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Everything you need to know about independent living

Retirement looks different for everyone. Here, we take a closer look at independent living, where you have your own apartment within a supportive community.

It's safe to say that 2020 has made most of us reassess our priorities in some way or another; it's also inspired us to firm up future plans. That's particularly true of where we live.
If you're putting renewed focus on retirement or downsizing, independent living is a good option to consider.
It allows you to combine the freedom and flexibility of having your own space with the safety, security and sense of community that comes with being part of a broader village with neighbours of a similar age and life stage.
Uniting is leading the way in independent living with villages in 65 locations across NSW and the ACT. Here, we explore the benefits of independent living, plus Uniting's new developments in NSW which are catered to accommodate your needs now, and in the future.

Living your way

With independent living at Uniting, you own your own home. Apartments are refurbished prior to you moving in, but you can decorate as you like. Most villages are pet-friendly, guests can visit or stay on a short-term basis and you decide how much you want to participate in social and community activities — because there's nothing worse than enforced "fun".
Two other positives worth noting are freedom from maintaining a big property — "It's maintenance-free, your gardens are done, your home is secure," says Uniting resident, Noel — and financial security.
There's no stamp duty with a Uniting independent property and, importantly, no risk of capital loss if you decide to leave and the property is worth less than when you moved in.
For those who are downsizing, it's also a good way to access your current home equity. This may provide a substantial income to help fund your retirement and goals over the coming years.

New NSW independent living apartments

Uniting Nowra
This boutique village is adding 30 independent living apartments across four levels. The apartments feature level flooring, wide corridors for all levels of mobility, generous storage and modern design touches. The village has bbq facilities, landscaped gardens, a communal vegetable patch, trivia nights and is in close proximity to Nowra's local parks, aquatic centre, cinema, library, bowling and golf clubs and the local RSL.
Uniting Westmead
Uniting Westmead
These independent living apartments span from 1 to 3-bedroom homes complete with built-in wardrobes, parking, an internal laundry and stylish fixtures and fittings that look like they've come straight out of House & Garden magazine. You'll be part of a big and vibrant village, with 230 homes scheduled in total (only 70 are built and available to date). Enjoy the community cafe club room and village green with visiting friends or grandkids, too.
Uniting Yamba
If you're super social, you'll enjoy Yamba's buzzing community with 84 villas/apartments. The complex offers bbq facilities, a library, landscaped gardens and stunning beaches, coastal parks and rainforests on your doorstep. The light and airy apartments boast floor-to-ceiling windows and a laid-back holiday aesthetic.
Uniting Yamba
Uniting Norton Street
Sales for these independent living apartments in Leichhardt open on Thursday 10 December. Lucky homeowners will get to live in the brand-new village, which is 5km from Sydney CBD. There are 49 luxury-looking apartments split across 6 floors. Available in 1 to 3-bedroom units, the homes include engineered timber floors, open-plan living areas, generous balconies, air con and Miele appliances.
Uniting Bowden Brae
Set to open in 2021, these contemporary Normanhurst independent living apartments come in a variety of sizes and configurations including 2-bedroom, 2-bedroom plus study nook and 3-bedroom. You'll have access to a pool, beautiful gardens, bbq facilities, community vegetable garden, chapel and assisted living, if required. The apartments feature top-of-the-range Bosch and Miele appliances.
Uniting Bowden Brae
Live your best life at a Uniting independent living village. To explore a Uniting village near you, call the friendly team at Uniting on 1800 864 846 or visit uniting.org/independent-living.
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