Gate­way to golden years opens for pen­sion­ers on Hope Is­land

The Courier-Mail - Property - - INFOCUS - Michelle Hele

PAT and Trevor Thomas are among the many re­tirees to set­tle on the Gold Coast.

The cou­ple have bought a home in the Hal­cyon Wa­ters gated com­mu­nity at Hope Is­land.

Mrs Thomas says they have lived there for just over four years and dur­ing that time they have be­come even more cer­tain they made the right decision.

‘‘Be­fore that, we had been trav­el­ling Australia for three years,’’ Mrs Thomas says.

‘‘And be­fore that, we lived at Moore Park Beach, just out of Bund­aberg.’’

Be­fore Bund­aberg, the cou­ple lived in Ade­laide.

When it came to set­tling on a re­tire­ment lo­ca­tion, Mrs Thomas says they took into ac­count their daugh­ter was in Melbourne and they wanted to eas­ily travel to see her.

Hope Is­land is well placed, about half­way be­tween Bris­bane Air­port and Coolan­gatta Air­port, mak­ing it easy to fly in­ter­state.

‘‘We had had a look all around Australia at re­tire­ment vil­lages and over-50s com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Mrs Thomas says.

‘‘When we walked in here, my eyes lit up.’’

Mrs Thomas says that it was not just the beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity or the house that ap­pealed to her, but the area sur­round­ing it, as well as ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘And at this end of the Coast, for us, it is a bit qui­eter than the other end,’’ she says.

Be­ing near the beach was a big plus for Mrs Thomas, as they had lived near the beach in Bund­aberg and en­joyed the life­style.

Hav­ing a hospi­tal nearby was also top of the list, as the cou­ple have both had hip re­place­ments.

‘‘There is an abun­dance of shop­ping cen­tres around the place, which is great, as well as public trans­port,’’ she says.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing we need us, re­ally.’’

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