ON­GO­ING LURE OF RE­SORT-STYLE LIFE

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A decade on, and this cou­ple’s love af­fair with re­tire­ment liv­ing hasn’t waned.

Ron and Mar­garet Gibbs have been en­joy­ing re­sort-style liv­ing for the last 10 years with no re­grets.

They were the first peo­ple to move into Ruby by Liv­ing Gems Res­i­den­tial Re­sort in Ea­gleby, and said they were en­joy­ing liv­ing there now just as much as they did when they took pos­ses­sion of their first home in the re­sort.

“About three years ago we de­cided we wanted a change, so we sold our orig­i­nal home at Ruby and bought an­other one,” Mr Gibbs said.

He said the new home ap­pealed to his wife’s gar­den­ing ob­ses­sion, and the three­bed­room, two-bath­room de­sign with some per­sonal touches suited their needs.

The cou­ple em­i­grated from Eng­land 44 years ago. Mr Gibbs is a Lon­doner and Mrs Gibbs hails from Portsmouth.

Mr Gibbs said it was a fam­ily af­fair, with both of his older brothers also mak­ing the move from Bri­tain to the Gold Coast.

“We liked the sound of it so we fol­lowed the fam­ily and set­tled on the Gold Coast, where we raised our chil­dren,” he said.

“When the chil­dren grew up we even­tu­ally de­cided to down­size and moved to a bou­tique re­tire­ment vil­lage on the north­ern Gold Coast.”

Mr Gibbs said the de­sire for a gar­den even­tu­ally had them move from the vil­lage into a town­house in Ru­n­away Bay.

“On our 40th wed­ding an­niver­sary, I asked Mar­garet if she could see us liv­ing in a town­house for the fore­see­able fu­ture and she said no. So we started look­ing at other op­tions,” he said. “We had friends liv­ing at Sap­phire by Liv­ing Gems – we liked the look of it and planned to buy un­til we dis­cov­ered Ruby was be­ing built across the road and de­cided to buy there.

“We love the lo­ca­tion and the lifestyle. We are near our chil­dren and my brothers, who all live on the Gold Coast.”

Mr Gibbs said the so­cial as­pect of liv­ing in the re­tire­ment com­mu­nity was some­thing he re­ally loved.

“We re­ally en­joy our so­cial life, it’s a big change for me; un­til we moved here I never had a so­cial life,” he said.

“We now en­joy the ben­e­fits of liv­ing in a lifestyle re­sort with great friends and neigh­bours plus all the re­sort fa­cil­i­ties un­der the sun.”

Liv­ing Gems has eight res­i­den­tial re­sorts in South East Queens­land.

New homes are avail­able at Liv­ing Gems Pa­cific Par­adise on the Sun­shine Coast, Liv­ing Gems Toowoomba, Liv­ing Gems Ca­bool­ture on the north­side of Bris­bane, and Opal by Liv­ing Gems in Lo­gan Vil­lage.

Es­tab­lished prop­er­ties are very oc­ca­sion­ally of­fered for sale at Ruby by Liv­ing Gems and Sap­phire by Liv­ing Gems Ea­gleby, Liv­ing Gems Maleny, and Liv­ing Gems Gold Coast.

Cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of re­sort-style liv­ing at Ruby by Liv­ing Gems Res­i­den­tial Re­sort in Ea­gleby are Ron and Mar­garet Gibbs.

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