Retire The Hassle-free Way…


Did you know the average homeowner spends anywhere from 1% to 4% of his or her home's value on annual upkeep, but if your home is older, you're probably approaching the higher end of that range. If you’re considering retiring, our guess is that unless you invented a social media platform or a must-have app and are retiring in your thirties, you probably fall into a slightly more mature category thus maintaining your property yourself could prove to be more challenging, meaning you most likely have to shell out for all kinds of maintenance charges. Well, imagine if you never had to pay another service or maintenance cost again?

As an expat in Marbella our retirement options can be limited making returning to the UK a very attractive option for many. If moving to another country isn’t enough to worry about, purchasing a home and all that goes with that can seem very overwhelming. That’s where The Hawthorns retirement communities step in, taking the hassle out of retiring.

Hawthorns ensures that there are no extra service costs, maintenance charges and importantly no exit fees, which can be quite punitive with some developers and operators. You can move in straightaway with a rental and rent out your existing property (if you have one) until sold, or as The Hawthorns are so confident that you’ll love the community and lifestyle you can also use the one-month trial offer (Try Before You Rent), giving you full flexibility around your personal preferences. If you wish to change apartments or downsize, there are no agent’s sales fees, survey costs or conveyancing charges, just a single charge to reflect that apartments always come freshly redecorated and with new carpets where required. Do we have your attention now? It gets even better.

To make life really simple and stress-free there are no property repairs, gardening upkeep, Council Tax or weekly housekeeping costs. They even do your bedlinen laundry each week. With no utility bills you can use as much hot water or central heating as you like to stay warm as you adjust to the UK weather. Staff are on hand around the clock in case of emergencies, and each apartment has a call system, so you can feel safe, secure and looked after.

Living on the coast, we are very fortunate to be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, well for the foodies you will be happy to hear that The Hawthorns has a team of professional chefs that freshly prepare nutritionally balanced meals with choices in each of three courses, including wine at lunchtimes, again all-inclusive. There are three waitress-served restaurant meals a day and free refreshments available throughout day to include tea, coffee and juices, home baked cakes and biscuits, and a variety of fresh fruit. There is a comprehensive Well-being Programme that supports you staying healthier and independent for longer and a daily entertainment and activities schedule both within the community and on trips out in their private minibus.

The Hawthorns residences boast cinemas, libraries, cafés, hair & beauty salons, games areas with indoor bowls, relaxing lounges as well as private dining rooms for you to celebrate those special occasions with friends & families for an exclusive lunch, afternoon tea or dinner; visitors travelling over to visit can even stay overnight in their own guest suite. With a choice of a spacious studio, 1-bed or 2-bed apartment, plus bungalows and maisonettes in the grounds, there is something for everyone at The Hawthorns.

Hawthorns residents can keep their cars on site and come and go as they wish or enjoy the free minibus for shopping trips or days out. With a strong community spirit, both inside and out, friends and guests regularly visit to take part in events and activities.

With no fixed term contract, no exit fees nor hidden costs, service charges or ground rent, and only 30 days’ notice, it’s all very clear and easy to budget, from as little as £65 per day. Now there is no need to tie up your capital and assets and still incur the costs of maintaining your own property. Rather than worry about reselling property at a loss for you and your family, retirement should be about enjoying your health and well-being in an environment that supports your independence and your assets.