Moving into the Oak Tree Retirement Village at Toowoomba was a lifestyle choice for Stephen and Robyn Beasley who wanted to age with independence and dignity without placing a burden on their children.
When Stephen retired from the Gatton Campus of the University of Queensland the couple were keen to downsize while they were still young enough to make new friends and embrace a different way of life.
They had been looking at retirement villages for quite a while and were impressed by the ethos of the Oak Tree Group. “We liked the mature way they kept in touch without hounding us,” Robyn said.
“For us retirement village living is all about safety, security and companionship. You are not buying real estate in the hope that it will make lots of money up the track. “Going into a retirement community provides peace of mind and, at the end of the day, you cannot put a price on that.”
Throughout their married life Stephen and Robyn had been a single income family concentrating on educating three bright children. “We could only afford to make one move and it had to be the right one,” Robyn said.
“Becoming part of Oak Tree was definitely the right decision and it is something we have done for ourselves as well as our children. “The two who live overseas don’t have to feel guilty that their lives have taken them somewhere else and our son who moved back to Australia doesn’t have the worry of caring for us. “Our children know that we are safe and secure and happy.”
Stephen and Robyn do a fair bit of travelling and when visiting America are often gone for up to 10 weeks. “When you live in your own home you can’t expect the neighbours to collect your mail and water your garden for that length of time,” Robyn said.
“Here at Oak Tree it is turn the key and go. The mail will be collected, the garden will be maintained and when we walk back in the door our villa will be just as we left it.”
Our Toowoomba village is always a hive of social activity and last week we had the pleasure of hosting the Red Hat Society ladies in our community centre which was organised by our resident Mary Goody who is a member. The beautifully decorated community centre was a sea of reds and purples which celebrates the theme of the Red Hat Society which is a social organisation founded in the US in 1998 for women over 50’s and beyond. The 34 women enjoyed a delicious luncheon prepared by our Village Manager Sharon followed by a tour of the village. At Oak Tree we take pride in being an active part of the community and we welcome events such as this to be held in our centres.
With the end of year fast approaching, this week Directors Mark Bindon and Franco De Pasquale visited Central Queensland to tour our four assets and meet with residents of Park Avenue.
When asked ‘what is the Oak Tree difference’, I believe it to be our ongoing commitment for transparency and providing residents access to management.
Wind the clock back twelve years and our vision has remained same; not to be the biggest operator in the country but to create inviting retirement communities that our residents love to call home.
As the second village in our portfolio, Park Avenue holds a sentimental connection for the management team. The first in Central Queensland which pathed the way forward for an additional three retirement communities.
Built with centralised car parking, the village has been designed with meandering paths supported with extensive landscaping which has matured into what I believe to be one of our proudest assets.
For more information on Park Avenue or any of our Central Queensland villages please call 1300 367 155 today or visit our displays.
Until next time
Regional Manager – New Projects
Social activities are always high on the agenda at our Oak Tree villages. There is always a great opportunity for a get together, be it a morning chat over a cup of coffee in the Village Centre, to a larger organised event like the Melbourne Cup. Fancy hats and tips at the ready, our residents across our villages enjoyed a wonderful day of beautiful food, sunshine and great company.
Residents and guests in our Toowoomba village even enjoyed their own horse race as they galloped across the green! Many laughs were had as the race was enjoyed by all.
Our residents who have chosen to make Oak Tree their home often attest to the fact that their social lives have improved since moving to one of our villages, also that the friends they have made have helped them to feel happier and less lonely.
Last weekend we held Open Days at our Bathurst village which saw over 100 people come through one of our newest villages. We are approaching the half way mark of development and expect to see the village completed by mid next year.
It was great to mix with people, hear their stories and challenges and hopefully provide some solutions.
Oak Tree has been providing villages in regional areas for over a decade now and we keep hearing the same stories. People want to stay in their home town or city in most instances. The problem often stems from insufficient options once the family home becomes too much to manage. Moving away from friends, family and community connections can be a very disruptive thing for people and it can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Our goal at Oak Tree is to provide purpose built villas and facilities that enhance quality of life in a community of like minded people who are all at the same stage of life. We have hundreds of residents who have made the move and are literally thriving. It was great to see our residents in our Bathurst village really enjoying life and their new surrounds.
