Seniors put bowling skills to the test at Chambers Pines

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Keen lawn bowlers at Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines have taken advantage of the community’s brand new $3 million clubhouse with brand new, competition-grade lawn bowls facility.

Every Tuesday and Thursday evening residents host lawn bowls nights for residents to get together for a friendly game, a few laughs and an easy workout on the new green.

The physical and mental health benefits for seniors who play lawn bowls comes in an abundance, with the sport offering low impact cardiovascular fitness, hand and eye coordination support, as well as mental wellbeing and social support.

Project sales manager Lynda Ruddell said residents loved getting together with each other weekly for a friendly game of bowls, which occurs in the evening.

“The residents look forward to heading down to the bowling green each week, their passion for the game is contagious – they know how to play but they don’t take it too seriously.

“Having facilities available for the residents makes such an impact on their physical and mental health, the low impact exercise and the social aspect has majority of the residents out and about,” Lynda said.

John Keeble and his wife Margaret learned how to play bowls from fellow residents after moving into the community more than 12 years ago and have been instrumental in teaching new residents how to play lawn bowls.

“We wanted to be part of a safe, fun community and as soon as my wife and I moved in we became interested in a number of the activities on offer, but bowls is by far our favourite,” John said.

“Over the years, more and more people have become interested in the game, we can have upwards of 15 people at every game. We have such a great time, I think we have more laughs on the green than anywhere else in the community.

JOHN’S TIPS FOR FIRST TIME LAWN BOWLERS:

There’s a bit of skill behind lawn bowls, but for social bowls there are no strict rules. Here are some of John’s best tips for a good game:

  • It doesn’t matter if you aren’t the best bowler, there are residents who are really good and others who are still learning
  • Make it fun and get a bit of exercise or go along as a get together with your community
  • Get your own bowls and get the right size. There’s different sizes and lots of people can’t handle the bigger bowls
  • The speed you choose is the ultimate, if you don’t get the speed right you can end up in the ditch at the other end or 20m too short
  • The biggest thing then is learning the distance to the jack
  • Get the direction or amount of bias right. Everyone has their own bias, the rate that it’ll turn at the end of the green
  • Learn to get your bowl on the correct lane, some bowls can go a little haywire, but we just pick it up and move it across
  • Play more and improve your game. There’s no such thing as a bad student!

Brand New Clubhouse Launches at Chambers Pines

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Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines has unveiled its new $3 million Hamptons-style community clubhouse and facilities at its open day event on Saturday 3 February.

Logan City Council Division 9 Councillor Phil Pidgeon joined Ingenia CEO Simon Owen to officially launch the new facilities with the Traditional Owners of the land leading guests in a First Nations Smoking ceremony and Water Blessing ceremony.

Residents and guests were then invited for a first look at the much-anticipated clubhouse during the open day and enjoy live music from a Bee Gees tribute band and lunch.

The clubhouse has become a social and entertainment hub for resident events and gatherings with expansive wrap-around verandahs and a multitude of resort-style facilities.

Catering to a variety of exercise preferences, the clubhouse features a fully fitted-out air-conditioned gymnasium designed for all fitness levels, a lap pool, four-lane competition grade lawn bowls green, and games room.

Residents will now take advantage of Ingenia’s new social and lifestyle program, Be Active, which has been introduced to enhance the lives of residents, with free monthly events, social engagements and health and wellness workshops.

Ingenia Lifestyle Project Sales Manager Lynda Ruddell said the feedback received from clients and stakeholders was that the clubhouse is the most modern such facility in the region.

“The new clubhouse will help to create a sense of community and belonging by providing a place for residents to connect and socialise,” Ms Ruddell said.

“Staff and residents had very much looked forward to unveiling the clubhouse and know that it will now become a valuable asset in the community.

“The new facilities are perfect for our Queensland weather and will allow residents to utilise the space year-round with its alfresco barbeque area where residents can entertain guests.”

Over 55s Urged to Take Advantage of Home Price Rise

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As median house prices continue to rise across the country, now is an opportune time for many asset-rich, cash-poor seniors to downsize their large homes, boost their cash reserve and improve their lifestyle.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest residential property price index revealed median house prices rose across most capital cities in the 12 months to June 2017, with the highest growth in Melbourne and Sydney (13.8 per cent),  and Brisbane’s property prices increasing by three per cent[1].

