Location, luxury and lifestyle are the new must-haves in retirement living.
Some of the biggest myths about the baby boomer generation, born 1946-1961, are: they are only interested in SKI holidays (Spending the Kids' Inheritance); they want to move to the coast for a sea change;or they want to swap the family home for a Recreational Vehicle (RV) so they can live out their days as grey nomads.
In truth, today's 60-somethings are more interested in pursuing an active retirement, they don't want to live too far from family and friends and they do want to leave something for their children and grandchildren. However they also want to enjoy a rewarding lifestyle. Having been part of a generation of cultural and social change, many boomers see retirement as a chance to enter a new life phase, almost like a new career.
The Residences at Rathdowne Place – a sophisticated apartment-style retirement community, part of the Australian Unity Wellness Precinct – offer this generation the chance to enjoy an active life in a contemporary, cosmopolitan environment, a short walk from the centre of one of the world's most liveable cities.
Alternative thinking about 21st-century ageing has resulted in a new paradigm in retirement living envisioned by internationally renowned architects Fender Katsalidis and brought to life by Australian Unity.
Friends and social connections are close and all necessary services and facilities are on the doorstep, including the cafe and dining culture that defines Melbourne's inner city. The arts precinct, sports stadiums, glamorous shopping plus world-class medical options are all nearby too and residents will enjoy continuity of support if their personal needs change.
Due to open early this year, Rathdowne Place will comprise 91 two-and-three-bedroom apartments with premium fittings and finishes designed for independent living. They include balconies, local and district views, modern kitchens, master bedrooms with ensuites plus secure underground storage and car parks. All apartments benefit from an open-plan design, ample built-in storage and colour palettes that allow residents to add decor to taste.
Safe and secure
Particularly appealing to prospective residents is the ability to simply lock the front door and take off for however long they wish – with no lawns to mow, no tell-tale junk mail and their home and belongings safe in a secure environment.
Other bonuses include a concierge, reception area and private library, quiet spaces for study or a meeting, a private function space with catering options, a fully equipped gym, cinema and a rooftop terrace with barbecue facilities and views from the city to the mountains.
Rathdowne Place will offer access to the adjacent Wellness Centre with a rehabilitation gym and hydrotherapy pool along with a range of natural therapies and allied health services.
Australian Unity offers all its retirement community residents and the community at large access to dedicated home services, from personal care and meal preparation to housekeeping, shopping or laundry. Home services can be funded through government packages or on a private fee-paying basis, giving recipients the opportunity to spend more time doing the things they enjoy.
Among the joys of living in Carlton are its location, just minutes from the CBD by public transport, its parks and its people – they'll happily handcraft a pizza, gelato, espresso or even teach you to play bocce.
Find out more about inner city retirement living at Rathdowne Place