The evolution and future of retirement living

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15 Jun 2015
Meting out a pension in front of the telly may have once been the retirement living norm, but every day alternative possibilities emerge, prospects to celebrate the evening of one’s life in more extraordinary ways. Retirement need no longer imply the end but rather a beginning. Aided by affordable travel, improved healthcare and a generally more open-minded approach when it comes to lifestyle choices, nowadays the world can truly be your vintage oyster.

Retirement isn’t what it used to be (it’s better)


A recent government study conducted in the UK revealed that almost two-thirds of people over 50 believe that working full time and then stopping altogether is no longer the best retirement living option. Instead people would rather work more flexible hours, consult on their own terms, or split the year’s months into a few for work and a few more for play. People seem to see the benefit of continued stimulation and financial growth while still slowing down to appreciate the finer things in life.

What are the sunnier prospects?


There’s no shortage of research emphasising the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle. After a lifetime in greyer climes more and more people are opting to retire somewhere in the sun.

With more affordable flights, online booking systems, and the security of knowing what to expect through sites like tripadvisor settling overseas has become a viable and more luxurious retirement living option.


Although some retirees opt to take the cruise ship route to expand their horizons, investing in a foreign property earlier on in life offers several advantages. Regardless of one’s age buying foreign property is a sensible investment, it’s not only a hard asset but also allows for property diversification and doubles as a perfect retirement plan. Retirees who invest in one of the charming Calpe apartments on offer might complement retirement income with rental income by living half the year on the Mediterranean and the other half at home.

Why Calpe?
Location: Calpe’s ideal geographic positioning means regular visits from friends, family and grandchildren, and allows for an easy flight home for the occasional wedding.


Safety: Unlike some far-flung retirement destinations, Calpe offers a secure environment, with very low crime rates.


Healthcare: When it comes to retirement living world class healthcare remains a priority. The World Health Organisation recognises Spain as one of the world’s top healthcare providers. Calpe itself contains two hospitals, an abundance of pharmacies, and homecare options.


Taste Sensation: The cuisine alone is reason enough to spend the rest of one’s days in Calpe. Enjoy fresh ingredients from local markets, crusty bread, traditional paella, and wash it all down with plenty of cold cerzeva.


Affordability: Spain is repeatedly trumped as one of the world’s top destinations to retire. In International Living’s, Spain kept its position of the world’s most affordable retirement living havens.


Style: Although a handful of European seaside towns have become watering holes for tourists in search of cheap cocktails and roaring nightlife, Costa Blanca North offers something more refined. But for those looking for a quieter part of the coast opt for the Calpe apartments. The region provides luxury golfing, spa and healthcare facilities while retaining Spanish authenticity. It’s a place to take in the staggeringly beautiful coastline, improve your handicap, and to indulge in wine and tapas at side-street cafes while watching this charming world go by.


Find out more about property in Calpe for the discerning retiree here: Grupo Esmeralda.

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