The number of retirees choosing to make the move from Melbourne to Gippsland is on the rise. As one of Victoria’s largest regional areas, it has a lot to offer – from spectacular landscapes to bustling regional communities, there’s truly something for everyone.
Village Lifestyle Park is an over 55s lifestyle village located in Traralgon, Victoria. Director Brian Mulcahy reports a steady increase in residents making the move from the city to the country. So what’s the driving force behind this trend?
It’s More Affordable
For many retirees, choosing to live in a regional area means they can afford a quality home. With the entry price for a 2-bedroom home in a retirement or lifestyle village in Melbourne starting at around $400,000, it’s not an affordable option for many. What’s more, if you want to live in a sought-after suburb or in a modern home, you’ll be paying a lot more than that.
When you compare this to what you can purchase for half that price in the country, you get a pretty compelling argument for retiring to a regional location. For example, at Village Lifestyle Park in Traralgon you can build a brand new 2-bedroom home, complete with study, ensuite, open plan living, carport and a large alfresco area, all for just $195,00.
Of course, a major reason that people make the move to the country from the city is to enjoy the great outdoors. In Gippsland you are spoiled by fresh air and the natural beauty of spectacular beaches, lakes, forests and mountains.
One of the great things about retirement is that you have more time to spend doing the things you love – and for those who appreciate nature, moving to the country provides the perfect setting to do just that.
Living in the city or suburbs, the sense of community is often lost – but when you live in the country, there’s an opportunity to become part of a close-knit community. Regional towns provide retirees with a host of activities, clubs and social events that allow you to get to know your neighbours, and enjoy all the benefits that being part of an active community brings.
Escape the Hustle and Bustle
When it comes time to retire, many over 55s are looking for a quieter lifestyle – and Gippsland provides the ideal place to enjoy life at a slower pace. You can experience the peace and quiet of a country setting, and escape the noise, stress and hustle of city and suburban living. Plus, living in the country means you’ll be less worried about crime and will feel safer, especially when you choose a gated community, such as Village Lifestyle Park.
Within Easy Reach of Melbourne
For those who make the move from Melbourne to retire in the country, in most cases they leave family members and friends behind. Traralgon is ideal for those who want to live in a regional setting, but still be close to loved ones, as it’s less than a 2-hour drive to Melbourne city. This means it’s only a short trip to visit those you’re close to, or for them to come and see you, so it’s easy to stay in touch and catch up regularly.
Choosing to Retire in the Country
It’s a big decision to move into a lifestyle or retirement village, and an even bigger one if the move means you are heading to a brand new town too. But as many over 55s have discovered taking the plunge and moving to the country offers the perfect backdrop to retirement living – beautiful surrounds, quality, affordable housing, and a welcoming community. What more could you ask for?