4 October 2019

Swimming pools and clubhouses were the most popular on-site property facilities selected by Downsizing.com.au readers using our powerful online search tool over the last year.

Downsizing.com.au allows its readers to search for key features relating to retirement and over 50s properties, including on-site and nearby facilities, price, bedroom numbers and the level of care offered.

This great user experience is part of what makes Downsizing.com.au the best way to search for over 50s property in Australia.

The latest data from Downsizing.com.au, from the 12 months to August 2019, shows the most popular on-site facility, desired by just under a third of our readers, was a swimming pool. 

This is hardly surprising, given the fact it is in the Australian DNA to splash around in a pool, particularly to cool off during summer or to do some exercise. Pools are also a great way to sap the energy of visiting grand-children during those long school holiday periods!

The next most popular on-site facility was a recreation centre or clubhouse, which represented almost 17 per cent of searches. Facilities that were regarded as a being a gated complex, or had caravan parking/storage or a café or restaurant, were also high on the ‘most wanted’ list.

These searches represented a higher priority to our readers compared to bowling greens, golf courses or tennis courts.

When it came to nearby facilities, our readers were very keen to find sites which had medical services nearby (comprising just under a third of these types of searches).

Readers were also keen to know whether public transport was nearby (this search made up around 20 per cent of all nearby facility searches over the last year).

Of the possible nearby sporting or recreational facility searches, a golf facility was the most sought-after just ahead of bowling greens. 

Properties which literally tick the boxes

Below are a couple of examples of properties which literally tick all the boxes.

Situated in Melbourne’s north and only a 50-minute drive to the city, the The Elms Village in Kilmore offers outstanding facilities, including a swimming pool, clubhouse, caravan parking/ storage, a bowling green and boat parking/storage.

The Elms offers 1-3-bedroom units ranging in price from $150,000 - $430,000. 

Across the Nullarbor, Banksia Park Retirement Estate is a close-knit community for over 55s in the quiet suburb of Calista, WA.

Offering two and three-bedroom independent living villas from $200,000 this village, which is owned and operated by the City of Kwinana, is well-located close to medical services, public transport, clubs, shops, as well as golfing and bowls facilities. Banksia Park has a recreation centre and offers caravan parking.  

How to use our search function

To use our search function, just follow the steps below:

  1. To begin your search, enter a proposed location in the Search box on our home page. 
  1. When your locality searches are shown, you can see a ‘filters’ tab on the top right hand corner of the page. By clicking this tab, you can now start your search in earnest based on whether you are looking to rent or buy, your price range, number of bedrooms and so on. 
  1. However, there’s much more! Scroll down and you can see you can also undertake searches for other aspects, such as ‘Property Features,’ ‘Onsite Facilities,’ ‘Level of Support Available’ and ‘Location’. 

With Downsizing.com.au, there’s never been a better way for Australians to find their dream over 50s property.