Retiring into a relaxed lifestyle
AS WE get older the responsibility for taking care of the family home can become just a bit too much to handle. It can also limit things you would prefer to do such as travel, cut down on maintenance and start enjoying life. The Springs Lifestyle Village is designed to allow residents to lessen the work and focus on having a quality lifestyle.
The Springs Lifestyle Village is only a short distance from the Ipswich CBD and minutes away from Booval Fair Shopping Centre and the commercial hub in Booval.
Tucked away near the George Palmer Parklands in Silkstone, it is a little oasis.
"It started seven years ago and the last house was built about four years ago. It is a beautiful quiet area and we have so many amenities right here," Gloria Tunstall, co-caretaker said.
The Springs Lifestyle Village is specifically designed to cater for the over-50s and has proven to be extremely popular.
"It is a stand-alone development and Ray, my husband and I first had dealings with the development through our cleaning business," she said.
We sold that and eventually we were offered this job and we are both really happy we did it."
Ray and Gloria Tunstall live on site with Ray taking the lead as caretaker and Gloria dealing with the sales and supports with the administration. The Springs Lifestyle Village is at 45 Sealy St, Silkstone, and has an electronically controlled security access to ensure that residents are completely safe.
What is amazing are the housing and the range of amenities. Apart from the putting and bowling greens, there is a swimming pool, gymnasium equipment and barbecue facilities. "All of the homes are owner occupied there are no rentals in the development, and they sell for at an affordable cost for those wishing to make the move to the village," Mrs Tunstall said.
"There is a great community feel and this culminates around the function hall, library and lounge facilities.
"We have a number of people who just come together and enjoy a barbecue, they also have craft groups, and other social activities."
For those who do not wish to drive, or have no transport of their own, then the village bus goes to the local shopping centre on regular trips during the week.
"The homes are two and three bedrooms and we do have just a few available at the moment. Normally I would have about four houses per year that come onto the market for one reason or another," she said.
According to Gloria and Ray Tunstall the Village is particularly popular with those who have retired or are about to retire.
"We do have some people who come in during their 50s and one or both are still working," she said.
The Village has a caravan, boat and trailer parking compound so people can hook up and take off with no concern for house maintenance, collecting mail. It is all taken care of at no charge.
"There are couples who take off with their caravan for a block of time or others who go travelling around Australia or the world, they can go without any concern for their home."
While there are all these wonderful facilities you are living in independent housing so you can be as involved with others as much or as little as you wish. The development structure has Queensland Government legislation that covers the arrangement so you can have confidence in the purchase.
"There are no rates, no stamp duty and no body corporate charges so it is an affordable way to enjoy retirement years by downsizing."
One of the more fascinating features is the men's shed. This is a space that allows blokes to build stuff, do repairs in one central place. I suspect a bit of a gathering place for secret men's business.
While it may sound too good to be true, Gloria says that the comments from residents and those who drop in to look speak volumes. Residents make a choice to come into the village and by and large seem to enjoy the experience.
For Ray and Gloria, being on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week can be literally a full-time job, and of course it has its moments, but they both love the experience.
"We are part of the community and people generally are pleased they make the move. It is about lifestyle and The Springs Lifestyle Village offers lots of that," she said.