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The first villa slab at Samford Grove Retirement Village has been poured, marking a significant milestone in the long-awaited expansion.

Site works have been underway since July in preparation for the construction of 96 new on-ground villas, 12 apartments and a brand new clubhouse.

Current and future residents celebrated the occasion on Monday 28 October, enjoying drinks overlooking the development site and even getting the unique opportunity to take in the views from the brand new slab.

During the event, Reside Communities CEO Glen Brown gave an address to highlight the importance of the first slab milestone and what it represents for residents and Samford locals.

“When Reside Communities acquired Samford Grove in June 2018, we knew it had enormous potential for growth,” he said.

“For many years, Samford residents have not had access to quality retirement options, with many choosing either to remain on properties or in large homes or to leave the community they know and love in order to access the support, connection and security of retirement village living.

“With this expansion, we are more than tripling the number of available retirement dwellings in the area, with all homes purpose-built for older residents and designed to standards like the Livable Housing Guidelines to enable ageing in place.

“We are also offering an exceptional suite of new facilities and services to promote healthy, connected living for our growing resident community.”

Samford Grove resident Bev Dean said she was pleased to see the rapid progress of construction.

“I feel like it is fantastic – it’s going to be marvellous when everyone gets together,” she said.

“I’m most looking forward to welcoming the new people.”

Since the event, progress is continuing rapidly with a further five slabs poured and the first home frame erected.

Many of the 16 villas in stage 1A have already been secured, but some homes remain for those who are interested – find out more here.

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On Saturday 21 September, Samford Grove Retirement Village hosted the local community for a day of market stalls and live music at the Samford Community Spring Fete – all for a very worthy cause.

Raffle ticket sales on the day raised $600 for the Samford Support Network in recognition of the important work they do in the local community.

Samford Grove’s Sales & Customer Relations Specialist Deanna Telfer said the village’s residents were particularly passionate about supporting the organisation.

“Many of our residents are long-time supporters of the Samford Support Network and have been raising money through various fundraising initiatives for several years,” she said.

“In a close-knit community like Samford, we have all seen the amazing impact their work has on locals who are struggling.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all the stallholders and businesses who donated raffle prizes and to the Samford State School students who volunteered their time to help us sell tickets.”

In addition to their fundraising efforts, the Samford Grove residents held a Devonshire tea and manned market stalls ranging from trash and treasure to craft and woodworking.

They were joined by more than 30 local stallholders selling handmade goods, crafts, fresh produce and more.

Performances from a local musician and the Samford Community Choir helped to create a vibrant, relaxed atmosphere, and a free jumping castle and face painting kept younger attendees entertained.

“It was a fantastic day and we were thrilled to see so many locals attending with their families,” Deanna said.

“With Samford Grove’s new development now underway, this was a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome the wider community and show off our beautiful village.”

 

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For those who are considering their options for retirement, having the right information upfront is key to making a well-informed decision.

Samford Grove Retirement Village recently opened its doors to provide valuable information about retirement village living at its Retirement Living Expo.

Nearly 100 people came along on the day to hear from a range of guest speakers:

Together, each speaker gave an overview of the steps involved with moving into a retirement village along with some helpful ideas to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

Some key tips included:

  • Reach out to a real estate agent who knows the local market and can give insight about the best improvements to invest in.
  • When downsizing, try not to hang onto items ‘just in case’ – especially large items like lawn mowers or ladders. If you need them on the odd occasion in the future, you can always borrow or hire.
  • Seek professional advice from lawyers and financial advisors who have experience with retirement villages.

Samford Grove resident Vicki also stood up to speak about the many lifestyle benefits she has enjoyed since moving to the village 15 years ago, saying, “It’s the best decision we ever made.”

The Retirement Living Expo also provided an opportunity to celebrate the stage 1A launch of the village’s new development, which is due to commence construction in the coming weeks.

Stage 1A will include 14 luxurious two and three bedroom independent living villas, along with 12 independent living apartments set on top of a brand new clubhouse, ‘The Homestead’.

Expressions of interest are now open for those who would like to secure one of these homes – visit our For Sale page for more information.

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The temporary community facilities at Samford Grove Retirement Village are now complete and ready for use.

Over the next year, these facilities will be the village’s social hub while the new clubhouse is being built. There’s room for activities and social functions, a kitchen, offices, a hairdressing salon and a deck with a built-in barbeque and outdoor kitchen.

The Hamptons-style decor gives a relaxed, sophisticated look and homely feel. Comfortable chairs and plenty of greenery make the space feel open and inviting.

Although it’s a little smaller than the Homestead – which will include an indoor swimming pool, gym, movie theatre, cafe, hair and beauty salon and library when completed – the temporary community centre has been designed and outfitted to reflect the finished product.

The community centre will also be used as a sales suite for the village’s new homes. The materials chosen match the quality of the brand new villas, down to the bench tops and tapware. Finishes boards, floor plans and renders are also on display for those who are interested in learning more.

Samford Grove’s residents were excited to make the move and are already settling into the new space.

The community looks forward to formally christening the new centre at their upcoming happy hour drinks.

The former community centre has now been demolished to allow for construction of the new clubhouse to begin. Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2020.