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40 years of connections discovered at Living Gems

When Sandy Sinclair moved into her new home at Living Gems Caboolture she never had anticipated the wonderful friendships she has formed, particularly with home owner Pam Taylor, with whom she had unknowingly shared a parallel history.

After running into each other a number of times at the resort, Pam and Sandy became fast friends. It didn’t take long before they discovered that they share 40 years of connections.

Sandy said they could trace their first connection to their schooling days and then to later in life when she and her late husband were living in Moranbah.

“It turned out that one of my good friends during my school years, going back over 50 years, has been Pams best friend for over 40 years during their time living in both Moranbah and Yeppoon,” says Sandy. “The second connection we worked out was via my brother; he was working with Pam’s late husband as an electrician in Moranbah mine for a number of years and Pam got to know my brother and his family really well.”

“Pam and I were in transitional villas at the same time whilst we waited for our homes to be built. It is amazing that we are now neighbours in the same resort with so many past connections.”

Originally from Mt Morgan, Sandy moved down to Brisbane at the age of 25, then she and her late partner decided to move to Bundaberg seven years ago. She eventually discovered Living Gems Caboolture and found that the lifestyle and community here was exactly what she was looking for.

“I really feel at home here and I am now living much closer to my daughter which is lovely.”

The Living Gems lifestyle suits Sandy perfectly. Her and Pam enjoy a number of the activities together at the resort including arts and craft, mah-jong and they always enjoy a game of ten-pin bowls with new friends. There are always monthly bus trips and other social outings to enjoy.

“We are having an absolutely wonderful time here at Living Gems. Today we are off to see a show in town with the rest of the ladies’ group and last night we took the resort bus down to the local RSL club for dinner.”

“I have also been making the most of the heated indoor pool since it was completed last month; it is a pleasant temperature even in the cooler weather.”

When she has a spare moment in her busy social calendar, Sandy is enjoying the comforts of her new home.

“I am very happy in my new home, I chose the Opal design for the wonderful combined living, dining and kitchen area – there is so much light and breeze. The sun filters nicely through my alfresco blinds and creates a lovely space to enjoy a morning cup of tea.”

Caboolture’s award winning community

Queensland family owned and operated business, Living Gems, is celebrating after receiving an award at the Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards last Friday, July 12.

General Manager Vlad Pullich said that the company humbly accepted the Master Builders Housing and Construction Award for the ‘Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million’ category for the Living Gems Caboolture country club.

Mr Pullich said that he is very excited to have received this award as his team had worked very hard to see this project completed to the highest standard.

“We are absolutely honoured to have been recognised in such a tremendous fashion. This award represents the culmination of years of hard and dedicated work.”

Master Builders award for Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million.

Living Gems completed the $8 million project in May 2018. The country club is fitted with a lounge, bar, ballroom and a cinema.

Other facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, ten pin bowling alley, BBQ pavilion, gym, bowling green, tennis court, virtual golf, games room, hair salon, library, music room, workshop plus an art and craft studio.

Mr Pullich said Living Gems had brought a high-quality of housing and lifestyle to Caboolture.

“Living Gems suits the requirements of the locals and allows them to stay close to their social networks.”

“Our aim is to provide an improved quality of life with greater certainty for active over 50s, seniors and retirees. This is why we offer such an extensive range of quality facilities in our new resorts.”

The public are invited to view the country club and the resort’s facilities, located at 176 Torrens Road, Caboolture.

How to choose the best Real Estate Agent to sell your home?

Regardless of whether you’re Googling to find the best agent in town, or you’re happy to list with someone you’ve used before, we’ve compiled a list of helpful questions to get your sale campaign heading in the right direction.

Question 1: What is the status of the current market?

Knowing if the current market at its peak or at the very bottom, rising or declining or if it’s stable is very helpful in accurately predicting buyer behaviours. For example: if you’re selling at the very bottom of a stable market, buyers will be looking to secure a contract quickly before the market starts to recover again, as this will maximise their capital growth.

Question 2: How does my suburb perform differently to the neighbouring suburbs?

Finding out what market trends are unique to your suburb can help to identify your target demographic, as well as track the progress of your sale campaign more accurately.

If the majority of comparable properties are being purchased by investors and selling in less than 35 days on market, you’ll know where to direct your advertising budget. This also arms you with a good yardstick for the sale campaign timeline.

Question 3: Recommended method of sale for my home – Private Treaty (with a price) or Auction?

Make sure you fully understand the reasons your agent has recommended a particular method of sale, as it is not always best to go with what we as the seller feel more comfortable with.

Question 4: Agent market share and performance?
Your agent should be able to demonstrate experience and proven performance as this is essential to achieving the best possible result. For instance: An agent new to the industry won’t be able to provide data or client testimonials from previous sales.

