Your free retirement living guide

Mention the words ‘retirement village’ and most baby boomers envisage an ‘old school’ style of community in which they just can’t see themselves living. Fortunately, however, the landscape has recently changed, with the opening of new resort-style communities catering for the younger, active over 50s’ market.

To help you make the important decisions that will shape your retirement lifestyle, the Retire Well Guide reviews your range of living choices. It provides you with valuable information that will clarify some of the main areas to consider, including styles of accommodation, cost structures, finances, and even offers a handy checklist.

Perhaps the best example of a successful new age community is the Ocean Club Resort, located at Lake Cathie, just south of Port Macquarie. Remarkable in design and quality of facilities, the resort leads the way in meeting the needs of the newly retired.

Coastal location
Located some 15 minutes south of Port Macquarie in Lake Cathie, homeowners have immediate access to the ocean, as well as a vast range of bowling, golf and other recreational venues. To match the growth in the retiree population, medical, specialist consultant and hospital services have grown considerably in recent years.

As a gated and fenced community, homeowners feel secure knowing that in the evening public access is restricted – no strangers and no worries.

Affordable quality homes
Ground level, energy-smart architect designed homes with a range of floor plans and Miele appliances included, start from $425,000.

Wide range of facilities
The extensive array of world-class facilities reflects the lifestyle needs of active retirees. The full-size (club standard) bowling rink has earned a reputation of being the very best in the region and is complemented by a 25m heated pool, tennis court and multimillion-dollar clubhouse with a private cinema. Most recently, the caravan/RV storage area is proving to be real hit with the travelling set.

Financially unrestrained
In stark contrast to traditional retirement villages, homeowners enjoy the financial benefits by avoiding entrance or exit fees, stamp duty or council fees at Ocean Club.

Now in its third year and quickly growing to a population of more than 230, the resort provides an opulent environment, gorgeous homes and the very best facilities money can buy. Yet the essence of its success lies in the vibrant community where homeowners relish each others’ company at many of the numerous recreational and social gatherings.

If you’re researching a move to the NSW coast and think the Ocean Club Resort may be of interest, then you should call and enquire about organising a free stay for a few nights to sample the resort.

For more details, call 1800 462 326 or visit

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