CATERING TO YOUR DESIRES
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.