of space for as little as £145,000 through part buy, part rent. at Ferndown (where I did a French course in the evenings), in Christchurch and also in Bournemouth. There's a thriving U3A in Christchurch as well as local history clubs etc. Should'nt think you would have any problem finding volunteer work ( if that's what you're thinking of) it might need some research but I'm sure there will be lots of scope for someone with you're qualifications. Posted on September 14, 2018 (March 31, 2020) by Patrick. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. The property is located in an attractive part of West Christchurch close to the recreational amenities therein and within the coveted Twynham School catchment. There is a weekly market in the High Street on Mondays which sells most of the usual stuff you find in markets. In addition, large windows and Juliette balconies provide light and space that create a feeling of well-being. Hi Debra. if you are interested in history and an adult education centre in Christchurch which lays on a variety of courses. To explore more of incredible nature outside of Christchurch, don’t forget to read our New Zealand Travel Guide. Here you can find in-depth information about the location, apartments and facilities. I would guess we are about the same age as you and we loved living there - circumstances caused us to leave . ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-16344320', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');Christchurch for 7 yrs , well actually it was Highcliffe but it comes under Christchurch. In addition to open plan communal and private areas, elegant décor and large windows. Certainly the local area always seems very safe and lacking in graffiti etc. Platinum Skies grows with you, if you decide you would like care or some support we deliver high quality care tailored around your lifestyle. We’re all living longer than ever, so it’s a good idea to think about how you can help yourself stay as fit and well as…. All apartments come with shaker-style fitted kitchens, open-plan living areas, and walk-in showers. Its quite scary to just up and move, I am sure that you miss it a lot, and hope that you are happy where you settled. But then I would say that being Dorset born & bred !! The other three units are one-bedroom apartments offering up to 672 sq. This means you can afford a new retirement property at half the full-market value. (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? Salisbury Hospital, to the north of Christchurch is a bit further away but also has quite a good reputation. There is a good hospital at Poole (Poole General) and for most regional speecialities Southampton General is only about a half hour's drive away. Thanks so much for your reply, it really helped. It's in an ideal location having coast, countryside and various smaller and bigger towns and cities readily accessible for shopping etc. All rights reserved. Commercial New Home Development Microsite. This ancient part of the world is the gateway to an idyllic coastline with award-winning beaches and story-telling Blue Plaques aplenty through its cobbled streets. ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-16347422', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');Christchurch area? For more details call 01202 471461 or email [email protected] To review the Tripadvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: Bournemouth and Poole are within driving distance if you want the 'Big' names to shop, as is Southampton on the other side. more, Continue your visit to, Get answers to your questions about Christchurch, I know there is a U3A close by, and a number of Adult education courses are available nearby, e.g. ft. and is available through Platinum Skies’ part buy, part rent scheme for £225,000. Making it pricier than the prestigious historic town of Bath and only a little less costly than Bristol**. Christchurch in Dorset ranks as one of the nation’s favourite spots to retire. A range of apartments are still available, starting at £132,500 on a shared ownership basis. Whatever you decide I hope you'll be very happy . You can purchase a share in one of our new homes, before paying a monthly rent and management fee. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. It strikes me as a happy and friendly place. Christchurch, long a favourite downsizer hotspot for older people, has been crowned the most expensive destination in the South West per square foot*. A sum of £227,000 – equivalent to the average UK property value – buys only 687 sq. It’s the best thing we’ve done.”. We lived in (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? As far as medical care is concerned, I too would highly recommend the Stour Surgery in Stour Road. Need lots to do, places to shop and maybe U3a to joint. etc. Come on down. As a result, Monterey has proven popular with nearly 90% of the development’s retirement apartments snapped up since its launch in mid-2017.