Downsizing battle won at over-50s resort

Tina and Dean.

Tina and Dean Austin from Amber at Living Gems in Logan Village spent a lot of time making the decision to sell their large, family home to move into an over-50s lifestyle community, following their retirement from the Defence Force.

It was important for the couple, avid travellers, to find a retirement living option that suited their way of life and financial situation.

When crunching the numbers they considered their rate prices, the cost of pool and spa maintenance, the cost of mowing their half acre property, and what weekly fees they would be paying in both an over-50s resort and retirement village.

“The figures showed it would cost us an extra $30 a week to live in an over-50s’ resort but the huge array of facilities available, including high-quality social, sports and recreational amenities, meant better value for money with the weekly site fees, providing a comprehensive and complete suite of offerings to us,” Tina and Dean said.

“Some retirement villages also have stamp duty on the properties if the village is under a strata, community, or freehold title, and take up to 50 percent capital gains and deferred management fees if we ever decided to sell up and that was not an option for us.”

After their decision was made, they began visiting lifestyle resorts from the Gold Coast to Hervey Bay, and finally settled on the Amber by Living Gems over-50s lifestyle resort, located in the tranquil countryside in Logan Village, Queensland, as it had much better “value for money” than anything else they looked at.

“For a small additional cost, we would live in a beautiful new home within a secured gated community with a huge array of first-class amenities for us to enjoy and the bar was always a drawcard,” Tina and Dean said.

This pet-friendly over-50s lifestyle resort’s impeccable premises feature facilities like a heated mineral pool, lawn bowls rink, indoor ten pin bowling, pickleball court, billiards, darts, library, movie cinema, stage for shows, cafe, golf simulator and so much more.

The resort has three home models to choose from, including the Snowy, Logan and Maroochy house design and no expense has been spared with the interior packages on offer, which include a gourmet kitchen, large island bench, walk-in pantry, dining and lounge spaces seamlessly flowing through to an alfresco area and more, and with a price range of $565,000 – $575,000, this Gold Coast over-50s resort is not only stunning, but very cost effective for the Over 50s downsizers looking to up style their retirement.

Security was also high on their agenda and giving them the ability to lock up and leave, enabled the couple to enjoy their passion for overseas travel and have good friends keep an eye on things while exploring the world.

“Living in a gated community with residents our own age has helped us meet so many new friends and enjoy activities inside our resort, as well as external outings including overseas travel together.”

“We have Woolworths, doctors’ surgeries, chemist, bakery, hotel, as well as other amenities only 200 metres from our resort gate.”

“Living in this resort is the best move we have ever made and just love the friendships and village lifestyle.”

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