23rd Apr 2012

Retirement village rentals

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Life in a retirement village is an attractive proposition for many Australians but the cost of buying can be restrictive. Renting is an option to consider but how do you find a suitable village?

Q. Phileppa
At 68 years, I am considering selling my home to have the funds to travel overseas and to return to Australia and rental accommodation in a retirement village atmosphere.

Garden Villages has single and double rental accommodation units, mainly in large country areas like here in Goulburn but I would prefer to be closer to my family in Sydney.

Are there other retirement villages in Australia which offer rental (with a small, refundable bond) rather than buy-in?

A. The Retirement Village Association has useful information on its website, which you can access by clicking the link below. This will give you details of all the villages that are in your area. It also has the contact details of state offices, which should be able to put you in touch with those in your area that deal with renting properties in retirement villages.

You may also wish to try the search function on It's your life, which enables you to look for rental options.





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AngelMamma
24th Apr 2012
4:56pm
Hi Phileppa. Unfortunately there are more villages for sale than rental. However they can be found and your first option should be the real estate rental sites and enter a keyword search for 'retirement'. There are usually some advertised there. Other sites such as seniorshousingonline.com.au have rental search options. I also cannot afford to buy into a village so I am searching out my options for rentals but they are very limited and not always in the areas you want. Good luck with your search!!!
Anonymous
24th Apr 2012
8:26pm
Thankyou AngelMamma and Your Life Choices! I have just checked out seniourshousingonline.com.au and found five retirement properties in Sydney which are rental only with very low weekly rental. I've contacted three for further info. Thanks again!
tillymint 53
24th Apr 2012
5:26pm
i have been searching too and the choices are very few . i know about garden villages and have applied , but still searching for closer to sydney
Anonymous
24th Apr 2012
8:37pm
Hi tillymint53, do check out AngelMamma's suggested site. It's not an easy site to follow so if you hit probs just put another note here and I'll pass on the step-steps.
Anonymous
24th Apr 2012
8:42pm
I didn't find the other suggested sites useful at all.
tillymint 53
25th Apr 2012
7:57am
thanks pip i did check it out, waitara and epping i have applied to before but i have a little dog and they do not allow them but garden villages do :-)
tia-maria
13th Oct 2012
4:57pm
tillymint,waratah village at bargo, thats not too far from sydney allowed pets i do know Of a few residents that love it their.good luck
chippies
26th Apr 2012
9:58am
HELLO PIP
I AM IN A VILLAGE AND RENTING, BUT I AM IN MELBOURNE.HAVE BEEN FOR 4 YEARS.
I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT , BUT NOT ON RENTALS.
PIP, YOU ARE ONLY 68. ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT THIS LIFE AT YOUR AGE???
PLEASE GIVE IT FURTHER THOUGHT . BEST WISHES CHIPPIES
tia-maria
13th Oct 2012
5:02pm
chippies,
just by reading your comment you dont seem very happy were you are,if you not what issues do you have?
I notice Pip is 68 yrs and if you have health issues and these over 55s is the best way to go.
we are ready to make the step very soon on village to buy.
cheers
tia-maria
2nd Sep 2012
5:34pm
Hi Everyone,
We been thinking about down sizeing into a relocatable home village with Pet friendly, we have done some home work by visiting villages south coast and central coast, and so far have been welcome by property owner,very hard to choose the right place that we be happy in as it is very inportant for me to have a fantastic GP in the area as I am a renal patient.
Can anyone give me their views on relocatable villages and your area.
thanks
Tia-maria
tia-maria
2nd Sep 2012
5:46pm
Hi Tillymint63, Just been reading your add, and I do know Waratha Villageat Bargo nsw is not too far from sydney and is also pet friendly, I do know of friends that live there and sorry they didnt move in sooner beautiful brick villa................we looking at Relocatable also many around.picking the right choice for you good luck
tia-maria
tillymint 53
13th Oct 2012
8:12pm
Hi sorry did not see your reply as I have been off line for a while, I have just checked this and they are not rentals which is what I was looking for :-) Thankyou though .
AngelMamma
4th Sep 2012
4:57pm
Does anyone out there in Qld. know of any rental places they can pass the information on about please? I'm sure I am not the only one wanting to live in a village in Qld. Thanks in anticipation of your replies!
tia-maria
30th Jan 2013
9:30pm
Hi AngleMamma,
How are you going? I been looking at other villages around NSW but I have came across on some villages they sub let that was in the Tweed Heads NSW on the boarder QLD
cheers tia-maria
