NEW LIVING:  The north-east corner of Newport.
NEW LIVING: The north-east corner of Newport.

Practical levels of retirement living in Redcliffe

ONE OF Brisbane's closest waterside retirement communities, Stockland's $70 million Newport Retirement Living village has opened on the Redcliffe Peninsula.

Along with 125 two- and three-bedroom apartments and dedicated car park spaces, the development includes some of the new must-haves for seniors along with sustainability options.

The more than 200 residents will have features that have become increasingly common in retirement villages such as a gym and swimming pool, library and alfresco barbecue area.

Not so common is the lake view residents bar and billiards room. There also are racks for kayaks and stand-up paddle boards to promote active lifestyles, as well as an in-built bike fixer and pump so residents can maintain their bikes.

Sustainability initiatives include either north or east-facing aspects for 74 per cent of apartments to provide optimal orientation in the Queensland climate. This allows for passive temperature control in summer and winter, reducing residents' overall energy bills.

The lush tropical gardens will be maintained by 40,000L of rainwater tanks. Not using town water saves residents money by reducing their monthly fees. The resident's pool is heated using an energy-efficient electric heat pump.

Liveability has also been a design focus. The apartments have wider hallways, a bathroom with noggings for future grab rails and step-free pathways from the car to the front door.

According to Stockland the most common requests from seniors include for rooms for different activities, such as room for when the grandkids stay the night, an arts and crafts room or a space to play the piano.

Seniors also want more storage functions, access to amenities and scenic water views. A space that can act as an extension to their own home such as common lounge spaces, and of course a village manager on site are also on the list.

You don't have to say goodbye to Fido either! Newport Retirement Living is pet-friendly with amenities to support pets including grass yards for ground floor apartments and large terraces. The apartments are also designed with scratch-resistant tiles, and there are water bowls and outdoor undercover areas for pets to play. The village is opposite a $4 million park with flat walking trails around the lake and canals.

The development caters to a range of buyers with different types of homes, all designed to promote ageing in place.

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