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Exciting Times at Elmswood

It’s thrilling times ahead for Elmswood Retirement Village as they finally move into the first phase of a makeover renovation, starting with their classic villas and the serviced units wing within the main building.



The villas’ remodelling and interior overhaul will see each villa fitted with an impressive designer kitchen, spacious open plan living and a new guest toilet. The outlook to the beautiful established trees, garden and green spaces will remain.

Soon available is one classic villa that’s had its renovation and remodelling work nearly completed and will be ready to move in to for Christmas.

The serviced units within the main building are also in their first stage of renovation. The work will be carried out in stages so that the transition is smooth and seamless.

Mid-2020, newly renovated apartments and studios will become available and are now pre-selling.

The renovations of these apartments and studios will see some major changes designed to enhance the living space, while at the same time original features will be retained. The renovations will give a fresh look and feel very much the same as the new attached hospital.

Sales Consultant Donna Monk says it’s exciting to see the changes happening day by day. “We’re working on similar footprints as before, but the renovations will bring the village up to where it needs to be for our residents going into the future.”

Find Elmswood Retirement Village at 131 Wairakei Road, phone 03 351 0974 or 021 241 9979.

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A dream retirement: Merivale Retirement Village

Nestled in the heart of the genteel locale of Merivale is one of our city’s most forward-thinking retirement complexes that ticks all the boxes when it comes to providing superior quality care for retirees looking to kick back and enjoy the good life in luxurious comfort and style.



Merivale Retirement Village provides residential solutions for all stages of retirement – whether that be leading up to, and including, rest home-level care in one of their beautifully appointed serviced apartments, or more independent living in a villa, or in one of the soon-to-be available terrace townhouses.

The airy, spacious one-bedroom serviced apartments start from $350,000 and deliver everything in feel and appeal, with sunny and warm aspects, thoughtfully appointed interiors and patio areas that are both pretty and peaceful. As far as safety and security go, residents of the serviced apartments are assured of peace of mind, and they have access to the best in rest home-level care, with a continuum of care and support options should that time come. The added bonus is that although retaining their independence as individuals in an intimate setting, there is also connectivity with other residents to ensure a strong and vibrant social life.

As the serviced apartments are housed within the main complex, residents have easy access to the in house café, where tasty and nutritious meals are served daily, as well as the hair salon, library, and for a fun-filled happy hour, the very popular
Stokesy’s Bar is but a stroll from the main atrium.



For those retirees wanting complete independence but within a secure environment, the north-facing two and three bedroomed villas are ideal. Open plan kitchen, living and dining lend a timeless elegance, while sun-strewn private courtyards only ramp up the ambience. Internal access garaging provides convenient house entry for residents, while their visitors can utilise the off-street parking space.

Saving the most exciting news until last, Merivale Retirement Village now has eleven terrace townhouses available to purchase off plan!

With the first stage to be completed by mid-2020, these exclusive two-storey homes comprise three bedrooms with walk-in robes an0d ensuites, expansive open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas that open out to north-facing, private paved terrace courtyards.

Factor in luxury features such as an Escea gas fireplace in the living room; a fully ducted Fujitsu HVAC System; surround ceramic tiling and underfloor heating in the bathroom; an internal two-stop lift; double car garaging; a security system that’s second-to-none, and all set amongst park-like surroundings that won a Canterbury Horticultural Society Garden Award, and without a doubt, you have the ultimate dream retirement home.

For a personal guided tour to turn dreams into reality, contact Leah Moore 03 375 4117 or 021 971 487. Email




A blissful life: Merivale Retirement Village

Opened in April of this year, Merivale Retirement Village is a superb, aesthetically stunning and brand new complex offering the ultimate in luxurious comfort for its residents.



Set in Merivale, one of our city’s leafiest, most established and sought after suburbs, with convenient and easy access to doctors, dentists, lawyers and other professional services, as well as being close to the fabulous Merivale Mall, this is a location you will love, and your friends and whānau will love to visit!

