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Pat and Trevor say goodbye to Halcyon Waters

09 February 2018 | by 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.”

The widened friendship circle also meant Trevor was off the hook when it came to Pat’s overseas travel wish list.

“Pat loves travelling to Europe, where I particularly love Asia,” he said. “And to satisfy her needs, because I don’t really want to go to Europe, she’s had two trips in the past few years and she’s gone with friends that she’s met here.”

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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