As a resident of Kingsford Terrace Corinda retirement community, you will enjoy endless opportunities for fun, new friendships and the joy of community.
At Kingsford Terrace Corinda retirement community, we empower residents to shape, take ownership of and make decisions about the community in which they live.
Our residents organise their own busy village activity calendar so you will always have something to do! You can join a bus trip to see the QLD Youth Orchestra, visit a winery for the day with your new neighbours, try aqua aerobics, join the craft group, or take an elevator ride down to the community areas for a morning tea, party or game of billiards.
Whether it’s a chat in the hallway or a cup of coffee in the Kingsford Terrace Café, you’ll have friends nearby who ‘get’ you and will be around when you need them.
A fellow of the Historical Society, Val was one of the first oncology nurses in the country. When describing herself Val said, “I’m a fairly fit 80-year-old and I’ve had a very interesting life.” And she couldn’t be more right!
Have you always lived in the area?
“I’ve lived all over, Townsville, Melbourne and England. I was actually born in Eumundi… before it was trendy! Growing up I was a boarder at St Margaret’s in Brisbane. During the holidays, I would take some of the boarders to our holiday home in Tewantin, about 6 of them and we would have a great time.”
What are your hobbies?
“I’m still one of the editors of the Queensland History Journey and Historical Society. I do a lot of regular editing for that publication which I enjoy. I have published a number of books and just recently I finished writing the history of the Graceville Bowls Club as they are having their centenary in 2019.”
What do you like the most about life at Kingsford Terrace?
“The sense of community – everyone is so nice. We are lucky in that regard. When my husband passed, everyone here was so supportive and I always know that if I ever need anything I could ask any one of them for help.”
“Also, the strangest thing happened – a friend of mine lives down the end of the corridor, at Kingsford Terrace, we’ve been friends for about 64 years. We trained together as nurses. We didn’t necessarily organise to come here together but it’s happened that way which is lovely.”
Ian and Jan have lived in the local area for over 35 years. When asked what they missed about their family home in Fig Tree Pocket they said in unison, ‘nothing!’. The move to Kingsford Terrace retirement community was made even easier by the beautiful sunsets and staying close to family and amenities.
“Before we moved here I wasn’t aware of the sky, but now I can’t avoid it, I’m always looking out at the clouds and the sky because we see such incredible sunsets from our apartment. I asked our granddaughters what they liked most about visiting us and the little one said, ‘you have the most amazing sunsets here’ and they are, they are spectacular.”
“Moving close to our granddaughters was really important to us. We now live just around the corner from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and like a lot of grandparents, we do the after school pick up. We also have the grand-dogs stay here from time to time, two sausage dogs, it’s nice because everyone knows who they are now and says hello.”
“We love it here at Kingsford Terrace because we have always lived in the area so we still go to the same doctor, the same dentist, the same chemist, all of those basic necessities of life. It’s never easy finding someone new you trust and so we are fortunate that we didn’t have to!”
Previously a scientist in the agricultural industry, Robert keeps active with his love for gardening. In fact, if you were to visit Robert’s balcony today, you would see a flourish of bright flowers and fresh herbs.
“I love to garden but I am grateful not to have to worry about home maintenance anymore. You won’t find me mowing the lawn, trimming trees or painting; it’s really nice to have that behind us.”
“We still have a car but sometimes I like to use public transport because Kingsford Terrace is so close to the bus and the train. There’s a bus right outside, so it’s very convenient. We always use the train if we are going into the city or to places like the hospital. It’s made it really easy for us to have one car between the two of us.”
“It’s been a really positive experience living in an apartment in a retirement village. My advice is, don’t leave it too late to really consider making the move.”
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