RCA Villages managing director Andrew Philips has no doubt Wyndham Grange Village in Tarneit provides the best value resort-style retirement living close to Melbourne.
He has many reasons for that belief, not least the unique operation and management model the village follows.
“Our model means that residents virtually run the village themselves,” he says.
“We have a management committee of 10, seven of whom are democratically elected residents who are vitally engaged in decision making – from totally transparent financial decisions to setting the direction for the community. We have a village manager who then implements workable ideas – all our community members have to do is simply enjoy the amazing lifestyle on offer.”
And quite a lifestyle it is.
The boutique village has just 164 independent villas with a range of different floorplans. Four new designs are currently under construction and offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, study and double garage.
With so many activities and facilities, it’s the kind of place that makes living there feel like being on a permanent holiday.
The much-loved community hub, the Clubhouse, brings active, like-minded residents together to indulge in leisure, pleasure and fun.
There’s an indoor pool and a fully equipped gym for starters.
Then there’s a bowling green where residents enjoy a social bowl or friendly competition.
For something slower paced, computer and internet facilities are provided for study or keeping on contact with friends and family on social media; an arts and crafts room enables continuance or discovery of a creative hobby; a library is the spot for losing yourself in a book; and a billiard and games room is a friendly social hub.
There are also a beauty salon to glam up before a special outing in the village bus; a workshop for tinkering in; and vegie gardens to nurture the soul.
Wyndham Grange’s location is also a huge bonus. The Tarneit Central shopping centre, opening later this year, will be within a 15-minute stroll, medical services are close by and the bus service to the train station (30 minutes to Southern Cross) is on the doorstep.
New display villas are now open and every question about village life is ready to be answered with a call or visit.
Wyndham Grange Village, 83 Kulin Drive, Tarneit. Inquiries: 1800 123 131 or www.wyndhamgrange.com.au