Pacific Paradise

Lifestyle upsize – Downsizing for a whole new life

Lifestyle upsize - Downsizing for a whole new life

New age boomers are changing the way they choose to spend the next chapter of their lives.

Queensland couple Les and Karen Taylor didn’t expect to fall in love with GemLife and move into an over-50s lifestyle resort.

It was merely by chance that the couple came across GemLife Pacific Paradise. In fact, it was their friends who were looking for over-50s communities to downsize.

“I offered to look around the Sunshine Coast for them, I wasn’t even looking for us, but when we saw the concept, we thought, ‘This is too good to be true.’

Les, 69 and Karen, 56, reveal what sold them on GemLife. “There were three things that decided us,” Les explained.

“First was the financial flexibility. Downsizing from a family home to this provides financial flexibility for our retirement.

“Second, it’s a secure, gated environment. It provides us with the ability to lock up and leave when we go travelling in our caravan. Also, there’s an age difference between Karen and me. I fell off a ladder recently and cracked my head open and it made me think, ‘If something happens to me, Karen won’t have to worry about maintenance, she’ll have people around and she’ll be safe.’

“Third, was the opportunity to be more socially active with like-minded people.”

The active couple are thrilled with the resort’s picturesque coastal location surrounded by natural bushland.

“We’re 2km from a beach with a surf club and restaurant precinct. We can cycle there. We also have a shopping complex with supermarket, pharmacy, hairdresser, and newsagents just 500 metres down the road – so we don’t even have to get the car out. A lot of these places are in the boondocks. GemLife has done well to find this much land so near the beach and shopping.”

As a tradie, Les was impressed by the quality of the build.

“The finish of the plasterwork and painting was exceptional as was the quality of the exterior – the fitting around the eaves and guttering. Builders can get a bit slap happy when building multiple houses like this. The cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms, the quality of taps and switches – they were all excellent.”

It was bittersweet to move out of their family home in Sunshine Coast’s Noosaville, which Les had built himself. However, the Taylors knew that it was the right decision. The home felt too big once their children left the nest and it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the maintenance.

“There was always something that needed to be done,” says Les.

Les and Karen are getting ready to move into their three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in GemLife Pacific Paradise with their furry friend by their side. They are looking forward to enjoying an upgraded lifestyle with all the luxury facilities at the resort and discover new friendships with their lovely neighbours.

The couple’s daughters are happy knowing that their parents can finally focus on themselves and live their best lives.

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