Life begins at Halcyon

My Halcyon Days

Halcyon is the ideal place to downsize so that you can embrace a bigger and better lifestyle. With seven lifestyle communities across South East Queensland, Halcyon is home to hundreds of people who have never looked back after starting their next chapter of freedom, fun and friendship.

At Halcyon, you have a wide array of 5-star resort facilities and activities right on the doorstep of your architect-designed home. And you’re surrounded by like-minded neighbours who are there when you need them. It’s up to you, take it on or take it easy. So, discover why Life Begins at Halcyon and hear for yourself from home owners who’ve already downsized to a bigger lifestyle.

Acreage downsizers are Caboolture converts

Plenty of things have changed for Peter and Penny Costello since moving to Halcyon Glades, including their first impressions of Caboolture. The couple arrived at Halcyon Glades in February after selling the Samford acreage property they had lived on for 20 years.

Their decision to move off acreage was motivated by the increasing maintenance effort and the desire to free up some capital. Having carefully researched their downsizing options, they decided the over 50s lifestyle community model was for them and that Halcyon had a superior offering in the sector.

“It really came down to what Halcyon had to offer, we didn’t like the design of houses in other communities or their narrow streets,” Peter said.

“We did look at home units in beach locations, but they were too touristy and noisy for us.”
They proceeded to fall in love with the closest Halcyon community to their family home, Halcyon Glades, and a spacious and airy home they inspected there.

“We really liked the design of houses and we found exactly what we were looking for – a house with high ceilings and a great sense of space,” Peter said.

“The day we inspected it was very hot and the house had been shut up and the air conditioning hadn’t been on, but inside it was quite cool and we thought it must be well designed and insulated.”
Their only reservation was the area itself. They were used to living on acreage in a semi-rural environment and weren’t familiar with Caboolture.

“We didn’t know a lot, but our perception was that it would be much noisier and busier. 
Their perceptions quickly changed when they saw for themselves the calibre of community facilities and infrastructure already in place and being rolled out across Caboolture, including a shopping centre just across the road from Halcyon Glades.

Once we started to look around Caboolture, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of community facilities on offer,” Peter said.

“We were impressed with the amenities provided by the Council, we had no idea of the standard and the number of things that are available and how well kept the waterways are until we started to drive around. We had no idea of the amenity around the district, facilities like dog parks, walking trails and boat ramps and much more.”

But we loved what was offered inside the fence line at Halcyon so much – the design and the friendliness of the staff along with the security and CCTV - that we felt comfortable and protected from the outside world, whatever that was.”

And the move has kept them close to their elderly mothers, two daughters and their five grandchildren, who all live on Brisbane’s outer northside.

Peter is now considering buying a small boat so that he can take advantage of the fishing and boating opportunities now on his doorstep in the Moreton Bay Region.

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Halcyon milestone is a life-changing one

Former Brisbanites Lyn and Peter Brennan are busy spreading their wings at Halcyon Greens at Pimpama after emerging from the comfortable cocoon of their long-time family home. The couple’s momentous move to Australia’s first over 50s golf and residential community after more than 40 years in their MacGregor home is also a major milestone for Halcyon with their new home the 1000th the company has built.

Peter and Lynn are immersing themselves in their new lifestyle; made all the sweeter by two of their life-long friends living just “a walk around the corner” in the next street.

“It’s a bit like a kid with a new toy,” Peter said. “This is the first time we’ve ever had a new home; we were 45 years in our other home, so it’s been a big excitement. When you’ve lived in a place for so long, it gets monotonous and you don’t actually realise that until you move out.”

“It becomes your comfort zone, nothing changes, and you do the same things.”

“We were resigned to spending the rest of our days there, but we’re now totally convinced we’ve made the right decision to come here.

“It’s a bit scary at the beginning but looking back on it now, it’s great, it switches you on again and it’s like a load of bricks off your shoulders when the transition is completed.”

Keen golfer Lyn is loving the fresh start; from choosing new furniture to teeing off at the neighbouring Gainsborough Greens Golf Course. “It’s like a holiday, that’s the way it feels,” she said.
“And it gives you something to look forward to. I can walk to golf and I’ve got free membership here. Peter can’t wait for the sporting and community centre to be built.”

“He said to me the other night: ‘I haven’t been as happy as this in a long, long time’.”
“Before moving in what we were always wary of was that there are so many operators that take a great deal of your capital when you go out and that doesn’t happen here. That got us interested straight away.”

“There’s no way we were going into a community where they make you fit the home out before it is sold, they control the sale and then they take a big chunk of the capital gain.
“I was always sceptical about going anywhere like this until we got the taste of Halcyon through our friends.”

Having made the move, Peter and Lyn are also enjoying Halcyon Greens’ location, close to shops, the train to Brisbane, Jacobs Well fishing village, Mount Tamborine and Westfield Coomera, which will open later this year.

