As a resident of The Pavilion North Kirra, you will enjoy endless opportunities for fun, make new friendships and enjoy the companionship of a likeminded community.
At The Pavilion North Kirra retirement community, residents are empowered 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 join a bus trip, meet your new neighbours for cocktails at sunset, head up to the rooftop garden to potter, join the craft group, or meet in the community areas for a morning tea, a barbecue, a celebration or a game of billiards.
Whether it’s a chat in the hallway or a cup of coffee in The Pavilion Café, you’ll have friends nearby who ‘get’ you and are there when you need them.
Your family are always be welcome to visit the village. In fact, try keeping them away after they see all the facilities and the beach!
Kim and Bill Horne met while they were serving in the army, raised two sons and both had successful careers outside the military before retiring in 2020. “Kim and I talk about pivoting from paid work to unpaid work with our volunteering now,’’ Bill says.
As empty nesters in 2012, the couple moved to the Gold Coast. “After a couple of moves and downsizing to a unit in Kirra we literally stumbled across The Pavilion site one morning while walking,’’ Bill says. “We were in a three-storey walk-up complex so had been thinking about our future living arrangements for our ‘forever home’. We had been exploring other retirement village options around the area and so when we discovered The Pavilion we knew it was right for us and committed within 24 hours.”
While awaiting completion of The Pavilion North Kirra, Bill and Kim took advantage of Aura Holdings’ Transfer Program and resided at Kingsford Terrace Corinda, in Brisbane’s western suburbs. “We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity for The Pav, as we call it, and we just lucked in big time with the fabulous transfer program,’’ Kim says. “Not having lived in Brisbane, we loved exploring our new neighbourhood and getting to know the city but we very much looked forward to moving back to the sea air and beach when The Pavilion was completed.’’
Diane and Barry lived at The Avenue Maroochydore on Aura Holdings’ Transfer Program while awaiting completion of their new home at The Pavilion. While they enjoyed a change of scenery on the Sunshine Coast, the couple were delighted to move into their new beachside home and hear the sounds of rolling waves.
“Moving to an Aura village was a major lifestyle change but the right time for us,’’ Diane says. “We downsized from acreage to apartment living – there’s less housework and no yard work. We love it! We are so handy to everything. We can walk everywhere and really our car gets little use.
“The most enjoyable part of living here is the relaxed lifestyle with all our wonderful new friends. Our social life is busier than ever. We live with like-minded people who have been really happy to include us in their lives.
“We have a blended family of three adult children each and they are all very happy with our decision to move to an Aura village. The ones who have been able to visit wish they could move in too!’’
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.’’
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.
“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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