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About the village

Resident life

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What life will be like for residents of Somerset?

At Somerset Indooroopilly we empower residents to shape, take ownership of and make decisions about the community in which they live.

Our residents will organise their own busy village activity calendar so there’s always something to do. You can head out on the course for a round of golf, join friends for Friday afternoon cocktails or a barbecue with your new neighbours, head off to a local restaurant or café, venture out for some retail therapy, try aqua aerobics in the fabulous pool, join the craft group or meet for a game of billiards.

Whether it’s a chat in the hallway, a coffee in the nearby clubhouse, or sharing a bottle of wine while watching the sun set over the trees, you’ll have friends nearby who ‘get’ you and will be around when you need them.

Your family will always be welcome at Somerset Indooroopilly.

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Meet Helen, Aura village resident

Why did you decide to downsize?

“I was sad to leave my own home but the maintenance became too much and the garden that I once enjoyed was a chore. I was looking forward to an easier lifestyle where I could read, paint or just soak up the lifestyle without feeling guilty for not doing the yard or the housework.”

What appeals to you most about living at an Aura village?

“I enjoy sharing my life with like-minded people. I didn’t want to be a lonely old lady trapped inside her home. I like being out there, enjoying my life.

“I make good use of the community facilities, especially the rooftop terrace. It has become an extension of my living space. I also love sitting outside, so I spend a lot of time on my balcony just taking in the view.’’

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I enjoy sharing my life with like-minded people. I didn’t want to be a lonely old lady trapped inside her home. I like being out there, enjoying my life."

Helen, Aura village resident

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Meet Wayne and Dianne, Aura village residents

Wayne and Dianne say moving to an Aura village was the best decision they could have made for their future. “We never imagined we would be living in a retirement village… but we love it! Our family thought our decision to move here was great forward thinking,’’ Wayne says.

“It’s ‘no worry’ living… all maintenance is looked after and when we go away, we just lock up and leave, knowing our unit is secure. There’s also plenty of activities available and always something happening in the function room, library, billiards room, gym, craft room or the wine room. Most important is the friendship and compassion we share here. It’s nice to chat to such a varied group of people. You could never be lonely.

“Whilst Dianne attends the exercise classes, I prefer a walk to the shops but gardening is Dianne’s great love. We both spend quite a bit of time in the garden – it’s our choice to do so and it’s good exercise. It gives us a lot of pleasure when the other residents, their families and even the neighbours comment and say how nice the gardens look.’’

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It’s ‘no worry’ living… all maintenance is looked after and when we go away, we just lock up and leave, knowing our unit is secure."

Wayne and Dianne, Aura village residents

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Meet Ian, Aura village resident

Ian and Karen said their adult children strongly supported their decision to move to an Aura village. “Our children began encouraging us to consider moving to a retirement community when we were in our late 60s. They both got onto us about the need to get out of our big house, yet close to a high-care facility and the Aura village we chose fitted the bill. Both children pushed us but you really need to make the decision yourselves. They continue to strongly support our move.’’

Ian said the location was a major factor in their eventual decision to move to an Aura village. “The site gives us easy access to major shopping centres, restaurants and coffee shops, and a range of services. We couldn’t have done better than this location and it will become more important as we age.

“We also enjoy being part of a community of retirees, having people to talk to and participating in activities and events. Our friendship network has grown and we expect it to expand further as new residents join the community.

“If you are unsure about moving to an Aura village, I’d suggest thinking about how much it will suit your lifestyle and family connections, not just in the immediate future but as you age.’’

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We have been able to slow down without the demands of maintaining a large family home."

Ian, Aura village resident

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