Port Stephens residents snap up new homes at $100m Latitude One lifestyle community


Port Stephens residents have leapt at the chance to become the first in Australia to experience Ingenia’s new concept in over 55s resort living, with the launch of the Star Collection.

Locals have snapped up the majority of homes at Ingenia Lifestyle’s Latitude One community with the first release selling out in a matter of days and the next release 75% reserved.

Set on 29.2 hectares in the leafy suburb of Anna Bay, the $100 million Latitude One community will be the first of Ingenia Lifestyle’s new Star Collection communities to open.

The Star Collection are contemporary gold class resort-style communities offering the perfect combination of beautiful premium style home designs surrounded by an enviable lifestyle and resort facilities.

Since construction began in mid-2017, local interest has grown exponentially with the number of sales and enquiries exceeding expectations. First residents are set to arrive in April 2018 and a new display village in the next sales stage will be launching in May 2018.

Project Sales Managers Sheree Richardson and Catherine Booker said the gold-class seniors living concept combines Ingenia Lifestyle’s unique and popular land
lease ownership model where residents purchase a brand new home but lease the land.

“The popularity rests with the simplicity of the model and the innovative architecture of the homes – which have been designed to be light and airy year-round.

“There has been a very strong demand from over 55s in the area, and we have even had a number of couples buy off the plan after hearing that their friends had purchased a new home in the community,” Sheree said.

The Ingenia Lifestyle land lease ownership model eliminates the need for residents to pay stamp duty and removes a significant component of start-up costs. If or when they decide to leave, there are no exit or DMF fees to pay and residents keep 100% capital gains made on the property.

“The opportunity to downsize and free up cash reserves while remaining close to friends, family and local amenities has been a major drawcard, with many buyers suggesting the extra funds will allow them to travel more frequently.

“Tapping into that lock and leave trend, our community will include caravan and boat storage, with community management and maintenance staff to keep an eye on your home while you’re on the road,” Catherine said.

Latitude One will introduce new premium home options with an array of resort facilities including a resort-style pool, multi-million-dollar clubhouse, wellness centre, fully-equipped gym, business centre, competition-standard bowling green, heated pool, spa, sports bar and cinema.

For more information call Project Sales Managers Sheree on 0408 295 737 or Catherine on 0427 900 501 or visit www.liveinportstephens.com.au.

Downsizers make their move as property markets peak


Many Sydney-based seniors are taking advantage of peak property markets – making their move now to downsize, free up equity and fund a more comfortable future.

The Lake Macquarie region has become a sought after location for seniors looking for a lifestyle change with Ingenia Lifestyle delivering a new benchmark in affordable yet stylish living at The Grange in Morisset.

Nestled at the gateway to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, on the shores of Lake Macquarie and just one hour drive north from Sydney, the region has become a destination of choice for many downsizers looking to maximise a more active lifestyle.

Project Sales Manager, Jason Webb, said clients are swapping the city suburbs for a more relaxed coastal lifestyle.

“Our regional and coastal communities are benefitting greatly from Sydney’s peak property market, with the enquiry levels from Sydney couples increasing over the past few months.

“Downsizers have snapped up more than 70% of Stage One and with this increasing demand Stage Two launched at The Grange’s recent Open Day in March.

“With the amenities of Lake Macquarie at their doorstep, combined with the serenity of the suburb, clients are getting the best of both worlds and the demand for over 55s housing is skyrocketing,” Jason said.

When Ingenia Lifestyle residents Barrie and Norma Ross decided to downsize from their home in Sydney, they didn’t realise how much they would love the
community and their new lifestyle.

“After living in Sydney for most of our lives, we wanted to get out of the city for a more relaxing lifestyle.

“Living at The Grange gives us the option of enjoying the serenity but still being close enough to important amenities and just a 90 minute train ride to Sydney if we do want to head in.

“If anyone is considering a move to The Grange, come in and really experience the community life, social events and location for yourself – you’ll never want to leave,” Barrie said.

Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange has brand new homes available now, selling from $337,000. Contact Jason Webb on 0458 018 332 or visit www.liveinmorisset.com.au

The new BE ACTIVE! social and lifestyle program commences

Ingenia Lifestyle is excited to introduce a new social and lifestyle program into our communities aimed at keeping residents healthy, active and entertained; and it’s all for free.

The BE ACTIVE! program has been introduced to enhance the lives of residents with free monthly events, social engagements and health and wellness workshops run by Ingenia Lifestyle’s community management, with help from the resident social committees.

