Golden view for re­tire­ment

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Eileen and Joe Gundry say liv­ing in Cromwell’s new re­tire­ment vil­lage has ex­ceeded their ex­pec­ta­tions, and they are en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to get in.

The cou­ple, for­merly of Ti­maru, were one of the first to move into the 7-hectare, $60 mil­lion Golden View Life­style Vil­lage be­fore Christ­mas. The first four units are now oc­cu­pied, with an­other vil­lager set to move in on Thurs­day.

‘‘[It’s the] lo­ca­tion,’’ 79-year-old Eileen said. ’’It’s close to every­thing we want to go to.

‘‘I love gar­den­ing so I can just walk to the gar­den cen­tre.’’

Joe, 82, said he was just happy the pub was within walk­ing dis­tance and was not both­ered by the con­struc­tion go­ing on around him.

The fa­cil­i­ties - to be com­plete by the end of Septem­ber - in­clud­ing a swim­ming pool, gym, li­brary, craft room, restau­rant, bar and cin­ema, were just the tip of the ice­berg, Eileen said.

Af­ter mov­ing to the re­gion to be closer to fam­ily, the pair strug­gled with rent­ing for two years while try­ing to find a place to buy in Cromwell. They even­tu­ally set­tled on a unit in Golden View, all built has­sle free for about $450,000.

‘‘It was an easy de­ci­sion once it was made,’’ Eileen said. ’’I’d rec­om­mend any older peo­ple to come here. It’s just won­der­ful.’’

Con­struc­tion on the vil­lage be­tween Isle St and State High- way 6 started in the mid­dle of last year, and Golden View Life­style Vil­lage sales man­ager Neil Bulling ex­pected the en­tire project in­clud­ing a hos­pi­tal with de­men­tia unit, to be com­plete by 2020.

De­signed and project-man­aged by HBA Group, over 80 of the 94 units had sold with three more signed up on Mon­day morn­ing, Bulling said.

‘‘The big thing is the lo­ca­tion. It’s very, very easy to walk to New World. You can walk to ev­ery- where you need to.’’

Units ranged in price from about $350,000 to $650,000 de­pend­ing on the size and style, and only about half of the units sold were to lo­cals. Peo­ple were com­ing from as far away as Aus­tralia to live at Golden View, Bulling said.

‘‘They come here be­cause their fam­i­lies are here.’’

Bulling said he was happy his vi­sion to pro­vide the com­mu­nity with a des­per­ately needed re­tire­ment area was almost com­plete.

RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Re­tire­ment vil­lage res­i­dents Eileen and Joe Gundry say choos­ing to live at Golden View was an ex­cel­lent de­ci­sion.

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