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Halcyon Redefines Retirement Living

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Growing demand across southeast Queensland for over 50s lifestyle communities has seen seniors flock to industry leader Halcyon.

Since launching in 2004, Halcyon has undertaken seven highly successful lifestyle developments in south-east Queensland for the over 50s market, each of them with their own individual appeal.

Halcyon joint managing director Dr Bevan Geissmann said retirement living is not created equal, and that’s exactly what defined the philosophy of Halcyon 15 years ago when they set out to create greater choice in retirement lifestyles for empty nesters.

“We’re nothing like a retirement village, and there’s no denying that with what we have achieved in our thriving communities,” Dr Geissmann said.

“Over 50s communities are for those people who are transitioning from post-kids and work, and who aren’t looking for a full aged-care facility.”

“The statistics are pretty clear. If you retire at 63 there are 8000 days before your reach 85 and most people come to Halcyon to make most of those 8000 days,” Dr Geissmann said.

Dr Geissmann said the legislation provides retirees financial and lifestyle certainties that have resonated with the market.

“We know the Halcyon model provides great benefits to our homeowners, in particular the flexibility to sell when their living circumstances change, retain the capital gains and not be faced with exit fees,” Dr Geissmann said.

“There’s no stamp duty on purchase and a single weekly fee covers all management and maintenance costs as well as rates and government charges.”

“This provides the home owner with certainty of the cost of living and outgoings,” Dr Geissmann said.

Halcyon communities are exclusively designed for the owner-occupier who wants to live in a secure gated community with extensive five-star resort lifestyle facilities. Rentals are not permitted.

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“Under the Halcyon model, you own your home and can sell it and move whenever you want – while also pocketing the capital gains,” Dr Geissmann said.

One of Halcyon Glades’ first home owners, Jill Cooper, says “My biggest piece of advice is not to leave the move to a lifestyle community too late so you have the chance to enjoy the raft of activities and facilities that are unique to Halcyon.”

Stage Two of the $15 million Lifestyle and Recreation Precinct at the heart of the Halcyon Greens features a covered lap pool, fitness centre, dance floor, treatment rooms, bocce, bar and outside fucntion area with an outdoor fire pit.

All homes are within walking distance to the Recreation Precinct including the flood-lit bowling green, eight pickleball courts, tennis court and pavilion.

Halcyon’s new collection of homes at Halcyon Greens, Glades and Lakeside reflects a move toward larger scale living, more flexibility and future-proof design.

Dr Bevan Geissmann said Halcyon’s new collection reflects the Baby Boomer generation’s desire to ‘right-size’ their home as they upsize their lifestyle.

“The new homes are aimed at delivering a lifestyle that works for you now and 10 years down the track,” Dr Geissmann said.

“These architect designs are based on extensive feedback from our home owners and buyers.”

“A strong message was that they don’t want to sacrifice on space, luxury and comfort as they move into the next chapter of life.”

 “Our kitchens are larger, have more storage space and are designed with entertaining in mind, and there’s greater focus on the master bedroom as a personal sanctuary.”

“After 15 years in the lifestyle community sector we understand that one size does not fit all and everyone has their individual needs and desires,” Dr Geissmann said.

Features of the new Halcyon homes include:

  • Larger bedrooms – master bedroom fits a king-size bed and secondary bedrooms can accommodate a queen-size bed
  • Larger walk-in robe in master bedroom
  • Larger indoor and outdoor living areas
  • Bigger kitchens with more storage space and walk-in pantry
  • Flexible design options to add extra storage
  • Optional Bluetooth technology for controlling lighting and keeping tabs on power usage
  • Option of an outdoor kitchen including BBQ, sink and fridge space on the rear patio
  • Designed to Silver LHD standard.

For more information on Halcyon, phone 1800 626 488 or visit lifebeginsathalcyon.com.au.

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