SCALE BACK WITHOUT SETTLING
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.