One of Brisbane’s most appealing retirement hot spots, Aveo Robertson Park now stands out as much for the sophistication of its exterior as for the substance of its interiors.
Aveo Robertson Park community manager Laurence Nathan is rightly proud of the way in which the community under his care functions.
As with many of Aveo’s independent living communities, there are numerous happy hour afternoons, movie catch-ups and morning teas with guest speakers, all arranged by staff on the ground.
But where Aveo Robertson Park really stands out, according to Laurence, is in the number of resident-run events that take place.
“We have lots of activities that are run by the residents such as exercise classes, cards and games days, craft days, chat groups, pool exercise classes, happy hour, monthly birthday morning teas and line dancing.”
Just 15 kilometres from the bustling Brisbane CBD, the community is a stone’s throw from the vibrant multi-cultural suburb of Sunnybank, which offers a smorgasboard of delectable eateries and specialty retail stores, as well as easy access to a hospital and medical centres.
The village first opened its doors in 1987, during which time it offered a choice of serviced apartments and independent living units.
Laurence, who is village manager of both Aveo Robertson Park and Aveo Newmark, arrived on the scene in 2018, fresh from managerial roles with a multinational hotel chain.
His arrival coincided with a multimillion redevelopment of the site, which first began in 2017. Stage one and two of the $60 million project is now complete, resulting in the community relaunching as an independent living facility only.
Aside from its more defined focus, the village also gained a host of new resort-style amenities. These include a new community and recreational area comprising contemporary lounge and dining zones, a gourmet community kitchen, a bar, beauty and hairdressing salon, gymnasium, library and swimming pool.
To meet the changing demands of its residents, the community also turned its attention to its community amenities, bolstering these offerings with a series of treatment and consulting rooms to accommodate a range of allied health and care professionals.
It now has 89 independent living units but once the redevelopment is complete, will house 127 in total, with space for around 200 residents at full capacity.
There are a variety of one, two and three-bedroom properties on offer in the village, with a number offering spacious terraces or private courtyards. While prices vary from unit to unit, typically a new two-bedroom residence will sell for around $479,000.
Conceding that engaging with his community is what he enjoys most about his role, Laurence says the village is well integrated with the broader community, having set up a sponsorship partnership with Salisbury Bowls Club.
The fact that Aveo Robertson Park has also “adopted” a school that comes to the village to perform for the residents, as does a local day care, has been cited as a big drawcard for many existing residents.
Its work, alongside places such as the local branch of the men’s shed, has also drawn some to choose Aveo Robertson Park as the best place to see out their retirement years, Laurence says.
“We are focused on providing a secure, comfortable and stressfree lifestyle. Our facilities are modern and up-to-date and, as a staff body, we are committed to providing outstanding customer service to residents, their family and friends.”
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