Recent Home Living Property Culture The Team North Shore Living
Recent Home Living Property Culture The Team North Shore Living
We see you: baby boomers at the younger end of the spectrum (aged 55-60 years old) who are increasingly seeking a simpler life when it comes to where you live. Because to you, home is wherever you choose to be.

If you’re a typical member of this group then we can guess you took a gap year to travel after finishing high school. You have often lived and worked overseas after completing a degree or trade qualifications and the only reason you stopped travelling was to raise a family.

While your large backyard and a pool made sense when the children were using it, now the kids have flown the nest (or spending more time away from home), you don’t need the drudgery of lawn mowing and pool cleaning to spoil your weekends. In our always-on world, where the pervasiveness of the internet means it’s hard to escape from your 9-5 job or business, the last thing you need is to coax a recalcitrant lawnmower into duty or drag out the leaf blower.

We know what you’re looking for

We’re finding that an increasing number of you are seeking an elegant residence that’s close to family and friends. You’re happy to have gardens and facilities like a pool, tennis court and entertaining areas – as long as someone else maintains them.

Developers have recognised this trend and they’re taking advantage by building townhouses and palatial apartments in areas that provide all these amenities and more. The complex might have extensive grounds or a small acreage; what’s critical is it’s cared for by the Body Corporate. These purpose-built properties are known as ‘lock and leave’.

A lock-and-leave lifestyle means you can reclaim your weekends and take off on a whim – to house sit across the globe or across Australia, to volunteer in Nepal or Tanzania, or to take a campervan around Australia.

Lock-and-leave for Sydney’s Upper North Shore

It’s your time now. Imagine having facilities and amenities that will enhance your lives at your door. Why not take advantage of local theatre, restaurants, cafés and clubs, and socialise more with friends and family. The growth and types of prestigious properties you’ll find in Ku-ring-gai, with expansive rooms and entertaining areas, mean you won’t need to compromise when it comes to quality and space.

What’s the difference from a regular apartment?

The main differences are size and quality. The properties you’ll see described as ‘lock and leave’ are generally designed for owner-occupiers. Newly built homes can often be slightly larger than your average rental apartment but smaller than a freestanding home and grounds. Often the townhouses marketed as ‘lock and leave’ are generally located close to amenities such as shopping and medical facilities, they also often include lift access and underground parking.

If you’re lucky, you’ll be blessed with a tennis court, or have views across golf fairways. As well, they’re finished meticulously to an extremely high standard with top-of-the-range fittings. These are impressive properties for professionals who wish to enjoy a more connected lifestyle without the drudgery of weekend home maintenance work.

A lock-and-leave-style property is an excellent transition before downsizing completely. With most lock-and-leave apartments and townhouses across Ku-ring-gai, you’ll enjoy a full-sized apartment that rivals the huge older-style European or New York-style apartments. And the true bonus? Your weekends will be maintenance-free.

Who is suited to a lock-and-leave lifestyle?

If you love your garden, always have herbs growing on your windowsill and you need to babysit the grandchildren regularly, then this lifestyle might not be for you.

However, if you love to travel, scour publications or social media for travel ideas, have the flexibility to be able to act quickly (and buy your herbs at the supermarket) then this lifestyle and type of housing would suit you.

Imagine the scenario:

You’re reading the weekend paper and see a special deal advertised. You book your ‘two for one’ trip. The deal is so good because you need to book and travel within 30 days. With a lock-and-leave property, there’s no organising lawn mowing, garden watering or pool cleaning. You’re free to go whenever you please.

Another option that many boomers have cottoned on to is house sitting. If you’re a member of any of the innumerable house sitting groups like Nomador, which offers house sitting worldwide, or local group Aussie House Sitters, you have the freedom to jump on opportunities.

Recent sales of lock-and-leave properties

As you’ll see from our recent property sales, a lock-and-leave property means you don’t need to sacrifice space, light, comfort or luxury living. So, if you’re looking to transition to a new home, don’t hesitate to call our team at McConnell Bourn.

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