For the longest time, we really didn’t have very many attractive housing options for retirement living in the area. Sure, we have a ton of condominium units but most were designed for vacation lifestyles rather than full-time living in a community geared to the needs of retirees. All of that has changed in recent years and fabulous options now exist.
A couple of weeks ago, Chris and I went over and took a tour of Raglan Village which is an adult community in-town Collingwood that opened earlier this year. It offers three types of housing choices including rental townhomes, condominium apartments and, a retirement home offering different levels of assistance.
The property is set-up as a Village with all of these housing styles in a contained area. All residents of the Village automatically get membership in the Raglan Club which includes a recreational centre with swimming pool, a fitness centre, wellness spa, theatre and bistro games lounge. There is a beautiful and bright dining room offering meal choices and, there are a wide range of recreational and social programs available. I was also happy to see a full-service hair salon and a doctors office right on site.
The suites we viewed in the retirement residence were gorgeous as were the public areas such as the lounges, club facilities, library and entrance ways. Staff were very friendly and the few folks we chatted with who are already in residence were all delighted with their new home.
I find this concept to be long overdue in our area and it’s great to see the option for a continuum of housing in one development that provides for changing needs as years go by. Someone who makes one of the condominium units home today may move to the retirement suites down the road but yet be able to stay within their familiar community.
It’s good to know about the options available so we can assist our clients in making a life transition as they sell one home to move to another. In my books, Raglan Village looks like a winner.
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