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