New gold class community revitalising Port Stephens seniors

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Established in the Port Stephens’ region, Ingenia Lifestyle’s first gold-class community – Latitude One – has been met with high local demand as more people seek to downsize locally and reinvigorate their lifestyle in their ‘golden years’.

Latitude One Activities and Events Coordinator and lifetime Anna Bay resident, Felicity Hamilton, said the arrival of the lifestyle community to the region is providing a new lease on life for locals.

“The residents absolutely love getting involved in the activities and events that I organise with an abundant of leisure activities to choose from including the Big Star events, welcome morning teas, working bees in the Happy Harvest country garden and walking group.

“I have seen such a change in residents’ zest for life since moving into the Latitude One community – they are recreating their sense of identity and purpose and with the clubhouse construction commencing soon, new spaces will be created to accommodate the new hub of wellness, fun and laughs.

“From the love and friendships I have witnessed in the Anna Bay area since I was a little girl, Latitude One is only going to strengthen the comradery within the community,” she said.

Felicity has lived in Port Stephens, in the Anna Bay area, since she was six-years old, and can already see how Latitude One is becoming the first of its kind while meeting local demand for boutique community living.

“One thing I have noticed is many locals in the area want to vacate their large homes and downsize to a smaller home.

“They love the freedom that having low home maintenance brings, allowing them to spend more time socialising with friends rather than getting stuck mowing the lawn,” Felicity said.

The next stage of homes in release four has now commenced and selling strongly. Book your tour of the Display Village by calling Sheree Richardson on 0408 295 737 or for more information please visit www.liveinportstephens.com.au

 

The Evolution of Retirement Living has Arrived!

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Ingenia Lifestyle’s new Port Stephens lifestyle community, Latitude One, has launched the future vision of retirement living in perfect style.

The community welcomed Mayor Mr Ryan Palmer and local member Ms Kate Washington MP who joined Ingenia CEO Simon Owen to officially open the brand new display village on Saturday 21 July.

The gold-class community by Ingenia Lifestyle’s new Star Collection – the first of its kind for Ingenia – has had strong sales and enquiries since it launched, with more than 80 homes sold and its first residents moving in.

The display village opening saw more than 250 guests tour the six new display homes and experience Latitude One’s luxury lifestyle living for over 55s set within Anna Bay.

Port Stephens Mayor Mr Ryan Palmer, who opened the village with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, said while land leasing isn’t new to Port Stephens, it certainly had become a popular option for residents looking for flexibility, community and a relaxed lifestyle.

“Port Stephens is a popular region for retirees and, as a council, we’re working hard to ensure sustainable and balanced growth in this area,” Mr Palmer said.

“I don’t think anything can beat the way of life we have here – the natural beauty of beaches and bushland all around us, plus the convenience of being close to shops, services, and the airport, it really is the perfect place.

“I know the community values these things too, which is why it’s fantastic to be here to help launch the Latitude One Display village and celebrate our new residents in Port Stephens.”

Ingenia CEO Simon Owen said he was excited to open the new range of display homes and see the community come to life in the picturesque Anna Bay region.

“We are pleased to be building our presence in the region, with Latitude One joining our Soldiers Point and One Mile Beach Holiday parks in the area,” Mr Owen said.

“Our $100 million investment will see us create 270 new homes and an array of facilities, with community activities for everyone to enjoy.”

Industry news operator, The Weekly Source, recently shined a light on the land lease community industry and why we’re experiencing an accelerating customer demand for the unique ownership model. Publisher, Chris Baynes, attended the official launch of Latitude One and uses our new community as a case study to explain why the land lease community sector is reshaping retirement living. Click here to read more. 

 

Experience the Latitude One Wow Factor

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First residents to move in to Latitude One, Kenneth and Janette Scott, were thrilled when they first learnt about Ingenia Lifestyle Latitude One, saying it gave them that rare ‘wow factor’ they were hoping for.

“We had been searching for a home to downsize into for a very long time. We hadn’t found one that grabbed us until we came across Ingenia Lifestyle in our local shopping center and we were instantly interested.”

“When we saw the community – it had the instant wow factor,” Ms Scott said.

“None of the other communities we had seen even came close to Latitude One – they have certainly raised the bar.

“Our new home is perfect for us, we did downsize but it doesn’t feel like we had to sacrifice anything to do so – it’s so well designed, it has three bedrooms and even has an open plan living area, which is my favourite part.

“We enjoy going on holidays and being able to go travelling at a moment’s notice is something we want to make the most of at our age. In November, we are going on a cruise and we feel very secure leaving our home, the community is very safe.

“My husband and I have seen the plans for the new clubhouse too and can’t wait to enjoy all the activities that will be on offer – we love being social and getting to know everyone,” she said.

The centrepiece of Latitude One will be a multi-million dollar clubhouse and resort-style facilities including a cinema, library, sports bar and bowling green.

A wellness centre with a heated pool, gym and consulting rooms for visiting medical practitioners will also be available for residents.

Experience the wow factor with a tour of the brand new display village with the project sales team. Contact Sheree Richardson on 0408 295 737 or visit www.liveinportstephens.com.au for more information.

Downsizers Maximising their Finances with Road Map to Retirement Events

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Downsizers looking to understand their retirement living options, the legal implications of contracts and how the recent pension changes may have affected them have flocked to our most recent Road Map to Retirement seminar Port Stephens Nelson Bay Golf Club.

Author, finance expert and government advisor Rachel Lane guided guests through the tips to downsizing and unlocking equity.

Attendees also heard from Martin Checketts, partner at Mills Oakley law firm. As an experienced advisor on the legal implications of contracts with retirement villages and aged care providers, Mr Checketts provided guests with a comprehensive overview of their legal rights on their downsizing journey.

High tea and refreshments were provided for guests who then had the opportunity to see first-hand the benefits of downsizing to maximise a more active lifestyle.

If you’re in Victoria, and can make your way to our next seminar on Wednesday 11th October, click here for the event details.

The Road Map to Retirement seminar will explore:

  • Different ownership models in retirement and lifestyle communities
  • Impacts on pension entitlement and eligibility for rent assistance
  • Legal implications and contractual differences
  • Benefits of freeing up equity from within your home

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

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.

“A lot of people look at downsizing to either a land lease community or retirement village, however, they are distinctively different and can be hard to compare,” Ms Lane said.

The seminar will also be an opportunity for guests to find out about Ingenia Lifestyle Lara, an innovative over 55s lifestyle-focused land lease community, just 20 minutes from Geelong. Call Zoe Ilich-Paul on 0436 653 793 to book your spot – places are limited!