Oak Tree continues to identify new opportunities to establish our villages. It’s a journey we believe is critical in preserving quality of life for our seniors.
Perhaps the lifestyle could work for you. All our villages are open everyday for you to inspect and understand what the lifestyle offers.
Hopefully we will see you soon
Until next time,
Our retirement village in Bathurst will be hosting an open weekend Saturday and Sunday (4th and 5th of November) from 9am to 2pm.
Showcasing an affordable choice of independent living villas, community facilities, and a wide range of lifestyle benefits, the Open Day will be attended by key Oak Tree personnel including the Village Manager, Regional Manager and the Directors.
Our Open Days give prospective residents the chance to see the Village on show including our display homes, our landscaped grounds and our purpose-built community facilities – we’ll take you on a guided tour and answer any questions you may have along the way.
The village has just completed stage 2 (14 villas) which are available for viewing. Stage 3 (15 villas) is commencing construction this week.
This week we head west to Dubbo and continue our commitment to provide suitable, affordable retirement options for people living in non-metropolitan Australia. The Oak Tree Group footprint is strong in central western NSW with villages well established at Orange and Bathurst and the commencement of our newest development in Dubbo.
Located on the eastern outskirts of Dubbo, the village will extend from a well-established estate surrounded by quality built and beautifully landscaped homes.
The village will comprise of 79 villas and include a Village Centre that is available for the use of all residents and provide facilities to enjoy at their leisure.
Offering residents a maintenance free lifestyle where all lawns, gardens and external and internal maintenance are managed to ease the burden on our residents and frees up their time to do more of the things they love.
Construction has now started and we are looking forward to welcoming residents mid next year.
To register your interest or learn more about our newest Retirement Community in Dubbo, join us for a free information session on Monday 13th November.
Simply call 1300 367 155 to secure your seat.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Regional Manager – New Projects
In many Oak Tree villages the Annual General Meetings are held at this time of year.
At the AGM the income and expenditure statements for the previous financial year are presented as required by legislation.
In presenting the accounts, our residents are able to see that their service fees are being spent responsibly and in line with expectations.
While most expenses increase year on year residents are often pleasantly surprised to see that Oak Tree are able to secure savings on their behalf by negotiating preferred contracts with contractors and utilities.
Clarity of information to residents is a key objective for Oak Tree and we work hard on keeping communication open all year round.
The Annual General Meetings are just another opportunity for Oak Tree to engage positively with those who have chosen the village lifestyle.
This week we head down to the wonderful Hunter Valley region of NSW to catch up on the progress of our new projects currently being assessed by local councils.
With our Cardiff village sold out, we look forward to bringing Boolaroo and Rutherford on stream in a few months’ time. We are also looking at another future opportunity in the Hamlyn Terrace area.
The Hunter Valley is an amazing place to live and retire. Not only does it offer some of the best beaches and lakes in Australia, it also has some of the best winegrowing country as well! All of this and only an hour or so up the road from Sydney; it really does offer an amazing lifestyle alternative
We are very excited about Oak Tree expanding its presence in the Hunter Valley. Like all of our projects, the new Hunter Valley villages will be relatively smaller in size than industry averages. We believe a village should be small enough to feel like your voice is heard.
Being smaller doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fabulous facilities…our villages are well appointed with facilities, just like our villas.
Stay tuned as we move toward the next phase of our Hunter Valley expansion. If you’re local, why not consider Oak Tree as an option to live in the area you love without the maintenance headaches. If you are from outside of the Valley, maybe think about a change that can really afford you some of the best attributes in regional Australia.
We look forward to our future in the Hunter Valley and invite you to consider the Oak Tree options.
Until next time
With stage 2 (14 villas) to be completed in October 2017, Oak Tree Bathurst held a meet and greet morning tea for our new and existing residents. A tour of one of the newly completed villas was undertaken.
The village was well represented with Cameron Goffage (Regional Manager) and Luke Thomas (Project Manager) in attendance from head office to answer any questions the residents had.
Everyone’s feedback was positive regarding the new villa’s, creating an exciting vibe throughout the community. It will be fantastic to have more residents in the village towards the end of October!