For many people approaching retirement, maintaining their existing lifestyle is key when investigating downsizing options, and developments combining luxury accommodation with extensive recreational facilities are in high demand, especially in areas such as the Hills.

Cranbrook Residences Bella Vista is a prime example, with more than 50 per cent of apartments already sold at the Hills district’s latest lifestyle project, rapidly taking shape alongside the picturesque Castle Hill Country Club championship golf course.

Owned and operated by a multi-award winning leader in aged care, the architecturally designed Cranbrook Residences Bella Vista retirement village will offer a home-like environment alongside attractive lifestyle benefits in response to retirees’ heightened expectations for independent seniors living.

“As the first baby boomers reach the age of 70, we’re noticing increasing demand for quality, luxury retirement living options,” explained Kerry Mann, CEO of Cranbrook Care. “The coming of age of our 5.5 million baby boomers is projected to see the number of Australians aged over 65 to double in the next 20 years, rising from 3.5 million in 2015 to over 6.4 million by 2035.”

The challenge now is for the retirement living industry to find fresh ways to cater to the diverse needs of a generation keen to maintain a buoyant social life, enjoy an active retirement and not sacrifice the quality lifestyle they’ve built up over their working lives while also retaining strong connections to their families.

“The need for expanding housing options for seniors has never been greater. Baby Boomers, however, are vastly different to their predecessors in their expectations, their health and longevity. They were the first generation to grow up in an age of increasing prosperity and global mobility, and their vision of a happy retirement is nothing like that of previous generations,” explained Ms Mann.

“While in times past, downsizing from the family home was more about minimising maintenance, today the idea of moving to an exclusive luxury development appeals to those keen to maintain their living standards but free up time and resources to indulge in pastimes such as golf, cruising and travel,” she added.

In the planning stages for Cranbrook Residences Bella Vista, retirees’ social and lifestyle needs were considered to be on an equal footing with their desire for high-quality housing.

At the heart of Cranbrook Residences Bella Vista will be the contemporary Waterlily Café overlooking a central courtyard and tranquil pond, creating a central hub to meet family and friends. Amid the landscaped gardens, a barbecue and entertaining area — The Green — will provide for outdoor relaxation, complete with a vegetable and herb garden.

For children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a fully equipped children’s area, library and outdoor playground will offer a variety of activities and entertainment.

The on-site state-of-the-art wellness centre, Reflections, will feature a hair and beauty salon, hydrotherapy pool, visiting doctor’s consultation suite and fitness centre offering yoga, pilates and personal training.

Cranbrook Care’s flagship Residences retirement village is located just minutes from local churches, hospitals, the Norwest Train Station and Business Park and Castle Hill shopping district. It features 50 architecturally designed apartments in a range of one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations, priced from $575,000.

Stage One, earmarked for completion early in 2017, will include construction of 24 low maintenance, pet friendly independent living apartments with emergency response monitoring. Stage Two, scheduled for commencement later this year, will bring a purpose built cinema and multi-purpose arts and crafts room, as well as a pontoon on the pond for peaceful reflection.

Cranbrook Residences Bella Vista has been planned to match the needs and expectations of those seeking to maintain the standard of living they have worked for during their lifetimes in their retirement years.

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