Question 5: Commission and marketing costs?

This is without a doubt the most difficult area to compare as not all commission & marketing are created equal and as the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”. The ‘cheapest’ agent who ‘pays for the advertising’ can sometimes be the most expensive agent. The most important figure to focus on is the profit, the amount you have left in your pocket at the end of the transaction

Do your own online research:

  • Herron Todd White property report – Month in review
  • Ratemyagent.com.au
  • Onthehouse.com.au
Meet Harry & Charlie Rae

Names: Harry and Charlie

Age: 13 and 12 years

Sex: Male

Parents: John and Helen Rae.

What type of dog are you?

Harry: We’re half brothers. Cocker spaniels.

What’s your favourite food?

Charlie: Lamb necks, for sure. When John and Helen picked us up from the pound a decade ago, our teeth needed some attention. After chewing lamb necks for years they are in extremely good condition for our ages.

What is your favourite toy?

Harry: We are well past the toy stage and were never interested, to be honest.

Which part of Living Gems Caboolture do you enjoy the most?

Harry: I love the new kennel that we got when we arrived. I spend most of my day in it.

Charlie: I’m very happy on the patio off the side of the kitchen. The sun shines down onto the tiles in the afternoon, and it’s a very comfortable place to lie down for a nap.

What’s your most annoying habit?

Harry: We’re lovely old geezers with few bad habits, well at least that’s what we tell ourselves.

Charlie: I’ve even toned down my barking since we moved into Living Gems Caboolture. I’m a good boy!

Do you have a standout moment?

Harry: I went on an epic adventure last week and ended up at RSPCA Dakabin. John and Helen didn’t realise I was missing for around six hours, and in that time I got lost, had a ride in a tradie’s utility, escaped the sales office twice, and was taken to a vet in Morayfield before getting a ride to Dakabin. Luckily, I had recently been registered to my new address so could be tracked to my rightful home.

Charlie: It’s not actually a standout moment, but I had a tick and was a very sick boy for several days. After breaking Mum and Dad’s bank account, I recovered reasonably quickly.

Who treats you the best? Mum or dad?

Charlie: They are both lovely people. It’s Mum for me, because it’s Dad who will always hand out the punishment if we’re naughty.

Top Tips For Cruise Ships

Richard & Robyn Cooper | Living Gems CabooltureRichard and Robyn Cooper have done 13 cruise ship journeys in recent years and have another three lined up before March 2018.

They have travelled on all three of the Cunard Cruise Line ships – RMS Queen Mary 2, MS Queen Victoria, and RMS Queen Elizabeth – as well as six cruises on Princess liners, two with Royal Caribbean and another on a luxury European river cruise.

The trips have created plenty of great memories, including being on board for Cunard’s 175th anniversary trip in 2015, when all three of its vessels entered Liverpool’s River Mersey and completed a synchronized 180-degree turn.

“Coming into Liverpool, the number of people we could see on the shores and standing waist deep in 9 degree water waiting and waving for us as we came in was unbelievable,” says Richard.

Incredibly, on that trip the Coopers met a neighbour from home who had lived nearby for years but whom they had never met – they’ve now done eight trips together.

Richard says, “we just like seeing different parts of the world”, and cruise ships are one of the best ways of doing that.

The Living Gems Caboolture residents’ last cruise to the Mediterranean was cut short early when Richard suffered a broken ankle suffered descending the 1,350 steps of Montenegro’s Kotor Fortress, but that hasn’t shattered the Coopers’ enthusiasm for travelling on ships.

Highlights included days in Barcelona where they climbed to the top of the unfinished La Sagrada Familia ( the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) – “absolutely fantastic and unreal,” says Richard – and many other works of the iconic architect Antoni Gaudi – “the vision he had was just unbelievable”.

Up next is a trip around Tasmania in December, followed by New Zealand in February and Dubai in March.

Given the amount they travel, the Coopers appreciate the security provided by Living Gems when they aren’t at home.

“It is one of the main reasons we chose Living Gems,” says Richard. “Back when I were on a quarter acre we had to organise people to look after our property. At Living Gems, everything is taken care of.”

Richard and Robyn know their cruises, and here are some of their tips for a successful trip.

Don’t leave home without travel insurance

A broken ankle prematurely ended Richard’s last cruise in the Mediterranean Sea, when he slipped walking down from Montenegro’s Kotor Fortress. He ascended the 1,350 steps no problem, but fell on the way down as he stepped off the track to let some other tourists walk through. His travel insurance covered the business class trip home and also reimbursed him for the two weeks of the trip that he missed. Richard points out however, that once you are back in Australia, you are back under the auspices of the local health system.