Author, seniors finance expert and government advisor Rachel Lane said senior homeowners could boost their cash reserves by downsizing their home, selling while prices are high and moving into more affordable accommodation.

“Lifestyle-focused land lease communities, for example, are one of the newest types of affordable housing catering to the over 50s market.

“While the homes on offer are of an increasingly high quality, the entry price point is kept low since residents lease, rather than own the land, with low weekly fees. This pricing model eliminates the need to pay stamp duty, entry and exit fees and in some cases, the resident is then eligible for rent assistance.

In Queensland’s Logan City, the house prices in areas like Chambers Flat ($565,000[2]) are more than double (59 %) the $229,000 starting point for the nearby Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines community.

“I would urge seniors to pay close attention to median house prices in their area and affordable housing price points like these to get a better sense of the type of cash reserves they might be able to access.”

“While housing affordability is generally considered a young person’s issue restricting entry to the market, it is also a major problem for those that do own a home but rely on a low weekly income,” Ms Lane said.

Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines Project Sales Manager Lynda Ruddell said the unique land lease model was attracting more attention due to the flexible benefits that allow downsizers to pursue a financially stable lifestyle based on independence, health and wellbeing.

“The innovative design of the new homes allows buyers to reap the financial benefits of the land lease model, meaning residents retain their eligibility for government rental assistance on the weekly site fees,” Ms Ruddell said.

In Victoria, for the 12 months from March 2016 to March 2017, the overall medium house price in Victoria rose to $526,000[3], while in Lara, the medium house price is listed at $435,000[4], allowing some homeowners the opportunity to boost their cash reserves by tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling while prices are high and moving into more affordable accommodation.

Ingenia Lifestyle Lara Regional Sales Manager, Zoe Ilich-Paul, said lifestyle-focused land lease communities are an innovative senior’s home ownership model where the entry price point is kept low since residents lease, rather than own, the land.

“Land lease communities also eliminate the need for residents to pay stamp duty, there are no exit fees and in some cases, residents are eligible for rent assistance on the weekly site fees.

“Our home designs are of an increasingly high quality while providing residents with more capital to fund their senior years,” Zoe said.

Ingenia Lifestyle Lara has a range of home designs starting from $219,000 for a one bedroom floor plan with open plan living and dining and a number of surprise features including covered decking, front landscaping, European stainless steel kitchen appliances and split system air conditioning.

 

 

[1] http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6416.0

[2] Residex Suburb Report – Chambers Flat 4133 QLD http://www.residex.com.au/free-report

[3]  https://www.propertyandlandtitles.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0030/63399/Victorian-Property-Sales-Report.pdf

[4] https://reiv.com.au/market-insights/suburb/lara

 

Seniors Urged to Take Advantage of Unlocking Home Equity

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As median house prices continue to climb across most capital cities, many asset-rich cash-poor seniors are missing out on an opportunity to build on their existing home equity and improve their living standards.

Author and finance expert, Rachel Lane said everyone had the option of staying in their own home, but many found it to be too much maintenance or too lonely, or they require a financial injection.

“Seniors can boost their cash reserves by tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling while prices are high and moving into more affordable accommodation.

According to Ms Lane, there is great confusion amongst many people about the types of affordable housing available.

“Senior homeowners looking to downsize needn’t be competing in the private market against homeowners and investors, which is a common fear, as there are a variety of traditional and new home options to suit,” Ms Lane said.

“Lifestyle-focused land lease communities for example are one of the newest catering to this specific market.

“While the homes on offer are of an increasingly high quality, the entry price point is kept low since residents lease, rather than own the land, with weekly fees in the $120-$160 range. This pricing model eliminates the need to pay stamp duty, entry and exit fees and in some cases, the resident is then eligible for rent assistance.

“One such operator – Ingenia Lifestyle – has over 30 communities across New South Wales and Queensland and Victoria.

“For example, in south west Brisbane, the median house prices in areas like Shailer Park ($520,000) and Greenbank ($576,000) are double the $251,000 starting price point for the nearby Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines community.

“I would urge seniors to pay close attention to median house prices in their area and affordable housing price points like these to get a better sense of the type of cash reserves they might be able to access.”

“While housing affordability is generally considered a young person’s issue restricting entry to the market, it is also a major problem for those that do own a home but rely on a low weekly income,” Ms Lane said.