Built to the highest seismic safety and architectural design standards to ensure the utmost protection and comfort for residents, Merivale Retirement Village Care Facility offers two levels of care and support – rest home and hospital – ensuring that every stage of retirement living is catered for.

The fully serviced and impeccably presented apartments on the ground floor are the perfect solution for those requiring care, but who love their space. These beautifully appointed, deluxe apartments are airy and spacious, and with 24-hour medical care available at the touch of an emergency button, residents have complete peace of mind.

On the first floor, overlooking the village’s manicured gardens designed by landscape architect Ben McMaster, are 47 dual-purpose hospital to rest home care suites with private ensuites. The suites provide space and luxury, while affording around the clock care from staff who are highly trained and dedicated to providing world-class care, support and services.



For complete independence, the spacious, sunny, elegantly presented villas, comprising either two or three bedrooms and fully equipped kitchens, laundries and bathrooms, plus a private courtyard with lovely garden setting and internal access garaging, give residents the freedom to live life to the fullest, with the added bonus of security and easy access to companionship and support services if desired.

Nutritious, delicious meals are prepared daily by the village chef with a regularly changing menu that takes advantage of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Together with the nutritionist, they ensure all meals look beautiful, taste wonderful and, most importantly, provide residents with all they require for a healthy lifestyle. Those with specialist requirements, such as gluten-free or diabetic diets, are catered for in consultation with the nutritionist and resident.



With wonderful amenities such as the library, hair salon, luxurious lounges, an outdoor patio barbecue for relaxed summer dining and the very popular Stokesy’s Bar, a great place to meet and mingle for the weekly Happy Hour, life here is nothing short of blissful.

Leah Moore, Sales Consultant at Merivale Retirement Village, says the thing residents love most about living in the village is they know they can still be independent, while remaining worry free.

For a personal guided tour, please contact Leah Moore, 03 375 4117 or 021 971 487, email or visit




I love my car!: Living Well Park Lane

Marjorie and Peter’s first new car was a little blue 1958 Standard 10, which they carefully ran in, driving just 30mph. Then came a Zephyr, one of only two red ones in the South Island, which caused quite a sensation in their small South Otago town. How times have changed!



For many Kiwis, cars offer independence and fun. When Peter and Marjorie moved into a Christchurch retirement community, they were understandably nervous about giving up their beloved car. Electric vehicles are provided free for residents at Living Well Park Lane, but having never driven one before, they kept their own for three months. After a test run around the carpark, they soon realised how easy electric cars are to drive and they were hooked!

The benefits were obvious. Residents don’t have a car depreciating each year and there are no maintenance costs, insurance premiums, garaging fees and cleaning every Saturday! No more costly petrol either. You just plug in and it’s topped up. Brilliant! “We’ve never driven such expensive cars. It’s great having heated seats,” says Peter.

Living Well Park Lane is wanting to create a more sustainable retirement community model with a reduced carbon footprint, so they provide electric cars free for residents to use. Fewer garages means more space for gardens, fruit trees, bowling greens, entertainment areas and an indoor pool complex. The fleet includes a BMW i3, Hyundai Ionics, and a Hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD.

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Retire in style: Alpine View

The events diary at Alpine View is overflowing with engaging, entertaining and interesting activities for residents to enjoy. From educational speakers to travel clubs and top quality entertainment, there is really something on offer for everyone.



Alpine View is a new generation retirement complex, located at 448 Prestons Road, offering resthome and hospital care, independent houses, and serviced houses and apartments. Lucky residents are also treated to a clubhouse, restaurant, theatre, indoor swimming pool, café, and gymnasium, but that’s not the limit of events and activities on offer.

The monthly activities schedule is full to the brim with guest speakers (recent attendees include Nigel Latta and Sir Ray Avery) and exercise classes, including aquacise, yoga, croquet and indoor bowls. Most days, two Alpine Adventure tour buses take groups on trips to local gardens, concerts and fetes, and the Alpine Travel Club organises trips all over New Zealand. Alpine View has also developed TRILife, a voluntary and personalised wellness programme for residents, designed to enhance nutrition, exercise and state of mind.

