Life begins at Halcyon

Acreage Downsizers Are Caboolture Converts

28 September 2018 | by Halcyon

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.

He hopes to revive the family fishing excursions of his youth and fond memories of time spent fishing with his grandfather.

“I’d love to think some of my grandkids would share the same kind of experience with me,” he said.

The couple were delighted to discover that Halcyon Glades is about to get its own dog park as part of the community’s expansion of its leisure offering.

Penny said it will be the perfect place to exercise their energetic two-year-old Groodle, Toby, and to meet other home owners.

“We’re looking forward to the dog park, it was a lovely surprise to hear that,” she said.

As they continue to settle in to the community, Peter, who works as a casual at Bunnings, volunteers behind the Rec Club bar for Happy Hour, is part of the home owner committee, goes to the community’s gym when he can, and has bought a push bike.

Between adding personal touches to their new home, Penny has tried out lawn bowls, takes part in Pilates classes and has joined the knitting group, which makes items for charity.

Both say they appreciate the ‘rules’ of the community and the way home owners pitch in and help with events.

“We like the rules and we’re happy to follow them because that’s what keeps this place the way it is,” Peter said.

“The Halcyon Glades community works on a volunteer basis, which is really good. It keeps people involved and the structure leads to a higher level of satisfaction and friendliness.”

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