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Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2XJ View on map
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1 bed apartments now from £160,000* in partnership with Homes England.

You can now purchase apartments at Walter House with Homes England. There are many advantages to purchasing an apartment in this way. For example, if you purchase a 75% share of the property, there will be no rent to pay, meaning you can retain home ownership for less. Purchasing a 50% share would require a monthly rent.

Currently the most affordable property at this stunning development is apartment 12.

•              Purchasing at 75% is £240,000 with no rent

•              Purchasing at 50% is £160,000 with £367 pcm rent

*Qualifying criteria apply. Shared Ownership is available on selected apartments at participating developments only.


Why Walter House?

Wonderful Walter House is a Retirement Living development for the over 60's in the centre of Chelmsford, which offers 49 contemporary one and two bedroom retirement apartments available for sale. Many have private balconies and all share beautiful communal facilities including the stunning ‘sky’ lounge. The historic city centre of Chelmsford is just a 15 minute walk from this retirement development, with plenty of local attractions like the 18 arch Victoria Railway Viaduct and Chelmsford Cathedral. There is also a wealth of amenities close by, including a leisure centre, the expansive greenery of Admirals Park and a shopping centre. Chelmsford boasts enviable connections to the surrounding area of Essex, and regular trains run from Chelmsford station to London Liverpool Street in just 34 minutes. The train station is only 0.3 miles from the development.

Discover Retirement Living with McCarthy Stone

This Retirement Living development in Chelmsford offers safe, secure, luxurious and low maintenance private retirement apartments, exclusive to the over the 60s. You’ll benefit from a friendly manager on-site to keep everything running smoothly and in tip top condition, as well as access to communal areas like the lovely lounge and large attractive gardens for socialising. Many apartments have beautiful private balconies and everyone will have access to a hotel-style guest suites for hassle-free hosting. Pets are welcome too!

Low maintenance and sociable

This Retirement Living development in Chelmsford is designed to encourage community feeling to flourish, while also allowing you to enjoy the complete privacy of your own spacious retirement apartment. You’ll find stylish communal spaces, including the large, light and spectacular ‘sky’ lounge with free Wi-Fi, and a landscaped courtyard garden - ideal for meeting your friends, neighbours and family for a drink and a chat. There will also be a hotel-style guest suite as a convenient alternative when people come to stay. The communal facilities become social hubs – a hive of informal gatherings and regular clubs, events and meet-ups to suit all sorts of interests. You’ll find things like film nights, pie and mash lunches, knitting clubs, cocktail evenings, music, yoga, birthday parties and even the odd fiesta.

Safe and secure

All our new retirement apartments are designed with intelligent ergonomics and Modern Methods of Construction to ensure they are a joy to live in. As well as being well-insulated, warm and energy-efficient, they have the latest safety and security features built in. You’ll benefit from a 24-hour emergency call system, fire detection and door camera entry, so you can see who it is before answering the door - as well as the reassurance of a manager onsite.

Development Highlights

  • Central location in charming Chelmsford with excellent local amenities
  • 5 minute walk to Chelmsford Train Station
  • 1 mile from First Class Essex County Cricket Club
  • Stunning communal ‘sky’ lounge for parties, events and everyday socialising
  • Manager onsite during office hours to help keep everything running smoothly
  • Community feeling with a calendar of events, clubs and activities to suit all interests

Key Features

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    Camera entry system
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    24/7 call system
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    House Manager
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    Pets allowed
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    Communal lounge
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    In the city
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    Intruder alarm
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    Lifts to all floors

Retirement Living at Walter House

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Shared Ownership Explained

Find out how Shared Ownership with McCarthy Stone works.

Virtual Tours

See for yourself what Walter House has to offer with virtual tours of our one bedroom apartment, two bedroom apartment and Communal areas. To get the best experience, click the full screen icon with the four arrows below in the bottom left menu bar.

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Interactive Site Plan

Our interactive site plan allows you to easily find available retirement properties. Click the tabs to view each floor. You'll see that one-bedroom homes are in yellow and two-bedroom homes are in purple. When you click on a property, you'll find out whether it is available for sale, rent or shared ownership, as well as pricing. Click on 'view property' to find out more. Retirement homes shown in red are already reserved, sold or rented out, but may be available on our Resales website.

