Lifestyle living opens up more doors to over 55s


The unique land lease ownership model available within over 55s lifestyle communities is quickly becoming the popular new alternative to retirement villages.

Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley has continued to set new benchmarks in over 55s lifestyle living as it welcomes new downsizers to the community and launches into the final stage of brand new homes.

Customer Service Consultant, Jenni Jones, said residents are enjoying the freedom of an affordable and comfortable lifestyle thanks to Ingenia Lifestyle’s land lease ownership model.

“The New Year is always a great time for over 55s to start looking into their downsizing options.

“Downsizers often pay less for their new home which provides them with more capital to fund their golden years, along with the comfort knowing there’s no surprise exit fees in an Ingenia Lifestyle community.

“The success of the current stage releases demonstrates the demand for the endless possibilities that lifestyle living can hold,” Jenni said.

Surrounded by vineyards and wineries, Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley really is the perfect option for over 55s looking for a tree change and downsizers considering a move are invited to explore the community at the upcoming Open Home on Saturday 9th February, 10am to 12 noon.

“The upcoming Open Home is an opportunity for visitors to walk through the full suite of designs and appreciate the unique features they have to offer.

“People are constantly surprised at just how much you can get from downsizing without compromising your lifestyle.

“On display will be the Cordyline, the Melaleuca as well as the Hibiscus home designs, selling from just $275,000,” Jenni said.

On the day, guests are invited to tour the community and gain a little more insight into what lifestyle living is all about with a free morning tea, meet and greet with staff and residents, as well as a tour of the display homes.

For more information on downsizing visit Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley on Saturday 9th February, 10am to 12 noon or contact Customer Service Consultant, Jenni Jones on 0458 018 332.

Mayor of Cessnock Unveils Brand New Clubhouse at Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley


Councillor Bob Pynsent, Mayor of Cessnock unveiled Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley’s brand new community clubhouse on Thursday 6 April.

Residents and guests were invited to attend the ceremony and community Open Day where Cr Pynsent officially opened the clubhouse and attendees enjoyed a high tea and live jazz performance.

Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley Project Sales Manager Rachel Pullicino said the clubhouse will be a hub for events in the community’s social calendar.

“The facilities reflect the idyllic country lifestyle of the community with open plan design and expansive undercover deck for outdoor entertaining,” Ms Pullicino said.

“The clubhouse will now connect our lifestyle focused community and be a vital resource for residents, providing them with a central location for social activities, local meetings and events.”

Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley’s affordable and lifestyle focused community offers residents the opportunity to live in a brand new home in a land lease community where you own the home and lease the land.

The land lease model provides residents with financial benefits such as no entry or exit fees and zero stamp duty, which all contribute to an improved lifestyle for downsizers.

“The quality of our homes and communal facilities is always a surprise to downsizers when they come to visit our community for the first time,” Ms Pullicino said.

Locals are encouraged to attend and experience first-hand the benefits of downsizing into a lifestyle-focused land lease community, where you can own a brand new home from just $229,000. The next Open Day is scheduled for Saturday 6th May from 10am to 2pm.

For more information on Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley call our Project Sales Manager Rachel Pullicino on 0459 995 919.

Cruise Win Marks New Chapter For Hunter Valley Resident


We are delighted to announce Jacqueline from the NSW Central Coast is the winner of our $20,000 cruise competition. Jacqueline has experienced some of life’s highs and lows and winning the Ingenia cruise competition has proven to be a blessing in disguise.

Jacqueline, aged 74, recently moved from her family home of 26 years on the Central Coast to the Hunter Valley to be closer to her family.

Daughter Tracey said “Mum has never had much. Her husband passed away three years ago, so we think it was the right time for her to move up and start a new chapter.

“In her previous family home she experienced two robberies, so the security of Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley is going to be the biggest positive and most secure option for her. She is now a lot more at ease and relaxed,” she said.

“The planets and stars are finally aligning for her, we think her winning the competition was a sign that she was meant to be living here.

“Her new villa has internet, a television and is small and easy to clean. There’s nowhere else that offers this sort of product for the price.”

Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley provides a safe and secure environment for seniors giving them more free time to get on with enjoying the community lifestyle.

