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Whether working or retired, active over 50s are sure to live everyday like they’re on holiday at Living Gems Pacific Paradise. You will enjoy the security of owning your own home in an idyllic location on the Sunshine Coast.

Living Gems Pacific Paradise entry gates

 

The Living Gems difference is evident from the moment you drive through the designer entry gates. As you head down the main landscaped boulevard, the well-appointed features of the resort’s two-storey country club draw your eye. You will enjoy the warm welcome from the club’s roaring fireplace as you enter.

As this resort is the most intimate of the Living Gems portfolio, with only 112 homes, it imparts friendship and community. There is a distinct difference in the atmosphere, home owners here have created a fun environment with no shortage of laughter.

The country club is a constant hub of activity, both day and night, fuelled by the passion of the resident-run social committee. Being within easy walking distance, homeowners are just one step away from an array of fantastic facilities.

Chair of the social committee, Jan Smith, said that each month a new calendar of events is shared with home owners.

“In May we fired up the commercial ovens in the country club, greased the egg rings, lined our baking trays and out came delicious bacon and egg rolls – a masterpiece that we decided should be repeated every month.”

“This month we are looking forward to our Christmas in July celebrations. We recently enjoyed a live performance from a 60s style rock band for our ‘Black Friday’ celebrations.”

“There is always something happening at the resort. Some of the activities and hobby groups include: craft, men’s and ladies’ lawn bowls, darts, tennis, mah-jong, mosaics, jewellery making, drinks on the terrace, movie night, aqua aerobics, golf and ‘Friday’s at 5’,” says Jan.

This resort is in the final stage of development, with only a small number of homes left as part of the boutique, resort-style community. For more information about Living Gems Pacific Paradise, call 1800 978 388 or email victoria@livinggems.com.au to book a personal tour today.

Visit the resort at 596 David Low Way, Pacific Paradise

Living Gems Homeowners making a difference

Homeowners Jan and Barry Smith have spent their working lives in a nomadic fashion, moving all over New South Wales, from Boorowa to Dubbo and everywhere in between. 12 months ago, they made the move to Living Gems Pacific Paradise and aren’t planning on leaving anytime soon. Jan tells us more about their lifestyle since moving in to the resort.

We moved around plenty whilst Barry was working as a banker, mine accountant and school bursar and myself as a teacher in New South Wales. Eventually we settled in Batemans Bay and enjoy the coastal lifestyle there for 13 years until we decided to make the move up the Sunshine Coast. We lived in Buderim for three and a half years before discovering Living Gems Pacific Paradise.

My sister was already looking to buy here at Living Gems Pacific Paradise, so we thought we would come and have a look around. Barry and I decided that this would be the perfect place to live and we’ve been thoroughly enjoying the lifestyle ever since. We both love the incredible sense of community here; everyone is very friendly, social and supportive. We chose the right resort.

My sister, Helen and I have been very involved with the social committee, the committee was only in its early stages when we first moved here, but since the opening of our country club at the end of 2017 numbers have been growing.

As chair of the committee I have been busy organising everything from craft groups to monthly catered meals.  Our committee recently organised a Biggest Morning Tea event to help raise funds for cancer.

Cancer has touched my family many times, so this is a cause that is close to my heart. I had previously held the event when living in Batemans Bay and raised $17,000 over five years, so I thought let’s see what we can do at Living Gems.

All the homeowners provided the food; we had sandwiches and cakes and opened the bar to serve champagne and orange juice. Local businesses donated prizes that we could raffle off and, in the end, we raised $1140 – more than twice our goal! 60 homeowners and friends attended, it was a wonderful way to raise awareness and a donation for the cause.

Last Sunday we fired up the industrial ovens in the country club, greased the egg rings, lined our baking trays and out came delicious bacon and egg rolls – a masterpiece that we decided should be repeated every month.

There is always something happening at our little resort. We all enjoy “Friday at Five”, the monthly happy hour event hosted in the country club. Members of the social committee help out by serving up the drinks at the bar. Every month we have a lady’s day out in the resort bus, the last trip was to Montville including morning tea at Secrets on the Lake.

Next month, we will have Christmas in July and a band will be coming to play 60s rock music on 13 July for our Black Friday themed night.

It is wonderful to be surrounded by friends and family, enjoying great food, drink and entertainment. Barry and I are hardly ever home!

