We’d known for many years we wanted to move into a lifestyle village, and we wanted to do it early because we’ve seen friends do it too late,” say Mark and Nicola Ryan, the youngest couple in the Village.

“It’s great here; we’ve got a life!” laughs Mark, who just celebrated his 60th birthday with new friends he and Nicola have made since moving in last August.

Motivated to be closer to family, the couple sold their large house in Canning Vale and chose a two-bedroom, two bathroom home in the Village. “Mark always wanted to live in the country, but I didn’t want to be too far from the kids either,” Nicola shares.

“We can sit in our lounge and look out to the trees and the first day we moved in, there was a kangaroo on our back porch.

“We have more than enough room; the kitchen is bigger than our old one and our wardrobe is three times the size, and we came from a nice estate.”

The decision to downsize has brought many other benefits too.

“We’re here for the lifestyle,” says Mark, who’s taken up bowls and is now part of the Village’s competitive team.

The shift has also been great for Nicola’s health: “I have osteoarthritis and do water aerobics classes in the Village pool four times a week – and I can actually walk now.”

So says Mark: “If you come here, you gotta make yourself available and go and seek out things – it’s all here!”

Information in this article is true and correct as of 17 April 2023.

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