Downsizers and retirees can enjoy low-maintenance living in style in these gated communities and retirement villages from across New Zealand
Retirement Villages can be the perfect lifestyle option for over 65s and offer many benefits. For those who are not quite ready to make the move to a village, there are an increasing number of gated communities for over 55s that offer many of the pluses of a village – ground maintenance, security, specially designed apartments, communal living areas – but are not staffed villages with options for organised activities and assisted living.
Properties are offered on a freehold basis, with no licence to occupy, so when you sell there are no terms and you can enjoy any capital gains offered by a changing real estate market. They can provide a perfect interim option for downsizers and retirees. Find out the key things you need to know about buying a home in a retirement village here and browse the latest on the market below.
Here’s our pick of gated communities and retirement villages from around the country
1. Great alternative
This is a great option in Henderson, Auckland for those who want to quit the hassles of a high-maintenance family home but aren’t ready to move into a retirement village.
The light and bright second-floor apartment with a balcony has been designed with ease of mobility in mind with easy entry, extra wide doors and hallways and level shower access. It has a well-designed open plan kitchen/living with a spare bedroom which will be great for the grandkids.
Part of a development for over 55-ers, Bloom Swanson is a complex of apartments with lovely shared grounds, close to local amenities. It’s freehold so no licence to occupy agreements and has a very affordable body corp.
2. On holiday
As you can guess from the name of this Orakei Retirement village, there are resort-like facilities on offer such as a heated swimming pool, spa, gymnasium and it’s in a premium location with views out over the Gulf.
The spacious apartment has a nice outlook and the kitchen and bathroom are a high spec. As well as access to the manicured grounds, this apartment has a lovely patio area that doubles the living space and will be great in summer.
There are a couple of other apartments available at this village and full information packs are available.
This delightful little cottage in Papamoa could be just what you’re looking for to take you to a new hassle-free lifestyle.
The spacious living and dining area opens to a covered deck and there’s the bonus of a little study and also laundry facilities in the attached garage. There are some stylish communal areas for you to relax and entertain with outdoor decks to make the most of warm weather.
Enjoy a beach lifestyle with no chores and plenty of options to enjoy activities with other residents.
4. Upmarket living
This Albany apartment and grounds have a wow factor and also offer many benefits of village-style living, without being a retirement village. The grounds of Point Ridge are landscaped to an exceptional standard with a tropical pool and spa, 20-metre lap pool, barbecue area, gym and beautifully maintained grounds around the complex.
The high stud and sunny aspect of the apartment’s open-plan living area which flows to a balcony makes this a very welcoming space.
Add the two generous double bedrooms and the luxurious bathroom with Travertine tile flooring and you have a very elegant package. Close to all the shops and amenities of Albany, it’s the perfect solution for downsizers.
5. Choose what you want
There’s a range of options available in this Manurewa complex for the over 60s at this new development from Bloom which is due to welcome new homeowners at the end of October.
Maintenance and security concerns are sorted in this gated community, but you still have all the options that come with owning a freehold property. You can check out the show homes and weigh up the choices— an apartment with a patio or deck, or a ground-floor home with its own garden area.
All the creature comforts have been allowed for here in an ideal lock up and leave complex.
6. New development
This new village in Thames is currently under construction and the three-storey apartment blocks offer a variety of superb outlooks. Toss up what vista you’d like to wake up to as it is situated to take in views of the sea, Kauaeranga River and Coromandel Ranges.
There are also two-bedroom apartments available but all residents get to enjoy the three elegant lounges, community lodge and other facilities.
The landscaped grounds follow the river foreshore – perfect for an early evening stroll. These apartments are being sold as lease to occupy, starting at $460,000.
7. Chores taken care of
Enjoy having all the little chores like arranging rates and insurance payments and maintenance issues taken care of when you live in this cute little two-bedroom home in Whangarei.
The sunny living opens to a deck which steps down onto a level lawn area so you really do feel you have your own little patch. Marion Heights has 45 units with a community hall but the homes are all freehold so there’s no right to occupy licence.
The two bedrooms are both doubles so the grandkids can stay and you can enjoy watching them play on the lawn outside.
8. Budget bonus
This little attached home in Whangarei’s Stonehaven Retirement Village really is a budget beater.
The compact living is very tidy with restful views over the lawns to trees beyond.
Mowing and all those other tasks are taken care of and you can relax in the sunny living room and make the most of a leisurely lifestyle.
9. Top notch
Springlands Retirement Village in Blenheim really makes the most of its beautiful peaceful setting with mature trees and a stream on the northern side.
The architect-designed homes have quality fittings and a thoughtful layout to ensure quality living. There is a range of options here with both independent villas and assisted-living serviced studios and one-bedroom apartments.
A lovely central courtyard, decks and resident lounges make it easy to enjoy the landscaped gardens and a full range of activities and services are offered. The village runs on a licence to occupy basis.
Words by: Sarah Beresford.