AngelMamma
31st Jan 2013
12:00pm
Hey tia-maria, I'm doing well thanks. Have not looked too hard these days, busy looking into a holiday to Gold Coast to visit family. My son is sending me there for my b'day in April. Can't wait! Never thought of the Tweed areas so will need to look there. Must say I prefer Qld to NSW. Who would I barrack for in the State of Origin!!!! Nah, I know - Qld - they're the best! Take care!
tia-maria
4th Sep 2012
6:29pm
AngelMamma,
Check out Hervey Bay in Queenslanmd they have a few ............Bring up relocatable villages in the area you want to live in as there is more in QLD than Nsw
tia-maria
AngelMamma
13th Oct 2012
4:39pm
tia-maria, thanks for the info. I have looked at Hervey Bay but unfortunately the majority of villages are buy only. Still looking tho!
nobody
13th Sep 2012
2:14pm
I,d like to stay in Cairns ,there are 2 but most people seem to be in wheel chairs ,I am still driving at 75 and havnt got a grey hair on my head ,but do have trouble with low pulse at 35 pm and irregular but until now its not bothering me ,I,m worried about being picked off the floor a few weeks after I,ve fallen over and being shunted off somewhere ,not being able to access my money and pensions overseas and the cash behind the clock
Gerry
tia-maria
13th Sep 2012
2:25pm
Gerry,
Your one of the luckiest retired person (and may I add)not too many at your age has good health, especially myself I was 14 yrs old when I had my first stroke and today I am still a renal patient today but that does not stop me living a happy life with my hubbie,But as far as a village life goes for over 55s this is what we are looking at and we are in NSW to be nearer people our own age as our home become too much for us.
ps my mum 87 yrs and still drives from a/b only
cheers tia-maria
nobody
13th Oct 2012
4:19pm
Are all pensioners rich????
Have you read the motoring,pensioner,and centrelink mags .? You,d think so
I,ve travelled around the world on just one of their holiday offers,,,they talk of retirement living and its always entails buying a unit which the developer gets the lions share if you want to sell .I read the week end supplements and think Gee am I the only poor pensioner???"" I joined seniors recently and they do have a discount card for holidays ,cinemas, theatres,etc all the things I wanted to do when I was young .You look at the cruises ,you cant help it with a photo of an atractive liner advertised and then it says ""FROM 10,000 share
tia-maria
14th Oct 2012
10:21am
ogergree,
they must be self refunded who go away on holidays a lot? as we cant afford to we just get buy these days, and we have so much out of pocket will medical issues which is up front cost, lucky we do own our home and now looking to down size into a village be good if the government gave us all retieer pensioners about $800 a year to have a break away (joking of course)tia-maria
AngelMamma
13th Oct 2012
4:38pm
Ogergee, I'm with you! I can't afford a trip away for a weekend let alone in another country. There seems to be such a large number of people like you and me. But I keep hoping that somewhere someone builds a retirement village just for us, so that we too can enjoy the environment all those people who have money can enjoy. I know they say that money isn't everything but you can get a whole lot more out of life if you have some!!
tillymint 53
14th Oct 2012
10:35am
One can but dream :-)
Barbara Mathieson
20th Oct 2013
11:18pm
Big opening for a developer. Rental retirement villages in Queensland!
tia-maria
21st Oct 2013
2:53am
Hi Barbara, were abouts?? I know there is a hugh one being built in the Hervey Bay QLD.cheers Tia
tillymint 53
13th Oct 2012
8:09pm
Hi i am now living in one of the garden villages , am enjoying it very much but have to say beware of their advertising and photographs on line as it is not an accurate portrayal.
tia-maria
13th Oct 2012
9:28pm
thanks tillymint the information is very inportant when we go into the over 55s village, I understand this does not suitable for every one we are thinking of three at present.....................But I personaly never heard of them renting them out.
tillymint 53
14th Oct 2012
8:10am
Hi , most retirement villages are for sale only, Garden Villages throughout Australia are all rentals though.
Still have,nt given up hope of getting my own one day ! :-)
Good luck with your search tia-maria
tia-maria
14th Oct 2012
10:15am
tillymint,
thanks for you comment there are some realy nice friendly villages, but one can never choose their neighbour when we been looking we talk to the residents and ask them how contented they are.........we are down to three choices all very nice and take pets.
cheers tia-maria
cass
30th Jan 2013
9:23pm
I have recently moved to Moe a rental village where all meals are provided, great meals lunch and dinner served at the table. Huge breakfast choice to have in my room whatever time I like
Great rooms.Nice gardens. Whats wrong with Moe - nothing. 2 hours train trip to Melbourne or
1.5 hours by car. Clean fresh air, peaceful and quiet.
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