With only two weeks to go to the opening of Adelaide’s newest retirement village, the Fisher Street site is a hive of activity with hundreds of tradesmen putting the finishing touches to the 5-star apartment building and leisure centre.
The first residents, Scott and Jean Hutchinson, will move into their penthouse at 7am on 15th December but they won’t have far to go, as they live across the road from the village, in Fisher Street.
Project Director Renato Obbiettivo, said the village was on track to open on schedule, with the landscaping commencing on 8th December.
The village is a dream come true for Adelaide born-and-bred businessmen Ian Tregoning and Graham Hobbs who own 7 retirement villages in three states, but have never owned a village in their home town. Their dream was to bring the Living Choice quality of retirement living to their home town of Adelaide.
The opening will mark the culmination of a very long journey which included an arduous approvals process and numerous construction challenges, including the demolition of the controversial Julia Farr Centre. The badly vandalised building had once been part of the Julia Farr Disability Centre but had been vacant for more than 30 years, becoming an eyesore and a home for vagrants.
Mr Hobbs said they spent close to a decade searching for the perfect location to expand Living Choice’s retirement villages into their home State. “Living Choice Fullarton is a 5-star facility and we believe that it sets us apart from any other competitive model, particularly in Adelaide. We have a restaurant, bowling green, indoor heated pool, surround-sound movie theatre, workshop, health and fitness centre, hair and beauty salon and 24-hour on-site care.”
Pre-sales have proved there is a high demand for luxury retirement living in Adelaide, with many of the apartments sold off-plan. The majority have been purchased by residents living within five kilometres of the development and who are looking for security, less maintenance, the freedom to travel and care if they need it.
“We offer the ‘choice of luxury and the luxury of choice’ and the increasing demand at our villages around the country tells us we’ve got the formula right,” said Mr Tregoning.
Although residents will be moving in from 15th December, the official opening of the village will only be held in late February.