Rightsizing not downsizing – Advantages to Village Life

by Canberra Symphony Orchestra Magazine
People gathered for an outside lunch

Downsizing your home can be the first step to a minimal and streamlined life.

While downsizing isn’t for everyone, baby boomers are certainly taking advantage and making the move to village life. Many homeowners agree that living in a larger home leads to greater stress and upkeep. From cleaning, maintenance, furnishing, outdoor home upkeep and the cost to run all of these factors can lead to a home that is stressful.

Downsizing your home can be the first step to a minimal and streamlined life. You will be surprised how reducing your daily chores and maintenance will free up your time for leisure activities, spending time with your family, getting more rest, and maybe loving your home more than loathing it.

Once the kids move out, the family home just becomes too big for many people. If there is only one or two of you, what do you need four bedrooms for? Downsizing offers freedom – there’s less maintenance required in a small apartment, and you’re able to lock up and leave without a worry when you go on holidays.

For Lendlease The Grove Ngunnawal resident Julie, the most rewarding aspect of living in the village has absolutely nothing to do with money. ‘Coming to the Grove has been a fantastic move. We may have downsized our home but we have gained so many new friends.’

‘The village is a real community in itself, with a village feel and atmosphere. Our neighbours have become our village family who look out for each other day and night. We are a community of people of our own generation, sharing our life experiences. You don’t have to walk far in the village to find a friendly face to chat with.’

‘In warmer weather, a chat with a neighbour often results in a spur of the moment ‘sundowner’ in the afternoon with lots of neighbours coming together around for a BBQ in someone’s driveway.’

Lendlease is Australia’s largest owner, operator and developer of senior living communities with 75 villages in Australia. With 3 villages to choose from in the ACT now might be the time to make the move.

Discover what a retirement village can offer your lifestyle. Visit retireinact.com.au or call 1800 550 550.

Lendlease Retirement Living is a CSO Gold Partner

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