Freewheelers park up at Halcyon Greens
PASSIONATE ‘motorhomers’ Barbara and Colin Gard have found the ideal base for their nomadic lifestyle at Halcyon Greens in Pimpama.
After living just across the border in Tweed Heads for the past 25 years, the well-travelled couple was looking for a more convenient location, safe off-street storage for their beloved motorhome, and the chance to surround themselves with like-minded neighbours.
“Tweed Heads has changed, it now has what I call the creeping Surfers Paradise disease,” Colin said.
“The character of the place has changed, there are problems with young people roaming the streets and it’s more aggressive.”
“Our motorhome had to be parked on the street and was vandalised a few times. So, we were looking for somewhere more secure.”
“We have a daughter at Coomera Waters, and we wanted to be closer to her.”
After looking at many lifestyle communities and villages from the Gold Coast to Bargara, Colin and Barbara decided Halcyon Greens was the best fit for their freewheeling and active lifestyle.
“The location here is good, we’re going to be near the new Westfield Coomera shopping centre and also, compared to where we were, it’s halfway to Brisbane, so it’s close enough to go to a show in Brisbane and drive home at night,” Colin said.
“We knew other people at Vision by Halcyon who spoke to us about Halcyon and how good it was. We came to a few functions and we liked what we saw and the people that we met.”
With a background in body corporate management, Colin also appreciated the benefits of Halcyon’s straightforward financial model.
“We did understand the model,” he said.
“For 11 years, I was the chairman and treasurer of a body corporate of 38 units, so I had some interaction with those sorts of things. The fact that there are no entry or exit fees, and retaining all of the capital gain, are significant to people at our age.”
Barbara said she liked being able to customise their new home at Halcyon Greens.
“The flexibility was good because we came in early and we could modify the house within reason,” she said.
Their changes included: opting for a walk-in pantry rather than a walk-in linen press, rearranging the kitchen, floor-to-ceiling tiles in both bathrooms, swapping tiles for timber-look flooring, an extra cupboard in the garage, and extending the patio.
“And it’s so good to have the motorhome off the street,” she said of Halcyon Greens’ onsite motorhome, caravan and boat storage facility.
Colin and Barbara, who are involved in the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) and the Rotary Nomads e-club, have travelled extensively over the past 15 years and look forward to the freedom of many more road trips as well as overseas holidays.
They have also registered their interest in being part of a ‘getaway group’ with other Halcyon Greens home owners who want to hit the road with their caravan or motorhome.
“People here are of a similar age group, similar backgrounds, and quite a few of them own recreational vehicles,” Colin said.
“You find people who have walked a similar path in life. It’s amazing what you find in conversation; you wouldn’t have those conversations in other places. The interaction is much greater here because of Happy Hour and all the community activities.”
“People meet and greet on the street all the time, waving, saying hello and following up; it’s a much friendlier environment. It’s more like a country town.”
Barbara agrees: “There is a stronger sense of community,” she said.
“I could go to the shops at Tweed Heads week in, week out, and never meet anyone I knew.”
“The people here are very friendly; you go out and somebody will wave but in Tweed Heads, nobody would acknowledge you. There’s definitely more interaction with people here, in a secure and supportive environment.”