BOWRAL LANDMARK REVIVED BY NEW ESTATE
The future looks bright for Gibraltar Park’s old war hospital after unprecedented success at the launch of Bowral’s newest over 55s estate last weekend.
All activity centred around the newly refurbished building as Gibraltar Park opened its doors to over 350 people and enjoyed record-breaking retirement home sales.
Property Sales Manager Matt Anstee said guests were stunned by the revived beauty of the 1930s building. “Over time the house has become a bit of a local icon so Bowral residents were especially thrilled to see it looking so beautiful,” said Mr Anstee
The historic building has become the retirement estate’s grand manor clubhouse, with its Georgian furnishings and antique fabrics a key feature of the property.
Property Sales Manager Peter Williams said, the estate’s spectacular location was also a popular talking point. “People from out of town couldn’t believe the estate is so close to Sydney, and loved the endless bush surrounding them,” he said. “We have had record numbers of people buying homes off the plan to secure their preferred spot on the estate.”
The over 55s estate sits on approximately 18 acres of bushland and boasts stunning views of both the Highlands and Mount Gibraltar. The north-facing properties, Mr Williams said, are most coveted. Twenty-two houses within Gibraltar Park were sold over the two day launch. With national figures showing average retirement property sales of one per month, the success of the event was even more significant. Gibraltar Park also showed off its stunning dining room with high tea provided for guests on both days accompanied by live jazz music.
“I’ve been working in property sales for many years and have never seen so many people turn up to an event and respond so positively. It is a wonderful estate and it’s very satisfying to see that people are recognising that.” Mr Anstee said.
“I’ve been working in retirement sales for seven years and have never seen so many people turn up to an event and respond so positively. It is a wonderful estate and it’s very satisfying to see that people are recognising that.”
Local artist Shelley Willingham painted live while guests watched. Her work portraying the clubhouse and surrounding landscape was presented to Gibraltar Park owner Paul Singer at the conclusion of the launch. “People have told us that at this point of their lives, they don’t want to spend all their time maintaining a large family home,” he said. “They want to live where all of that work is done for them, leaving them free to do whatever they like.
“We’ve done our best to make sure our residents won’t have to worry about a thing, and with the amazing response our prospective buyers are sensing that. This is a first for Bowral and a first for the industry,” said Mr Singer.
The clubhouse itself boasts a dining room, French-provincial kitchen and a communal lounge with a restored marble fireplace, several antique game tables and a full size billiard table.
Each home features spacious open plan interiors and outdoor living areas. Each living area boasts a fireplace and each gourmet kitchen a stone bench top. A 24 hour emergency call system is installed for the safety of each resident.
Matt Anstee said the houses are designed specifically for the interests, not just the needs, of retirees. Nationally recognised in property sales, Mr Anstee commented that number of deposits on homes at Gibraltar Park is unprecedented in this current climate.
“One couple I spoke to told me Gibraltar Park was the ideal solution to their travelling plans,” he said. “They wanted to be able to lock and leave their home knowing it was safe.”
Construction of the homes has begun. When Gibraltar Park opens in the next few months, the estate will hold a wine cellar, an indoor gym with a heated pool. It will also house two hotel- style suites for guests of residents to use while visiting.
For enquiries or to arrange a private viewing contact
Matthew Anstee or Peter Williams on 1800 269 725 ( 1800 Bowral )