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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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    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!!!

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      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!

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    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

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      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.

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      I didn’t find the other suggested sites useful at all.

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    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 🙂

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    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

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      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

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    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

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    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

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      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 .

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    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!

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      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

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      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!

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    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

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    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

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    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

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