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Retirement villages – what’s in it for you?


Retirement villages – what’s in it for you?

Those seeking a home to retire to on the Sunshine Coast are spoilt for choice with a range of accommodation options.

It’s no secret the Sunshine Coast offers a wonderful retirement experience. Whether people are downsizing, opting for a supportive community village, or are leaving behind the house in exchange for an apartment with expansive sea views, there are plenty of appealing options on the Coast.

Linda Hooper from Living Choice says retirement villages have changed significantly over the years. “For many people, the term ‘retirement village’ conjures up visions of tiny, boxy homes and elderly residents playing bingo.

“However, today’s villages are more like lifestyle resorts, offering retirees the ultimate lifestyle.”

She says Living Choice clients range in age from 55 to 95, and these “generations live happily together. It’s wonderful to see how caring and supportive the younger residents are of the older residents.”

She says options for activities are vast with many amenities on residents’ doorsteps, from hospitals to pools, tennis courts and gyms. “Living Choice Kawana Island is well located on the Parrearra lake and is close to Kawana shopping centre, beaches, the Kawana sports stadium and other sporting facilities. Many residents also appreciate having the Sunshine Coast University public and private hospitals just down the road. It’s a great option for those who like to be active as it’s encircled by an extensive waterfront boardwalk. Residents enjoy kayaking from their own floating pontoon, bowls, tennis, swimming in both the indoor heated and outdoor pools.

“Living Choice Twin Waters is popular with golfers as it’s opposite the Twin Waters Golf Club where there are tennis courts too. The village also has a bowling green, gymnasium, two pools and a lovely waterfront boardwalk. For peace of mind, there is a co-located aged-care facility.”

Lyn Morrison from Nature’s Edge Buderim says its accommodation options are masterplanned for active older people.

“At the heart of the community is the multimillion-dollar leisure centre precinct,” she says. “There’s so much for our residents to do. Whether it’s taking a dip in the 20-metre indoor pool, catching up for movies in the state-of-the art cinema, taking a stroll along the beautiful rainforest walking tracks or catching up for happy hour drinks with friends on the deck after a game of bocce, tennis or bowls.”

Ms Morrison adds, “Homes and the entire community are designed for accessibility. Homes are single level and for example, showers are built seamlessly to the floor, so no one has to step over anything to get in or out of the shower.”

Ms Hooper says its ‘choice of luxury and the luxury of choice’ mantra captures the wide variety of homes available at Living Choice’s retirement communities. “From a modest one-bedroom villa or apartment to a magnificent, jaw-dropping grand penthouse, there is something to suit everyone and they all comply with building regulations that facilitate easy access for wheelchairs or other mobility aids.”

Ms Morrison says Nature’s Edge Buderim is offering upgrades and cash back with certain purchases, as well as no stamp duty. Ms Hooper says Living Choice has limited stock available ranging from $595,000 to $1.25 million.

So, for an asset with more than a community feel, and in prime locations, a retirement home may make a suitable option for your nest egg.

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