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Living a More Impressive Lifestyle at Lara

Geelong over-55s looking to capitalise on house price increases and downsize to more affordable accommodation had the opportunity to preview an exciting new design suite of homes which launched at Ingenia Lifestyle Lara on Saturday 14 May.

The community responds to a significant undersupply of affordable and quality accommodation in the region, an issue currently hindering many homeowners looking to downsize and unlock their home equity.

Ingenia Lifestyle Lara residents Peter and Tanya Hocking moved in three years ago after deciding to downsize in order to spend more time travelling.

“Downsizing appealed to us because we can lock up and not have to worry about security, as the village manager is onsite to look after everything and it’s a gated community,” Mr Hocking said.

“I still work full-time, so we wanted to live somewhere that would allow us to be social in the little free time we have. We like that there is an onsite social club that caters to younger seniors wanting to stay active, and have attended a number of planned activities since moving here.

“We’ve made so many friends, many of whom are travellers like us, and it’s great to be able to go away and still have a thriving social life when you get home.”

The community open day welcomed over 100 guests and showcased Ingenia Communities’ signature quality and lifestyle focus for over 55s.

Ingenia Lifestyle Lara Project Sales Manager, Kerri Hughes, said guests were impressed with the new home designs with their modern open plan living areas, entertainer’s decks and well-thought out spacious floor plans.

“Guests were also astounded and relieved at the simplicity of Ingenia Lifestyle Lara purchasing model where residents keep 100% of the capital gains made on the home, plus the option to choose no exit fees, which is a massive positive when comparing us to the competitors.

“They also liked the fact it was over 55’s as some buyers still want to work, but free up their lifestyle, as the kids have left home and they’d like to travel,” Kerri explains.

The new home designs have homely features to them ensuring they are a good floor plan that allows flexibility with its space.

“Home owners have more options to interior style their homes and mix and move furniture around to their liking.

“There is also a good range of one bedroom floor plans, suitable for a small downsizer, or we have a number of two bedroom designs, some with a study, for those requiring a little more space.

“Our brand new community clubhouse, entertainment areas and communal facilities, as well as the sense of comradery amongst our residents, were also impressive to our visitors,” Kerri said.

Brand new homes are available from just $175,000 (with exit fee), or alternatively, from $189,000 (with no exit fee), less than half of Lara’s current median house price of $378,000 and well below Geelong’s current median house price of $632,000.

Located at 40 Watt Street, Lara, 20 minutes north of Geelong, Ingenia Lifestyle Lara boasts a $3.1 million state-of-the-art clubhouse, tennis court, bowling green, fitness centre, indoor heated swimming pool and spa, library, multi-purpose room and commercial kitchen with large function dining hall.

For more information regarding the open day, please contact Kerri or Dianna on (03) 5282 6859 or visit