Research conducted by Hunters Estate Agents has revealed that the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough is the best place to retire in the UK.
The estate agent ranked some of the most popular retirement locations in England based on factors like transport connections, air quality, crime levels, and average house prices to determine the best place for older people to live.
Scarborough came in at first place due to its affordability, with the average house price in the area being £263,704.
It is also a popular retirement town thanks to its two sweeping bays, 12th century castle and close proximity to the North York Moors and the Wolds. Moreover, Scarborough train station provides easy access to nearby cities such as York and Leeds. This connects the town to UK-wide services making it easy to travel for leisure, or to visit family and friends.
In second place was the scenic district of Craven in North Yorkshire, which is home to several towns and villages including Skipton and Settle. Craven is a largely rural area that’s full of spectacular beauty spots including the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Malham Cove and Bolton Abbey.
Plus, with good road links across the M65, M6, A1(M) and more, it’s easy for drivers to navigate the area and travel further afield. While third on the list, Wychavon proved to be one of the UK’s retirement hotspots with a massive 31.5% increase in the number of people aged 65 and over living in the area over the last 10 years.
Located in Worcestershire, this rural district has three main historic towns within it, each offering much to explore and enjoy. Average house price in the area is £274,453 and the district also boasts good transport networks, with the M5 running through its heart.
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Lauren Spivey, Branch Manager at Hunters Scarborough, said: "Scarborough is a beautiful place to live, having lived in Scarborough my whole life I can see why it is a popular location for people to retire in. We have lovely beaches, lots of amenities and multiple properties that offer stunning views of the sea and castle or if you prefer a more country aspect there are charming cottages on the outskirts with countryside walks and open field views.
“Scarborough has multiple retirement properties which offer luxury accommodation, assisted living and the company of other retirees! Throughout my time working for an estate agent, I have spoken with multiple people who were born in the area, moved away and are relocating back to live out their retirement by the sea!"