The birth of a new community at Living Choice Parkwood

“You can design, create and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” - Walt Disney. 

This famous quote was shared by Michael Levick, sales consultant and MC at Living Choice Parkwood’s Ground-Breaking Ceremony held at The Club at Parkwood Village on 8th April. It perfectly summed up the sense of community that this unique golf course retirement village already has, despite the fact that no bricks have been laid yet. 

More than 75 guests attended the enjoyable event to celebrate the commencement of bulk earthworks, including Living Choice directors, Ian Tregoning and Graham Hobbs, Head Designer Craig Eyles, Design Manager Pedram Abbasi and Gold Coast City Councillors, Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden (Division 7) and William Owen-Jones (Division 2). However, the most important guests were the deposit holders who have already reserved an apartment at Living Choice Parkwood.  

Presenting them with their Foundation Resident name badges and apartment number certificates, sales consultant Angie Hackett said everyone was already part of the “Living Choice family”. “Soon after I started selling these apartments, I realised it was not just about the beautiful designs. I was selling safety, security and a strong sense of community. I believed in the concept so strongly that I have reserved an apartment for myself.”  

Overcome with emotion, Angie clipped on her own Foundation Resident badge and embraced her future neighbours. It was a poignant moment. 

Michael, who was previously General Manager of Golf at Parkwood Golf Club before joining Living Choice, said he had witnessed the transformation of The Club at Parkwood Village precinct into an award-winning sporting, entertainment, medical and wellness hub which would soon become home to a world-class retirement community.  

Director Ian Tregoning gave an overview of the company’s 30-year track record and many design awards and said he was looking forward to bringing the same award-winning experience to Living Choice Parkwood. “While I am proud of the design awards, I’m even more proud of the strong sense of community within our villages,” he said. 

Head of Building Design, Craig Eyles presented some of the designs available in Stage 1, comprising 69 luxury apartments located in the Lexington and Columbus buildings. He also pointed out the many facilities that will be included in the stunning leisure centre, including an indoor heated pool, surround sound cinema, gymnasium, auditorium with dance floor, expansive terrace overlooking the golf course plus many other 5-star facilities. 

“An investment in your lifestyle” was the topic of Living Choice director, Graham Hobbs’ talk and he reflected on his own experience with his mum who opted to live her last years close to her sisters rather than in a beachfront house that would significantly increase in value. 

Graham, who personally phones every new resident after they move in, said residents always told him how much they were enjoying their new life with like-minded people and wished they had moved sooner. 

Another highlight of the morning was the presentation of a $1,000 donation to The Wheelchair Trust, a project of the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise. There to accept the cheque were Des La Rance OAM (wheelchair inventor) and Charles Thomasson and Geoff Croad of Rotary. Living Choice was made aware of the project by deposit holder, Gaye Miles (also fondly known as 'The Scones Lady' at the Project Shed).  To read about the wonderful work of this organisation, see The Wheelchair Trust – Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise