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COMMUNITY LIFESTYLE

The retirement village lifestyle.

The right village, one that truly fulfils your needs and expectations, can help enrich your quality of life and enable you to pursue your later years in the way you want to.

You can continue to live life independently, with the reassurance of the support and amenities our villages each provide. It doesn’t matter whether you are 55 or 90 years of age; it’s a lifestyle that can be enjoyed by all. All our villages are located in prime areas, close to their communities and within easy reach to public amenities.

Across our villages we offer options different sized units with a variety of bedroom and living configurations. Some villages have an emphasis on 'lifestyle' facilities, while others provide a full range of care options so our residents can enjoy the best of the village for as long as they want.

The types of accommodation we offer will vary from stand-alone villas to townhouses to apartments, as well as serviced apartments. All our villages offer a range of recreation facilities, based on a hub around a community centre.

Six good reasons to buy into a Real Living village.

Enjoy the privacy of your own home.

Keep your independence in a supportive environment.

Peace of mind from 24 hour 'on call' assistance.

Enjoy access to a variety of services and recreation facilities

No need to worry about home maintenance.

Feel secure at all times.

OUR VALUES

What we stand for.

Caring

Being of service, having a big heart, showing compassion and behaving respectfully are attitudes that matter.

Gratitude

We’re grateful we can make a positive difference for our people, both residents and employees.

Integrity

Every action and decision is made ethically and upholds our principles.

Community

We design, build and manage thriving communities, creating places where everyone truly belongs.

Mel Chitham

Resident at Epsom Village

It was very affordable”

Mel is one of our newest residents, having moved to Epsom Village in March 2021. When she visited the village, she instantly liked the size (around 90 residents) and the boutique feeling of it. Her decision to try the retirement lifestyle was mainly a practical one. “It was very affordable. I loved the fact that I could leave behind the maintenance worries. On top of that you have the security and the feeling of community.”

Mel works full-time as a Practice Manager for a very busy Orthopaedics surgery. Her career of more than 40 years has mostly been in Medical Administration, starting with her first job at the former children’s hospital, Princess Mary Hospital. Even with a full-time job, Mel makes the most of the retirement lifestyle that you can enjoy at Real Living villages. She loves spending time with her neighbours and tries to participate in the fun social events such as Happy Hours and costume parties.

Mel has always tried to maintain a good level of fitness with Dance lessons and Pilates. That’s why the Village Manager asked her to lead the Boogie classes that were organised at the Epsom Village during the 2021 lockdown. Mel picked the music herself and encouraged the residents with active but gentle dance moves.

Bradley Castle

Operations at Pakuranga Park

You hear so many interesting stories”

Cooking is Bradley Castle’s career and lifetime passion. He comes from a family of chefs, so he began cooking when he was ten. In 2002 he moved to New Zealand from South Africa, where he was working in a massive entertainment complex with two championship golf courses and a crocodile farm. “I was supposed to go to Ireland, but my sister lived in New Zealand and told me not to go to Ireland, because it’s too cold.”

He doesn’t regret his decision because New Zealand allowed him to expand his career with his first job in the aged care sector. He started working for Pakuranga Park five years ago, in an experience that he defines as “eye-opening”: “Our residents are old in the sense that they’re retired but not in the other senses: They have freedom, friends, chat groups, play groups, bowls, they’re well-travelled, educated, you hear so many interesting stories”.

He cooks the regular meals for the serviced apartments, and also caters for special occasions such as the Pink Ribbon Breakfast or the Huntsman dinners, when he can spice up his recipes with extra taste and creativity. The Huntsman tickets always sell hours after the reservations open.

Bradley Castle considers himself lucky to have a very efficient team with two other chefs and several kitchen assistants. He also gets immense satisfaction from talking and getting to know the village’s residents. “We become their friends and their family knows us by name”.


Margaret Cocker

Resident at Remuera Gardens

Remuera Gardens is a paradise for birds”

Margaret Cocker moved to Remuera Gardens almost five years ago because her brother was one of the team that designed the retirement village, back in the eighties. One day during a shopping trip she discovered that she could join the “Wednesday Wanderers”, a group of residents who go on trips outside of Auckland every Wednesday.

“I worked all my life, so I haven’t been outside Auckland for about 50 years. I forgot where we went first but it was a long way away and I was totally amazed by how much it has changed.”

Margaret’s favourite outings are the ones where she can take her camera out to photograph nature, specially the gorgeous beaches around Auckland. Omaha beach, the gannet colony at Muriwai, the waterfall at Hunua Ranges… are some of her favourite trips. Margaret has taught herself the essentials of photography, including how to use a telephoto and a micro lens. Her pictures have impressed fellow residents and the Village activities coordinator, Louise Smith, who is keeping albums with Margaret’s best pictures.

Remuera village is a paradise for birds, with its spacious landscaped gardens and the tranquillity of being at the end of a cul-de-sac. Margaret enjoys taking pictures of the gorgeous friends that come to feed at her garden: blackbirds, song thrushes, tuis, fantails, sparrows, and homing pigeons.

Pat Simmons

Resident at Warkworth Oaks

I've made a lot of new friends within the village”

Moving to Warkworth Oaks has given me a new lease on life. I like everything about living here and particularly enjoy being so close to shops, cafes and medical services.

I lived in Pakuranga for the past 40 years and for the last few years there I was housebound as I did not drive. Moving here meant that wasn’t a problem any more, and I’m also closer to family.

I delight in the view from my apartment of the Mahurangi River and the oak trees, and enjoy watching life go by on the street.

OUR PEOPLE

Meet some of our key people.

Real Living is lead by a dedicated and talented team. They have a wealth of experience gained from working in a variety of different fields and the retirement industry.