A welcome from our Managing Director.

There’s more to RCA Villages than meets the eye. Sure, we build beautiful homes in terrific locations. But there’s more to it than that. RCA doesn’t just build retirement villages, we build communities, much like country towns.

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About RCA Villages & Communities in Melbourne

We’re a family-owned business bringing decades of passion, experience and knowledge about Victoria’s retirement village industry to each of our retirement villages. Our philosophies are multi-faceted and always focused on optimising lifestyle choices for our residents.

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Building safe all-inclusive retirement communities

Building safe all-inclusive retirement communities

Children of residents can take comfort in knowing that their parents are safe and secure in housing designed to age in place.

Ease of cleaning is important as a resident’s mobility, flexibility and physical strength changes over time. Fittings and fixtures are designed to be easy to keep clean, such as frameless shower screens. There are no steps to create tripping hazards or falling risks. The designs always ensure there is a way in without going over a step.

A 24 hour by 7 day a week emergency system means that there is always peace of mind that medical help is at hand at any time. External lighting is carefully planned with resident’s security and safety in mind.

Age in place consideration have been respectfully incorporated into the designs to feel seamless, so that a young, active 65 year old doesn’t feel any loss of dignity, or threat of imminent ageing decline. But it is all there – including the ability to bring in Home and Community Care Packages (HACC) through a local provider in the future.

Award winning designs

We’ve designed RCA villas and apartments with a northerly aspect which is important in Melbourne. There will always be an outdoor area or outdoor courtyard or terrace that looks to the north and lets the sun come in, in the winter. We create spaces that are warm and homely to live in but are very practical.

RCA villa designs have considered every aspect of comfortable everyday living. Making the most of natural light and a northerly orientation, the designs feel light, airy and spacious. Every villa has at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Some have a third bedroom or study. There is always a separate large, open plan living room for dining and lounge, as well as a separate living area. Double lock up garages with internal entry are a common feature. The designs flow well and are welcoming and spacious enough to accommodate and entertain visitors.

A key feature of planning our retirement communities is good value for money

Our retirement communities are good value for money

A key feature of planning every RCA retirement village, is that it must offer good value for money. There are two components to this:

  • the wholesale cost of buying in to your new retirement village home

  • the affordability of regular service and maintenance fees.

Retirement Communities Australia (RCA) prides itself on integrity, fairness and on doing the right thing by retirees.

Imagine buying a new home with resorts facilities included

Providing resort style community facilities and services within the village such as heated indoor swimming pools, gymnasiums, Clubhouses, lawn bowling greens, community buses, libraries, hairdressing, physiotherapists, personal fitness trainers, social clubs and social activities – to name just a few – means that residents can choose to be as social as they choose; or retreat to the privacy, sanctuary and comfort of their own home whenever they want to.

Location is key

Location is a key RCA consideration

Over the years, we have noticed that there are certain areas that attract people who are considering an over 55 retirement village lifestyle. That is why, when seeking to develop new villages, we are keen to locate them in areas where services and amenity is first rate and lifestyle options are premium. We are also keen to create a network of villages in these prime locations.

RCA retirement villages in Melbourne will always be located near amenities within easy reach – mostly on foot. Convenience makes for a lovely, easy lifestyle that opens itself up for spontaneous decisions. The type of spontaneity that most of us reserve for holidays.

As an example Point Cook Village residents are literally within walking distance to Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre across the road. New boutique retirement village, Main St Village Pakenham is located right in the heart of Pakenham yet retaining its leafy, wholesome, rural appeal and rich history. Planned weekly grocery shops may be your style, or you may enjoy the deliciousness of deciding mid-afternoon what’s for dinner that evening, and pop across to the shops to grab ingredients when it suits you.

Comfortable access to natural parklands, walking trails and paths to inspire regular activity; easy access for family and friends visiting from further afield; and access to medical centres, hospitals and public transport, all help contribute to easy retirement living. It also frees up residents time. Instead of investing time commuting to appointments, or to go shopping, time can be better spent enjoying personal interests and activities.

Our retirement villages in Melbourne are managed by the residents

Our retirement villages in Melbourne are managed by the residents

Our Active Management model is unique. The village is run by an independent body (an Association) and all residents are members. The Association is led by a Committee of Management and 7 out of 10 Committee members are residents – elected by the residents. This approach empowers residents to ensure that ongoing fees are fair, and as low as practicable.

There are no head office costs imposed on any of our retirement villages. You won’t find a Head Office Management Fee line item in the village budget or levy.

We transfer all the benefits of being a cooperative, on to our residents. Bulk buying advantages mean passing on substantial savings for:

  • maintenance costs

  • telephone

  • electricity

  • internet.

There is no individual user pays scheme at an RCA Melbourne retirement village. Funded by low cost service and maintenance fees, every resident is paying a little bit for everything. For example, all villa residents pay the same service and maintenance levy. A sense of equity across the village makes for a happier community.

Our retirement village financial model has been designed for fairness and great value for money.

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