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Vertical village wins national property award

A new vertical retirement village, The Village Coorparoo in Queensland, has been named Best Retirement Living Development in the country,

The Village Retirement Group Chairman, Michael Harrison, accepting the national award for Best Retirement Living Development
The Village Retirement Group Chairman, Michael Harrison, accepting the national award for Best Retirement Living Development

The Village Coorparoo received the award for Best Retirement Living Development in the 2017 National Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards at a gala event in Sydney recently for raising the bar on retirement living in urban settings.

Featuring 217 two- and three-bedroom independent living units in a multi-level building close to Brisbane CBD, the village delivers an integrated retirement community in a medium-rise building and “offers an attractive retirement living alternative for retirees who have spent their lives in the surrounding inner city areas, according to Property Council Chief Executive Ken Morrison.

“The Village Coorparoo has allowed local residents to remain close to their friends and families – with 90 percent living within two kilometres of their former residences,” he explains.

“The village also provides flexible accommodation choices for older people with supported living options that mean they don’t need to leave their community if their health needs change,” Mr Morrison adds.

The Catholic Church’s Xavier Hospital occupied the site for more than 60 years, but after relocating the buildings were abandoned.

Under The Village Retirement Group the heritage-listed hospital residence was restored and converted into a central hub delivering high-quality community facilities such as a bistro, café, resident and guest lounges, arts and crafts room, library, subterranean pool, outdoor kitchen and bowling green.

A full list of winners is available online.

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