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About the village

Resident life

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What's life 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 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 our residents, Graeme and Jill

“We moved with our young family to Brisbane 20 years ago and settled at Indooroopilly in a big house overlooking St Lucia Golf Links. We loved the walks down to and along the river, it reminded us so much of our UK home near the Thames. But the kids grew up and moved out, leaving us rattling around the empty family home and caring for that pool!

“One day, walking to John Chandler Park, we followed the sign to Somerset and were immediately impressed by the display and range of accommodation available, particularly in the yet-to-be-built stage two.

“Fortunately, we were lucky to find a smaller apartment in stage one that we loved and took it immediately while keeping our options open for a larger apartment in stage two. Aura made the hard decisions so much easier. And we actually love the apartment we are in now!

“We have lived and worked in Scotland, England, Germany, Dubai and Singapore, in houses and apartments, but nothing compares to the beauty of this area, and the standard of the apartments and facilities that we have at Somerset. But more important than that are the lovely people we have met here. Our neighbours are informed, intelligent, worldly-wise people from a wide range of backgrounds. We are all enjoying our independence and the community that is developing here. Wednesday nights are spent around the pizza oven and on Sunday evenings we enjoy a drink together in the outdoor cafe watching the sunsets over the golf course. And our canine family member, Pepper, is usually found curled up at someone’s feet. These are relaxing and happy times together.

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Our adult kids are delighted that we are so obviously happy, secure and can easily connect with our friends who still live in the area."

Graeme and Jill, residents

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Meet our resident, Carmel

Carmel says moving to her modern apartment at Somerset Indooroopilly with its stunning outlook of tall trees was the perfect decision.

“The garden and the maintenance of a big house got all too much for me living on my own,’’ Carmel says. “Stage one of Somerset was ready for inspection so a friend and I decided to come for a look. I knew instantly it was the right place for me. My friend put down a deposit on an apartment in the yet-to-be-built second stage and I chose an apartment in stage one. I went home, sold up, downsized and moved in March 2022.

“My interstate family, who were doubtful about my choice in the beginning, came to check it out and were impressed by all the facilities. They just thought it was like a holiday resort and absolutely perfect for me. They have been able to come and stay for weekends.

“I have found everyone here – the village manager and other staff – helpful and kind. Anything you have a problem with you get help with. All the residents are also so friendly and we have lots of get togethers if you want to attend.

“Living beside a golf course means it’s so peaceful and green but you certainly don’t have to be interested in golf. Actually, I have never even overheard a golf discussion here and all the residents I know don’t play golf.

“I also feel totally secure and really safe. I couldn’t be happier as it was the best decision I could have taken. I love it, just love it.’’

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Living beside a golf course means it’s so peaceful and green but you certainly don’t have to be interested in golf. Actually, I have never even overheard a golf discussion here and all the residents I know don’t play golf."

Carmel, Resident

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Meet our residents, Alasdair and Leta

Alasdair and Leta describe themselves as active ‘young’ seniors who love to travel to visit their international family.

“Somerset fits the bill perfectly for us as far as convenience and security of our home goes while we are travelling. Our growing Australian family also like southeast Queensland, so they were delighted when we decided to return to Brisbane and settle at Somerset Indooroopilly.

“Each time our friends and family visit us at Somerset, they remark on the beautiful surroundings and facilities. Actually, a number of them have decided to join us here! Despite the ‘work in progress’ activity on-site, we are very relieved to have found such a perfect solution in Somerset for our future, more senior years.’’

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Each time our friends and family visit us at Somerset they remark on the beautiful surroundings and facilities."

Alasdair and Leta, residents

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Meet our residents, Elsie and Harold

Elsie and Harold were among the first residents to move into the Somerset community when it opened in late 2021.  “Despite never having lived in an apartment before, it was amazing how quickly we settled into our new lifestyle,’’ they said. “We have always lived in the area and didn’t want to move away from everything familiar, so this was the perfect fit for us.

“The facilities are amazing, in fact, our family refers to Somerset as ‘the resort’.  In just the few months we have been here, a real community atmosphere has developed adding to the enjoyment of living here.

“We have an excellent village manager and team who make sure that everything runs smoothly and who go the extra mile.

“We just love living here. We have definitely made the right choice.’’

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We have always lived in the area and didn’t want to move away from everything familiar, so this was the perfect fit for us."

Elsie and Harold, residents

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Meet our resident, Helen

Helen is in a rather unique situation as her daughter and son-in-law also live at Somerset Indooroopilly as her neighbours.

“I am very pleased to be living here,’’ Helen says. “I wake up every morning with a smile on my face because I’ve got no worries at all. The staff have been wonderful and having my daughter Melissa and her husband Ian here too has helped me to settle in so well.

“When new people move in they quickly become our friends. We all just share our days together and it really is a wonderful place to live. We’re waiting for the second stage to be built so that we can have another group of residents move in! Everyone we meet seems to have a connection somewhere along the line probably because most of us have lived in the same area.

“We have a beautiful outlook from our apartments with all the open space that the golf course provides. It’s particularly peaceful at night, there’s no noise at all.

“The worry of trying to manage a family home on my own has been lifted off my shoulders. I can now look forward to the rest of my life quietly living here in this wonderful place.’’

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I wake up every morning with a smile on my face because I’ve got no worries at all. The worry of trying to manage a family home on my own has been lifted off my shoulders."

Helen, Resident

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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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