An increasing desire for green space
According to a recent survey by estate agent Savills, almost four in ten people considering a house move, be it for retirement or for any other reason, are more inclined to pick a countryside location than they were before Covid-19 struck. Coronavirus has prompted a shift, with the desire for green space being one of the most common reasons cited for moving. And it’s easy to understand why. Having a garden or access to outdoor or green space has become a more important consideration for buyers than ever before, with over half of those surveyed citing green space as the key driver for their purchasing decision. Retirement provides an ideal opportunity to make an important change to one’s life, and can present a perfect way to begin a new chapter in life. The vital role that gardens and outdoor spaces played – and continue to play in our ability to cope in times of crisis cannot be underestimated and is something that discerning retirees are also taking into careful consideration. In addition to the clear, mental benefits that access to green space provides, these studies also reveal that those with easy access to nature tended to recover and recuperate faster than those in an more urban environment. As older adults are generally more bound to their direct home surroundings, the benefit of easy access to green spaces is an important consideration.