The Domain Country Club in Ashmore has always known how to draw a crowd.
With its location chosen specifically because of its proximity to many of the Gold Coast’s most popular amenities, Aveo The Domain Country Club was opened on May 10, 1984 by then-Queensland premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen in front of an assortment of dignitaries.
Thirty-five years later and community manager Andrew Keating says the country club remains a popular drawcard for those seeking to see out their retirement in a dynamic resort-style environment.
Set on 42 acres of spectacularly lush gardens with stunning walking paths and a beautiful ornamental pond and waterfall, Aveo The Domain Country Club is currently home to 375 unique properties.
Housing around 500 residents, it offers three styles of accommodation – 52 one-bedroom serviced apartments which are priced from between $219,000 to $239,000 and 323 pet-friendly independent living units, made up of both two and three-bedroom residences which sell for between $265,000 and $489,000 apiece.
Andrew, who prior to joining the Aveo team managed an array of hotels and resorts both in Australia and abroad, says the real magic of Aveo The Domain Country Club lies in the way in which many of the units are positioned.
“Prior to Aveo taking over, the previous owners of the land engaged top architect Desmond Brooks AO – the designer behind the Sheraton Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace, Royal Pines Resort, Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort, Gold Coast International Hotel, The Wave, Soul, Ultra, Jewel, Verve, and Sierra Grand – for the initial stages. Brooks’ aim with the owner was to ensure the houses were nestled within the gardens and the garages were separate, this was a fantastic idea that residents continue to enjoy to this day.”
Within easy reach of major shopping malls, golf courses, casinos, restaurants and the Gold Coast’s famed golden beaches, Andrew says the chief difference between his and other residential retirement communities nearby can be characterised by the large number of on-premises activities on offer.
Residents can choose to dine at the on-site restaurant with fully licensed bar and lounge area or visit one of the many nearby cafes and restaurants on the Gold Coast. For the more energetic of residents, the range of sports on offer is second to none with the village offering a full competition-ready lawn bowling green, tennis court, croquet lawn, Bocce court and dedicated darts, snooker and table tennis playing areas, in addition to a fully equipped gymnasium, swimming pool and heated outdoor spa.
For those who enjoy more academically-minded pursuits, there are two libraries on site, a board room, craft room, computer club and dedicated cinema room.
To prevent the requirement for residents to travel outside community boundaries to access everyday services, Andrew says the village also brings a hairdresser on site three days a week, a doctor one day a week and hosts regular physiotherapy appointments. Tai Chi classes are also available for those wishing to participate in group exercise.
The village also boasts an impressive staff to resident ratio with a total of 25 employees spread across administration, maintenance, domestic care and catering.
Andrew says with almost every need already accounted for within the village, many residents choose to spend their time contributing to the broader Gold Coast community through volunteer work with groups such as the Men’s Shed Ashmore and Wild Life Sanctuary Rescue.
“Some residents come and go on a daily basis working or doing other activities offsite. Other residents are enjoying retirement and all of the facilities that are on offer. There is everything to do and absolutely nothing to do – it’s entirely your choice.”
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