The upside to downsizing

Upsize your lifestyle: It is never too soon to start planning for retirement, so start thinking about what you want in your post-work years sooner rather than later. Photo: Supplied.
Upsize your lifestyle: It is never too soon to start planning for retirement, so start thinking about what you want in your post-work years sooner rather than later. Photo: Supplied.

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Lifestyle SA director Roxanne Norris says the baby boomer generation is embracing the concept of downsizing faster than any generation of retirees before.

“There is a real trend among today’s retirees towards healthier and more active lifestyles with more time to do all of the fun things that they’ve been putting off for years,” she said.

“A desire to do less around the house such as mowing the lawns and weeding the gardens in favour of more time to relax and simply enjoy life is often the catalyst for new retirees to downsize from the large family home and move into a retirement village environment.

“And when you look at the fantastic standard of today’s modern retirement villages, a step down in the size of the home usually means a step up in quality, including access to a host of recreational facilities such as swimming pools, hydrotherapy spas, tennis courts and lawn bowling greens that most people otherwise would not have access to if they stayed in their family home.”

Ms Norris says it is never too soon to plan for retirement and encourages people to think about what they want in their post-work years sooner rather than later.

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“People constantly tell me that they’re so glad they finally moved into a retirement village, with their only regret being that they didn’t do it sooner,” she said.

Ms Norris says that all Lifestyle SA villages feature on-site management and maintenance staff who takes care of operational and maintenance issues, including keeping an eye on people’s homes if they go travelling and general security.

“Security is an important issue. Feeling confident about our safety and well-being is vital to our overall quality of life and helps facilitate a healthy and socially active existence,” she said.

“Retirees today expect more than any other generation before them, so the challenge was to raise the bar for retirement village living, which we think we’ve done,” she said.

“High quality yet low maintenance homes with gardens, safe and social environments to develop strong friendships, and extensive recreational facilities are all commonplace in Lifestyle SA villages across Adelaide.”

Lifestyle SA manages more than 2,000 homes in 11 Lifestyle Villages across the state, including Happy Valley, Seaford, Pasadena, Woodcroft, Mount Barker, Evanston Park, Walkley Heights, Salisbury East, Hope Valley, Parafield Gardens and Golden Grove. Expertly built by Fairmont Homes, the immaculately appointed homes within each village include two or three bedroom options, formal and informal living areas, single/double garages and outdoor patio areas with beautifully manicured gardens.

For more information call 8125 4100.