The Concept

‘Retirement’ housing is a touch ubiquitous, frankly it has become stigmatised. Age-exclusive housing should be aspiration driven rather than needs driven. At a time when disposable income and available leisure time are at their optimum level, who on earth wants to compromise their lifestyle? If anything, a new home at this stage should be about enhancing this new lifestyle: Well-designed, resort-style living in well equipped, light filled homes within a peaceful, quiet garden setting and with the emphasis on well-being.

That was the thinking behind Arbor Vale; we wanted to offer people the chance to drop a couple of bedrooms and any onerous maintenance responsibilities but without having to compromise on the quality of their living space. We wanted to create an intelligently designed community of like-minded individuals.


A great deal of focus was placed on the reception room areas at Arbor Vale. It was important that the principal living space felt like it was not compromised in any way so each property has a fluid open-plan design with large windows looking out over the communal landscaped gardens. The result will be light, airy open plan living spaces with clean lines and an emphasis on well-being.


In many ways the heart of any home, we wanted the kitchens to reflect that the move to Arbor Vale is a right-size more than downsize. The kitchens are modern handleless German units designed in fashionable shades with stone worktops and a full suite of integrated appliances including a wine cooler. The kitchen layouts are considered in detail so that their day-to-day use is efficient. All the kitchens have centre island units making them convivial spaces in which to eat day-to-day and also in which to entertain.


It’s expected that many people choosing to move to Arbor Vale may be coming from larger properties and again, we felt it was important that it was not necessary for purchasers to compromise on the size of their principal bedroom. Each property has a spacious master bedroom with plenty of wardrobes space (many have dressing rooms) and all have large windows to allow in plenty of light.


In any new home it’s often the kitchens and bathrooms that separate the wheat from the chaff. Each of the bathrooms at Arbor Vale has a bespoke design with many elements combining to deliver a luxurious boutique effect. The Portabella design team have a long-standing relationship with upmarket manufacturer Roca/Laufen and each bathroom’s suite and taps is handpicked from their current selection. Feature wall tiles are used to complement the room and use will be made of rich colours and lighting to augment the scheme.


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