Tea Tree Gardens sales surge as seniors say they feel safer in a retirement community during pandemic

Demand for retirement village living in Tea Tree Gardens has surged in recent months, with many new residents saying they feel safer than being in the wider community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RetireAustralia’s Tea Tree Gardens Retirement Village in Hope Valley has notched up 12 sales in the past four weeks, with almost all new arrivals relocating from the local surrounds.

The figures reinforce a new RetireAustralia survey of 354 residents in 21 of its villages across Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, where 83 per cent revealed they felt safer knowing there was always someone to look out for them.

In the South Australian villages, more than 90 per cent of residents surveyed felt that way.

RetireAustralia Chief Executive Officer Dr Brett Robinson said the survey affirmed the sense of safety and wellbeing that older Australians felt when living in a supportive and close-knit retirement community, exemplified by the friendly 500-strong community at Tea Tree Gardens.

“In addition to having medical staff close at hand, being able to socialise with like-minded people can be an important advantage over feeling isolated and alone,” Dr Robinson said.

“Our community at Tea Tree Gardens features a particularly strong resident-led social calendar with more than 25 different interest groups and activities available.

“Our residents have been extremely creative in maintaining friendships and continuing to have fun while adhering to social distancing guidelines.’’

Dr Robinson said that the sudden uptick in sales was also due to residents believing now was a good time to downsize due to continued buoyancy of the Adelaide property market.

“Many of our new residents have told us that while they were keen to move into a retirement community, they wanted to ensure they could still achieve a good sale price on their existing homes,’’ he said.

New resident Glenyce Redding is among those who value the safety and security of retirement village living, and said it played a factor in her decision to buy into Tea Tree Gardens in August.

“Places such as Tea Tree Gardens have your best interests at heart. I feel safer and more secure here, where everyone gets to know each other’’ said Ms Redding, who relocated from a house in Surrey Downs, in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs.

“I got here after the first wave of COVID. What I have noticed is that people check up on each other to make sure they are OK.’’

Independent living units are currently priced from $245,000 for a two-bedroom home with a single garage to $345,000 for three bedrooms, an ensuite and double car accommodation.

Tea Tree Gardens is ideally located in a peaceful suburban setting close to shops, cafes and medical services. It also features a range of exclusive resident facilities including a community centre, pool, spa, lounge, library, hair salon, barbecue and recreational area along with a croquet green and a designated space for arts and crafts.

For more information on Tea Tree Gardens Retirement Village, phone 1300 931 501, visit the website at www.retireaustralia.com.au/mrray-gardens or call into the sales office at 1075 Grand Junction Road, Hope Valley from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.



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