Retirement living has been reinvented with a focus on like-minded communities in a resort-style environment.
Easy friendships and an active like-minded community were at the top of the checklist for Belinda Cook, 60, when she and husband Phil decided to downsize and move to the new GemLife over 50s lifestyle resort in picturesque, rural Highfield.
Ms Cook, a semi-retired former nurse, said friendships were made quickly, particularly with her nearest neighbours, who jokingly nicknamed themselves “The Pearlers” after their Pearl Avenue address. Instead of life slowing down, it’s become busier than ever, with the friends getting together frequently for leisure, social and sporting activities at GemLife Highfields’ five-star facilities.
“There’s so much to do that sometimes I think I’m missing out when I’m working. We’re absolutely wrapped with the facilities – we feel like we’re living in a holiday resort except it’s actually better!”, said Ms Cook. “When I do go somewhere on holidays, I miss home. It really is that good.”
Strong social networks and an active lifestyle are essential for emotional and physical well-being, particularly for people heading towards, or already at, retirement age. Mindful of this, GemLife takes great pride in creating the perfect environment to support an active and friendly community.
Every GemLife resort development is painstakingly designed to provide a high-end yet affordable oasis for its residents. At GemLife Highfields, for example, the heart-beat of the community revolves around the luxurious Country Club. The club boasts everything from a cinema, bowling alley, golf simulator and gym, to an indoor heated pool, flood-lit tennis court, championship-grade covered bowling green, BBQ pavilion and much more.
Residents’ architecturally designed homes are also designed to the highest standards. Each home features high ceilings, indoor-outdoor living, premium appliances and stylish finishes, all within a secure, gated, pet-friendly environment.
Ms Cook believes many people hold outdated views about over 50s living. “It’s not what people think. I’d looked at and researched other properties, but GemLife Highfields was perfect for us. I’d encourage people to see for themselves and feel the sense of community,” she said.
“I’m so busy in retirement – it’s non-stop. It’s important to be around people and stay active, it keeps you young.”
To learn more, call GemLife Highfields on 1800 910 278 for a viewing appointment.