Downsize your home, upsize your lifestyle

10 September 2019

5 things to look for in your new ‘forever’ home.

Like thousands of other Australians, you might be already sold on the benefits of downsizing including released capital, increased cash flow, lower utility bills and minimal maintenance.

If you’re looking forward to the prospect of letting go of the demands of a larger home and focusing all that extra time on you, here are the key factors to consider before purchasing your new ‘forever’ home:

1. Adaptability

Your home should accommodate your changing needs over its lifetime, so that you can maintain your independent routine for as long as possible. A home that already has lifts, wider doorways and railings will allow you to easily adapt to changing situations without the need for costly alternatives.

2. Walking distance to everything

The beauty of a smaller home is that it is more likely to be located in a central area, with everything on its doorstep. Your new home should have all the essentials within easy walking distance, such as public transport, shopping centres, chemists, medical centres and libraries. But it should also provide you with easy access to the experiences that give you joy – whether it’s meeting friends for a coffee, walking on the beach, taking the grandkids to a park or playing a round of golf. So do your research and make sure that your new location will deliver a high quality of life.

3. A manageable outdoor space

Living in an apartment shouldn’t be to the detriment of missing out on your own private outdoor space. An oversized balcony or courtyard will provide you with all the pleasure of outdoor living, without the timely maintenance – whether it’s hosting a BBQ lunch for friends or family, reclining on a sun lounger reading a book or tending to your veggie garden.

Large balconies give you all the benefits of outdoor living without the maintenance

4. Safety and security

One of the benefits of living in an apartment development is the safety and security it affords. Features such as secure underground parking and secure lift access give you peace of mind.

5. A sense of community

Loneliness is one of the biggest issues facing an ageing generation. If you’re going to make the move from the suburbs, choose a home in a development that is marketed to a community of like-minded people, with facilities such as communal BBQ’s, gardens and spaces that allow for social connection.

Make the move! There are an abundance of housing developments aimed at the retiree lifestyle including the stunning coastal apartments of The Village at Corrimal.

To find out more, visit thevillageatcorrimal.com.au or call Gabrielle Andrews on 0448 891 078

Look for homes that have communal spaces for social connection