Innovative New Home Designs Launch at Chambers Pines – Stage One 80% SOLD OUT!

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Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines has fast-tracked its next release of homes to the market in a bid to cater to the growing demand for affordable living for over 50s in South East Queensland.

The launch of the new stage has now resulted in the first release of Stage One to become 80% sold out since the community hosted the exciting Street Festival for local seniors on Saturday 3 June.

Guests were treated to live jazz performances, a delicious selection of food trucks and the opportunity to tour the brand new stage to the lifestyle community.

Project Sales Manager Lynda Ruddell said the festival provided downsizers with the chance to tour the innovative home designs and learn more about the popular land lease community model, where residents own the home, but lease the land.

“The major difference with these new homes is the traditional construction method of homes being built on site and with minimal stairs, offering over 50s an alternative housing solution with all the benefits of quality, speed and affordability,” Ms Ruddell said.

“The innovative design of the new homes allows buyers to reap the financial benefits of the land lease model, meaning residents retain their eligibility for government rental assistance on the weekly site fees.

“Residents will soon have a range of brand new lifestyle facilities with a new clubhouse, resort-style swimming pool and competition standard bowling green all coming soon to Chambers Pines.” CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 3D VIRTUAL TOUR

Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines offers buyers brand new traditional built homes from $251,000, with the second release to Stage One now available for viewing.

For more information on Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines and the new display homes please contact Project Sales Manager Lynda Ruddell on 0475 969 355 or visit www.liveinlogan.com.au

The Downsizing Decision Making Process

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There are many things to consider when looking into downsizing to a lifestyle community, from budget, space and garden size to the type of lifestyle you’re looking forward to enjoying.

Whether it’s to save money, release equity or to avoid the burden of a large family home, downsizing comes with its rewards.

Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines residents Don and Helen Govan decided to downsize for two major reasons.

“It was only about 6-8 weeks before we moved to our community that we were robbed in our house and we lost our car and other belongings.

“Also there was a realisation that the old family home required too much work to maintain; so I knew it was time we had to downsize.”

“We don’t have to worry now. I think people leave downsizing too long and then your kids start to worry. I didn’t want the fear of having the kids to arrange our lives.

We wanted to have the power and choice on where we wanted to live – it was about us being proactive and not reactive,” Mrs Govan said.

“Now we get to look into travelling, having goals and plans, that’s what we wanted.”

Whether you’re ready to downsize or just starting your research, now is an opportune time to tour Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines. Call Lynda Ruddell on 0475 969 355 or visit www.liveinlogan.com.au

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Success

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Our Albury community hosted an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and it was an amazing event with over fifty people attending the event, with guests made up of current and prospective residents, family and friends raising funds through the $5 entry, lucky envelopes and an auction.

Their amazing efforts all added up to almost $2,000 for the NSW Cancer Council.

The fundraising prizes were donated from local businesses, food galore by all the residents and family and resident musician Alan Buckley entertained the day with live music.

With so much food left over the community’s newest resident, Jenny who is a nurse, suggested the hospital may appreciate some afternoon tea. Half an hour later this had been arranged with the help from some beautiful nurses who had already had a pretty tough day.

One of the nurses wanted to contribute to the fundraising as a show of appreciation, which quickly resulted in all staff wanting to help at which time they suggested they could pass the hat around and deliver the money later.

All up it was an amazing day to be a part of and thanks go to all the Ingenia team for contributing their time and continuing to support such an amazing cause.

Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines

Throughout the past 12 months Ingenia Lifestyle and the Greenbank RSL have worked together in planning and promoting a number of lifestyle and charity events to entertain, educate and inform their members, guests and visitors as well as our residents.

The most recent Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea had over 300 guests and the event raised $4,000 for the QLD Cancer Council.

Thanks to Ingenia and Greenbank RSL, local members and businesses, guest speakers, members of Greenbank RSL and residents of Ingenia Lifestyle.

Additionally, thank you to Jordan Carroll and his mum, Maria, for speaking about the huge research benefits that fundraising makes these days and how it has improved his life.

Grand Opening Street Festival to Launch New Stage of Chambers Pines

Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines has fast-tracked its next release of homes signalling an upward trend towards affordable over 50s active lifestyle living amongst South East Queensland seniors.

