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Lo­ca­tion and fa­cil­i­ties have sold Lloyd and Di Whit­ley on lock­ing in their for­ever home in an over 50s lifestyle com­mu­nity.

The Whit­leys re­cently bought into Hal­cyon Greens at Gains­bor­ough Greens, Pim­pama, which has an 18-hole golf course.

Mr Whit­ley, a for­mer banker and Arun­del res­i­dent for 25 years, said he and Di had been search­ing for a com­mu­nity in the area to be closer to fam­ily and friends.

“The lo­ca­tion is ideal – we are 20 min­utes closer to Bris­bane where our daugh­ter and grand­chil­dren live, and only a short drive away from the Gold Coast, where we can visit our friends and take a dip in the ocean,” he said.

“This is a de­vel­op­ing area with fu­ture po­ten­tial, while be­ing se­cluded, quiet, con­ve­nient and cen­tral to all of our worlds.”

The Whit­leys have bought a two-bed­room-plus-multi-pur­pose-room home, set to be­gin con­struc­tion in May and fin­ish by Christ­mas.

“We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to the so­cial side of liv­ing within a com­mu­nity,” Mr Whit­ley said. “We’ve al­ready met nu­mer­ous cou­ples, in­clud­ing our soon-to-be neigh­bours, and have made plans to start a ukulele club.”

Liv­ing in an over 50s com­mu­nity, the cou­ple also con­sid­ered the im­por­tance of health and well­be­ing. “Hal­cyon has in­tro­duced Ar­care, a high-care spe­cial­ist who are con­ve­niently lo­cated within the com­mu­nity,” he said. “If need be, my wife and I will only be a short walk away from each other.”

The $250 mil­lion Hal­cyon Greens is Aus­tralia’s first over 50s golf and res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity, set on 34ha of nat­u­ral habi­tat over­look­ing Gains­bor­ough Greens golf course.

It is made up of five res­i­den­tial precincts of about 100 homes each, sur­rounded by con­ser­va­tion zones and nat­u­ral wet­lands.

Hal­cyon joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dr Be­van Geiss­mann said it had all the hall­marks of a gated and safe com­mu­nity but with a key cen­tre­piece be­ing free ac­cess for home­own­ers to the 18-hole golf course and new club­house.

Lloyd and Di Whit­ley look for­ward to em­brac­ing the so­cial side of life at Hal­cyon Greens, from the 18-hole golf course to plans for their own ukulele club.

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