Living Gems home owner enjoys capital gain

Fifteen years ago, British immigrants, Maureen Moore and her late husband, excitedly purchased a brand-new home at Sapphire by Living Gems. The decision was not hasty; they had carefully weighed up a number of options but in the end Living Gems felt the most like home.

“When we first started our hunt for a lifestyle resort our main focus was to get out of suburbia and get somewhere that was secure. The second thing was a place where we felt welcome, where you knew there was always someone looking out for you.”

Now Maureen and her Bichon Frise Poodle find the home is more than they need and are ready to move on. Maureen’s home had only been on the market for nine days when the first offer came rolling in.

“I occupy the largest spot in the whole resort here, so it didn’t take long to sell! When the home was brand new 15 years ago we bought it for $175,000 and it sold last week for $350,000 – a fantastic capital gain.”

Maureen has thoroughly enjoyed the past 15 years spent at Sapphire by Living Gems and is sad to say goodbye. The many friendships she has formed here will last a lifetime – no matter where she goes next.

“There are always events and activities going on at the resort which can be fun to join in on. When I take my little dog, Reggie for a walk it is lovely to see all the smiling faces and chat with all the other home owners in the resort,” says Maureen.

When you move into a Living Gems Lifestyle resort, ownership is yours outright. Living Gems home owners live confidently, knowing that if they decide to sell, they won’t be required to pay deferred management fees or part with any capital gain their home might have accrued during their residency.


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Yvonne swaps suburbia for resort lifestyle

Living Gems home owner Yvonne has been thoroughly enjoying her new resort-style lifestyle at Sapphire by Living Gems. Yvonne is a retired music teacher and still enjoys playing the occasional song on her piano at home. Since moving into the resort in September 2017, she has been busy unpacking and getting to know the resort and her new neighbours.

When Yvonne realised she wouldn’t be able to manage in her previous home she knew now was the best time to move. She had plenty of time to find a new place as well as time to secure the best price for her home. Yvonne is happy to report she doesn’t see herself leaving.

Yvonne has found Sapphire by Living Gems offers a fantastic lifestyle, where you can do what you want, when you want to do it. Yvonne leads an active and social lifestyle in the resort, enjoying activities like line dancing, swimming and working out in the gym.

“I am very happy with the size of my home and garden – it is very easy to maintain which gives me more time to enjoy my hobbies,” Yvonne says.  “When I’m at home I love to read out on the balcony and enjoy the birdlife that visit my garden.”

“My whole family thinks it is wonderful here, it is like being in a resort. In September I will have my grandkids staying with me for a week, so that will be great too.”

Sapphire by Living Gems is about 30 minutes from Mount Tambourine, a popular destination for home owners at the resort. For more information about Sapphire by Living Gems please contact 1800 785 594.

Jean and Alec enjoy community at Living Gems

Jean and Alec Berrington, homeowners at Sapphire by Living Gems, share a glimpse inside their lives in this resort community designed for over 50s.

Once you step inside a Living Gems resort you enter a whole new world and escape the surrounding suburbia. The supportive community within is committed to a different lifestyle, with regular social activities. Security is uppermost; there is even a resident-run “street watch”.

The gated resort offers peace of mind for homeowners, especially for Jean and Alec who often enjoy travelling by car. Close neighbours help each other and ‘keep an eye’ on properties when residents are travelling or in hospital.

“We have lived here for 16 years and in that time, we have travelled extensively. Our most recent trips were down to Adelaide to visit some friends, then up to Cairns.”

After discovering a better life at Living Gems, Jean and Alec couldn’t wait to tell their friends and anyone else!

“We enjoy a quiet neighbourhood, stairs-free home, local shops and a lovely community. There is so much to love about our lifestyle at Living Gems.”

“When we first took a look around the resort all those years ago, we thought: we could live here! Each home is individual, which drew us to selecting a home in Sapphire by Living Gems above other resorts.”

“The public just doesn’t know what is available in the over 50s housing market – we love to use our home as a referral tool to sell our friends on the idea of living within this type of community.”

Although every Living Gems resort has a very busy social calendar, it should be noted that you have the freedom to do as little or as much as you like.

Jean and Alec enjoy a peaceful life in their beautiful, open plan home. They have a great position within the resort, it captures the summer breeze beautifully and is surrounded by lovely gardens.

Colin and Barbara enjoy another year at Living Gems

Having spent most of their lives in England, Colin and Barbara Bennett decided in 1988 it was time for a change. Armed with a handful of ideas of places to live, they weighed up the pros and cons. They agreed Canada would be too cold, New Zealand would be too much like home but Australia – well, that sounded perfect to them.

Edens Landing and Rosemount Farm are where Colin and Barbara first called home in Australia for 14 years until they heard about Living Gems in Eagleby.
“At the time Sapphire by Living Gems, or Sapphire Gardens as it was known then, was in the early stages of construction,” says Colin, “the concept was very new in the market and the designs were state-of-the-art.”
“The homes are some of the best built homes we’ve inspected, and our home is now worth three times as much as when we bought it 16 years ago!”
Colin and Barbara have brought their dream home to life, with no expense spared. Cathedral ceilings and cleverly positioned half height walls create a unique space beautifully tailored to suit their active lifestyle.
“We are still very happy with our decision to move here, we love the size of the homes and the size of the village itself.”
Colin and Barbara are happy to report that they will never need to move again.
“This is our forever home, we have never lived anywhere else as long as we will live here.”
Colin and Barbara take regular holidays around Australia in their motorhome, they recently returned from a 14-month trip across the country. They agree, it is wonderful to know they can pick up and go whenever it tickles their fancy and know that their home is within a secure gated resort.