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At the relatively sprightly age of 34, I figured I was still a little too young to read about a retirement village and mutter, “that sounds amazing.”
But with a gym and wellness centre, cinema and onsite café and bar, The Henry is less “retirement village” and more resort-style sanctuary.
The new collection of townhouses in Higgins undeniably puts lifestyle at its forefront, whether it’s saluting the sun at yoga in the morning, salsa classes in the afternoon or a movie at the onsite cinema at night.
Managing Director Richard Howarth says expectations about retirement villages have changed dramatically over the years – they’re no longer a place to slow down, but rather a place to free up time and embrace all the things you’ve been meaning to do.
“In response, we have built state-of-the-art residences that over-deliver in terms of functionality, sophistication and aesthetics,” says Richard.
Facilities at The Henry include a brand new clubhouse complete with café, bar and jam-packed activities, treatment rooms to iron out any aches and pains, a library (with mandatory fireplace to cosy up to) and a poolroom.
A lifestyle support service can also be delivered in-house, which ranges from help with transport, laundry and shopping through to the provision of more extensive care services such as showering, dressing and assistance with medication.
Together with his parents, who have over 25 years of experience behind them, Richard spent five years scouring the ACT and NSW for the perfect piece of land and finally found it at Fullagar Crescent in Higgins with its lush green surrounds and proximity to local services.
“We know it’s important to our residents that after living in their own home, they don’t want to move into a place where they feel that they are living on top of each other in a concrete jungle,” says Richard.
“We worked hard to retain almost every mature tree on the site and incorporate large expanses of lawn and gardens. The fact that we overlook a recently revamped oval means that our residents live in a pocket of green, but extremely close to services.”
The collection of two and three-bedroom townhouses are available to view now, with most ready to move in.
Richard describes the interiors as modern, sophisticated and intelligently designed.
“We have light-filled spaces with an emphasis on energy efficiency and useful areas. We hate stairs, and we also have made sure that rooms include all the niceties to make them feel pretty fancy pants, such as 100 per cent pure New Zealand wool carpets, double glazing, underfloor heating in all bathrooms and fully ducted reverse cycle heating/cooling,” he says.
“The residences are essentially custom-built for our demographic, with a lot of sneaky features that allow our residents to ‘age in place.’ This essentially means that if a resident’s needs increase, or mobility decreases, our townhouses are built to accommodate those changes.”
The response to The Henry has been “overwhelming” so far, says Richard.
“Stage one has already sold out, with our residents already enjoying their brand-new homes.”
“Stage two is now selling really well, and we think we can understand why. It’s no secret that there is a huge undersupply of these type of residences to accommodate the baby boomers, and with only 25 built in this final townhouse stage, many of which are already spoken for, we know that the rest will be sold very soon. We expect all our final single level townhouses to move quickly as they are as rare as hens’ teeth.”
What: The Henry
Where: View at 94 Fullagar Crescent, Higgins
When: From 9 am-5 pm Monday to Friday, or call 6172 0902 to make a weekend appointment
How much: From $625,000