 

More information
1800 785 594
victoria@livinggems.com.au

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
Live every day like you’re on holiday

Living Gems Sales Manager Victoria Dent said that residents at the Pacific Paradise resort certainly make the most of every day.

“It is wonderful to see everyone enjoying all the resort has to offer; be that lawn bowls competitions, tennis matches, aqua aerobics, leisurely strolls around the resort or happy hour drinks with friends.”

“You occasionally go quite some time without seeing certain residents as they’re always off travelling the world,” says Ms Dent.

Living Gems residents David and Beth Nielsen said moving into Pacific Paradise allowed them to downsize from their former canal-front property on the Sunshine Coast, and it has freed them up to do more travelling.

“We felt that it was time to downsize, and by living here, at a turnkey resort, we knew we could go off travelling even more than we had in the past.”

“We have been on 70 cruises spanning every continent apart from Antarctica. We travel to see this fascinating world in which we live, and we are somewhat addicted to it,” says David.

Ms Dent said that residents at Living Gems Pacific Paradise all agree that they have found their place in the sun.

“As well as enjoying meals in the country club and BBQs by the pool on a Sunday afternoon, residents enjoy getting out and exploring the local area for the perfect place to eat.”

“We are surrounded by an abundance of restaurants serving up delightful food that would make even the most accomplished foodie sing.”

“The North Shore Tavern is only a 10-minute walk from the resort if you’re after pub food, or you can travel ten minutes by car to reach The Loose Goose, Nouveau Bar or Lily’s on the Lagoon in Twin Waters.”

“The Piano Bar in Maroochydore offers a lovely atmosphere and most nights you can enjoy live jazz music. Make sure to try one of The Piano Bar’s signature cocktails,” says Ms Dent.

With all this at your fingertips you can be sure you’ll live everyday like you’re on holiday at Living Gems Pacific Paradise.

For more information call 1800 785 694, visit our website www.livinggems.com.au or send an email to info@livinggems.com.au.

Pets: Meet Mollie Sommers

Name: Mollie.

Age: 14 years.

Sex: Female.

Parents: Charlie and Inga Somers.

What type of dog are you? I’m a Belgian barge dog; a schipperke. The nickname comes from the days when we would assist horse-drawn barge owners in Europe by nipping at the heels of the horses and guarding the barge at night.

What’s your favourite food?

I’m happy eating whatever Charlie and Inga feeds me, whether it is dried biscuits or meat.

What is your favourite toy?

I am getting on in years now, so I don’t play as much as I used to. When I was a puppy, however, Charlie and Inga’s granddaughter gave me a stuffed reindeer that for years was my favourite toy. I would run around with it, and sleep with it – we were best mates. He is still hanging around after 14 years.

Best part of the resort?

Charlie and Inga will take me for two walks a day, and I love going for a roam around the resort and surrounding areas. Usually, Charlie will walk me to the newsagent in the morning to pick up the newspaper. We will also go to the off-leash area by the river at Bli Bli, which is a lot of fun.

Your most annoying habit?

I’ve been told I’m a good dog with a lovely nature. I do, however, like to scrape around the pebbles in the garden.

Your best moment?

Recently, I was hungry and curious to know what the pebbles tasted like, so I ate about a dozen of them. Mum and dad had to take me to the vet where I was given some medication to poo them out. It was highly embarrassing.

Living Gems Pacific Paradise September Clubhouse Update

The Living Gems Pacific Paradise Clubhouse is really taking shape.

The interiors are close to finish (pictured below) and things are progressing rapidly on the outdoor facilities.

We can’t wait until everything is complete and ready to go!

Bar
Coffee lounge
Games room
Gym
Library
Piano in foyer
Theatre
A white Christmas in Germany and Austria

Dreams of a white Christmas inspired Michael Holder and Karen Hawkings to travel to Germany at the end of 2016, a country that captures the spirit of the season like no other.

The Deutschland Christmas charm is showcased at its wintertime markets and beer halls where the amber liquid flows freely and the wine is served warm and with spice.

Michael and Karen did the Christmas and New Year period with Albatross Tours, first with a 7-day tour around Germany, followed by a 5-day Sound of Music-themed New Years journey around Austria.

“It was a wonderful trip,” says Karen, “the scenery was spectacular, and the markets were very special – the food was delicious – and they captured the spirit of Christmas just as we had imagined they would.