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Pat and Trevor say goodbye to Halcyon

Long-time Halcyon Waters home owners Pat and Trevor Thomas have pulled up stumps at Hope Island and are making a sea change just 20 minutes down the road at Main Beach.

Declaring the past decade at Halcyon Waters “the best 10 years of their life”, the couple have moved up in the world – literally - and are trying out high-rise living.

“This is the second longest period we’ve spent in one place,” Trevor said. “I think it just comes back to ‘it’s time’ and we’re going to experience vertical living.”

Life at Halcyon has been transformative for the couple; Trevor’s lost weight, they’ve both gained fitness, made many friends, and they still have the drive and determination to take on their own ‘renovation rescue’.

“We’re not big on gardening and I guess I’d love a little project of my own, so we’ve purchased a unit at Main Beach and we’re going to do a strip and full renovation,” Trevor said.

“We’ve got some great ideas, and it should take between four and six months.”

They found a buyer for their home within four weeks and said the process, handled by the Halcyon Waters sales team, had been very easy and straightforward.

“It was easy to talk with them and understand the price expectation; they obviously know the market really well,” Trevor said. “We didn’t come into the community with the expectation of making money; it was all about the lifestyle, but as it turned out it’s been kind to us.”

Pat said their time at Waters had been ‘amazing’ with the years bringing an active lifestyle, new interests, plenty of fun and some great friendships. “We’ve never had a better social life, it’s just been fantastic,” she said.

“If there’s been any problems health-wise or whatever, the community has just been wonderful – dropping off food or offering to help. It’s a really great thing about the community; it’s like a little country town in a way.”

“We’ve made some very close friends in here especially through the interest groups. And some of us with caravans did a few trips away together.”

Among the couple’s Halcyon highlights are the many fundraising events Trevor helped to organise and Pat’s 60th birthday party at the Leisure Club, where close to 150 family, friends and home owners danced the night away.

With the past decade creating such strong connections, personal growth and happy memories, there have been plenty of tears and goodbye hugs for the couple. But Trevor says they will stay connected to their Halcyon friends.

“We’re only 20 minutes down the road so we will be still keeping in touch,” he said. “A lot of people are saying ‘oh you’ll come back, you’ll be back’. I don’t want to look in the rear vision mirror, but I wouldn’t rule out that at some stage we’ll be back within the Halcyon family.”

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Team Halcyon’s Marathon effort

Hundreds of Halcyon home owners and staff have stepped out in the Sunshine Coast Marathon and Gold Coast Marathon events in 2018, raising their heart rates and more than $6,000 for charity.
Following a Halcyon tradition of strong participation in these annual events, Team Halcyon joined thousands of walkers and runners to pound the pavement for health, friendship and a sense of achievement.

It was the first time in the event for Halcyon Parks newcomers Julie and Paul Coles; former Brisbane residents who have walked the 10km Bridge to Brisbane a couple of times.

They see their participation in the 10km event as a natural extension of their daily walks in and around Halcyon Parks at Caloundra.

“We walk every day and we find if you don’t go for a walk you don’t feel as good. It gets the endorphins going and we love being out in nature.”

Paul, who has had open heart surgery twice, admits he’s a bit of a walking fanatic.
“It helps to keep the weight down and it’s good for general well-being, it’s become something I’m addicted to,” he said.

Julie said she liked the ‘giving back’ aspect of the Sunshine Coast Marathon. “It feels good when you’re doing something for a charity and helping as well,” she said.

Halcyon Parks community manager Kate Clark said the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Marathon was that it was a non-profit event with all proceeds going to charity, including major beneficiary, Ronald McDonald House – a favoured Halcyon cause.

“The event has raised $1.2 million for charity and community groups since its inception,” Kate said. “It’s really a community-driven event.”

Kate said home owners were excited about generating support for the charity, which provides nearby accommodation for parents whose children are in hospital.

In June, more than 115 Halcyon home owners and staff from Waters, Vision and Greens laced up their runners and donned their ocean-blue shirts to take on the 5.7km Gold Coast Airport Fun Run – part of the Gold Coast Marathon weekend.

They were well supported by Halcyon caretakers Mark Young, Jason Gordon and Jordan Paix, and several helpers, who prepared a delicious post-race BBQ brunch at ‘Team Halcyon HQ’ near the finish line.

As a result of their marathon efforts this year, Halcyon home owners and staff raised $5,000 for Ronald McDonald House Herston - enough to fund one room in the facility.

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What the heck is pickleball?

The game with the funny name is catching on at Halcyon. Around 30 home owners have jumped on the community’s purpose-built courts to play pickleball, which blends elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis.

Among the enthusiastic pickleball cohort is Dott Muller who enjoys the new sport so much that she coordinates and coaches pickleball at Lakeside, a role she shares with fellow home owner Christine Dixon.

“It’s something that could take off here and it’s certainly a game that everybody can play,” Dott said.
“The beauty of it is that it’s played a badminton-size court and you don’t have to run as much as you do with tennis.

