Retirees embrace South West village lifestyle (as published in The Weekend West, 29th October)

Boronia Gardens Village in Albany is attracting strong interest from retirees throughout Western Australia which has resulted in nearly half of Stage 1 at the lifestyle village being sold.

Stage 1 consists of 21 home sites of which only 12 remain for sale, with prices starting from $235,000. Olive and Lloyd Penrice are some of the newest residents at Boronia Gardens, and are loving the ease in which they have been able to settle into the village lifestyle. Before residing at Boronia Gardens, the Penrices spent many years as missionaries at remote Aboriginal communities throughout Australia. “Our home was so easy to arrange, as all the hard work was done for us,” Mr Penrice said. “All the smaller details are something we just didn’t want to have to stress about at this age. The design options were so flexible, and we now have a home that caters to all our needs.”

Eighty-nine-year-old Beryl May also moved to Boronia Gardens recently, making the shift to Albany from Mosman Park in Perth. “I love living at Boronia Gardens because of its great community atmosphere and the high level security it offers,” she said. “My home is very spacious and being low maintenance it gives me time to pursue my hobbies such as knitting and making quilts for local charities. I have made some friends since I moved into Boronia Gardens and we all enjoy community activities such as morning teas and the community garden. My only big regret is that I did not move into Boronia Gardens sooner, because of the lifestyle it has given me.”

Boronia Gardens Village Consultant Lee-Anne Sugg said the location continued to be the key to its success as many amenities were within walking distance. “The Albany Aquatic and Leisure Centre is quite literally across the road, as is the Albany Men’s Shed which has just opened,” she said. “Being so close to the town centre, residents can also walk to the major shopping centre and public library, which is a great asset for the local community.”

Ms Sugg said the homes in the village were being delivered in partnership with Kent Corporation, who had more than 20 years’ experience delivering high-quality homes built to very high specifications.“All of the homes are designed to be energy efficient and will be provided with rainwater tanks to catch roof runoff water while gardens are watered via recycled storm water to minimise water use,” she said.

Source: The Weekend West, October 29 2016