Over 55’s living – a lifestyle decision

08 April 2021

If you’re looking at downsizing you may have come across over 55’s or retirement living. While many people think of these properties similar to aged care villages, there are many differences and a lot to like about these purpose built, over 55’s estates that cater for those who still live an active, independent and social life.

An over 55’s complex is a community of homes and facilities that have been designed specifically for those who are still able to live an independent life in their own home. As the name suggests, anyone who is over the age of 55 can live in this type of complex whether you are retired or still working part time. As this is your home, you are also able to have family or friends come to visit and stay with you, however if there is a circumstance where someone needs to stay for a prolonged period it is suggested you discuss the situation with the Village Manager. It is this sort of ‘know your neighbour’ culture that makes these types of properties attractive to downsizers who want added security and familiar neighbours around who are at the same stage of life.

Facilities at these villages can include shared and common spaces for socialising where residents can be as involved as they like. There is also often a calendar of social events that residents can take part in, or help organising if they wish!

It is also important to distinguish the difference between over 55’s living and aged care. Aged care requires a level of daily care that is tailored to the resident, whereas life in an over 55’s complex is much more independent, a place where residents can feel at ease about who their neighbours are and be able to share similar interests. Should you require a level of care down the track, it can be arranged just like you would do if you lived in your own freestanding home.

When searching for an over 55’s property, it is important to look at the facilities offered as well as the location and how that will help you to lead a fulfilling and connected life for years to come. While these over 55 complexes are privately owned, not for profit or publicly listed companies, each state has its own Retirement Villages Act for the operation of villages within that state.

We currently have an over 55’s property for sale at 6/107-109 Forest Way, Belrose. This immaculately presented over 55s apartment offers the perfect balance of low-maintenance interiors and easy access to lifestyle amenities. Showcasing flawless living spaces that have been meticulously maintained, this generous first floor apartment will suit those who value the convenience of apartment living, whilst also having the space to entertain, and the ability to walk to the shops within minutes. The apartment is part of a modern and impeccably maintained collection of units that has been designed specifically for over 55s, and is surrounded by immaculate gardens and enjoys green leafy outlooks.

Please get in touch with Liliana O’Toole on 0412 596 759 or click here for more details.