THERE’LL BE NO TIME FOR CROCHETING
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.