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Community living a new adventure

December 29, 2021

After experiencing an interesting and eclectic working life, Steve and Gaynor Tapscott are looking forward to life at Stockland’s Halcyon Berwick (VIC).

"We've been self employed, owned a coffee shop, a concrete manufacturing business and I’ve been in the police force, the army and the fire brigade,” Steve said.

"We've done lots of different things, so we’re looking forward to experiencing community living.”

The couple have lived in the same home in Bayswater, in the foothills of the Dandenongs in Melbourne’s east, since marrying 46 years ago. 

Steve said moving to an over 50s lifestyle community was the way to go as they prepare to transition to retirement.

"We were in a situation where we didn't have as much super as we would have liked,downsizing was the go," he said.

"We looked at every community within 50km of where we live and that included lifestyle resorts as well as retirement villages.”

Steve said it was the model and the vision for the community which sealed the deal. 

"The fact there are no deferred management fee and the plans for the community really attracted us,” he said.

"We looked at them all, but this one just had an appeal. I can’t believe how helpful the people have been.”

As the community is currently under construction, there is a private Facebook group for those waiting to move into their homes.

"It's a great group because we are all getting to know each other," he said.

"Everyone goes into the group and they're welcomed and can ask any questions, whether they have downsizing anxiety or finding out who is a walker, who is a bowler etc."