The UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, has announced the name of its new Lifestyle Living development on Albemarle Road in Beckenham, which has been named in honour of local poet and novelist, Walter De la Mare.

Walter De la Mare, The English poet, writer and novelist, was born in Beckenham and is best known for his children’s literature, his poem "The Listeners", and for a highly acclaimed selection of subtle psychological horror stories, including "Seaton's Aunt" and "All Hallows". He is remembered in Beckenham with a plaque on Mackenzie Road, less than two miles away from the development.

Georgina Akers, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone South East, said:   “Walter De la Mare played a significant part in English history for his literature and poetry. On account of the fact he was born in Beckenham, lived in the town and composed his writings here, we thought naming our new development De la Mare House would be a fitting tribute.” 

McCarthy and Stone’s Lifestyle Living developments feature stylish, age-exclusive properties in highly sought-after and enviable locations. Aimed at those aged 55 and over, Lifestyle Living apartments are intelligently designed to maximise space and light, while ensuring privacy and security.

De la Mare House provides everything homeowners could to begin a relaxing and enjoyable retirement. Currently under construction, the development will comprise of a selection of 16 one and two bedroom luxurious Lifestyle Living apartments with stunning balconies. Once complete, features at the new development will include beautifully landscaped gardens in which to relax with friends, while a secure entry system will provide added peace-of-mind.

Georgina Akers continued: “The McCarthy and Stone team is looking forward to becoming part of the Beckenham community.  We believe this latest prestigious Lifestyle Living development will play a real part in helping to bring friends and family together – something we feel is incredibly important, and will continue to bring many positive benefits to the area.”

Set in a prominent location, De la Mare House is in close proximity to a host of local amenities, including a Marks and Spencer’s supermarket, Beckenham Place Park, and the local high street with an array of cafes and shops.

More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy and Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 12 years’ running.  McCarthy and Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade for 12 years, which is every year the awards have been run.

Those interested in Lifestyle Living at McCarthy and Stone’s latest Beckenham development are invited to call 0800 201 4743 or visit

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