Ingenia Chief Operating Officer, Nikki Fisher, said the events-based lifestyle program focuses on six key event types and has been well received by residents.

“The feedback received was that the program is supporting, improving and maintaining the lifestyle benefits of residents, helping us to create stronger, healthier and more social communities.

“There’s BE PLAYFUL! for games and activities; BE WELL! with health and wellness activities and workshops; BE WELCOMED! meet and greet events for existing and new residents; BE SOCIAL! with parties and social events for residents; BE ENTERTAINED! includes events and excursions; and BE INFORMED! is for our resident forums and community updates.

“The exercise classes, the welcome morning teas, trivia and bingo have all been a big success and we are very lucky to have a wonderful group of residents in each community who assist and drive many of the programs,” Nikki said.

Secretary of the Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania social committee, Lynette Ward said along with the BE ACTIVE! program there are also many other activities to take part in on a daily or weekly basis.

“There are many social hours, exercises, swimming when weather permits, craft and chat, dog walking or puppy sitting, and just chatting with neighbours.

“You get a new perspective on life and you get to know lots of your neighbours who have the same interests and aspects on this lifestyle,” Lyn said.

The BE ACTIVE! program has a well-rounded calendar of events and activities and has helped residents establish and build connections, growing the happiness index within Ingenia Lifestyle’s communities.

“The BE ACTIVE! program is a great success and now means we can focus on delivering on Ingenia’s vision, to create community,” Nikki said.

Hear what our residents are saying…
“The residents are really enjoying the BE ACTIVE! program. We particularly enjoyed the Circuit Class. Love life, love Ingenia.”
Margaret – Ingenia Lifestyle Chambers Pines

“Monthly bus tours, Thursday bingo, Saturday movie days. We all have a chit chat, a laugh and it’s good!”
Vincent & Kerry – Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange

“Bingo for me is a great way to meet people in the village.”
Kerry – Ingenia Lifestyle Ettalong Beach


Hear what our village managers are saying …
“The BE ACTIVE! program has been well supported at Hunter Valley. The activities allow the residents to get engaged and think of their health and wellbeing. The calendar of fun filled events brings happiness to our community.”
Renae Procter – Park Manager, Ingenia Hunter Valley

“The BE ACTIVE! program is a ‘big hit’ at Bethania. The organised activities are very popular, especially trivia type activities, and the biggest success has been the  welcome by residents and staff at the Be Welcomed Morning Teas.”
Linda Thompson – Village Manager, Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania

“BE ACTIVE! has provided additional activities and also provided activities that residents may not usually participate in. Every time a BE ACTIVE! program has been provided everyone has enjoyed themselves.”
Bethany Jones – Village Manger, Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange

Connectivity and community draw downsizers to Morisset


More than 150 people flocked to Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange’s recent Open Day to experience the lifestyle community’s offering and learn more on how downsizing could contribute to their financial health.

Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange Project Sales Manager Jason Webb said the Open Day was a fantastic weekend for the community, with huge numbers coming through the doors looking to downsize, free up their equity and maximise their lifestyle.

“We had a high level of interest recorded from all visitors, and our guests on the day were given priority access to tour the new stage and see how our community combines lifestyle and luxury,” Mr Webb said.

The Morisset region has become a sought after location for seniors looking for a lifestyle change.

Nestled in the gateway to the Hunter Valley, on the shores of Lake Macquarie and just one hour drive north from Sydney, the region has become a destination of choice for many seniors moving away from the city to free up the equity in their old home.

Ingenia Lifestyle has delivered a new benchmark in affordable yet stylish living for Morisset, attracting many downsizers to the region who are seeking to maximise their active lifestyle.

Guests were invited to sit back and enjoy a soulful Saturday with entertainment from a Beatles tribute band and a delicious selection of local food trucks.

Ingenia Lifestyle Project Sales Manager Jason Webb said residents have the best of both worlds in Morisset, with the amenities of Lake Macquarie at their doorstep combined with the serenity of the suburbs.

“Downsizers have snapped up more than 70 per cent of stage one with the second stage launching at this weekend’s Open Day as the demand for over 55s housing and age-appropriate living requirements skyrockets,” Mr Webb said.

“Our regional and coastal communities are benefitting greatly from Sydney’s peak property market, with the enquiry levels from Sydney couples increasing over the past few months.”

Albury seniors take advantage of price spike and downsize early


Demand for community lifestyle living has grown at Ingenia Lifestyle Albury as New Year’s resolutions trigger locals to downsize their homes in 2018 and take advantage of community living.

