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Margaret River Lifestyle Village wins at 2018 UDIA Awards for Excellence

On Saturday evening, Margaret River Lifestyle village picked up a prestigious, development award for ‘Excellence in Seniors Living’ at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Awards evening.

Margaret River Lifestyle Village is a unique over 55s village in Western Australia’s iconic town, Margaret River. Set minutes away from the town centre, this high end village has already attracted several locals, others from across the state and around Australia to take up residency here. The draw cards of this village have been highlighted by Village Project Director, Adan Nicholson who says they are creating a “micro-climate of all that the region has to offer.”

“We have really tried to capture the Margaret River region’s famous and unique lifestyle in our village. We set up our Clubhouse in stage 1 of the development (something which traditionally is done further down the track), so we could establish a truly unique community in one of Western Australia’s most incredible locations. 

The lifestyle at our village will reflect the region. Residents will be able to enjoy some truly unique experiences such as growing their own grapes on site, brewing their own craft beer in our very own microbrewery, growing their own veggies, and fruit from an already established orchard, or simply relaxing in front of a hand crafted stone fireplace in our large north facing Clubhouse.

We have several boutique home designs which our residents can personalise. Having an energy efficient village has been paramount in our development. Each home has a water tank, and solar panels,” said Mr Nicholson.

The lifestyle village owners are proud of their win. Bradley Moore, Company Director explains;

“Winning this prestigious award is important for the Margaret River Lifestyle Village, our residents and our development team. First up, we have been recognised by our respected industry peers for our Innovative, high quality development and best practices. Probably the most important factor is that it gives social proof for those people who have had faith in us from the beginning. For anyone considering making the decision to move to MRLV we hope that this gives you some comfort to know that your decision is backed by judges who have chosen our development as an industry leading development.”

The UDIA judges were impressed with the attention to detail in the houses, materials used and services we provide at the village.

“All of the detail that you’ve put into the development is amazing. You’ve built a clubhouse that suits the area,” said award judge Cameron Shepherd.

MRLV was recognised for its innovative approach to creating a vibrant and relevant community, the high standard of design and energy and water efficient lifestyle. “We are very proud to have won this award given the stiff competition in our category with National Lifestyle Village’s Tuart Lakes and Bethanie in Menora, Perth,” added Mr. Moore.

Additional comments from UDIA judges:

Recognising an underserved market in the region, the developers of Margaret River Lifestyle Village persevered with a long, arduous and complicated approval process to deliver a high quality, hamlet-style village built on four key principles including retention of natural bushland; building sites and infrastructure designed to fit site parameters; provision of large areas of natural bushland in common property; and the provision of a high quality, fit-for-purpose community facility with excellent management.

The clubhouse will be a true community asset and is built in a style that reflects its local vernacular, including a microbrewery owned and operated by the residents.

Homes are set peacefully in their landscape and demonstrate that quality can be affordable, a major consideration for those retiring or downsizing. This project is proof that retirement living in rural townships is comparable to that offered in more urban areas.

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Adan Nicholson

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