Launch of new luxury retirement homes in Harpenden
PUBLISHED: 09:52 23 January 2019
Developers have launched their long-awaited luxury retirement apartments in Harpenden.
Nearly 20 years after a former care home on Leyton Road closed down, developer Pegasus Life have finished their new set of retirement properties on the site.
Park House can boast a collection of one, two, and three bedroom apartments across three villas, complete with accompanying Park Café and spa treatment rooms which are both open to the public.
The flats have numerous facilities for the over 60s - such as wide doors for wheelchair users, air circulation six times an hour to prevent chest infections, and access to 24-hour security support.
Looking over Rothamsted Park, the buildings have been designed using nine different types of brick so that the facade changes as the sun moves.
Access to the concierge team comes as standard to all buyers.
Sales manager at Park House, Michael Cain, said: “We want to build places people want to live in rather than feel they have to move here - which is a big distinction.
“The best part of my job is when people come for a viewing, still thinking that retirement housing is where mum, dad, grandad, or grandma go when they are going mad, and then they come here and go ‘Wow’, because it totally exceeds their expectations.”
At the Park House launch event on January 17, Pegasus Life presented Harpenden Town Council mayor David Heritage with £250 for his choosen charities - Herts Young Homeless and Harpenden Mencap.
Cllr Heritage said: “I fought tooth and nail to make sure that the right thing was built here and Pegasus knows I was always a pain in the backside - but I am quite amazed by what has been built.
“It is the kind of place I would like to live when I retire.”
He described the Park Café, which will serve drinks, pastries, fresh soup, sandwiches, and pizza, as an asset to Harpenden.
Cllr Heritage added: “I am very complimentary of what they have done here. It is a generous site, with parking and close to Rothamsted Park, and I am sure it will be sold quickly.
“They have thought of everything with the extra facilities of the age group they are targeting and I am very impressed with everything - the quality, design and thoughtfulness that has gone into each apartment.”