In the past 12 months, median house prices have seen an annual growth rate of nearly five per cent ($50,000) in the New South Wales City of Albury – a clear indication of buyer demand in the area.

Ingenia Lifestyle Albury residents Barry and Sue Keenan, are lapping up life, after downsizing earlier in their retirement from their large family home – freeing up much needed funds to retain their financial independence for a more enjoyable lifestyle.

“For almost 30 years we raised the family in a four-bedroom house, with a reasonable yard, two bathrooms and quite a bit of furniture,” Mr Keenan said.

“However, the old house needed a lot of maintenance, up to $20–$30K worth of work to be done. So, the question was, did we want to do this now, or sell up and let the buyer update the home in their style.”

Mrs Keenan said she had no regrets making the decision to move and it was the best thing to happen to them.

“We have now been through the move and it was a massive job, but we didn’t want to have to do this in 10 years’ time, so we thought we may as well do it now while we are younger.

“It’s a big weight off our shoulders and the stress of having to always do things around the house is now not there,” Mrs Keenan said.

Median house prices in Albury, NSW ($505,000) are more than double (61 per cent) the $195,000 starting point for the nearby Ingenia Lifestyle Albury community.

Ingenia Lifestyle Sales Manager Megan Collins said the unique land lease ownership model allowed downsizers to unlock more equity and fund a lifestyle they had always dreamt of.

“As prices continue to rise in Albury, now is an opportune time to kick your New Year’s resolutions into gear and enjoy a better lifestyle,” Ms Collins said.

“We’ve had many residents say they wished they had moved into the community sooner, so that they could actually enjoy the lifestyle they had worked so hard to achieve.

“The major drawcard for buyers has been Ingenia’s innovative ownership model, where owners are not required to pay stamp duty, exit fees or council rates and can purchase a new home at a more affordable price point.”

Local seniors looking to explore the land lease ownership model and how they can take advantage of downsizing, are invited to attend an our next Open Day on Saturday 10 March from 10am to 2pm. To RSVP, call Megan on 0459 955 122 or visit www.liveinalbury.com.au.

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.”

Seeking a Sea Change? Live Like You’re on Holidays with Ingenia Lifestyle

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So many residents tell us how much they have to stop pinching themselves when they wake up every morning in their beautiful new homes.

If you’re seeking a sea change or looking to escape the everyday, you’ll be spoiled for choice with Ingenia Lifestyle’s range of coastal communities.

Dotted throughout Australia’s east coast, our communities offer a diverse choice of beach, lake and coastal hinterland locations where residents can downsize into paradise and live like they’re on holidays all year round.

There’s no surprise these communities are recording such strong demand with Ingenia Lifestyle’s innovative ownership model providing a more affordable price point with no stamp duty, no exit/DMF fees and no council rates! Explore your new sea change lifestyle with us:



Latitude One is a contemporary gold class resort, offering a perfect combination of beautiful new homes surrounded by subtropical gardens. A downsizing dream with the beach and marina nearby, fishing, golfing and plenty more to do – you’ll find a vast array of choices waiting for you. For more information please contact Sheree on 0408 295 737 or Catherine on 0427 900 501.

Positioned in the seaside town of Woolgoolga, approximately 25 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour, our new community will be set to commence development at the end of 2017. Downsizers won’t have to wait long to purchase their brand new home with initial sales commencing in 2018. For more information please contact Wendy on 0448 714 021.

Ingenia Lifestyle South West Rocks appeals to those seeking to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind to start a new life within reach of spectacular beaches, river and ocean fishing and boating. But you must be quick, there are only just a few homes selling in the final stage. For more information please contact Wendy on 0448 714 021.

Perfectly designed for the active downsizer looking to enjoy the benefits of lakeside coastal living, Ingenia Lifestyle Lake Conjola is your destination to lock and leave to travel and then return home to live an exclusive lifestyle. Brand new homes are selling now! For more information please contact Rachel on 0459 995 919.


We’re excited to announce the DA approval of our next brand new lifestyle community coming soon to Hervey Bay. Known as Australia’s premier whale watching city where you can visit the heritage listed Fraser Island, go boating, fishing or simply soak up the sun and enjoy Hervey Bay’s lifestyle. If you’d like to become an early bird and receive more information, contact Sharon on 0448 165 524.