“You also don’t get that jarring on the body that you get with tennis.” “Everybody here has fun and we all talk and laugh a lot because we’re learning.”

Played with paddles and a perforated plastic ball, pickleball is huge in the United States and is gaining traction Down Under.

Halcyon Glades is home to the first purpose-built outdoor pickleball court in Australia, Halcyon Lakeside has two courts, and Halcyon Greens at Pimpama will have eight.

“It’s a new sport and we’re right at the ground level here,” Dott said.
“I didn’t think, at this age, that I’d be at the ground level of any sport. “Everybody can play it’s just a matter of having a go at it. “It can be played fast or at a slower pace.”

In May, Dott and Christine began pickleball coaching for Lakeside home owners wishing to learn the basics of the sport. Both were among 30 home owners to receive six weeks of coaching from former US coaches Keith and Sharon Bing in sessions organised by Halcyon earlier in the year.
Halcyon Lakeside now offers mens, ladies and mixed pickleball evening sessions for those wanting to improve their skills and technique.

Dott and Christine hope to start a formal competition, including matches against teams from the other pickleball-playing Halcyon communities.

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Cutting is a sweet spot for farmers

Home owners at Halcyon Landing are tapping into Bli Bli’s agricultural roots with their rural revival of land adjoining an old Bli Bli cane train cutting. The cutting, which traverses Peppercorn Hill, was originally excavated in 1941 and was later deepened to 10m to allow locomotives to carry greater loads of cane over the hill. 

These days the area sits behind Landing’s community workshed, and the road leading up to the shed is aptly named Peppercorn Lane. The area caught the attention of some of Landing’s more rural-inclined home owners who have begun transforming almost 2000sqm of unused land just south of the cutting.

Known as the CTC (Cane Train Cutting), the site’s ongoing transformation into a small farming precinct has brought yet another dimension to the daily life of Landing’s home owners.
Led by ‘frustrated farmer’ Ron MacNevin, home owners have built a chook run, started an orchard, planted vegetables and installed a beehive on the land. Their work began almost a year ago when Ron decided to make some improvements to the area beside the cutting. 

“It started with myself and Stan Smith, and we got more people interested,” he said.
Ron said it had been a hugely satisfying project, only made possible with the donation of materials, labour, chickens and fruit trees.

“It was an all-round effort; the social club bought materials, home owners donated all sorts of things like fencing and wire to help us out, and then more and more people got involved - it was overwhelming,” he said.

“I think I’m a frustrated farmer, landscaper and gardener, so to achieve what we have here has given me a great amount of satisfaction. This the kind of work I’ve always wanted to do, and its been a great project to do with a few of the guys who shared a common interest.”
The CTC’s 14 resident chooks are cared for by a team about a dozen ladies who are rostered to let the ‘girls’ out of their coop each morning and make sure they are rounded up and put to bed before sunset.

Home owner Jill Corish said the chook shepherds, also known as ‘henherds’, fed the hens, topped up their water, cleaned out their coop and collected their eggs. “Most days we are getting about a dozen eggs from them and they are truly free-range eggs,” she said.

The eggs are bundled up into half dozen lots and sold during Happy Hour at the Rec Club each Friday night, with all proceeds covering the cost of chicken feed.

Elsewhere at the CTC, the orchard trees and vegetable garden areas are blooming with hopes that a wide array of harvestable fruit and vegies will be produced.

Some seating areas also have been established, allowing CTC visitors to socialise, enjoy a cool drink, relax or simply commune with nature.

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Acreage downsizers are Caboolture converts
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Acreage downsizers are Caboolture converts

Plenty of things have changed for Peter and Penny Costello since moving to Halcyon Glades, including their first impressions of Caboolture.

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Halcyon milestone is a life-changing one
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Halcyon milestone is a life-changing one

Former Brisbanites Lyn and Peter Brennan are busy spreading their wings at Halcyon Greens at Pimpama after emerging from the comfortable cocoon of their long-time family home. 

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Pat and Trevor say goodbye to Halcyon
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Pat and Trevor say goodbye to Halcyon

Long-time Halcyon Waters home owners Pat and Trevor Thomas have pulled up stumps at Hope Island and are making a sea change just 20 minutes down the road at Main Beach.

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Team Halcyon’s Marathon effort
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Team Halcyon’s Marathon effort

Hundreds of Halcyon home owners and staff have stepped out in the Sunshine Coast Marathon and Gold Coast Marathon events in 2018, raising their heart rates and more than $6,000 for charity.

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What the heck is pickleball?
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What the heck is pickleball?

The game with the funny name is catching on at Halcyon.Around 30 home owners have jumped on the community’s purpose-built courts to play pickleball, which blends elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis.

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Cutting is a sweet spot for farmers
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Cutting is a sweet spot for farmers

Home owners at Halcyon Landing are tapping into Bli Bli’s agricultural roots with their rural revival of land adjoining an old Bli Bli cane train cutting.

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