Contemporary retirement living

Contemporary retirement living
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Introducing LakeCrest Lifestyle Village

LakeCrest Lifestyle Village is a brand new, master-planned retirement village for residents over 65, and is set to welcome its first residents later this year. The $140m village is being built on eight hectares of land on Tauhara Ridge Drive, as part of the new Kokomea Park development overlooking Lake Taupō at Rainbow Point. Upon completion, LakeCrest will boast 122 architecturally designed villas, 35 apartments, a 60-bed aged care facility and all the amenities required for luxury lakeside living.

Handily located just ten minutes from Taupō town and a five-minute drive from the airport, LakeCrest embodies a holiday feel with all the conveniences for easy living. Nestled within the new residential town of Kokomea Park, near Wharewaka, it benefits from a strong connection to a growing community of all ages. Kokomea Village Centre is just a short stroll away, with easy access to the new Countdown supermarket, a planned medical centre and pharmacy, and welcoming places to grab coffee, enjoy a meal, or indulge in some shopping.

Residents will be able to be as involved as they wish in the LakeCrest community, with recreational, fitness, cultural, and social spaces to enjoy. LakeCrest’s indoor amenities will include a restaurant, café, lounges, library, heated swimming pool, private gym, and spa pool. Outdoors, there will be beautifully maintained feature gardens, a community vegetable garden, walking and cycle paths, and family recreation areas. The Members Lodge will become the centre of the village’s social heart, where residents can attend events, stay for a drink or chat, watch a movie, or sit by the fire.

Comfort and style, architecturally designed

Six inspiring homes will be available, each architecturally designed to embrace lake living. Choose between the 2- or 3-bedroom villas or the stunning 2-bedroom duplexes, all with stunning exteriors and layouts designed with residents’ needs in mind. With contemporary styling, abundant natural light, and warm interiors, the homes are tastefully designed with the flexibility to be individual. Residents who purchase in the first stages will also be able to choose design touches to match their personal style, including selecting from a palette of colours and finishes. Expertly curated by LakeCrest’s interior design team, choices include window coverings, kitchen bench tops and bathroom tiles. Residents will enjoy a new house that feels like home as soon as they move in. 

A local connection

LakeCrest is proudly independent, New Zealand owned, and has a strong local connection. One of the village owners is John Penny, whose family have lived in the Taupō area for over 60 years. In 1998 he established Penny Homes and has been delivering quality homes to the people of Taupō ever since. “I’m very proud of what we’re building at LakeCrest, and I can’t wait to see the first residents moving into our village,” says Penny. LakeCrest’s two sister villages, Arrowtown Lifestyle Village near Queenstown and Aspiring Lifestyle Village in Wanaka, are both highly regarded as benchmarks in quality and community. LakeCrest project manager Aaron Armstrong previously managed the development of Aspiring and Arrowtown. With 25 years’ experience in the retirement village industry, he understands the needs of residents well. “Our residents want beautiful homes,” says Armstrong. “We build modern, architecturally designed 2- and 3-bedroom villas with large floor plans that our residents absolutely love.

There is plenty of room for friends and family to come and stay, and with all the lifestyle facilities and activities available, there is always something exciting happening in the village.” LakeCrest’s first residents are expected to move in in late 2023. The homes are in high demand, with only a handful remaining for sale in Stage 1. Sales for Stage 2 will soon be released, and LakeCrest are also taking expressions of interest for later stages. Pop into the sales suite in Kokomea Village Centre to learn more about the lifestyle on offer, or chat to Rex Pearce to find out more.

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