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The properties at this development are leasehold properties with a term of 999 years from and including 01/01/2021

You can buy properties on this development. If you’d like to own your retirement property, we can help make the move as stress-free as possible, including support with packing and removals. If you have a home to sell, we can even act as a cash buyer, so you’ll avoid chains and estate agent fees.
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Join us at one of our events

  • 3 Aug
    Event - Wine
    13:00 - 15:00

    Summer Sky Lounge Party

    3rd Aug
    Walter House, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2XJ

    Join us for our Caribbean themed Sky Lounge Party this Summer! . 

    Come and enjoy amazing food, fizz and a fantastic atmosphere with our homeowners. Then why not take a tour of our development where we can tell you all about our Move for free offer.

    As a thank you for joining us for this event, we will give you a M&S voucher*! 

    .We're experiencing high volumes of bookings so please book now to avoid disappointment. Please call 0800 201 481 to book your place or book below.


    *T&Cs apply


Offers Too Good To Miss

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    Move For Free this Summer!

    With our Summer offer you can Move For Free* ! Enjoy retirement living to the full, without paying in full. That's because with our Move for Free offer we’ll pay your stamp duty + your estate agent, removals and legal fees*. Making now, the ideal time to move to our beautiful development in Chelmsford!

    Reserve before 30th August and complete by 25th October 2024 to take advantage of this offer.**

    To find our more please call 0800 201 4811.

    *T&Cs apply.

    ** Offer available on selected properties.

  • Smooth Move

    Smooth Move

    Nobody expects moving home to be easy, but we’re here to help you every step of the way; from the moment you make a reservation, through to the day you move in. Our Smooth Move service ensures everything goes like clockwork, which includes helping with the cost*.

    To find our more please call 0800 201 4811.

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    Part Exchange for a fast and hassle-free sale

    With Part Exchange, we can act as a cash buyer for your home. There’s no estate agent fees, no viewings and no chains. Just a guaranteed sale at a great price - so you could be enjoying the McCarthy Stone lifestyle sooner.

    To find out more please call 0800 201 4811.

Mary Heath

"We're much happier. Well I am, yes! I mean I did have some doubts, what am I going to do, you know, stuck in a two-bedroom apartment all day long with nothing to do. Now I am working out when am I going to get a break!"


Things to do in Chelmsford

Chelmsford has plenty of historic and cultural attractions, including the 18 arch Victoria Railway Viaduct, which carries the Great Eastern Main Line through Central Park. Chelmsford Cathedral is also a popular destination. There are a number of stately homes close by too, including Hylands House, with impressive gardens open to the public.

Just minutes from Walter House, you’ll find the leafy expanse of Admirals Park, which the River Can cuts through. There’s also a supermarket just 0.1 mile from the complex, and a doctor’s surgery, a dentist, a Post Office, a hairdressers, a florist, a butchers and even a theatre under half a mile away.

If you’re a lover of nature, gardening and the great outdoors, Warley Place Nature Reserve is only 15 miles from Walter House retirement apartments. This 25 acre reserve once belonged to the leading horticulturalist Ellen Wilmott, who planted many species of plants, shrubs and trees from all over the world. The gardens are now maintained by Essex Wildlife Trust and make an excellent day out during the summer months.

If you’re a sports enthusiast, Chelmsford City Football Club, Essex County Cricket Club, Chelmsford Golf Club, and Chelmsford Bowling Club are all within the vicinity of the proposed development. There’s also a leisure centre in Chelmsford which runs regular sports and exercise classes including Pilates, yoga and Zumba. Chelmsford town centre is only a 15 minute walk from this retirement development. There’s a wealth of high street stores within High Chelmer Shopping Centre, as well as plenty of restaurants, pub, cafes and bars for every taste.

Chelmsford Facts:
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Walter House
Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2XJ
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  • Conveniently situated close to these local amenities:
  • Bus Stop
  • Esso
  • Restaurant
  • Local Shop

Situated on Rainsford Road, this development enjoys a prime location in central Chelmsford.

Amenities nearby include a convenience store only 0.1 miles away, a theatre 0.2 miles away and the railway station less than 0.3 miles from the development.

In the surrounding area, a Tesco Superstore and Meadows Shopping Centre are 0.7 miles away, while Admirals Park is 0.4 miles away.

Getting to Location

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The Team at Walter House

Danielle Brewer
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