Margaret Crombie - Samford Grove Retirement Village

Samford Grove Retirement Village has opened the doors to Stage 1A of its new development, with the first residents moving into their brand new homes.

Construction has been underway since October last year, and excitement has been steadily building since the first slabs appeared.

For Margaret Crombie, the first resident to move into the new section, the appeal of a newly built home and the benefits of retirement village living made the decision to move to Samford Grove an easy one – and she hasn’t looked back since.

“I was just up the road in Cashmere, living on acreage by myself,” she said.

“I was looking to buy another property in Samford – not another big property, but another house with a bit of land.

“Just by chance I saw the advertising for this community and I thought I’d come and have a look, and within three days I had put down a deposit. It just seemed to all come together.”

Low-maintenance living was a significant drawcard for Margaret, offering a stark change from the burden of looking after a large family home and acreage.

At Samford Grove, Margaret is still able to tend to her garden – an interest she’s held for decades – while the village team looks after home maintenance, lawnmowing and other household chores, not to mention keeping the village’s facilities in excellent condition.

“When I looked at [Samford Grove], I saw the advantages of having a brand new property,” she said.

“My husband was a very good handyman and he would be able to fix most things around the house.

“When he passed away, I had to do it myself and I just don’t have those skills – you know, I’d never had to look after a pool before.

“I was having to either get my son to come down from the Sunshine Coast, or my friends. Everyone offers to help you and they don’t mind doing it, but you mind!

“To have the maintenance sorted, that takes a huge weight of your shoulders when you’ve been doing it by yourself for a few years. It was a big feeling of relief when I moved in.”

Margaret joined the community in mid April, at the height of Queensland’s COVID-19 restrictions. Though she’s had to get to know some of her fellow residents from afar, it hasn’t stopped new relationships from forming.

“Despite the lockdown, I’ve met people just walking around the village or popping their heads in to say hello,” she said.

“I’ve found everybody very accommodating and friendly.”

As life at Samford Grove begins to return to normal, Margaret is most looking forward to taking part in the village’s busy calendar of social activities and events and “feeling part of the community”.

“On acreage, it takes a long time to get to know people, even when you’ve got neighbours,” she said.

“As I’m now by myself and getting older, it’s comforting to have people around who are in a similar situation.

“I didn’t ever feel insecure where I was – I’m still quite healthy and able-bodied. I do know that I can’t expect to feel like that for the next 15 or 20 years, that things do change and you have to recognise that – that’s life.

“It’s also good to be close to such a busy community, as there’s a number of activities and lots of places to go and things to see.”

Within the village itself, there’s never a dull moment as construction continues on the final four homes and the community’s new resident clubhouse.

On completion in August, the Homestead will include a broad range of five-star facilities, including a café, resident bar, cinema, hair and beauty salon and indoor heated swimming pool.

There is a tangible atmosphere of excitement as residents wait for the new facilities to open. For Margaret, the timing couldn’t have been better.

“I’m very glad I made the move when I did,” she said.

“It’s exciting to see it all open up… More people coming in, new facilities.

“I’m really pleased with everything – I feel secure, I’m happy in my environment, I’m comfortable in my home, I’m comfortable with the people around me, and I’m more than happy to put up with a bit of construction noise because I can see [the Homestead] is going to be fantastic!”

A boutique selection of 12 one- and two-bedroom apartments will also be completed in conjunction with the clubhouse, offering a relaxed, maintenance-free lifestyle and a convenient location right on top of the Homestead’s incredible lifestyle amenity.

Both the apartments and the remaining on-ground homes provide a unique downsizing opportunity for those who want to retire in Samford Valley’s idyllic countryside setting while being in the heart of it all within a supportive and secure community.

And if Margaret’s experience is anything to judge by, there will be many more new residents to welcome in the months to come.

“There was just a really good feel about the community when I first came in,” Margaret said.

“It was like a revelation, really – I thought: ‘If this is what retirement living is like, perhaps I should have considered it earlier!’

“I’m happy I’ve made the right decision.”

For more information about Samford Grove’s brand new homes and apartments, contact us today or call (07) 3289 3372.

The first display home at Samford Grove Retirement Village is now complete, giving interested buyers an early opportunity to see and feel the exceptional standard of the village’s brand new homes.

Buyers had their first formal opportunity to tour the home at Samford Grove’s Retirement Living Panel, held on Friday 14 February.

The display home – one of 16 on-ground homes being completed by June 2020 as part of the expanding village’s Stage 1 construction – is also open for inspection by appointment.

Reside Communities CEO Glen Brown said the display home marked an exciting milestone in the project.

“We are pleased to now be able to invite our clients to tour a completed, furnished home and fully experience the spacious layouts, quality finishes and beautiful views that our new homes offer,” he said.

“Downsizing to a home at Samford Grove is far from a downgrade, but it’s also about more than the bricks and mortar, like the maintenance-free lifestyle and community connection.”

The display home is built to one of the village’s most sought-after floor plans, the Type G. The three-bedroom, double garage home offers a bright, open plan living and dining space, master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in robe, modern kitchen and bathroom, outdoor entertaining area and garage with work bench.

Although many of the Type G homes in Stage 1A have been snapped up, there are also some two- and three-bedroom homes remaining.

Stage 1A will also deliver 12 apartments and an impressive resident clubhouse.

The clubhouse, which is located at the centre of the village, will feature a range of community facilities including a café, theatre, resident-run bar, library, gym, workshop and indoor pool.

Samford Village’s shops, services and cafés are only a short walk away and major shopping centres and hospitals are within close driving distance.

To book an inspection of the display home, please call (07) 3289 3372 or submit an enquiry

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You’re invited
Retirement Living Panel
10 – 11:30am, Friday 14 February
Samford Grove Retirement Village
18 Camp Mountain Road, Samford


The start of a new year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the year that’s been and begin planning for the one to come.

For anyone who is considering a lifestyle change in 2020, Samford Grove is hosting a Retirement Living Panel to provide expert information about transitioning to retirement living.

We have invited a panel of experts in downsizing, law and conveyancing, financial planning and more to share their insights and advice. After the panel discussion and morning tea, we will also be offering tours of our Stage 1A development for those who are interested.

Please RSVP by Monday 10 February by filling in the form below:


Samford Grove is an established and sought-after retirement community offering quality independent living in the heart of Samford Valley.

–  Brand new, architecturally designed independent living homes and apartments
–  Exceptional facilities including an indoor pool, movie theatre, salon and gym
–  Maintenance-free living within a vibrant, friendly community
–  Stunning location just moments from Samford Village’s shops, services, and cafés

Stage 1A selling now.

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The first home 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 homes, 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 homes 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 homes, 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 homes, 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.