No Regrets

21 August 2020

“No regrets!” A former Queenscliff Mayor and his wife are not looking back after making their move to The Breeze.

When Chris Player and wife Louise visited The Breeze Point Lonsdale retirement community for the first time last year, they didn’t expect to leave with their name on one of the soon to be built villas. But that’s exactly what happened.

The couple, who had lived in central Queenscliff for more than two decades, had spoken about downsizing, but with no real plan to do so.

“We would walk around Queenscliff and say to each other, ‘how would it be buying that house, or maybe that one,’ then suddenly The Breeze came on the market,” said Chris, a former Borough of Queenscliff Mayor. “We hadn’t heard much about it, so we thought we’d come out and have a look and we ended up putting a sticker with our names against one of the villas.

“And it seems there are a lot of other locals that have done the same,” he said.

The couple admits it was an impulsive move, but one they have not regretted for a minute.

“We did ask ourselves what have we done, but it was only one question, asked once,” said Louise.  “It just felt right and the timing was right.”

The Players have been living in their new three-bedroom home since early April and fully enjoying everything The Breeze has to offer, including an indoor pool, bowling green, gymnasium and the focal point of the community, the large club-style Waterside Pavilion.

In this space residents socialise in a resort setting that includes lounges, sports bar with billiards and darts, two large dining rooms and a commercial kitchen. There’s also an arts studio, citrus grove and library.

“We came in already knowing some people who have also moved in from Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, and we’re meeting others along the way,” said Chris. “It’s surprising the number of people from Melbourne here… I think they like the coastal setting while still being accessible to Melbourne.

Being among the first intake of what will eventually be 170 residences gave Chris and Louise an opportunity to pick their villa and have a say on the design of their new home. For them it included enough backyard space to pursue their love of gardening.

There are five villa styles to choose from, each designed to sit within the coastal landscape and boasting Miele appliances.

“We knew that the advantage of moving in early gave us the choice to select a villa floorplan, location and colour scheme of our liking,” Chris said. “Being able to come in and have all of that as a choice, rather than be limited, was one of the things that appealed to us. If we had put off the decision for 12 months, it was likely that we would miss out.”

The active couple was also drawn to The Breeze’s location, only minutes walking distance to the beach in Point Lonsdale.

The area surrounding The Breeze boasts numerous walking trails, several parks and five kilometres of waterways.

“There’s an enormous amount of parkland within an easy walk and there’s playgrounds and treed areas, which, in the future is going to be really good,” said Chris. “We can’t be built out. It’s going to stay this size, which is nice, and the completed community is not going to be too big.”

“The people that are here are fairly active, which is also good, because so are we,” added Louise. “They are an energetic group from what I’ve gathered.

“You can join in on walking groups, cycling groups, painting classes and there’s even a group of residents who have got together and are sewing face masks.

“At the moment, it’s about still feeling our way, but there are no regrets. [Downsizing] is a mindset and we are going to enjoy this lifestyle choice. It is fantastic and once COVID-19 restrictions have lifted; it’s going to be even better.”

Photo and text is courtesy of Carmel Christensen from The Rip.

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