Ready-made, friendly village communities like The Gracewood are a boon for seniors who would otherwise be living by themselves in stand-alone homes – just ask 67-year-old Helen Bradey, who says that following the death of her husband in 2017, she began to ask herself: “Why am I wandering about by myself in a four bedroom house?”
When Helen decided to check out retirement villages close to her home in Kellyville, to see for herself whether that would be a better lifestyle option, she says various friends reacted with slight horror, telling her she was “too young” to make such a move, warning her that she’d be “bored”, and urging her instead to just downsize to a standard unit.
“But I thought to myself, well, how would that be any different from living alone in a house?”, Helen recounts. “I visited several retirement villages, but the very first thing I felt when I arrived at The Gracewood was the strong sense of community. There were plenty of people out and about and they were all so friendly, like everyone knew everyone else. It felt like a neighbourhood.
“The other thing that struck me about The Gracewood in contrast to other villages was that this place just felt so much younger, with many healthy, active residents enjoying the indoor pool and the gym, plus a really good mix of males and females, either in couples or otherwise.”
Having purchased, off-the-plan, a three-bedroom apartment in The Gracewood’s third and final stage of development, Helen moved into her brand new 3 bedroom apartment in July this year when construction completed. But she’s already an active member of the village’s Arts & Crafts group and is happily making plans to launch a mahjong group and also to join the gardening club.
She’s also very much looking forward to using the pool herself – “I love the pool!”, she enthuses – and joining in the village’s regular Friday afternoon Happy Hour for a convivial drink or two.
“I decided to buy an apartment at The Gracewood when I woke up one morning and realised it was time for me to move on”, Helen says firmly. “I see this as a new beginning, and it just feels so exciting.
“I don’t want to have to worry any more about fixing a broken door handle, or what to do about a leak in the roof, or whatever. The time’s arrived where I just want to have fun!”
To book your private one on one appointment call Alison Abel today on 1800 116 550 or (02) 8804 4794.
Lunch is on us!
One of the most talked about aspects of The Gracewood Community is our vibrant active community of residents, and we would like to invite you to experience that first hand. Book a one on one appointment and we would love to shout you lunch in our Hodges Walk village cafe.