Retirement village built overlooking city horse racing precinct

LONDON: The creation of retirement living housing within or overlooking sporting precincts continues to grow.

Australia’s first vertical retirement village built within a racecourse precinct has been hailed as one of the nation’s most sustainable communities.

Brisbane’s Bernborough Ascot has secured one of the sector’s first 6 Star Green Star Communities ratings from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Keyton CEO Nathan Cockerill says the rating was a reflection of the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and ensuring every community responds to its local environment.

“With more Australians recognising the value of living in a sustainable home and community, demand is growing for retirement living options that deliver greater resilience, efficiencies and value for residents, while at the same time protecting and regenerating the environment for future generations,” he says.

An example of Keyton’s commitment to regenerating the environment occurred early on in the development with the relocation of an 80-year-old weeping fig tree.

The company spent 17 weeks working with tree experts to relocate the huge tree to another part of the community. An independent analysis of the tree’s health found it is expected to live up to 200 years.

With the first stage of the development (Fig Tree House) already complete and sold out, the second stage (Poinciana House) is under construction and set to be completed by leading Australian builder Balmain & Co in early 2025.

Already 50 per cent sold, interest remains high in Poinciana House, driven predominantly by the village’s Ascot location, resort-style amenities, connected community and services attracting those seeking premium retirement living.

Mr Cockerill says this newest stage ensures Bernborough Ascot continues to redefine the concept of vertical seniors’ living.

“It’s a more connected community, focused on a vibrant and fulfilled lifestyle in a luxurious setting.”

For residents, Poinciana House will deliver 53 architecturally designed independent-living apartments, offering a choice of one-, two- or three-bedrooms. The contemporary apartments seamlessly integrate modern style and premium craftsmanship, setting them apart in the market.

“This focus on innovation and sustainability reflects Keyton’s over 30-year commitment to constantly evolve while continuing to create connected, diverse retirement communities that offer superior lifestyle opportunities in more than 75 of Australia’s favourite locations,” Mr Cockerill says.

Poinciana House will introduce a range of additional resort-style amenities to support Keyton’s approach to residents’ health and wellbeing, including a private rooftop terrace with spectacular city views, a restaurant and an outdoor entertaining area.

A pool, gym, fitness studio and consulting rooms with a variety of allied health services support the brand’s resident wellness program. These amenities complement the existing facilities: a trackside master’s lounge with a café and bar, a garden-facing art studio, a library and a private theatre.

“The wellbeing program is a holistic approach to health and happiness, ensuring residents have access to a program that empowers them to live their best life in our vibrant community,” Mr Cockerill says.

“We remain committed to delivering an exceptional community that residents are proud to be part of and look forward to continuing to partner with them as the development evolves.”