How I found comfort and happiness in retirement

Shirley Cleverly lived on the NSW Central Coast through the 1990s, but following the death of her husband, she knew
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Shirley Cleverly lived on the NSW Central Coast through the 1990s, but following the death of her husband, she knew it was time for a lifestyle change. Thankfully, this didn’t mean having to move far.

“I knew where things were – doctors, shops and things like that – and I just wanted to stay in the same area.”

“As soon as I heard that Glengara was being built, I came and had a look and moved in right away. My family had a look and said ‘This is for you, Mum! You’ve got security, you’ve got friends around you, you can go away and close the door without any worries!’”

16 years on, Shirley remains just as passionate and enthusiastic about Glengara life as she was on the first day. “I always say to people: ‘don’t leave it too late before you come in’.”

These luxury villas – ranging from one to three bedrooms – offer resort-style comforts and a warm, welcoming community. The message is clear: this is your retirement to enjoy each and every day. Click here to learn more.

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With village staff covering all home maintenance, Shirley can dedicate her time toward the things she truly cares about.

“Life is very easy here. You can do gardening if you want, and if you don’t want to, you needn’t!”

Her day-to-day routine is incredibly lively. “I’ve got so many friends on the coast now and I’m involved in so many things in the village as well, so time is very taken up!”

“You can do as much or as little as you like!”

She regularly participates in and supports the village’s many clubs, served on the residents’ committee for several years, and even began a singles group to encourage those living on their own to get out of the village for regular functions. She frequently hosts and attends lunches and dinners.

Shirley believes it’s just as important to have an active life outside the village as well. “I’m a member of Probus and I’ve got lots of friends around the place.”

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With her comfortable three-bedroom villa, her home also serves as the perfect accommodation for visiting guests and grandchildren.

“My family lives far away but they’re happy that I’m here. I have friends around me, I have security and I can go away and close the door without any worries – what more could you want?”

Click here to learn more about the luxurious and active lifestyle Glengara can offer.

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  1. Pat Zammit  

    I would love to live in a retirement village but my husband doesn,t like the idea of not owning the land and maybe having a problem selling if we need to in the future, in the mean time we are living in a 4 bedroom home and only use 1 bedroom, anybody have any comments or advice about this

    • Lyn  

      Pat, I own my little house in an over 50’s lifestyle resort, it has a little garden all around it which I look after. I don’t pay any rates, that expense is included with water in a site rent each fortnight. I can sell the house at any time should I wish or I could leave it to my daughter if she’s over 50 and she could move in if my exit obligations are paid for. My house is mine, I live independently and my life is not governed In any way by the other people in the village. You do as much as you want – we have bowls, swimming pools, a men’s shed, and all sorts of activities – you do what you wish to do. I too sold a family home, I was living in about half of it, now I only have the half I want. Gives you more time for activities for yourself without the lawn to mow, the pool to maintain – its a big decision to make and before you make that decision, go and look at all the villages where you want to live. Mine is not a modern, stark apartment, it is a Queenslander with a verandah out the front and a greenhouse at the back. There are people around most of the time – if you fall, you won’t be lying dying because no-one can see you. And although there are some funny people in these places, you don’t need to be bosom pals with any of them if you don’t wish. I’ve been here just on a year now – I am almost 74, single and I do what I wish, when I wish and with whom I wish. It took awhile to settle into the idea but I won’t shift now. You can have a small animal at most of these places. Lots of little dogs in my village. Doesn’t your husband realise that if he falls off his perch first, you will probably do this anyway – might as well do it together and enjoy the lifestyle. Your man might eventually relish the thought that he doesn’t have to mow the lawn every fortnight, he can have a beer with the other blokes and your friends and family can visit whenever you and they wish. Good luck…….

  2. Kaye  

    I lost my husband last year and don’t really know where I will end up living as our house still has a mortgage (long story) which I’m finding very difficult to pay on a single age pension. I know I won’t end up with enough money to buy anything when I retire, let alone live in a luxurious retirement village, so will have to rent. Like Shirley, all my family live away and even though I have a lot of friends on the Central Coast, I’m very lonely and it’s getting worse. Anybody have advice for me. Sorry Pat Zammit I don’t have any for you.

    • Peter K  

      Hi Kaye. I know a lovely lady, Pat, who sold her place at Kincumber & moved to Newcastle. She would love to return to the Central Coast. Perhaps she would be interested in sharing accommodation? That way you could share costs/ rent, etc; & have company?
      If you are interested, I can contact her & get her to have a chat with you.
      Regards;
      Peter

    • Peter K  

      Hi Kaye. I know a lovely lady, Pat, who sold her place at Kincumber & moved to Newcastle. She would love to return to the Central Coast. Perhaps she would be interested in sharing accommodation? That way you could share costs/ rent, etc; & have company?
      If you are interested, I can contact her & get her to have a chat with you.
      Regards;
      Peter

  3. Adrienne  

    Hello Kaye I have a similar problem my husband is in a nursing home and I am also trying to pay a mortgage I have an extra room I have considered renting I live at Balcolyn near Morrisett .i don’t smoke or drink basically of Christion faith maybe we could help each other .regards Adrienne.

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