Search around for the best deals

It is worth searching around the internet for the best price on websites such as Cruise Finder and Cruise Guru, however, Richard and Robyn usually don’t book through these sites. Flight Centre will beat any price by an Australian competitor by $1, so the Coopers will take the best price and visit Flight Centre at Northlakes. Booking with a reputable travel agent provides peace of mind. “I get a bit worried when I book with various websites,” says Richard.

Consider booking your own airport transfers

Richard has found that he can get cheaper airport transfers by shopping independently from a travel agent. He recommends Suntransfers as an affordable and reliable option.

Look for cruises with plenty of stops

“It can be boring when you spend five or six nights at sea, so we pick trips that have a lot of ports, such as the trip to the Mediterranean, which had only three nights at sea,” says Richard.

Look after your health on board

With so many people sharing a confined space the risk of falling ill on board is real. Richard and Robyn take precautions such as only using their own toilet, refraining from using hand rails where possible, and washing their hands regularly. Richard says he doesn’t blame the cruise ship company for outbreaks of illness, but rather passengers who arrive already ill.

Living Gems Caboolture August Construction Update

Construction of the Living Gems Caboolture clubhouse is progressing steadily.

The fence around the clubhouse precinct has been erected, the structural steel supports for the roof are in place, ready for the roof trusses, and the blockwork for the main building is almost complete.

Take a look at the progress images below…

 

The workshop underway
Roof over the bowling green
Entry to the clubhouse
Roof over the bowling green

 

Steel roof support for front entry portico

 

Steel roof beams over ballroom

 

Tennis court area (view from scaffold)

 

Cyclist rides into Living Gems Caboolture
Cyclist Rides into Living Gems Caboolture

Paul and Heather Nightingale were the first to move into Living Gems Caboolture by a matter of days when they arrived in early September, 2016.

The couple, who have three children and seven grandchildren, moved from Ferny Grove after selling their house of 22 years and were attracted by the community aspect of resort living.

“It’s been fabulous — Living Gems is everything we thought it would be and then some. We’re more than happy.”

Living Gems Caboolture Construction Update

Things are moving along with the construction of the Living Gems Caboolture clubhouse precinct.

 

Blockwork is well underway. Here’s the view to the kitchen and beyond.

 

The bar and lounge area is taking shape.

 

Preliminary pipework for swimming pool complete. View across pool to clubhouse building.

 

Tennis court lighting and fence posts installed.

 

Footings for Manager residence/residents workshop being poured

 

Caravan storage slab ready for concrete pour.

 

Living Gems Resorts in Toowoomba and Caboolture Shows Support for the Australian Cancer Council

Living Gems Resorts in Toowoomba and Caboolture have shown their support for the Australia Cancer Council and hosted Australia’s biggest morning tea on May 25, and May 31 respectively.

Guests at our Caboolture resort were able to raise $259 for the cause. Residents had a great time with a variety of planned games and activities that helped boost donations on the day.

 

In Toowoomba, Club Glenvale also hosted a morning tea. Guests enjoyed a selection of sweet treats, savoury canapes, tea and plenty of coffee.

Overall both resorts saw a successful turnout. It proved to be a wonderful morning out for attendees, and all for a fantastic cause. Plans for next year’s event are already in the works!

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Living Gems Caboolture Construction Update

We are excited to report that construction on our Caboolture Clubhouse precinct is progressing well and on track to completion.

Currently the under slab plumbing and electrical is finished, as is the pool excavation, with steel work currently in progress. Over half of the footings have been dug out and poured. Block work will commence by the end of May (weather permitting).

Initial Press Release

For the safety of residents and guests, we ask that you please do not enter the construction zone at any time. Please also note that the front entry and exit gates will remain open during the day while the final road sections are completed over the next week. Once this is finished, all trades will be required to enter through the construction entry at the eastern end of the site.

 

Living Gems Caboolture Resort Open Day – Saturday May 6th

Our Living Gems Caboolture 50-plus resort is having an Open Day on Saturday May 6th. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 1pm. Drop in, say hello, and have a look around!

Address

176 Torrens Rd, Caboolture South

Phone number

1800 288 918

Living Gems Caboolture bedroom interior

Living Gems Caboolture kitchen interior

Living Gems Caboolture living room

Living Gems Caboolture kitchen

Living Gems Caboolture has it all. Enjoy life in a community of like-minded people, make friends and have fun. Nature has provided the surrounds, Living Gems creates the active retirement lifestyle.

Homeowners and their guests have exclusive use of a magnificent swimming pool and spa, a stylish country club featuring a beautiful ballroom with a theatre stage and a luxurious cinema. Sports facilities include a tennis court, a covered bowling green and a gym. Creative people can hone their talents in the art and craft studio, the music room and the fully equipped workshop.

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