Stockland celebrates official opening of $70 million waterside Newport Retirement Living
Stockland has today officially opened its $70 million Newport Retirement Living village, positioned at the heart of the company’s 143-hectare $590 million Newport masterplanned community on the Redcliffe Peninsula.
Stockland representatives were joined by Attorney-General of Queensland Yvette D’Ath, Mayor of Moreton Bay Allan Sutherland and Ward Councillor James Houghton, as well as local residents, to celebrate the opening of its prominent new retirement village. Located in Brisbane’s thriving northern growth corridor and just 36 kilometres from the CBD, the community is walking distance to Kippa-Ring train station and benefits from convenient access to Anzac Avenue and Bruce Highway.
One of Brisbane’s closest waterside retirement communities, Newport Retirement Living is comprised of 125 premium apartments with a choice of two and three bedroom designs, each with a dedicated car park space. It will be home to more than 200 residents and offer a number of high-end facilities, such as such as a wellness hub with a gym and swimming pool, lake view residents bar, billiards room, library and alfresco barbecue area.
Pauline Barton, Regional Manager of Development – Queensland, Stockland, said that Stockland’s aim with Newport was to create a highly connected and accessible community that encouraged residents to be social, active and healthy.
“We want to shape thriving communities and we have seen particularly positive results this financial year, having had the highest level of retirement living resident satisfaction since 2009 at 86 per cent.
“It’s about more than just loving our communities; residents of Stockland villages also rate above average for personal wellbeing when benchmarked against the Deakin University Personal Wellbeing index. In fact, our residents are over 80 per cent less likely to call an ambulance or visit the emergency department, and stay out of aged care for five years longer than average.”
Mayor Allan Sutherland said the development really embraced the beauty of its seaside location.
“I’ve opened a number of retirement and independent living communities in my time as Mayor and the facilities here are truly impressive. This is a real lifestyle choice, with easy access to bayside parks, fishing, kayaking and boating facilities as well as kilometres of cycle and walking tracks.
“I know a lot of people in Newport look to downsize their homes as they get older, but don’t want to leave this spectacular area. This is the perfect solution.”
Ms Barton added that residents also place special value on maintaining their independence.
“We want residents to feel like they can enjoy the freedom that retirement provides without the hassle of home maintenance. That’s why we incorporate accessible and inclusive designs into our high quality, low maintenance homes that suit residents’ needs now and into the future. The village is an excellent showcase that people can upsize their quality of life when choosing to downsize their homes.”
Newport Retirement Living is Australia’s first retirement living project certified using Green Star’s Design & As Built rating tool which means a reduced impact on the environment and resident savings in the long-term.
Brad and Narelle Shesgreen, who are second-generation Stockland buyers, were one of the first residents to move into Newport Retirement Living. The couple are excited to be living by the water and in the heart of the Newport community, with its future Town Centre and marina just a short walk away.
Three years ago the Shesgreens helped Narelle’s parents move into a villa at Stockland’s North Lakes Retirement Resort.
Mr Shesgreen, 66, said an original five-year post-retirement plan to move from their former two-storey, four-bedroom home at Petrie was reduced to a few weeks after they paid a visit to Newport.
“We sold our house within a week and bought a two-bedroom courtyard apartment with a study at Newport,’’ Mr Shesgreen said.
“We like the coffee culture here and the incredible new Clubhouse, as well as miles of flat walking paths for us to enjoy as well as the location by the lake and Moreton Bay.’’