CATER­ING TO YOUR DE­SIRES

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Older Aus­tralians want­ing to stay in­de­pen­dent in their own homes and sub­urbs for longer can look for in­no­va­tive home de­signs al­low­ing them to do so.

Data from the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics 2016 Cen­sus revealed al­most 80 per cent of Aus­tralians aged 85 or older were still liv­ing in a pri­vate home.

AVJen­nings Queens­land state man­ager Barry Young said re­tirees should think longterm when mak­ing plans to down­size, with many peo­ple choos­ing to do so in their 50s or 60s, but not of­ten con­sid­er­ing whether their home de­sign would cater for their needs as they age.

The de­vel­oper has in­tro­duced a new home de­sign in its En­clave com­mu­nity at Bridge­man Downs, just north of Bris­bane, which has been cre­ated for down­siz­ers who plan to re­main in their new home long term.

Mr Young said plan­ning ahead could make choos­ing a new home much eas­ier.

“We have in­tro­duced the Freesia de­sign at En­clave in re­sponse to feed­back from buy­ers who wanted a two-storey home with a mas­ter bed­room, en­suite, kitchen and liv­ing area on the ground floor, with additional bed­rooms and liv­ing space on the up­per level for chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and guests,” Mr Young said.

“The Freesia al­lows res­i­dents to live on the ground floor of their home day-to-day, which is a real draw­card for those who want the space and pri­vacy of a two-level home with­out the need to use the stairs of­ten or at all.

“It’s a de­sign that al­lows for an easy tran­si­tion to a lower main­te­nance prop­erty if adult chil­dren are still liv­ing at home.

“There is a spa­cious re­treat on the up­per level which func­tions as a pri­vate lounge, study or en­ter­tain­ment area.”

Five of the 15 homes re­main avail­able at En­clave, in­clud­ing three Freesia floor­plans, with prices start­ing from $789,900.

AVJen­nings’ new de­sign is for down­siz­ers who plan to re­main in their new home long term.

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