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Gulf Rise, at Red Beach north of Auckland, will have distinct precincts, with a range of living options to choose from, including villas, apartments and a care facility

New-concept retirement village reflects baby boomers’ demands

Metlifecare has announced expressions of interest are open for phase one of Gulf Rise, a new $250 million development at Red Beach, north Auckland, that is set to redefine retirement village living.

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Gulf Rise utilises the latest in urban design principles so the village flows like a well-planned town. It is the only retirement village of its scale in New Zealand to be so integrated with its wider community, incorporating open entrances, a central boulevard and roads that connect with the outside neighbourhood.

Metlifecare CEO Glen Sowry says Gulf Rise acknowledges the industry is changing and that baby boomers considering a retirement village do not want siloed, gated communities. “Gulf Rise is unlike any other retirement village in New Zealand. We know from our research that people want to feel connected – they want to live in a place which feels like a normal residential street that is bustling and vibrant,” he says.

Located on the Hauraki Gulf, 25 minutes from Auckland’s CBD, stage one of Gulf Rise will include some of the most desirable properties, including 35 villas and 20 apartments, priced from $650,000 to $1.2 million, ready for occupation in October 2019.

Gulf Rise will feature shared social spaces for residents, including a state-of-the-art wellness centre and a stunning glasshouse pavilion

People-friendly design

Masterplanned by architects Warren and Mahoney, Gulf Rise’s open-plan design provides a selection of vibrant social spaces as well as private, secluded areas. The heart of the village will be an open central boulevard that connects the different precincts. It will have a great café for the public and residents who will be able to meet and enjoy a drink or bite to eat with friends and family.

There will also be shared social spaces for residents, including a state-of-the-art wellness centre and a stunning glasshouse pavilion with a shared garden, potting and work sheds, and even a beautiful butterfly walk.

Shannon Joe of Warren and Mahoney says the vision for Gulf Rise is to create a village precinct that encourages community engagement through open, people-friendly design. “Open lines of sight and connections to the local community, particularly the neighbouring new housing development, will offer security, as will state-of-the-art visual surveillance that is incorporated at all Metlifecare villages,” he says. “We have also drawn on inspiration from the beautiful Hauraki Gulf location and will incorporate stunning landscaping and botanical elements throughout.”

Earthworks on the 5 ha site on Hibiscus Coast Highway are well underway, with building foundations being laid now. Upon completion, Gulf Rise will have distinct precincts with a range of living options to choose from, including villas, apartments and a care facility.


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