Modern over 50’s lifestyle villages are without a doubt, the most exciting opportunity to emerge in retirement options, to date. Designed to meet the high expectations of active retirees, they offer everything from high quality living to resort-style facilities, fantastic clubhouses, golf courses, cinemas, and so much more.
In fact, there’s a growing list of reasons you’d choose an over 50s lifestyle village over any other style of retirement living – but for starters, let’s look at what we consider the top 8.
1. Financial Benefits
In an over 50s lifestyle village you own the home, but not the land. This means that investing in the property is so much more affordable. What’s more, if you downsize from your family home, you’re likely to free up extra capital, which will give you left over funds to invest, or to enjoy those things you’ve been dreaming of for awhile – like cruising the Antartica or cycling through Tuscany.
2. No Excess Fees
One of the biggest financial benefits to living in an over 50s lifestyle village is the exclusion of excess fees. No need to worry about stamp duty, entry or exit fees, council rates, body corporate fees, or general rates and taxes. You simply cover the cost of your basic utilities (ie; electricity, phone, gas etc), which makes the transition to village living so much more affordable and manageable in the long term.
3. Low Maintenance Living
The contemporary homes and villas on offer within lifestyle villages have been meticulously designed with active seniors in mind. Seamless open plans, flowing outdoor living areas and fuss-free gardens, all make maintenance a breeze. Furthermore, those manicured village grounds, well thought out common areas and community facilities, are all maintained by management, so you never have to worry about lifting a finger!
4. Excellent Security
Over 50s lifestyle villages are very secure. So that means peace of mind, not only when you’re at home, but also travelling abroad. Most villages are accessed only via gated entries and their village staff are on call 24 hours a day. What’s more, the fabulous sense of community guarantees your neighbours are also looking out for you.
5. Pet Friendly
Your four legged friends are very welcome in an over 50’s lifestyle community. Often, having to relocate pets is a major stress for retirees, and can result in missing out on a wonderful investment. When your beloved pet can join you in your new home, you can instantly feel “at home.” Not to mention, the added bonus of great walking tracks and natural surrounds, that make those daily ‘walkies’ a highlight of your day.
6. Lifestyle Plus
Premium 5 star facilities and a host of other creature comforts are ‘par the course’ in today’s lifestyle communities. In fact, why would you ever want to leave home, when you have a host of amenities to enjoy all day, everyday at your doorstep. Swimming pools and gyms, fitness classes and social clubs, you’ll find are pretty much standard. Then there’s the one’s that take it to the next level in luxury, with golf courses, day spas, theatrettes and state-of-the-art clubhouses, all on the daily menu.
7. Like-Minded Friends
The activities and social events that take place within an over 50s lifestyle village make it easy to form friendships and build networks of like-minded people at a similar stage of life. There’s a great sense of connection without feeling like everyone is ‘joined at the hip.’ It’s the perfect balance of social and sanctuary.
8. Health Benefits
Studies have proven that moving into a lifestyle community has a positive impact on individuals health. Residents have reported factors such as maintained independence, being part of a community, and staying active, have all contributed to improved health, fewer hospital and GP visits, and a better sense of wellbeing overall.