When considering your next property move, there are a number of factors to take into account – the top one, for many, being location.
If you are looking to downsize in your retirement years, there are several options available and it is important to consider the location of your home in terms of its surrounding community facilities and services, as well as lifestyle and security.
According to Edison McGrath Residential Sales Consultant Greg Penn, seniors who choose to downsize should seek out a maintainable lock-up-and-leave property, located in a safe and green suburb.
“Convenient access to essential services, shopping centres and medical care facilities is important” he said. “Individuals should consider an offering with a good range of social and recreational facilities, as well as relaxation clubs and public transport services.”
Supporting this sentiment is Arcadia Group Sales Manager Geraldine O’Shaughnessy, who said these services all played an important part in keeping you healthy and active in the long term.
“Community facilities lead to a healthy body and healthy mind” she said.
“Being in a central location with great access to everything means you have services at your fingertips with very little effort.”
Ms O’Shaughnessy also highlighted the importance of having a safe neighbourhood when considering your next destination.
“An overall sense of safety and wellbeing helps people feel good about themselves and their surroundings” she said.
Another consideration Mr Penn recommended to retirees was to select a location that allowed them to remain connected within their community.
“Having a strong social network within your community, as well as staying in proximity to friends and family, means you will enjoy the lifestyle, freedom and independence for years to come” he said.
Arcadia Waters Bicton Village Manager Cheryl Smith highlighted the importance of choosing a greener village with a fresh approach, giving you a stronger sense of belonging and support.
“Having a beautiful facility with a beautiful garden is always good for the soul – being able to stop and smell the roses” she said.
For those making the move, Mr Penn said despite the general recommendations, the individual factors for seniors varied.
“When the time comes to consider their options for a relaxing future, people have to consider their budget and individual requirements” he said.
“While all are very important, some are more crucial than others, depending on where a person is in their life.”