With a desire to spend more time with her family in the south west, Trudy Jones was one of the first on board to secure herself a home at the MRLV. She has just moved in and is one of a handful of residents now occupying the village.
“I started off buying a place in Vasse at the lifestyle village being developed there as it was half way between my sons; I have one son one in Dunsborough and one in Margaret River, both married with kids. However, Grant, my son in Margaret River, heard about the MRLV and suggested I come and take a look. That was in January when there were no homes on site. I just loved the concept, the solar power, rain water tanks, electric bikes, home brewing, wine making and the forest. After visiting the vacant lot as it was back then, I secured a lot and got straight into the build!”
Trudy is now living in her village home, opposite the Clubhouse with the forest behind her. She enjoys being with her family, doing the day to day things with her grandkids, which she missed out on being so far from them in Perth.
“I felt I was missing out on my grandchildren and I wanted to be closer to them and share in all that day to day stuff like school pick-ups,” Trudy explains.
Trudy was a teacher and is now retired although she would like to get involved in the south west community and volunteer her time and skills with the local schools. Trudy enjoys painting and throughout her home, you can see some of her works she has created over the years inspired by her time in Africa.
Trudy has spent 36 years in Zimbabwe and South Africa where her four boys grew up. She and her family moved to Perth because she couldn’t see a future for them there, although she still enjoys getting back to her roots and visiting the place she calls home, and every so often, she needs her “animal fix.”. Only just recently she took her own parents to Africa and she was still blown away by the animals, nature and country.
Whilst two of her sons live with their families in the south west, one is in Perth and another over east. She will still spend a lot of her time travelling in Australia and overseas, visiting family and friends. Having a place, she can lock and leave with friendly neighbours looking out for her is comforting. And when she needs her Africa fix she is comfortable leaving her home knowing it’s secure.
She is an independent, adventurous, outgoing woman who is looking forward to making new friendships and meeting likeminded people who enjoy all the things the south west has to offer – bike riding, walking and exploring the forest.
With the Clubhouse due to open in October, offering a hub for village members to congregate, with an in-house brewery and bar, outdoor fire pit and commercial kitchen for entertaining, movie cinema, gallery and library – she’ll have plenty to get involved with. “I’m looking forward to helping get the village up and running, especially the social side of things, the library and meeting all the different characters,” she says.
Trudy has chosen the Contos style home to meet her needs. The Contos is one of the larger home style available for sale with 2 and ½ bedrooms one with an en-suite bathroom and the ½ bedroom can be configured as a study or open entrance hall area. Trudy has chosen to section off the study for her painting workshop, so she can close the door and “hide the mess.” The extra bedrooms were a must with all the grand kids and her family living further away. Trudy has her own electric bike which she is looking forward to riding into town and exploring the surrounding area via the Rails to Trails.
“Having a social person who is open minded and outgoing move into the village is a great addition. Trudy’s interest in art, schooling and desire to meet new people and explore the region is what will make this village a truly unique place to live. We look forward to helping Trudy settle in and find her niche.” Adan Village Manager MR Lifestyle Village.