UDIA awards for excellence

Living Choice’s quest to build Adelaide’s finest retirement community has been recognised by the Urban Development Institute of Australia. The company opened Living Choice Fullarton, a 140-apartment development, in December last year. Last Friday, the village was named as the state’s Best Senior Living project at the 2015 UDIA (SA) Awards for Excellence.

Hobbs-TregoningIn December 2003, the Living Choice portfolio included 650 units at seven villages in NSW and QLD. Since then, Adelaide born-and-bred businessmen Ian Tregoning and Graham Hobbs have expanded the company to 1,651 units, providing homes for more than 2,030 residents. In that time they have also built four 5-star leisure centres and added extensive facilities.

However, their dream was to bring the Living Choice quality of retirement living to their home town of Adelaide. When Living Choice Fullarton opened its doors to the first residents in December 2014, it marked the culmination of a very long journey which included an arduous approvals process and numerous construction challenges.

A series of focus groups with interested clients followed to determine exactly what retirees wanted in the ideal retirement village. The result is Living Choice Fullarton, a superb mix of beautifully designed apartments, from one bedroom to luxury three-bedroom penthouses. There is also a wide range of sporting and leisure facilities, including an on-site restaurant and Hudsons Coffee Shop, which is open to the public.

Living Choice is expanding in Adelaide and also recently purchased the ailing Fernleigh Gardens Retirement Village in Woodcroft, now named Living Choice Woodcroft. Comprising 129 villas and 28 apartments, planning approval has now also been given for a two-storey leisure centre plus a further 84 villas and 18 apartments.