The Courier-Mail - Home - - DOWNSIZING - EMILY BLACK

It’s no se­cret Baby Boomers are down­siz­ing and swap­ping their great Aus­tralian dream home for low main­te­nance and life­style, with Hal­cyon hit­ting the nail on the head within their evolv­ing com­mu­nity port­fo­lio.

The Queens­land de­vel­oper has notched up al­most $1 bil­lion worth of projects over 14 years, com­plet­ing four projects on the Gold and Sun­shine coasts, and an­other three un­der way.

Hal­cyon joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Be­van Geiss­mann said in a bid to meet de­mand, the com­pany would fo­cus on Queens­land’s boom­ing south­east.

“We see the mar­ket chang­ing for Baby Boomers; they are liv­ing longer, chil­dren are stay­ing home longer and the elas­tic band on life is stretch­ing, so we are adapt­ing to meet those needs,” Mr Geiss­mann said.

“Buy­ing for life­style has never been stronger among our homeowners, and that’s what drives our vi­sion for each com­mu­nity.

He said Hal­cyon was the first life­style com­mu­nity de­vel­oper to em­brace the Live­able Hous­ing De­sign guide­lines, which en­cour­aged an “age in place” op­tion.

“All homes are de­signed to sil­ver stan­dard, with no-step en­try points, wider hall­ways and larger floor plans,” he said. “The Hal­cyon su­pe­rior en­ergy rat­ing puts money back in your pocket through the use of en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive ma­te­ri­als, re­duc­ing the car­bon foot­print and op­er­a­tion quotes. The homes are more com­fort­able to live in and cheaper to run, with the su­pe­rior en­ergy rated homes see­ing sav­ings of over $3000 per year.”

Last year, Hal­cyon launched its big­gest project to date, the $300 mil­lion Hal­cyon Greens at Pim­pama. “Hal­cyon sold 10 exclusive golf-front homes within days of re­lease.”

Hal­cyon Lake­side, at Bli Bli on the Sun­shine Coast has a $5 mil­lion state-of-the-art Recre­ation Club. And Hal­cyon Glades, Ca­bool­ture North, has a recre­ational club with all the trap­pings of a fives­tar re­sort and dog own­ers have ac­cess to more than 5000sq m of park with an off-leash space.

Hal­cyon projects are aimed at age­ing in place. Hal­cyon Greens golf­ing com­mu­nity (right) at Pim­pama.

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