Forget what you know about downsizing. Today’s retirement housing is all about luxe.

Luxe living. Luxe health. Luxe surroundings.
In a 2014 report by the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre, people are no longer downsizing for retirement or affordability. Instead, one of the biggest motivators for selling up is a better lifestyle.

The concept of retirement living has well and truly changed, according to Patrick Smith, Managing Director of The Henley on Broadwater, a luxury high-rise located on the Gold Coast.

“We need to proactively ask ourselves, what is a good life?” he says. “Downsizing shouldn’t be a compromise.”

With a five-star makeover and revitalised atmosphere, The Henley, formerly known as the Grande Pacific, is breaking all the conventional rules of retirement living.

“The residents describe it [The Henley] as a resort,” says Mr Smith. “It’s not seen as downsizing.”

Almost all of the 108 full-scaled apartments have spectacular Broadwater views. There are 23 apartment designs on offer, the entry level has been reconfigured into a luxury concierge space, and work has commenced to transform one upper level terrace into a community garden, and the other into a sky deck bowling green.

While The Henley boasts independent living, the resort also offers supported living programs as and when needed.

“In an environment like ours, it’s very important that lifestyle and wellness issues are addressed properly,” Mr Smith says. “We have 24-hour care staff, allowing residents to live as independently as possible. People don’t have to move from their own home.”

 Then there’s the diversity of activities and the social scene.  

 In addition to traditional facilities, like a cinema and games room, The Henley also offers a meeting room for residents, a new craft room, hairdressing salon, gym and a tranquil library space.

Mr Smith says his team held focus groups with the residents before undergoing refurbishments.

 “The changes reflect the residents’ lifestyle,” he says. “Residents organise social gatherings, and head out to dine. New friendships have been formed. Everyone is inherently social.” 

 “We’re even turning one of our areas from 90% kitchen and 10% bar into 90% bar and 10% kitchen,” he adds.

The city is also getting an upgrade. Thanks to the anticipated influx of visitors during The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the government has committed $10.5 million for major upgrades to the Broadwater Parklands and surrounds.

 Projects include new pedestrian and cycle paths, tree planting and floral program, reclaiming of land for community parklands and events space, upgrades to Southport and Broadbeach Malls and safety camera network improvements.

 With no signs of slowing down by the residents or this city, Patrick Smith and his team have really thrown the old retirement model out the window.

 So, perhaps it’s time to change your thinking?

 For more information, view the The Henley on Broadwater property listing here.