Every last detail at The Verge was designed by specialist seniors living architects, O’Neill Architecture, with one key concept in mind: perfect for now, ideal for later.
But what does this look like in practice? This blog dives into the design principles behind The Verge and what they mean for residents day-to-day.
Perfect for now, ideal for later
In a nutshell, we designed the village so it can seamlessly adapt to residents over many years, even as their lifestyle and health changes.
“Perfect for now, ideal for later” means the village is suitable whether you’re active and adventurous with no health challenges, or need some additional support in the comfort of your own home.
You can enjoy the safety and security of living in a community of like-minded neighbours, while maintaining your own privacy and accessing care when you need it.
“Enjoy the safety and security of a community of like-minded neighbours, while maintaining privacy and accessing care when you need it.”
A place for those you love
With incredibly spacious apartments, large balconies, and extensive gardens, there’s room for everyone. In fact, The Verge’s apartment layout and popular common spaces were specifically designed to help foster a strong sense of community.
“We consider ourselves one big family here at The Verge,” said Village Manager Carolyn Verner. “There’s nothing I love more than seeing residents’ families and friends come to stay, and hearing the sound of laughter ringing out from the café.”
The Verge is also pet friendly, which is ideal for Sharon’s parents, Pauline and Maurice, who were among the first residents to move in.
“[My chihuahua] Pablo has weekly sleepovers with my parents, and everyone makes such a fuss over him,” Sharon said. “It’s lovely to be part of the community here at The Verge. It is such a friendly, vibrant community.”
Friends and family make it home
Pauline and Maurice moved from Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road after a year of being separated from their daughter by border closures.
“We absolutely love living at The Verge. It’s the best decision we have made,” Pauline said. “One of the best parts is that you don’t feel like you are living in a retirement village.
“It really feels like we are a group of really good friends enjoying each other’s company – living the good life now.
“To be able to have this much fun in a safe and social community is a great feeling.”
“It’s the best decision we have made. It feels like a group of really good friends enjoying each other’s company.”
Spacious apartments that bring the outside in
Every last detail has been meticulously planned to enhance the connection between bright, airy interiors and the surrounding environment.
Apartments are spacious and well-appointed, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and generous balconies that provide sweeping outlooks from every angle.
The open-plan layouts are designed to make the most of natural breezes and bring the outside in. As Pauline put it, “I love waking up to the beautiful view every morning and listening to the kookaburras laughing.”
You’ll find there’s plenty of space for entertaining and having friends and family stay overnight. There’s even a herb garden on the fourth floor terrace – perfect for adding natural, home-grown flavours when you’re whipping up a feast for friends.
Extensive, world-class facilities
The Verge offers a safe and supportive community, with extensive community facilities and ample activities should you choose to get involved.
You might find yourself chatting with neighbours over weekly happy hours, catching up with friends in the Tee House Café, or enjoying the expansive gardens with your grandkids.
Residents Elaine and Peter Hulme enjoy a busy lifestyle and appreciate that The Verge offers “security and friendship in a great location”. As Elaine points out, “we have made some really good friends [and] love the community feeling.”
Elaine makes the most of the Wellness Centre, which offers state-of-the-art exercise equipment, medical consulting rooms, and regular classes.
“I participate in tai chi, yoga and dance which is great,” she said.
“We can also walk out of here, down the path and into the golf course and have a drink or a meal.”
The village minibus is another drawcard, with its regular trips to local shops, eateries and attractions such as the botanic gardens, Mount Tamborine, wineries, and art galleries.
Whether it’s just you, or you’re bringing your best friend, sibling or partner, The Verge is perfect for now, ideal for later.
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