Village offers lifestyle option

LIFESTYLE villages and those for the over 55’s traditionally have been seen as retirement homes, but a new development in Lake Joondalup is set to change this.

Lake Joondalup Lifestyle Village introduces the concept of a community lifestyle for those who no longer wish to remain in their suburban family home, but are not ready to move into a retirement home.

Modelled on successful European projects, the 11-hectare lifestyle village is for healthy, active single people or couples over the age of 45, according to National Lifestyle Villages director John Wood.

“There are not many options for couples with adult children, outside of the big brick and tile family home or the retirement village,” Mr Wood said.

“And, at 55, many people will not be ready to move into a retirement village with other residents who may still be 20 years older than they are.”

Lake Joondalup Lifestyle Village caters for those couples and singles, whether retired or working, who fall into this category.

“Many people in their 40s, 50s and 60s with adult children are too busy to maintain a big home and want the worry-free situation of living in a lifestyle village so they can have more leisure time and holiday more frequently,” Mr Wood said.

“The large number of baby boomers reaching this point in their lives have an entirely different view of retirement and demand lifestyle and security.”

Housing Industry Association executive director John Dastlik agreed many people were beginning to be more realistic about their accommodation needs.

Couples and singles were now moving out of their family homes not too long after their children.

“Individuals are moving out of family homes,” Mr Dastlik said.

“And people these days do not object so much to moving. In the past, people tended to build their family home and stay put, but people are more mobile these days.

“I think the trend of older couples moving into smaller accommodation more suited to their needs will definitely continue to grow.”

Mr Wood said residents owned their own homes and were afforded the security of tenure via a lease agreement.

“There are no accrued fees and all future capital gains are for the benefit of the homeowner,” he said.

“People own their asset and, when they sell it, all the proceeds are theirs.”

Mr Wood said the houses were made more affordable because the village did not include any on-site aged care facilities.

Instead, the focus was on activity, with a golf driving range, gymnasium, bowling greens, dance floors and clubhouse all included in the village complex.

And while the village did not cater for children, Mr Wood said it was understood that grandchildren were a grandparents’ pride and joy and a family centre, with a miniature golf course and other facilities, also was on site.

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