06 September 2017   

3 mins read
We take pride at Stockland in making every one of our villages a treat to visit. From well-maintained homes to perfectly manicured lawns, we endeavour to create a beautiful community for you to be proud of.

Lifestyle

“When you move into a retirement village you are buying a lifestyle,” says Mo of Hillsview in South Australia .

Mo’s right. Retirement living truly is about the lifestyle. Which is why you need to consider what’s most important to you. Are you social? Do you like to get outdoors? Take some time to visit a village and explore what it has to offer, both inside and in its surrounds.

For your home, do you like to have people to stay? Can you keep a pet?

Make sure the village has a home to suit your needs. Do you love to garden? To entertain?

Finally, find out about the social activities. Here’s what goes on at Hillsview:

“You can do as much or as little as you want,” says Mo. “We have a bowling green, a croquet club and swimming pool. Monday is card night, Tuesday and Thursday we have indoor bowls, Wednesday is darts and Saturday and Sunday we have happy hour groups. We also have a monthly social club and go on bus trips.”

 

Location

“I grew up near the sea – and the idea of having a home with views to the sea again, it made me really excited,” says Cathy, in Happy Valley.

Whether it’s views to the sea or close to family, location is a very important consideration when choosing your village. Our selection of villages ranges from seaside to urban and suburban, but choosing what works for you is key.

Do you like to shop? Do you have clubs you like to visit? Will your hobbies be impacted?

Think about the services you need most and ask about what’s nearby. Most villages will have regular trips to the shops including social outings. Ask about these, where they go and how often.

“Our bus is lovely because we go on outings every Wednesday,” says Phyllis of Bay Village. “Last week we went to a nursery in Virginia. It was a beautiful day and we had lunch out there.”

 

To be sure your move will support your ability to do those things you love, we recommend:

  • Write a list of the must-haves and nice-to-haves. Settle somewhere in between.
  • Visit more than one village. Variety is the spice of life.
  • Talk to residents. Ask them how they feel about the village.
  • Take time to sit, observe and take in the atmosphere.
  • Peek inside a home or two. Can you see yourself living there?
  • Ask questions. As many as you like. We love questions.

 

And finally, take comfort knowing that you have some wiggle room. If in six months time you decide you don’t want to stay in the village, enjoy our six month Change of Mind Guarantee where we will refund all payments made to your Stockland home in that time.

 

Start your journey. Come and visit one of our villages today. https://www.stockland.com.au/retirement-living

 

“When you move into a retirement village you are buying a lifestyle.”