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Visit our page on YouTube for all the expert guidance and educational tips on seniors financing, downsizing, and living in a land lease community. You’ll also enjoy our collection of resident testimonials giving you some insight into what motivates people to downsize, their journey and the outcomes of our resident’s new lifestyle. Click here to view our channel, or search ‘Ingenia Lifestyle’ in YouTube and subscribe to our page to start watching our videos!

Maintain Independence and Tackle Housing Affordability

Housing affordability isn’t just a concern for young adults, with many senior Australians facing the same frightening reality as they look to downsize into more age-specific housing.

Increasing costs to move and taxes such as stamp duty, combined with a number of social factors, put women, in particular, at a greater risk of housing stress.

Lower savings and superannuation, divorce in later life, higher life expectancy and pay disparities are other significant factors which put purchasing an affordable home often out of reach for many single older women.

Ingenia Lifestyle is a good example of where housing diversity is working, citing a high percent of residents being single women who have downsized to a smaller home, maintained their independence and security, while increasing their social networks.

Ingenia Chief Operating Officer, Nikki Fisher, said creating safe and welcoming communities for residents was paramount, with many communities housing a high percentage of single older women.

“Older women are more likely than any other age group to be living in lone person households and our communities in Morisset NSW and Lara Victoria are prime examples with more than 40 percent of our residents being single women.

“We are debunking the myth that suitable housing for downsizers doesn’t exist, with our communities designed to help residents thrive and maintain their vital community connections,” Nikki said.

One Victorian senior who downsized to Ingenia Lifestyle Lara in Victoria was Dianne Johnson, who downsized after a change in circumstances.

“Just knowing that I could actually afford a brand new home was such a relief, but the added benefit of leasing the land and the access to the wonderful facilities has given me a brand new lifestyle,” Dianne said.

“Purchasing a home here was made so much easier knowing there were no hidden fees, I was able to plan my future and move somewhere where I felt safe, secure and financially independent.

New South Wales retiree Melody George said the security of Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange enabled her to travel more and enjoy her retirement.

“When my husband Bill was sick we chose to move into the lifestyle community in Morisset as it was a safe, secure and friendly community that I would be happy in on my own,” Ms George said.

“Security was paramount to me when choosing my home, as I am by myself now I needed somewhere I felt secure and could lock up and leave to go traveling without the worry of someone breaking in.”

The Key to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re like many Australian’s, you might be planning your 2018 New Year’s resolutions and if you’re planning on setting some goals, here are a few tips to ensure your resolutions aren’t on the backburner by Easter.

There’s a reason so many people fail to stick to their resolutions when they set goals like ‘save more money’, ‘lose weight’ or ‘spend more time with family’ as they don’t provide any firm end goal, which makes it easier to give them up.

If we get better at setting resolutions we have a better chance of keeping them, so you’ll need to make sure your resolutions aren’t too vague, unrealistic or unmemorable.

Ensure your resolutions include specifics and smaller stepping stones to achieving those goals – and most importantly – make sure you write your goals down or tell someone else about them to keep yourself accountable! Maybe in 2018 you can resolve to:

  1. Look after my health and wellbeing

Losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions made on December 31, but why not focus more on health and wellbeing? Rather than aiming to lose five kilos, pledge to go for a walk every day, integrate a new type of healthy and tasty food into your diet or try a wellness based activity like tai chi, meditation or pilates. A healthy body is a healthy mind, so committing to making small changes to positively affect your physical health is going to do wonders for your emotional wellbeing also. It’s never too late to improve your health, so start in 2018 and your body will be thanking you for years to come.

  1. Develop a passion

Whether it’s unearthing an old passion or discovering a new one, find an activity that brings you joy and put more time into it. Did you love drawing when you were younger? Have you always secretly wanted to learn guitar? Be it photography, hiking or salsa dancing, sign up for a class or put aside an hour every week to spend time doing what makes you happy. Even better, get your partner, neighbours or friends involved. Sharing your joy with others will benefit all of you.

  1. Improve my financial situation

While resolving to win the lotto and move to France might be wishful thinking, there are real steps you can take to improve your finances or reach a goal like a much-wanted holiday. Like all things financial, education is key. Do your research – borrow topical books from the library, read personal finance magazines and sign up to receive e-newsletters from reputable websites. For the smaller luxuries in life, don’t feel bad at all about indulging yourself after a lifetime of looking after others! To help with saving, consider the total amount you might need and break that up into weekly or monthly payments. For example, setting aside $30 a week will yield more than $1,500 by the year’s end, or even more if you deposit into a high-interest savings account!

Of course, it’s easier to keep a resolution that focuses on YOUR enjoyment too and why not – that’s what life should be all about!