Bribie Island

Downsizing for a whole new life

Downsizing for a whole new life

Downsizing for a whole new lifeCOASTAL bushland views and more time to enjoy an active lifestyle played a big part in Kerry Duffy and Sue Davies’ decision to downsize and move into GemLife Bribie Island’s over 50s lifestyle resort.

The pair, in their early 60s, fast-forwarded their downsizing plans when a premium site facing Bribie Island National Park became available.

The couple’s new home gives them front-row views across spectacular coastal bushland, a haven to an abundance of native wildlife ranging from kangaroos, koalas and echidnas to possum, gliders and, according to neighbours, a regularly appearing bandicoot.

“We love it. We look over all this beautiful green space, we’ve already seen kangaroos and we’re keeping an eye out for the bandicoot,” Ms Duffy said.

Previously living in a large, four-bedroom canal property, the pair were surprised at how roomy their new, low-maintenance home felt. “The design of the home has made downsizing much easier than I thought,” Ms Duffy said. “There’s so much storage – there’s more here than our old four bedroom.” GemLife’s modern, light-filled homes are cleverly designed to maximise space and indoor-outdoor living.

A keen cook, Ms Duffy loves the kitchen design, especially the walk-in pantry where she can see all her appliances at a glance.

An active couple, the women regularly walk their dogs at the resort, socialising with other pet owners at the off-leash dog-run, and plan to use the gym, pool, lawn bowls, music room and pickleball courts at GemLife’s award-winning country club. The clubhouse overlooks a 7ha lake, featuring waterfront lounge and dining areas, jetty, boardwalk, large pontoon and a pontoon boat for community use.

“Having all these facilities in one place is great – it makes it easy to stay active and try new things,” Ms Duffy said.

“It hard for people to get away from the idea of a retirement village – it doesn’t feel like that at all. It’s just a smaller place on a smaller block. “There’s a ready-made community here. You can balance being social or step back and have privacy.”

GemLife has six over-50s resorts across Australia, including Bribie Island, Maroochydore, Pacific Paradise, Highfields, Lennox Head in NSW and Woodend in Victoria.

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