“The Village is the only place I would have come to,” explains Lynne Struthers.

“We were living in Mandurah after retirement, but we’ve always been Perth hills people and I’d been looking at the Village since it opened.

“So, we made the decision to downsize here two years ago and moved in on New Year’s Eve.

“We just love it because it’s so quiet, you hear the birds and not many vehicles.”

Lynne, 73, and her 80-year-old husband, Chris, settled in quickly and say life in the gated community helps them stay connected and healthy.

“Chris is very fit and likes to keep busy doing odd jobs around the Village for others; he even helps cut the lawns,” she says.

The couple says the Bottlebrush home – which has two bedrooms plus a study – they chose is perfect for them.

“Chris missed his big shed, but he’s got a little one now and he adapted it, and he goes to the Village workshop and welds and uses the machinery and equipment,” shares Lynne.

“I play bridge in the Village regularly and we like going to bingo; there’s always something happening and it’s nice to have a selection.”

She says balmy summer evenings in the space known affectionately as Contemplation Corner are a highlight.

“About 4.30 in the afternoon, we all collect out on the street and there are benches and seats where we talk and chatter, some people with a drink in hand!

“And we have a great library and in winter and we catch up with a coffee in front of the fire which is lovely.”

Information in this article is true and correct as of 23 January 2024.

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