“It was our first Christmas in the northern hemisphere. We always wanted a white Christmas and New Year, and it was very nice to get the opportunity to see that alongside a group of really nice people on our tour. “

The Living Gems Pacific Paradise residents flew to Frankfurt to pick up the tour, and visited Bamberg, Nuremberg and Rothenberg ob der Tauber, which is often called a “fairytale dream town” because of its romantic medieval architecture.

In many ways, it is the archetypical country German town, and it was the inspiration for the village in the 1940 Walt Disney movie Pinocchio. Another Disney inspiration, the Neuschwanstein Castle, was also part of the tour.

Karen and Michael then travelled on to Fussen, in the Bavarian Alps, where they spent Christmas. From Fussen, the couple travelled on to Munich, via Lucern in Switzerland, where they linked up with another Albatross Tours group for a seven-day trip around Austria, themed around The Sound of Music.

The group was based out of Salzberg, where most of the Sound of Music was filmed, and toured the surrounding areas. From Salzberg, the couple visited Salzkammergut in the Austrian Lakes District; St Gilgen, where they caught a cable car to the top of Zwolferhorn Mountain, and experienced a horse and carriage ride in the snow from the ski resort of Filzoos to Oberhofalm.

Leopold Castle, which was the Von Trapp family home in the film, was the venue for the New Year’s Eve festivities. It overlooks a small lake into which the Von Trapp children fell out of a rowboat in one of the film’s most memorable scenes.

It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque way to celebrate the beginning of a new year than with a light snowfall as fireworks burst in the sky over a frozen lake.

“We didn’t get a ‘white Christmas’ but we were very lucky that it began to snow that afternoon, it made our day and created a really beautiful atmosphere as we watched the fireworks.”

Later in the year, the couple participated in a Scenic Tours river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam and then visited Italy and Sicily. And the busy couple was preparing for a trip to Japan on the day they spoke to the Living Gems Pacific Paradise newsletter.

As Karen says, “there are so many places to see and things to do. It is a big world, and we would like to see as much as we can.”

 

Living Gems Pacific Paradise Residents Get a Sneak Peek of the Clubhouse

Recently, Living Gems Pacific Paradise residents enjoyed happy hour and a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-complete clubhouse.

Check out the pictures below…

 

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Unveiling of the Grand Piano at Living Gems Pacific Paradise

A stunning showpiece of the Living Gems Pacific Paradise clubhouse has recently been unveiled.

The newly refurbished baby grand piano, kindly lent to Living Gems Pacific Paradise by the Gowty family, currently resides in the entrance to the clubhouse.

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Pacific Paradise is party central
Living Gems Pacific Paradise is Party Central

Hostess extraordinaire and Living Gems Pacific Paradise sales manager Victoria Dent has planned a Friday night Happy Hour.

Invited guests include people who are already enjoying the lifestyle at the new Sunshine Coast resort and those who are soon to join them. Victoria says she loves hosting events. “I enjoy sharing a few drinks and some tasty canapés with friends.

The Pacific Paradise residents and staff haven’t known each other for very long but we have already formed firm friendships. “About 60 people have been invited to this event.

I like to prepare the food myself, my specialities include canapés and pastries. I will be in the kitchen until everyone arrives and then it will be party time.

The people here enjoy a great social life and they love a party. I am looking forward to helping everyone have a great time. There will be music, dancing and most important of all, good company” Victoria says.

Black is back at Living Gems Pacific Paradise
Black is Back at Living Gems Pacific Paradise

Black is back at Living Gems Pacific ParadiseThe party people at Living Gems Pacific Paradise were in fine form at the recent Black is Back party. Sales manager Victoria Dent invited residents and guests to mix and mingle as they enjoyed some very tasty canapés and a few drinks.

 

 

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Pacific Paradise residents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
Pacific Paradise Residents Celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary

Living Gems Pacific Paradise residents Inga and Charles Somers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary  with friends old and new on Saturday. They held their lunch party at Curlys on the Boardwalk in Mt Coolum but cut the cake at Pacific Paradise. Pacific Paradise residents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary

Sales manager said everyone had a great time. “It’s wonderful to meet people like Inga and Charles, everyone joined in the celebration and congratulated them on 50 happy years, it’s a major milestone and one to be very proud of,” Victoria says.