A new over 50s land lease community under construction north of Brisbane has defied the coronavirus crisis to welcome its first resident.
Dawn Fisher – along with her two-year-old puppy Lily − was one of the first residents to move into Freshwater by Ingenia Lifestyle at the start of April. Freshwater is located in the Moreton Bay region, north of Brisbane.
Freshwater is the fourth Ingenia community in Queensland, and its 19th community across Australia. Home prices in the village range from $339,000 to $445,000.
“My previous home was built in the 1970s – it was quite large and required too much maintenance, so I was ready to downsize,” Mrs Fisher said.
“I love everything about living here, and I feel much safer in a gated community than in my previous home where I was on my own.”
With help from Ingenia’s onsite team, Mrs Fisher said she was able to keep her moving plans on track – despite the challenges presented by the current climate.
In a sign that the retirement living market remains alive despite the coronavirus pandemic, an Ingenia spokeswoman reported that four residents were expected to move into Freshwater during the month of April.
Ingenia Lifestyle Freshwater Project Sales Manager Tameeka Manson said Freshwater has proved popular given its ideal location and lifestyle – being a halfway point between Brisbane city and the Sunshine Coast.
“The buzz on the ground from the display village opening event last month and the one-on-one consultations has been overwhelmingly positive – everyone is genuinely excited to move in,” Ms Manson said.
“It’s such a rewarding feeling to see someone like Dawn so happy, settled and secure after being on the journey with her over the last few months.”
Learn more about land lease communities
Land lease communities (officially known as manufactured home estates in Queensland) are growing in popularity, in part because residents can move into them without paying stamp duty and possibly also receive Australian Government rental assistance.
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