A new approach to retirement living for the next generation of retirees

AUCKLAND’S residential landscape is evolving. The latest in urban design and planning, modern materials and clever use of community spaces has already transformed Auckland suburbs such as Hobsonville Point — once a New Zealand Air Force base surrounded by farmland — into a bustling community with a fresh, contemporary feel.

Retirement village operatorshave long been familiar with the similar challenge of designing communities to house retirees in comfort, with a history of creating a range of living options with shared facilities and spaces which provide a sense of community and security.

However, with baby boomers starting to enter retirement age, the design of new retirement communities is also moving with the times. Just as the traditional three-bedroom Kiwi home on a quarter acre has evolved, traditional retirement village units (think cute brick bungalows adorned with hanging baskets) are also starting to be reworked for a discerning generation of retirees.

Metlifecare is on the coal face of developing new living spaces for retirees which meet these trends. Working with architects Warren and Mahoney (of NZ International Conference Centre fame) on their latest retirement village at Gulf Rise, they are creating some impressive housing designs which will cater to a range of retirees’ needs and budgets.

Currently under construction at Gulf Rise are two fresh and thoroughly modern living options for people who are seeking something a bit different for their retirement.

“We wanted to design a village that meets the lifestyle demands and desires of the modern baby boomer generation. Our design focus was on creating a place that residents want to call home and that their family and friends want to visit,” explains Shannon Joe, Principal Architect at Warren and Mahoney.

The villas have been cleverly designed and oriented to maximise the sun and ensure a bright and warm environment. Feature windows and unusually high ceiling stud heights up to 4.6m add to the light and airy feel of the two bedroom homes.

Fresh, modern apartments await the next generation of retirees.

Under construction: the first of the newly designed villas and apartments will be ready for occupation in Spring 2019.

Apartment living will also be on offer at Gulf Rise. Making the most of the warm, coastal location, ground level apartments will have a generous and fully landscaped private patio area, while upper level apartments have large decks. The interiors are fitted out to a very high standard with all mod cons included.

Jan Fisher, Metlifecare’s Sales Executive for the Gulf Rise development, says she has been overwhelmed with the reaction by interested retirees to the new contemporary living spaces. “Everyone who sees the plans is surprised at how stylish and fresh the designs for the new village appear.” says Fisher, “We have had great feedback on the plans as well as how the homes are arranged to celebrate
connections which will help make it really sociable.”

Metlifecare CEO Glen Sowry is also delighted with the reaction from potential residents. “We are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of our first residents in Spring 2019,” said Sowry. ‘Gulf
Rise is helping to set the tone for our future village developments, so we’re pleased to have had such a strong positive reaction to the new approach.”

“Our design focus was on creating a place that residents want to call home and that their family and friends want to visit. ” Shannon Joe, Principal Architect at Warren and Mahoney

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