Bronwyn Finds What she is Looking for at Living Gems Toowoomba

Bronwyn Newman was the first resident to move into Living Gems Toowoomba when she arrived on 8 September, and has watched with interest as the resort has grown around her.

Now home to around 31 people, Living Gems Toowoomba has already developed the community spirit Bronwyn was looking for when she chose to make it her home.

Bronwyn, 69, lived in Lismore for 42 years, where she and her late husband Allan ran a limousin cattle property. When Allan died, Bronwyn decided to move to Toowoomba, a city she and Allan had admired for years, and where their son had moved (she also has a daughter and grandchildren in Sydney).

She moved into a house on a half acre block at Meringandan West in 2014, but says she became terribly lonely, so began looking at moving into a resort.

Bronwyn liked the style of the Living Gems villas, that they were well finished and that the resort at Toowoomba was new.

“I’m very happy with my house and very happy in here – it worked out fine, and when the clubhouse is built at the end of the year, it will be even better,” says Bronwyn.

Even though the facilities are yet to be built, the small community at Glenvale is coming together. Bronwyn and some friends play tenpin bowling just across the road from the resort once per week, and she also enjoys a weekly yoga class.

“It has been great here for new friendship,” says Bronwyn, who was about to head out for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant with some fellow residents.

“Everyone has been very good here; the people are very friendly and very helpful, as are all the staff.”

A 10 year Love Affair with Ruby Resort by Living Gems

Ron and Margaret Gibbs are celebrating 10 years of resort style living at Ruby by Living Gems Residential Resort in Eagleby between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. They were the first people to move into the lifestyle resort and they are enjoying it just as much today as they did when they took possession of their first home. Ron says their first home at Ruby by Living Gems suited them at the time. “About three years ago we decided we wanted a change so we sold our original home at Ruby and bought another one,” he says.

“Margaret is keen gardener; part of the appeal of this house was the perimeter bock with a larger garden. We chose a three bedroom, two-bathroom design with alterations that suited our specifications. It worked out very well.”

Ron and Margaret emigrated from England 44 years ago. Ron is a Londoner and Margaret hails from Portsmouth. Ron says both his older brothers had made the move from Britain to the Gold Coast. “We liked the sound of it so we followed the family and settled on the Gold Coast where we raised our children. When the children grew up we eventually decided to downsize and moved to a boutique retirement village on the northern Gold Coast. “It was okay but we had no garden so we moved to a townhouse in Runaway Bay.

On our fortieth wedding anniversary, I asked Margaret if she could see us living in a townhouse for the foreseeable future and she said no so we started looking at other options. “We had friends living at Sapphire by Living Gems, we liked the look of it and planned to buy until we discovered Ruby was being built across the road and decided to buy there. We love the location and the lifestyle. We are near our children and my brothers who all live on the Gold Coast.

“We really enjoy our social life, it’s a big change for me, until we moved here I never had a social life. We now enjoy the benefits of living in a lifestyle resort with great friends and neighbours plus all the resort facilities under the sun,” he says.

Living Gems has eight residential resorts in South East Queensland. New homes are available at Living Gems Pacific Paradise on the Sunshine Coast, Living Gems Toowoomba, Living Gems Caboolture on the north side of Brisbane and Opal by Living Gems in Logan Village. Established homes are occasionally offered for sale at Ruby by Living Gems and Sapphire by Living Gems Eagleby, Living Gems Maleny, and Living Gems Gold Coast.

Visit www.livinggems.com.au for information on each resort or call 1800 785 594. Homes can also be seen on Real Estate.com, search retirement, the suburb and price range to see all the options.