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WHO: Fu­ture res­i­dent, Moya McGirr WHERE: Aveo New­stead (un­der con­struc­tion) PRICE: From $439,000 (one be­d­room apart­ment)

For­mer tennis um­pire Moya McGirr ad­mits she ini­tially wasn’t in favour of re­tire­ment vil­lage liv­ing.

In fact, she thought she would “die on the vine” if she was ever put in such a fa­cil­ity.

“I didn’t want to be locked in some pad­dock with a whole bunch of old peo­ple,” the 79-year-old said.

“Fun­nily enough, I will now prob­a­bly be one of the oldest (at the new Aveo New­stead devel­op­ment) ... I could have gone in 15 years ago.”

Mrs McGirr has pur­chased an apart­ment off-the-plan at the Aveo New­stead Re­tire­ment Vil­lage, and is ex­pected to move in June. For now, she is “home­less”. “Well, not ex­actly. I am liv­ing with my daugh­ter and her fam­ily at Bal­moral for now,” she laughed, af­ter her own home at Ru­n­away Bay sold quickly.

Mrs McGirr said she was drawn to the lo­ca­tion of the 19-storey re­tire­ment com­mu­nity, which will be con­structed within the bustling Gas­works Plaza, be­cause of the lo­cal ameni­ties, the care avail­able to her as she aged in place, and the sense that other like-minded and ac­tive peo­ple would be her neigh­bours.

The devel­op­ment will have a day spa, well­ness cen­tre, bar­be­cue and out­door en­ter­tain­ing spa­ces, lawn bowls green, li­brary, in-house restau­rant, cin­ema, vir­tual golf sim­u­la­tor, a 24-hour gym, and more.

“I don’t think any­one will be sit­ting around cro­chet­ing, “Mrs McGirr said.

“You have got to have fun, lots of it. And lots of bub­bles.”

Aveo New­stead will of­fer three lev­els of care within the same build­ing, from in­de­pen­dent liv­ing to as­sisted liv­ing and aged care – of­fer­ing world class de­men­tia care, pal­lia­tive and respite ser­vices if re­quired.

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