SCALE BACK WITHOUT SET­TLING

The Courier-Mail - Home - - EASY DOWNSIZING - SAMAN­THA HEALY

When the time came to down­size, Andy and Rhonda Bourne re­duced their foot­print by 90 per cent.

The Noosa cou­ple moved from a 1000sq m block to a 96sq m apart­ment at The Welling­ton in East Bris­bane, and have more time for cof­fee now they no longer have to cut the grass.

“We had a beau­ti­ful and size­able home in Noosa with a well main­tained gar­den and a spot­less house­hold, but this came with con­sid­er­able ef­fort plus main­te­nance costs,” Mr Bourne said.

“I am not as fit and healthy as I once was and Rhonda has had a cou­ple of back op­er­a­tions and two knee re­place­ments, so it was time to bite the bul­let and face re­al­ity – time to ac­knowl­edge we de­serve a bet­ter life­style.

“We all know peo­ple who have strug­gled to stay in a home big­ger than their needs. The longer they leave it the harder it be­comes.”

The Welling­ton, de­vel­oped by TO­TAL Prop­erty Group, com­prises 127 spa­cious onebed­room and two-bed­room apart­ments as well as com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a rooftop pool area, a bar­be­cue gar­den and din­ing area, and ground-floor re­tail precinct. Eighty per cent of apart­ments have sold, with con­struc­tion com­pleted in Oc­to­ber last year.

TO­TAL Prop­erty Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and mar­ket­ing man­ager for The Welling­ton Adrian Par­sons said the down­sized mar­ket was look­ing to move to ar­eas that would en­hance their life­style, with ameni­ties, se­cu­rity and cen­tral lo­ca­tions a high pri­or­ity.

“We have taken this con­cept to the next level at The Welling­ton by work­ing with the de­vel­op­ers in the ini­tial de­sign phase to cre­ate floor plans that work for the owne­roc­cu­pier, plus the bonus of hav­ing a bou­tique re­tail and din­ing precinct on the ground floor,” he said.

“An­other at­trac­tion is that res­i­dents don’t

Andy and Rhonda Bourne sold their large home on the Sun­shine Coast and made the move to The Welling­ton, say­ing it ‘ticked all of the boxes’..

have to rely on a car as there is good ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port.” Re­main­ing apart­ments start at $339,000.

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