To add to the fun, twice a year they host a cabaret evening that features a meal, drinks and performance. Past events have included shows by circus act Circotica, Ali Harper and, most recently in June, Strangers in the Night featuring the Starlets, which delighted with a rendition of The Andrews Sisters and other classics.

With fulltime activities staff working onsite, there’s always something on offer to help residents stay social, active and entertained, so book your tour today to learn more!



A life well lived: Fitzroy of Merivale

It was truly an occasion to remember when Fitzroy of Merivale resident, Betty Davies, celebrated her 100th birthday on 8 June.


Betty Davies celebrating her 100th birthday at Fitzroy of Merivale


After a wonderful lunch out with family from the North Island and Tasmania, Betty’s celebrations continued with an afternoon tea in the Fitzroy lounge at 2:30pm, where surrounded by fellow residents and Fitzroy staff, Betty blew out the candles on her birthday cake.

Betty was born in Wairarapa and left school at 13 to help at home. At 18 she left New Zealand to embark on a world tour. She trained as a nurse in Oxford, England, and worked in hospitals in Oxford and Coventry.

But that wasn’t enough for our intrepid Betty. Her thirst for adventure encouraged her to sign up and serve in the British navy, having the time of her life discovering more and more countries around the globe.

Before she joined the navy, Betty met a lovely Welsh gentleman by the name of George, who was an agricultural engineer. Eventually George popped the question and Betty found herself married and experiencing new adventures – but this time on land, including three years in Holland. Betty and George moved back to New Zealand in 1970.

Betty, having moved to Fitzroy of Merivale in 2008, is their longest residing resident. She has been an avid theatre goer and took a great interest in attending lectures in the city. Betty thoroughly enjoyed her day celebrating a well lived life of 100 years.


A place to call home: Merivale Retirement Village

“This is a marvelous place to call home – a place we are really proud of.”



That’s the feeling of the residents of Merivale Retirement’s striking new facility on Somme Street. Designed by Marc Barron of Jerram Tocker Barron Architects and built by Jones and Wyatt Construction, the building exudes the elegance and sophistication one associates with a luxury hotel. Yet it is so comfortable and tastefully decorated with soft furnishings in its lounges and private rooms that you feel right at home.

Open since April, the two-storey main building surrounds a spacious tranquil courtyard beautifully landscaped by Ben McMaster of InsideOut Design. The view of the courtyard is a focal point for many of the rooms and apartments within the village.



Upon entering this stunning facility is a café that could grace any hotel lobby. It’s a space that has quickly become very popular with residents for catching up with one another or for meeting in a vibrant environment with family and friends. The large, light and airy reception area flows through to a lovely boutique hair salon, a choice of lounge areas and the charming and cosy lounge bar called Stokesy’s with its own courtyard and barbeque area, while the library is a delightful place to relax and read.



The ground floor boasts 22 gorgeous one-bedroom serviced apartments. Every apartment includes ensuites, cooking facilities, central heating, as well as 24-hour emergency call buttons for nurse support. Each has its own private patio for outdoor living. These luxurious “License to Occupy” apartments are ideal for residents who may require some support, but who like a little more space.



The open and airy communal lounge and a dining room on the first floor flow through to generous dual purpose ensuited rest home and hospital rooms. Entertainment and activities add to the lively, welcoming atmosphere. Every level of care is provided for in the new facility from fully supported to semi-independent living. Merivale Retirement Village is renowned for its quality clinical care by fully trained and dedicated staff, ensuring residents receive the specialised attention they need.



Merivale Retirement Village also provides several independent living options within its grounds. There are one or two bedroom supported living palazzo apartments, one, two and three bedroom freestanding luxury villas, along with premium three bedroom townhouses which will be available in 2020. All this within a short stroll to the Merivale Mall and easy access to healthcare professionals, restaurants, cafes and the lifestyle you have always enjoyed.

