IT WAS the site where Australian stars like Graham Kennedy started their TV careers and shows like Hey Hey its Saturday were filmed.
And now the site of the former Channel 9 Studios in Richmond is to be transformed into a new over-55s community by Lendlease.
Situated near Melbourne’s sporting and recreational precincts, Lendlease Richmond is also set to become Australia’s first 6-Star Green Star intergenerational precinct.
Designed by architects Bates Smart, the inner-city community will have a rooftop terrace with city views, as well as a residents’ lounge, private dining area and barbecue facilities. There will also be a theatre, gym, yoga and pilates studio, hydrotherapy and lap pool, cafe, provedore and a herb and vegetable garden.
“This inner-city address will offer a unique urban lifestyle for over-55s,” said Tony Randello, managing director of retirement at Lendlease. It will feature 116 apartments with views to the city, Burnley and the Yarra River. Aged care and residential townhouses will also be offered.
The homes range in size from one-bedroom plus study through to the three-bedroom plus study designs, along with outdoor spaces and secure car parking. To learn more click HERE
New lifestyle, new U City
It’s been more than two years in the making, and now the ambitious 20-storey U City building in the heart of Adelaide is almost finished.
Uniting Communities’ $100 million multi-use development on Franklin Street includes independent retirement living, specialist disability accommodation and accessible serviced apartments for people living with disability. There will also be a function centre and office, hospitality, retail and community spaces.The upper floors of the building are devoted to residential living for retirees and for people living with disability.
A “vertical village”, U City will offer 41 high-rise apartments for retirement living with private balconies and expansive views. Residents will also have access to an exclusive club lounge. The 21 platinum apartments and 18 accessible serviced apartments will all provide access to assistive technology to support independence.
Uniting Communities’ support services including allied health, disability services, community legal services and personal and family counselling will operate from the premises.
U City forms part of the revitalisation of the Market district precinct – a pocket of the city undergoing a significant revamp with the redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre and extension of existing laneways.
U City is due to open in mid-2019.
Resort-style living come to the suburbs
RESORT-STYLE living is set to come to the suburbs, with work kicking off in a $60 million retirement village in Adelaide’s west in May.
The Aura Retirement Resort will include four three-level buildings on Rondo Avenue at Findon, accommodating 133 single-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with undercover parking.
Facilities will include a heated swimming pool, massage and health areas, a gym and spa, concierge services, sports bar and fine-dining areas, cinema rooms, a business centre and live music.
Aura will be operated by management consultants Charlie Way and Joe Trimboli, who both have experience in the the hospitality, retirement living and aged care sectors. They say the new Livewell Communities facility has been designed to offer residents services found at five-star resorts.
“We are setting out to ensure that residents will be able to enjoy their retirement with a minimum of stress," said Mr Way. The first residents are expected to move in by early next year as part of a first stage, before project completion in 2021. More details click HERE
Two new villages for Ryman
Ryman Healthcare is gearing up for a groundbreaking 2019 with work set to start this year on two new villages at Burwood East and Coburg in Melbourne.
Ryman Healthcare’s chief sales and marketing officer, Debbie McClure, said one of the trends she is seeing in the retirement living space is a move to more vertical apartment-style living.
“We’re seeing that people generally want to retire in communities where they already have deep connections, or they want to move closer to family,” she said.
“With limited green space available in some metropolitan areas, and people wanting to remain close to their loved communities, there are more opportunities for vertical apartment-style retirement living.
The proposed new vertical apartment living village in Coburg will be located near the heart of Melbourne city close to amenities and entertainment, including the Coburg Lions AFL ground. There will be a range of retirement living and aged care options including independent apartments and assisted living in serviced apartments.
The Burwood East development will be Ryman’s third village in Melbourne.The 2.5-hectare site on Burwood Highway is part of a $500 million redevelopment of the wider 20.5-hectare site.
The village is slated to include 174 independent apartments, 91 assisted living suites and 132 aged care beds. It will be home to more than 400 people, with the first residents expected to move in during the second half of this year.
Fancy a year's worth of groceries?
If you’re thinking of making a seachange to the Sunshine Coast, Stockland is giving $10,000 worth of groceries to anyone who buys an apartment at its Birtinya retirement village.
Shine Birtinya is the company’s new eight-storey village on the shores of Lake Kawana.It is close to the beaches of Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Bokarina and Caloundra.
The open-plan one-, two- or three-bedroom homes are designed with flexible options of study, study nook or extra bathroom, and have views of the lake or hinterland from a private balcony. Residents also have unlimited access to a private clubhouse, hair salon, gym and a raft of in-house wellness and fitness programs.
The free grocery offer is available to new customer reservations at Shine Birtinya until April 15, with settlement by June 30, 2019. For full terms and conditions click HERE
Stockland's Somerton Park
You don’t have to break the bank to downsize beachside.
The low-maintenance independent living apartments at Stockland’s Somerton Park Seniors Living Community, near Glenelg Beach in Adelaide are aimed at retirees who want to be independent but enjoy the perks of living in a retirement village. The revamped homes saw Somerton Park win Best Village Refurbishment at the 2017 Retirement Living Awards for its one-bedroom apartments.
“They are very popular with older people looking to spend less time cleaning their home and maintaining a backyard, and more time enjoying their retirement surrounded by family and friends,” a Stockland spokesperson said.
“They are designed to be an affordable price point for retirees.” The community has undergone an $11 million expansion with 35 new villas.
Work underway at Aveo Carindale
In Queensland construction is well underway on Aveo Group’s $224 million six-stage redevelopment in Carindale – the largest retirement development in south-eastern Brisbane.
The existing Aveo Carindale retirement community opposite Westfield Carindale was established in 1985 and will be redeveloped over six stages with 432 independent living units and a 115-bed high-care facility.
The $45 million first stage will comprise one-, two- and three-bedroom independent living apartments in two multi-storey apartment buildings. It will also include a restaurant, bar, gym, outdoor pool, movie theatre, library, games room, activity room and beauty salon.
Aveo chief executive Geoff Grady said the redevelopment is about meeting the changing needs of existing residents and tomorrow’s retirees.
“When data suggests that 13.7 per cent of the projected population for Carindale in 2021 will be over the age of 65, redevelopments like Aveo Carindale are crucial to enable retirees to stay in their local area and in contact with their community social groups,” Mr Grady said.