The Verge opens its doors

Mrs Dean said one of the big selling points of The Verge was that the apartments were designed with ageing in mind to allow residents to maintain their independence.

Stage one of new Gold Coast retirement village, The Verge at Burleigh G.C, was officially opened on June 2 by the Member for Mermaid Beach, Ray Stevens, and RetireAustralia CEO Brett Robinson.

The Verge is RetireAustralia’s first staged vertical retirement village. Following approval of the planned third stage, the community will consist of three six-storey buildings featuring exceptional apartments and penthouses with expansive layouts that capture views of the adjacent Burleigh Golf Club.

Maurice and Pauline Dean are among the coastal retirement community’s first residents, moving into their two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in April.

Mrs Dean said one of the big selling points of The Verge was that the apartments were designed with ageing in mind to allow residents to maintain their independence in a safe and secure environment, but also had access to care in their home when they needed it.

“This is really important to us as my husband has Parkinson’s Disease, but we have all the support and care we need right here,” she said. “The staff are just wonderful, so helpful and always there when you need them.”

The couple, aged in their 70s, moved up from Victoria in January to be closer to their daughter. They now live just three minutes away from her and could not be happier.

“We have everything we could ever want here. We overlook the golf course, there’s a café, no maintenance and activities every day of the week. The village community is so friendly too. We’ve made a lot of new friends over the past couple of months.”

She also liked the fact the village was pet friendly as she and Maurice regularly looked after their 10-week-old fur grandson – a miniature chihuahua named Pablo. “He’s very cute and very popular with everyone when he’s here with us,” Mrs Dean said

RetireAustralia is designing for the future, not only in terms of looking after the environment and building a sustainable community, but also in terms of building a retirement community where residents can age with ease, grace and the support they need to continue living the life they choose for longer.

By truly understanding age-related changes and difficulties associated with navigating the built environment, The Verge has been designed to adapt to the evolving needs of residents, making their home comfortable and flexible both today and into the future.

Stage one also includes the innovative Wellness Centre. Much more than a gym, the Wellness Centre includes state-of-the-art exercise equipment, outdoor spaces for yoga or playing with the grandkids, the Tee House Café, multi-purpose rooms, changing facilities and physiotherapy/medical consulting rooms.

“I’m really proud of The Verge and how much the new residents already feel a sense of home, community and ownership,” RetireAustralia CEO Brett Robinson said.

“It’s important for me to see our residents receiving the quality care they deserve. Our staff are dedicated, lovely people that always go out of their way to ensure the residents are comfortable, safe and happy.

“Everything we are doing at RetireAustralia is about creating a sense of place and a village where people live respectfully, healthily, independently and with purpose. It’s exciting to watch The Verge community grow and we look forward to welcoming more residents over the coming months.”

Construction of stage two of The Verge is planned to start later this year and will include 66 independent living apartments plus ground floor community spaces. It will be home to more than 100 residents once sold-out.

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