Sense of community at Elloughton

Sense of community at Elloughton
The new two-bedroom villas at Timaru’s Elloughton Village are priced between $350,000 and $400,000.

Established on two hectares of private gardens, with farmland on one side and the ocean on the other; a country retreat close to shopping and amenities, Elloughton Village offers the very best in independent retirement living.
Located in Timaru’s suburb of Marchwiel, Elloughton Village is owned by Radius Care, one of the country’s largest and most experienced providers of residential care.
At the heart of Elloughton Village is the magnificent 125-year-old homestead that forms part of the care facility available to village residents.
Along with an adjoining building, the 87-bed facility offers everything from a hospital level rest home, short-term respite, to palliative care. Developed in three stages, the village includes 54 chalet style villas architecturally designed by Christchurch’s Foley Group and crafted by Mike Greer Homes.
Having completed Stages One and Two, consisting of 36 villas, village development manager, Jesse Schell, says planning is well advanced for the third and final stage, with construction likely to commence this autumn.
Priced between $350,000 – $400,000, each of the villas offer spacious two-bedroom living carefully positioned to maximise the sun. Jesse says that it has been exciting starting from scratch, determining how big the windows would be, what the rooms should be like, what amenities and fixtures would be – with a view to developing something quite out of the ordinary.
“The villas are really lovely, spacious and light and not packed together, so you feel as though you have a bit of room. “They’re contemporary in design using schist on the front with floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall windows drawing in lots of sun and light. Each villa has a full en-suite with toilet in addition to a guest toilet.
They all have attached garages. He says that each villa has its own maintained garden but residents are welcome to take care of flower gardens and raised beds if they so wish, and many do. Ideally located – everything is convenient while not being right in the middle of the inner city hustle and bustle.
A bus stop over the road offers easy transport into Timaru city, while also being a quick drive by personal car or even a stroll for those so inclined.
Sense of community at Elloughton
Appealing to a wide variety of senior people, starting from 65 years of age, Jesse believes that one of the biggest attractions is the sense of community.
“There’s a socialisation factor that’s critical to aging well. We have a community centre for the use of all the residents and their guests. It has a full kitchen, a games room and a big lounge that people can use for what ever they choose.”
With 18 brand new villas available in autumn 2019, prospective residents have the benefit of a new home that meets up to-date building standards including insulation and double-glazing. “You’re also getting a place where the Care Centre is nearby,” says Jesse.
“For couples that is very important. And being with other folks – that is very important – it means that others are there for support if need be.”
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