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

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.”

Hand knitted donations to comfort rescue and wildlife animals

Kind hearted and caring residents at Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange have been hard at work, knitting speciality items for injured, sick and abandoned animals in need.

The range of wildlife pouches and post-surgery comfort items are gifted to local associations to help comfort and support animals.

The group dubbed Daisymae Creations currently supports 77 vets and wildlife rescue groups throughout Australia, including local charities RSPCA Somersby and Dog Rescue Newcastle.

Residents have spent many hours designing and knitting a range of surgical socks, wildlife pouches, cocoons, beds and toys for animals as they undergo treatments.

Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange resident, Karen, formed the group earlier this year, and the number of residents who donate their time and skills has grown to 20, in addition to several other local volunteers who support the group.

Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange Village Manager, Bethany Jones, said the hand-made comfort items form part of a larger box of hand stitched items donated to a range of animal charities, which is organised by Karen.

“The residents love to knit and crochet and what better way to put their quick knitting skills to use while donating to a worthy cause.

“Knitting the items is a great way for our residents to have a chat and catch-up,” Bethany said.

In addition, the Daisymae Creations group also provides knitted beanies, scarves and leg warmers to two charities in Victoria who provide the items to the homeless.

For more information on Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange, please contact Jason Webb on 0458 018 332 or visit

A Grand Opening for the new stage and Clubhouse at The Grange


Savvy downsizers have flocked to the grand opening of the new stage development of Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange as they seek more alternatives to traditional seniors living on the Central Coast.

Leading owner, operator and developer of over 55s communities, Ingenia, celebrated the official opening of the new stage and clubhouse with Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, and local member for Lake Macquarie, Mr Greg Piper MP, unveiling the plaque with Ingenia CEO, Mr Simon Owen.

Uniquely located adjacent to nine hectares of peaceful bushland, in the leafy suburb of Morisset, the new stage to Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange will deliver 57 brand new homes while current residents are now able to enjoy their brand new brand new $1 million community clubhouse with pool, alfresco BBQ area, indoor entertaining, social club function spaces and seniors-dedicated gym.

Ingenia CEO Simon Owen said many seniors were unaware there were alternative housing solutions available.

“Lifestyle-focused land lease communities are one of the newest seniors living trends available to the downsizing market, with Ingenia Lifestyle setting new benchmarks in senior’s housing,” Mr Owen said.

“The popularity of the model is its simplicity; residents purchase a new home and lease the land, eliminating the need to pay stamp duty with no exit or deferred management fees.

“With the requirement to pay stamp duty removed, we can ensure a much more affordable entry price point and most purchasers are then often able to free up a substantial amount of equity raised through the sale of their previous home.”

Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange will be introducing a range of affordable, brand new homes that meet the ever-increasing demand for over 55s housing and age-appropriate living requirements.

The range of affordable, brand new homes combine modern technology, sustainable construction techniques and efficiencies in design to deliver a product that is now surpassing market expectations.

The homes feature open plan living, generous covered decks, air conditioning, modern entertainer’s kitchen and built-in robes to bedrooms. They include a range of environmental considerations and may also accommodate custom upgrades with the flexibility to add in features such as stone benchtops and design upgrades with the ability to modify the home for now or into the future.

For more information please contact Rachel Pullicino on 0459 995 919 or visit

Resident’s Exclusive Tour of Home Builder, Parkwood


Residents from Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange in Morisset took an exclusive behind the scenes tour of a manufactured homes construction site in the NSW Central Coast region of Gosford, where their new clubhouse is currently being constructed by Parkwood Modular Buildings.

The residents were there to inspect the brand new clubhouse, arriving midway through 2017, and on completion will include an alfresco barbecue area, kitchen and dining room, lounge, and library.

It will have a multi-purpose function room that will be used for everything from indoor bowls, trivia, bingo, tai chi and bridge.

A seniors-dedicated gym will house the Ingenia Care program and a sports room will play host to a variety of games.

The residents are eagerly awaiting their new clubhouse and think the new addition will create a major hub for social events and activities that will bring their new
community together.

For more information please call Maria Wheate on 0448 148 838 or visit

The Grange’s Golf Team is Ready to Tee-Off


“Dad’s Army,” The Grange’s golf team from Morisset on the NSW Central Coast, now look more-the-part thanks to their new-look polo shirts, proudly sponsored by Ingenia Lifestyle.

