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Staying close to social networks appeals to locals

September 09, 2020

After selling their house in Algester where they lived for 20 years, Roger and Helen Lang are excited to be foundation homeowners at Halcyon Rise, which offers the best of city-country living.

A former pastor at an international church in Sunnybank, Roger retired five years ago and still has strong ties within the Logan area where he and Helen, a retired midwife and nurse, continue to provide mentoring services.

Community is at the heart of the couple’s relationship – Roger and Helen met at a youth group in Melbourne and have been married for 52 years, raising four children and now 10 grandchildren.

“Halcyon Rise is only 16 minutes’ away from where we used to live,” Roger said. “Staying close to our family and social networks was very important to us.”

“We will be living in close proximity to Brisbane and Logan as well as enjoying an acreage lifestyle minus the maintenance.”

For Roger, who grew up in country Victoria, the new community allows him to indulge his interest in farming while maintaining his ties to the local community.

“We can live the ‘city country life’ that Halcyon Rise offers, but also stay in touch with all our networks, which is very important to us,” Roger said.

The connection and freedom that Halcyon over-50s lifestyle communities offer is what appealed most to the couple, and, in particular, Roger highlights the welcoming attitude of the staff as Halcyon’s main point of difference.

Roger said he believed Halcyon’s Joint Managing Director Dr Bevan Geissmann’s background as a GP is the reason why “he understands and cares about retirees’ wants and needs.”

These included factors such as secure, gated and connected communities, socially active lifestyle opportunities with the freedom to simply lock up your home and leave.

“Helen and I felt welcome and cared for from the moment we met the team,” Roger said. “We’re really excited to become part of the Halcyon family.”`