Reimagine...your retirement at Gulf Rise
New Amenities to Inject Village Spirit into Gulf Rise
Metlifecare’s award-winning village Gulf Rise is about to take Red Beach retirement living to a whole new level.
Already the bespoke village offers an unparalleled coastal lifestyle for active retirees, but with the construction of Stage 2 now underway, residents and locals have an even brighter future to look forward to.
“We are delighted to announce that work on the amenities building has just commenced and these facilities will truly bring Gulf Rise to life,” says Metlifecare Development Sales Manager David Martin.
Scheduled for completion in early 2022, amenities will include a heated swimming pool and spa, gymnasium, state-of-the-art wellness centre and bistro-style café which is open to the public. There will also be a bar, lounges, a library, a creative hub complete with art studio and workshop, multi-use activities spaces, and a hairdressing salon. Covered outdoor terraces, tranquil reflection ponds, and spectacular landscaping will complete the offerings.
“These are not your traditional retirement village amenities. They have been inspired by a philosophy based on openness and connectedness, and painstakingly designed to fit seamlessly within our coastal location and enrich the lifestyles our residents aspire to. These amenities will inject vibrancy and village spirit into daily life at Gulf Rise.”
Metlifecare has worked closely with architects Ignite to ensure every aspect of village development is carefully considered and in keeping with its locale.
According to Ignite Associate Gemma James, Gulf Rise redefines retirement living, swapping the stereotypical gated community with a village that’s big on open spaces, buildings that bring people together, and a main street that opens up the village to the local community.
“The initial design driver for the Gulf Rise village was to create a secure micro-community within the Red Beach community that encourages interaction of residents with the outside community,” she says.
“The village is designed to positively integrate with its surroundings through thoughtful building massing, orientation and landscaping. The new amenities building – the heart of the village – will provide luxury facilities and a shared space for residents to congregate and bump into friends, encouraging community and quality of life.”
David believes it is this focus on using design to bring people together that truly sets Gulf Rise apart.
“There is nothing cookie cutter here. This village is completely bespoke and uniquely designed for the residents who live here. They decide how the spaces will be used and can view the amenities as an extension of their homes,” says David.
In addition to the cutting-edge amenities, work has begun on two new boutique apartment buildings offering the very best in architecturally designed living.
“Gulf Rise residents enjoy the upmarket, customised feel of an independent lifestyle village, yet benefit from the structure, support and security of being owned by Metlifecare. It’s the best of both worlds.”
For village resident June Lamont moving into Gulf Rise has heralded the beginning of an exciting new life chapter. A successful painter, June now teaches weekly art classes in the village pavilion and has immersed herself fully in all the flourishing community offers.
“It’s amazing how many people here have done such interesting things,” says June. “I was a bit apprehensive about moving into a retirement village because I’m a bit younger, but it’s a lovely lifestyle!”
Gulf Rise scoops 2020 Auckland Architecture Award
We were delighted to see our beautiful village recognised with an award for Planning and Urban design at the 2020 Auckland Architecture Awards, a peer-reviewed awards programme run by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).
Gulf Rise was credited by judges for having “challenged the stereotypical approach to the planning of retirement villages. This deliberate and considered design allows for public and private space, generous walking tracks and, most gratifyingly, gardens producing edible crops.” A brilliant recognition.
We’re proud of the work done by our development team and by Warren and Mahoney Architects. The best part, though, is seeing the plans come to life and watching our wonderful village staff and residents add life to the designs and turn the vision into reality.
Gulf Rise residents’ hi-jinx in hibernation
Being in hibernation didn’t stop Gulf Rise residents getting up to hi-jinx. Village Manager Jarrod set out with his camera and a mission to ensure village residents stayed connected, by capturing ‘lockdown portraits’ – a cheery hello from residents taken from a safe social distance – to share with their neighbours.
Jarrod was ‘blown away with how well everyone got into the spirit of things, with some residents donning fancy dress to raise a smile from their friends. It was the best day of our lockdown!’ he said.
Now life is returning to normal in the village, residents and the village team have spent some time deciding on groups or activities to start up in the developing village. The first clubs for drawing and painting, books, gardening plus a sewing, crochet and knitting group are now up and running.
‘It was great that we could keep the village spirit alive from our patios’ says Jarrod, ’but now we’re looking forward to socialising in person again and sharing our hobbies and interests at the new clubs.’
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