Dad’s Army was first floated in 1988 and now boasts 33 members ranging in age from 60 to the oldest member who recently turned 90 and play socially or in competitions.

The keen group consists of a number of residents from Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange who play in their own competition every Wednesday morning using a series of relaxed rules – including gimmes on the green and relief from trees.

Team captain of Dad’s Army, Peter Bertreger, said the Ingenia Lifestyle sponsorship means a great deal to the team, as they are a not-for-profit group, they need the help of a sponsor to be able to compete in more tournaments and golf rounds.

“As a bunch of senior citizens, to begin to be able to have brand new matching shirts makes us look like a real team. We are thrilled to wear them and the team absolutely love the new uniforms, we really appreciate that Ingenia Lifestyle has sponsored Dad’s Army,” Peter said.

After they play the team can soon look forward to relaxing in The Grange’s brand new clubhouse with its own sports bar, large dining space for entertaining and an outdoor deck overlooking the swimming pool, arriving in 2017.

Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange’s brand new master plan includes 55 brand new homes coming soon to Morisset.

For more information please contact Maria Wheate on 0448 148 838 or visit

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Image caption: An artists impression of Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange’s new clubhouse coming soon in 2017.


Head to the Greens for the Morisset Country Club Improvement Day


Active Lifestyle Estates residents and staff are gearing up for the Morisset Country Club’s bowling green improvement day for members, family and local businesses.

Major sponsors of the event, Active Lifestyle Estates, has three beautiful lifestyle communities in the Morisset and Chain Valley Bay region and will be represented on the day by The Grange resident and Morisset Country Club member Lorraine Walker, Sales Manager Maria Wheate as well as the Village Manager from the Lake Macquarie community, Gary Wheate.

The Grange Sales Manager Maria Wheate said Active Lifestyle Estates was proud to be a major sponsor of the event, which would raise money to improve the facilities on offer for the many members and visitors of the country club to enjoy.

“The Morisset Country Club is a major asset to our local community, especially to over 55s in the area,” Ms Wheate said.

“The lifestyle, health and wellbeing of not only our residents, but other local seniors, is extremely important to us and we see this sponsorship as a contribution to the development of the community.

“We also hope to see our relationship with the Morisset Country Club continue to strengthen long into the future, as it’s a popular social spot that we anticipate many of our residents will take advantage of.

Raffles, morning tea and lunch will be available for purchase on the day, with great prizes donated from local businesses to be won. An auction will be held in the afternoon will all money going directly to the improvement of the bowls green.

Event Notice: Morisset Country Club Improvement Day

When                   Sunday 31 July, 9.30 (morning tea) 10am (bowls commence)

Where                  Morisset Country Club, Dora Street, Morisset

Who                     Local community members and business representatives

Contact               Maria Wheate (Sales Manager) – 0448 148 838

Connecting With Like-Minded Friends


For the more social and active-focused seniors, Active Lifestyle Estates The Grange offers a tranquil yet social setting offering a perfect combination of natural beauty, convenience and comfort.

Long-time residents, Tom and Val Studley, moved to Active Lifestyle Estates The Grange in Morisset, NSW after searching for somewhere to live to connect with other young retirees.

“My wife and I were previously living in a retirement community where residents were much older than us, and nobody was interested in leaving their house. The atmosphere at Active Lifestyle Estates is completely different and we haven’t looked back since the day we stepped into our new home.

“There is an incredible community vibe here at The Grange, and all our neighbours are keen to attend social outings, and activities around the estate and we hold regular barbeques to catch up with everyone,” Mr Studley said.

“Everyone is always looking out for each other and living in a gated-community makes us all feel so much safer. There are shops, medical centres and public transport all within one kilometre of the estate, with the village bus available to take residents out regularly. We just couldn’t recommend living here enough.”

High demand for affordable and quality age appropriate accommodation in the region has been reflected in the demand at sister community, nearby Active Lifestyle Estates Lake Macquarie, where stage one has sold out and stage two well into strong sales mode.

Active Lifestyle Estates The Grange has brand new home designs with a new master plan and community clubhouse coming soon.

For more information about The Grange please contact Maria Wheate on 0448 148 838 or visit