Searching for a place to enjoy your golden years is a decision not to be taken lightly. After all, you didn’t rush into buying your first home, and the same should go for choosing a retirement village. Here are the five biggest factors you should look for when choosing where you’ll spend the next chapter of your life.
Where you live has a huge impact on your happiness. When it comes to retirement living, whether you’re used to a bustling city or a quiet town, most people are looking for something in between. Look for somewhere surrounded by nature and near the beach. A spot close enough to a city to take advantage of the shops and restaurants, but far enough to have plenty of space. And of course, somewhere near family for regular visits with your loved ones.
- Housing options
You want to choose a retirement village that doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to housing. The number of bedrooms, garage sizes and even décor should be flexible to suit your unique needs and the houses should be designed with comfort and accessibility in mind.
- Hobbies and recreation
Retirement is not about sitting around – it’s about getting out and enjoying life now that your days of working, raising children and rushing around are over. Look for a retirement village that has plenty of activities and facilities on offer. From swimming pools to spas, bowling greens to exercise classes, library books to board games – make sure there’s plenty of fun to be had.
The people you live amongst will make up your friends, neighbours and social life, so it’s worth assessing the community of your potential new home. If possible, visit a retirement village before signing up, talk to current residents and get to know what life is truly like from the people living it day to day.
This isn’t just your home for today, but for the years to come, so look for well-built housing designed with seniors in mind. Single story housing, open plan living and well-designed bathrooms – things that will let you live safely and comfortably while still enjoying your freedom and independence. And remember, these touches of comfort and security don’t need to come at the cost of style and elegance.
The Gables Lifestyle Village ticks all the boxes
From our excellent location in Omokoroa to our contemporary villas and huge range of recreational activities, our community at The Gables is filled with happy retirees. If you’re looking for a retirement village just outside of Tauranga, give us a call today.