For further information about available accommodation or to view this exciting new lifestyle option contact Leah Moore on 021 971 487 or email


Cornerstone of social life: Elmswood Retirement Village

Fun, friendship, family and stimulation are the cornerstones of social life at Elmswood Retirement Village. “Every month features a theme for our entertainment and activities,” Sales Consultant Donna Monk says. “We had a whale of a time in March, when the theme was dance.”



The village hosted ‘The Elmswood Hop’; an afternoon that celebrated the entertainments of the 50s. The revelries began with a parade of classic cars through the lanes of the village, which then offered rides to residents keen for a cruise down memory lane.

Inside, the 50s-style afternoon tea and ice creams did not receive the attention they merited, with residents and their families, friends and staff more interested in jiving, lindy hopping or even jitterbugging to band Sharvelle who kept the 50s and 60s hits coming. “It was the perfect era, with one of our gentlemen saying ‘I thought my rock ‘n’ roll days were over, I’m so thrilled to do it again!’” Donna says.

Another month, a pets theme saw staff and families bring their pets to visit and residents have fun with dog washing! Pets are always welcome though. “We don’t expect visiting family to leave their four-footed friends at home,” Donna says. “Our residents love the opportunity to meet family pets.”

Activities also extend far beyond the borders of the Village, with recent trips to Sumner for a fish and chip lunch, The Groynes, The Birches and the new Central Library to experience the virtual reality technology. Currently there are vacancies at the village, contact Donna on 03 351 0974 for details.


The ‘suite’ life: Burlington Village Care Centre

It was excitement all around at the opening of the new Burlington Village Care Centre on Saturday 4 May at 171 Prestons Road, Redwood.



With the fabulous Janice Gray singing and entertaining the visitors, it was a great atmosphere and a wonderful opportunity for not only looking though the new Care Centre, but also for viewing eight architecturally designed standalone houses which will be ready for occupancy by the end of May. Burlington Village will eventually have around 200 luxurious houses, with a range of designs, including both single storey and two storey options.

The Care Centre is a single storey building comprised of 60 care suites, all of which have outdoor living in which to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Marketing Manager Jemma Appleton says the suites in the new Care Centre are generously proportioned with the smallest suite being twice the size than the norm; the biggest suite is 40 square metres.

The completed Burlington Village will have beautifully landscaped grounds and three hectares of man-made lakes, making it, undoubtedly, one of the most picturesque retirement villages in Christchurch. It will offer a comprehensive range of accommodation options: independent houses, serviced houses, serviced apartments, dementia care, as well as rest home and hospital-level care.

For more information, visit, phone Burlington Village Sales on 03 383 0333 or visit


A sought-after location: Russley Village

News about the fabulous lifestyle available at The Russley Village has travelled fast and, as a result, there are only four brand new apartments left in the gorgeous Sefton Apartment complex.



Located next to the Homestead which hosts the excellent facilities of the Village, these sought-after apartments are in the heart of the village, and the Sefton Apartment block itself is home to the glorious 15m x 9m heated indoor swimming pool and spa pool. Apartment prices start at just $495,000 and anyone who is interested in moving to The Russley Village should contact the village team without delay. “These apartments have been snapped up,” says Village Manager Wayne Thompson. “We would hate for anyone who is really keen to miss out”.

In The Russley Village’s warm and inclusive community there’s always something happening. There is a first-class array of facilities at the Village, including the heated pool, gym, cinema, billiard area, plus the newly resurfaced bowling green, which is multipurpose and is also used for croquet and mini golf. The fully licensed Abode café is open to both residents and their guests and is proving extremely popular for brunches, lunches and dinners, meetings and celebrations.

The Russley Village continues to set high standards for retirement villages in physical design, architectural individuality, social variety and soon with the completion of our boutique care facility, Ashley Suites,” says Wayne. “But it really must be seen to be appreciated.” Book a visit, see the standard and size of their apartments, the amenities and the award-winning gardens, and finish with a coffee in Abode café.