Why Retire to a Bungalow House

A bungalow house could be a great choice as a retirement accommodation option, find out more about the benefits here.

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Posted 17 September 2021
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Why Retire to a Bungalow House?

While bungalow houses only make up a small number of the UK’s housing stock, these single-story properties are still incredibly popular – especially for retirees or those considering retirement. 

However, with so many benefits to bungalow ownership in retirement, it isn’t hard to see why this is the case. So, whether you’re considering investing in or renting a bungalow in which to spend your later years, or you still need a little convincing, here are a number of reasons why you should go ahead with what can be a fantastic decision.

Easier access

As bungalows are single-story properties there aren’t any stairs, which means easier access to all the rooms in your home. This can be particularly beneficial for those who may have previously struggled moving between floors or for those with any mobility issues. 

They can still feel spacious

Due to the fact that everything is on one floor, you can often find that the common open plan layout of a bungalow has been designed to feel as wide open and as spacious as possible. For those that are considering downsizing this can help make your adjustment to a smaller home much easier.

Bungalows encourage downsizing

Speaking of downsizing, the flipside to this is that if your new bungalow is literally much smaller than your old property, it can be a great reason to have a clear out and start afresh for your retirement. You can find out more about the benefits of downsizing in your retirement in this useful guide we have previously put together. 
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There’s less maintenance

One of the most commonly asked questions about bungalow houses is: ‘how many rooms does a bungalow have?’ and the short answer is that they come with all the living areas and facilities you expect, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one with lots of bedrooms and communal areas. The major benefit here though is that fewer rooms means you have to spend less time maintaining your home in terms of cleaning and repairs. What’s more, it will be more affordable in terms of your utilities like gas and electric. 
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They’re great for visitors

Bungalows don’t just benefit you if you have mobility issues, they can also make it easier for visiting family and friends who may also struggle to get up and down floors. In addition to this, if you have young grandchildren, you won’t need to worry about the fall risks that can come with them and the stairs.  

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They hold their value

From an investment point of view, as bungalows continue to grow in popularity, if you were to purchase one, it’s likely they’ll either hold or increase their value – which is great news if you do decide to sell and/or move again. 

Finding a bungalow

While all the above certainly helps demonstrate that retiring to a bungalow house can be hugely advantageous in your retirement, it can be tricky to find and purchase them due to ever-increasing supply and demand. 

However, this is where McCarthy Stone can help, as we have a variety of retirement bungalows for sale and to rent, as well as many in development around the UK. Our rentals in particular could also provide even greater flexibility for those who may not wish to commit to a full property purchase.

Our Eaton Bungalows in Norwich can also give you a clearer idea of what’s on offer from our luxury bungalow houses. However, if you’d like to learn more about our retirement bungalows, don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 0800 201 4811. 
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