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The Grace Albert Park Lake $120m vertical retirement village underway


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  • Explorers’ den and more: The Grace Albert Park Lake
  • Check out Aveo’s new Bella Vista retirement community
  • Living Gems takes out Queensland trifecta
  • Seachange summer house on track
  • Sheer excitement as over-50s ‘sheep station’ community unveiled in Qld
ALL MAPPED OUT: The explorers' den at The Grace Albert Park Lake independent retirement community.

ALL MAPPED OUT: The explorers' den at The Grace Albert Park Lake independent retirement community.

Explorers’ den and more: The Grace Albert Park Lake

A PIANO bar, private dining room, artists’ studio, ‘explorers’ den’ and edible garden are just some of the exclusive ‘extras’ new residents will find when they move into a new $120 million retirement village in Melbourne.

A $120 million vertical retirement village is under construction overlooking Albert Park Lake, the first element in a seniors precinct planned by Australian Unity in the inner city location.

The Grace Albert Park Lake development will feature 79 apartments over 18 levels and is being built at 128 Albert Road, next door to Australian Unity's headquarters.

The apartments vary in size from 78 to 301 sq m, and will be priced from $650,000.

One penthouse (three bedrooms plus study) will be situated on the top level, with two outdoor terraces providing uninterrupted views of Albert Park Lake, the bay and surrounds, priced at $4.5 million.

A unique architectural element will be the ‘courtyard community clubs’ running vertically through the building, There will also be an artists’ studio, purpose-built games room and ‘explorers’ den’ with maps, atlases and travel books “to explore or reminisce about experiences from all corners of the globe”.

An edible garden will also be full of fresh herbs, pot plans and greenery for residents to enjoy and a piano lounge, theatrette, private dining room and rooftop terrace will also be included.

Check out Aveo’s new Bella Vista retirement community

AGED CARE and retirement living provider Aveo Group is set to officially open the first stage of its $400 million Bella Vista retirement community in north-west Sydney on August 25.

LAKESIDE LIVING: The new dining area overlooking a lake at Aveo Bella Vista in Sydney's Hills district.

LAKESIDE LIVING: The new dining area overlooking a lake at Aveo Bella Vista in Sydney's Hills district.

Waratah is the first $75 million stage of the new integrated waterside retirement community and will feature 64 independent living units, starting from start from $495,000.

Also included are amenities ranging from a waterfront dining restaurant and bar overlooking a lake to walking circuits connecting to gardens and fitness stations.

Other on-site additions include a snooker lounge, function rooms and a wellness suite and healthcare services.

Entertainer Rhonda Burchmore will provide entertainment at the open day, and there will be a chance to sample the dining menu and take a tour of the facilities.

Living Gems takes out Queensland trifecta

RELAX POOLSIDE: The award-winning country club at Living Gems Pacific Paradise.

RELAX POOLSIDE: The award-winning country club at Living Gems Pacific Paradise.

LIVING GEMS Pacific Paradise has won best Tourism and Leisure Facility up to $10 million for its country club after taking out the same category for its Caboolture and Toowoomba country clubs the month before.

Living Gems has eight land lease communities in Queensland. It picked up the Master Builders’ regional award on August 11 for the architecturally-designed country club at its Sunshine Coast community.

General Manager Vlad Pullich said these three awards mean a great deal to his family and staff; whom have all “worked tirelessly to see each project through to the highest standard of completion”.

He said winning the treble is a Living Gems first in their 30 year history of building lifestyle resorts. “We are thrilled that our three brand new, purpose built country clubs have been recognised as the best in their regions against industry peers.”

Seachange summer house on track

HERE’S A sneak peak at what the stunning Hamptons-style summer house currently under construction at Pradella’s Seachange Toowoomba retirement resort will look like. 

HAMPTONS STYLE: How the completed summer house at Pradella's new Seachange Toowoomba retirement resort, complete with swimming pool, tennis courts, fire pit barbecue facilities and outdoor decking, is expected look when finished.

HAMPTONS STYLE: How the completed summer house at Pradella's new Seachange Toowoomba retirement resort, complete with swimming pool, tennis courts, fire pit barbecue facilities and outdoor decking, is expected look when finished.

The $1.7 million summer house is on track to be finished by October before residents move into the $71 million resort.

It will be the centrepiece structure for the 162 dwellings on the massive new estate in Harristown.

The summer house will feature a tennis court, fire pit, swimming pool, barbecue facilities and outdoor decking. It is designed to be a hub for relaxed active living and smaller casual functions. 

“We want to ensure that the day that our first residents move in they will be able to take advantage of this wonderful facility,” said director of sales and marketing Alex McMahon.

“In a few months this building will become a vibrant hub of activity – a place where people can come together to enjoy the company of like-minded neighbours and new friends.

A larger country club is set to be built later in the development, which will act as a formal ballroom for larger events. 

Sheer excitement as over-50s ‘sheep station’ community unveiled in Qld

Visitors to the site of a new over-50s community in the Moreton Bay suburb of Morayfield in Queensland got a sneak peak of the development this month.

Visitors tour stage one of Sheep Station Creek retirement community in Queensland.

Visitors tour stage one of Sheep Station Creek retirement community in Queensland.

Stage one of the 134-home Affinity Sheep Station Creek was officially opened by member for Morayfield Mark Ryan and the Affinity team on Sunday August 19.

Set in bushland, an hour’s drive from Brisbane on the banks of Sheep Station Creek, there are a selection of home styles available, from selection of home styles available priced from $365,000.

A country clubhouse, heated swimming pool, bowling green, communal barbecues, commercial kitchen and bar, gym, arts and crafts centre, caravan and boat parking, library, creek-side walkway, hall and cinema are all planned.

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