Nestled in the heart of the idyllic Hunter Valley, Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley is the ideal place for those seeking a country lifestyle in a secure, connected community.

“Parents deserve their own space and best of all, I am only five minutes away if ever she needs me,” Tracey said.

Ingenia Lifestyle Hunter Valley’s brand new home design coming soon, selling from $199,000. Call Rachel Pullicino for more information on 0459 995 919 or visit

Lifestyle Communities Offering New Lease on Life


Lifestyle-focused land lease communities for the over 55s are one of the newest senior living trends available to the downsizing market, allowing residents to own a home but lease the land.

While the industry is in the early stages of growth, land lease communities are emerging as a strong sector setting new benchmarks for affordable seniors accommodation.

This rise in popularity relates to a key finding from the Productivity Commission’s report, Housing Decisions of Older Australians, which found one in five older Australians have sold their property and purchased a less expensive home since turning 50, and an increasing portion are choosing to move into age-specific housing, such as a land lease community.

Residents from Active Lifestyle Estates Hunter Valley, Peter and Anne Holmes, moved into their new home in the beginning of May.

“We wanted to downsize and live in a lifestyle community as we wanted to own the home.

“Owning the home was important to us as we can, to a degree, do our own modifications – for example add a shed to the backyard and if there’s ever a reason to leave, we keep whatever it sells for.

“We don’t mind leasing the land as it includes the upkeep of the village and use of community facilities.

Owner and operators of Active Lifestyle Estates, Ingenia Communities Chief Operating Officer, Nikki Fisher said home ownership is vital to providing security, independence and improving wellbeing.

“Land lease communities are specifically tailored to the needs of active seniors and have an important role to play in the provision of affordable housing for over 55s.

“All land lease communities are covered by the relevant state-based Residential Land Lease Communities legislation which governs our industry and seeks to promote fair trading practices in the operation of residential communities.

“In recent years, reviews of legislation have resulted in more substantial levels of consumer protection and security of tenure for residents in these style of residential communities.

“The Act is also there to encourage the continued growth and viability of land lease communities and it is Ingenia Communities intention to grow and continue to invest in our projects,” Nikki said.

Active Lifestyle Estates Hunter Valley Hits the Market


Hunter Valley locals attending the Active Lifestyle Estates open day event on Saturday 7 May registered an exceptional level of interest in the lifestyle community for the over 55s.

The result has signalled growing demand for more affordable living options in the Hunter Valley region where active seniors can downsize and unlock their home equity.

Project Sales Manager, Tracey Frost, said there was a large number people wanting more information about the innovative purchasing model, where you lease rather than own the land.

“Our unique model is appealing to our clients as it means the entry price point is kept low as residents lease the land. Plus it eliminates the need to pay stamp duty, entry and exit fees and in some cases, the resident is then eligible for rent assistance.

“Visitors were impressed with the brand new home designs with their open plan format, the amount of space, natural light and the large bedrooms.

“It was great to see guests also get a feel for the lifestyle community and see where the future community centre will be built in the next few months,” Tracey said.

Current residents, Peter and Anne, moved into their new home at Active Lifestyle Estates Hunter Valley in the beginning of May.

“We wanted to downsize and live in a lifestyle community, but wanted to own the home.

“Owning the home is important to us as we can, to a degree, do our own modifications – for example add a shed to the backyard and if there’s ever a reason to leave, we keep whatever it sells for.

“We don’t mind leasing the land as it includes the upkeep of the village and use of community facilities.

“Other places we looked at required us to pay exit fees or lease both the home and the land meaning you don’t own any of it,” Peter said.

Active Lifestyle Estates Hunter Valley responds to a significant undersupply of affordable and quality age-appropriate accommodation in the region, an issue currently hindering many homeowners looking to downsize and unlock their home equity.

While they’ve only been living at Active Lifestyle Estates Hunter Valley for a few weeks, Peter and Anne know and chat with their neighbours daily and find it a lovely place for walks and to help keep them active. They plan to begin travelling more in their caravan now they have downsized.

For more information on Active Lifestyle Estates Hunter Valley visit or call Tracey Frost on 0408 295 737 or visit 137 Mount View Road, Cessnock.