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Rethinking retirement living



Shifts in social trends are changing the traditional retirement plan for many Australians.

Studies show that we’re working later into our lives for a number of reasons, from financial commitments to being passionate experts in our field.

This means the way that we envision retirement living is changing.

Gone are the days of cookie cutter housing models in idyllic suburban areas. In fact, accessibility to public transport, amenities and CBDs are becoming an increasing demand among prospective retirees and developers are listening.

Around 485,000 Australians are currently moving into Green Star rated communities, many of which are focussed on retirement living – with a twist. Here are some of our top picks that will make you rethink retirement living.

Willowdale Retirement Village


Situated in Sydney’s South, Willowdale Village has taken a revitalised approach to retirement communities. With the local town centre just 400m away and Leppington train station a five minute drive, it’s all about accessibility to connect you with the wider community. Health and wellbeing is also at the heart of this new development, with a gym, indoor heated pool and free outdoor fitness classes offered through Live Life, Get Active. The village bus offers convenient service to the local Liverpool and Campbelltown hospitals, meaning you have everything you need at your doorstep to enjoy a comfortable, connected lifestyle.

Green Star rating: 4 Star Green Star – Custom Design

Selandra Rise Retirement Village


In Melbourne’s south-east, Selandra Rise Retirement Village is already thriving with residents making the most of relaxation. Its most unique feature? At the heart of this development is The Clubhouse, a curated space for all residents featuring a library, computer zone, craft room, beauty salon, theatre room, bar and café. Plus there’s plenty of room to roll up your sleeves and dig deep at the community vegetable garden, which has become a beloved part of the community for many residents.

Green Star rating: 4 Star Green Star – Custom Design

Affinity Village


Located in Baldivis, south of Perth CBD, residents at Affinity Village are spoilt for choice with a selection of affordable units, surrounded by lush parklands and walkways to enjoy. Talking about his decision to invest in his home at Affinity Village, resident John Smith said, “this isn’t a retirement village – it’s a lifestyle village.” That’s the result of smart planning and a fresh approach by developer Stockland when it comes to responding to the changing needs of retired Australians.

Green Star rating: 5 Star Green Star – Public Building Design

Rethinking retirement living? Take a look at our interactive map to find a Green Star rated retirement village near you.

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