We’re excited! Best Land Lease Living Award 2018


We’re excited to announce that we have won the Best Land Lease Living Award at the 2018 Caravan and Camping Industry Association’s (CCIA) Awards for Excellence.

This award from the New South Wales based CCIA is a recognition of excellence in lease living communities focused on seniors living. As a joint winner, Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange was recognised for its high achievement and success in marketing, sales, community engagement and operations.

The community has been an ongoing success for Ingenia with many over 55s choosing to the innovative land lease model and supportive community environment. The land lease model means no strata management or body corporate fees, no council rates, no stamp duty, no exit fees and no refurbishment costs.

With fewer out-of-pocket housing-related expenses, downsizers are able to free up capital to transition to a new life with better financial health.

Ingenia Operations Manager Stephen McLean said Ingenia Lifestyle had become a strong disruptor to the traditional housing offering for seniors with its land lease ownership model.

“Ingenia Lifestyle have created a simple, competitive, value-driven and transparent housing model, whilst leading innovation in the lifestyle community market for Australia’s rapidly ageing population,” Mr McLean said.

“Since acquiring the community in 2013, we have made significant upgrades with the addition of a new $1 million clubhouse for residents and the introduction of community focused events, such as the Be Active program.”

The nation-wide Be Active program offers free monthly events, social engagements and wellness workshops for residents eager to stay fit while in the company of their friends and neighbours.

Each of our unique Ingenia Lifestyle locations have that “welcome feeling” that is sought after by many over 55s downsizers…

“The dedicated team at The Grange deliver an active social calendar and wellbeing program for the residents – the Be Active Program supports, improves and helps residents maintain their lifestyle through events and activities – creating stronger, healthier and more social communities,” he said.

“It’s important for the residents to build connections within the community – we consistently reinvest in and reengage with the community, ensuring that all residents become a part of Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange.”

More than 3,500 Australian seniors currently call an Ingenia Lifestyle community home, across more than 20 locations in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. Our residents enjoy a lifestyle based on independence, wellbeing and active living.

The Ingenia Lifestyle model is unique in that buyers purchase a brand new home and lease, rather than own, the land, offering a much more affordable entry price point and eliminating the need to pay stamp duty. If you are considering downsizing to an affordable and enjoyable over 55s lifestyle – click here to explore our Ingenia Lifestyle locations.

Seeing is believing. Contact the team at your choice of Ingenia Lifestyle location for a community tour. You’ll be glad you did!

“The garden that saved my life”


Ray and Sandy Summers, both in their mid 60s, have spent a lifetime working outdoors, with Ray previously employed as a farm manager in New Guinea and managing gardens in schools and retirement villages in Australia.

“When the doctor told me I had to stop working to save my health I thought it was the end of the world for me, I thought what’s there to do now?,” Ray said.

The couple knew they had to change the way they were living. They had friends living at Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange who were constantly asking them when they were coming to the community, and one day, three years ago they finally did.

“We had a look at a home, walked inside and that was it! We moved in and loved the lifestyle.

“Instead of feeling sorry for myself after retirement I got the garden going. A friend dropped around a wooden boat and we filled it up with potting mix, flowers and plants.

“We have memorial plants for Sandy’s mum and dad as well as my mum. I have a cutting of a 138 year old rose from the early 1800’s. My dad bought it home for mum, but now I look after it.

“Our new lifestyle has made me realise there’s another life after work and I can keep occupied with paddle boarding, fishing or gardening.

Better Homes and Gardens’ Graham Ross visits The Grange!


Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange played host to Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens TV crew earlier this month.

The popular DIY, renovation, gardening and cooking TV show was filming a 90 minute show focused on seniors lifestyle living in the Lake Macquarie region and will be aired this Friday 14th September from 7pm.

The residents were ecstatic, and a little overwhelmed, to welcome the celebrity gardener into their personal gardens and receive his advice on recognising species of flowers and plants and his assistance on how to keep insects and pests away, while signing the odd magazines and appearing in photos too.

The community’s communal herb and vege garden was a major feature with resident, Bev Wood and her family, receiving help from Graham with planting colour in the communal garden where residents can take clippings of veges and herbs for their cooking and place a coin donation to keep the garden alive and growing.

The rose garden, green wall of bromeliads and the men’s shed also received a helping hand from Graham.

The community’s Spring Garden competitors were also proud to show off their efforts just in time for their judging in late September.

The over 55s lifestyle community has a strong green spirit with dedicated and well-loved village management and grounds and maintenance keepers who are all loving life at The Grange and loving the associated health and wellness benefits the community is delivering together.

Thanks to all involved for making the TV shoot a success!

The Garden Keeper at The Grange


Being an avid outdoors person, it was no surprise resident Bev Wood has been head keeper of The Grange’s communal herb and vege garden for the past three years.

Bev said, “The garden has been created for all residents to take clippings off and use in their cooking, all just for the cost of a coin donation to keep the garden alive and growing.

“Some of the favourite items I see residents using include silverbeet, summer lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, and oregano, basil and parsley.

“They love to make salads, frittata with eggs and silverbeet or greens and chilli fried up quickly,” she said.

Bev’s garden was a major feature in the Better Homes and Gardens TV segment with Graham lending a hand and inviting her grandchildren in to help plant more colour in the newly positioned herb and vege raised garden beds.

“My daughter’s really pleased to see me living here, she sees me glowing and busy doing things and I’m extremely happy.

“Moving in here I made a whole lot of friends and I really enjoy the lifestyle.

“Lifestyle living is lovely, it’s a real little community and reminds me as a kid where you used to know all your neighbours and you can chat to them and wave to them.

“It’s friendly, it’s what I really like about it,” Bev said.

Local Men’s Shed building awareness for Men’s Health


Men at Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange have rallied together in a bid to break down the stigma surrounding mental and physical health for men, which also coincided with Men’s Health Week in June.

The Australia wide campaign encourages communities and organisations to come together, raise awareness and discuss some of the key health issues facing men.

Village Manager Bethany Jones said residents were passionate about generating as much awareness as they could to help put a stop to the stigma surrounding men’s health.

“Men’s Health Week helps to shine a light on some of the key health issues facing men and how we need to be talking about these, not just this week, but year-round.

“Here at The Grange, our male residents banded together to start their own men’s shed as a way to build friendships and to encourage more men to talk about their health – they also keep themselves busy with handy projects around the community, such as restoring furniture.”

“Our community’s Men’s Shed has become a popular gathering for residents to get together, check in on both your physical and mental health, and have a cuppa and a chat with each other.

Resident of Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange, 68-year-old Phillip Tengdahl, said the group started seven years ago to create a sense of camaraderie within the community.

“Getting together has created a lifeline for some of the men, this camaraderie group will last a life time – the Men’s Shed allows us to interact with others who are at the same stage of life as us.

“Men don’t always know how to reach out, so having a place where we can regularly catch up means we can check in and build new friendships with our neighbours.

“I never really thought about men’s health and the stigma around it – I always thought “she’ll be right”, but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with type two diabetes that I really read up on the importance of men’s health. It was shocking to know that statistically, men die younger,” Phil said.

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

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 www.liveinmorisset.com.au

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 www.liveinmorisset.com.au.

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 www.liveinmorisset.com.au