The unique land lease ownership model is already answering the affordability demand and is set to help ease the reported pain with more suitable homes for Logan’s growing senior population at its upcoming display home launch.

Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines is set to launch eight new innovative display homes at its Street Festival on June 3 from 10am – 2pm.

Project Sales Manager Lynda Ruddell said the unique homes are built on site with a design that provides residents with the functionality of a traditional home while providing the benefit of minimal stairs to assist with ageing in place.

“The innovative design of the new homes allows buyers to reap the financial benefits of the land lease model, meaning residents retain their eligibility for Government rental assistance on the weekly site fees,” Ms Ruddell said.

“The major difference with these new homes is the traditional construction method of homes being built on site and without stairs, offering over 50s an alternative housing solution with all the benefits of quality, speed and affordability.

“The new home designs will provide downsizers with diverse and affordable housing options with all the benefits of the land lease ownership model.

Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines offers buyers brand new modular homes from $239,000 and new traditional built homes from $247,000.

With brand new homes are expected to sell out fast, downsizers are encouraged to tour the highly anticipated display homes at Chambers Pines’ upcoming Open Day Street Festival on Saturday 3 June.

For more information on Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines and the new stages coming soon please contact Project Sales Manager Lynda Ruddell  on 0475 969 355.

Innovative Home Construction the Future for Downsizers

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The home building industry is setting new benchmarks in innovative construction techniques allowing a traditional built home to be delivered under Ingenia Lifestyle’s land lease ownership model with more benefits for downsizers.

A driving force behind the home design innovation has been the increasing demand from over 50s looking to move away from the traditional bricks and mortar construction process and downsize into lifestyle communities.

Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines Project Sales Manager Lynda Ruddell said the two major differences being delivered with the innovative new homes is the traditional construction method of building the homes on site with a design that reduces the need for stairs on the homes.

“These uniquely designed homes are built on site with a design that provides the functionality of a traditional home while also providing the benefit of minimal stairs to assist with ageing in place.

“Additionally, due to the strategic placement of the homes on site the new homes are delivered under the financial benefits of the land lease model so residents are able to downsize to a more manageable home whilst still being able to take full advantage of financial assistance from the Government rental assistance on the weekly site fees,” Lynda said.

Ingenia Chief Operating Officer Nikki Fisher said the new homes offer over 50s an alternative housing solution with all the benefits of quality, speed and affordability.

“Our land lease communities are delivering a more sustainable way for downsizers to fund and retain ownership of a brand new home while providing residents other financial benefits such as no entry or exit fees and zero stamp duty, which all contributes to an improved lifestyle for downsizers,” Nikki said.

Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines offers buyers brand new modular homes from $239,000 and new traditional built homes from $247,000.

Downsizers are encouraged to attend the exciting street festival event on Saturday 3 June from 10am to 2pm as Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines launches its new stage development and range of innovative homes, with soulful live jazz, a selection of food trucks and advice on the downsizing process. Contact Project Sales Manager Lynda Ruddell on 0475 969 355 or visit www.liveinlogan.com.au for more information.

Ingenia Lifestyle Residents Save on Stamp Duty

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With home ownership viewed as an investment for the future, for some pensioners, downsizing the family home could be a crucial factor to free up much needed funds and retain financial independence.

Over 55s finance expert and author Rachel Lane said seniors could still re-evaluate their finances and think about what lifestyle changes could better prepare them for the future.

“Downsizing to free up assets maximises finances and by being fully aware of these options, over 55s may find themselves better off.”

When Ingenia Lifestyle resident Raelene Baillie decided to downsize, she didn’t realise how much time and money she would save.

“When I decided to make the move from Western Australia to be closer to my daughter, I considered a wide variety of housing options, including private rental, seniors’ communities and even a granny flat,” Ms Baillie said.

“In the end, nothing else provided me the security, lifestyle and independence that Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines offers, and not paying stamp duty fees saved me a considerable amount of money.

“I have plans to travel more now I’m retired, and downsizing has not only freed up equity to allow me to do so, living in a gated community gives me the security to know my home and belongings are safe while I’m away.

“I thought when I retired I would have plenty of time, but I don’t have enough hours in the day to look after a yard as well,” Ms Baillie said.

For more information on Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines please call Sharon Manson on 0448 165 524 or visit www.liveinlogan.com.au