The thoughtful design and quality of workmanship drew wide praise from guests at the private opening of the Wanaka Retirement Village show home last week.
The sense of space created by the high ceilings and use of beechwood in the joinery were commented on by everyone who attended, said Gillian Bremner, Chief Executive of Presbyterian Support Otago, developers of the lifecare village.
"It was wonderful to see the people who were intending to live in the village, go through the show home with such excitement written on their faces," Mrs Bremner added.
"They have already formed friendships that living in a small 'boutique' village will foster, and I'm sure will be very supportive in establishing the friendly atmosphere we wish for all the residents."
The show home is one of 14 two-bedroom villas and eight one and two bedroom apartments in the $8.5 million development adjacent to PSO's rest home and hospital, Elmslie House. Half the residences are sold and there is a long list of people who were waiting for the show home to open before committing to a purchase.
PSO Chairman Frazer Barton told the gathering the development was a big step for the organisation but a natural progression in providing services for older people in Wanaka. The completed complex, including the common areas, is due for completion late October.
The village has been designed to comply with The New Zealand Green Building Council Green Star rating scheme criteria, meaning residents will benefit from the many energy and ecological features that are standard in the design.
The show home at 7 Meadowstone Drive will be open to the public by the selling agents, Professionals Wanaka Wide Realty Ltd, daily from Easter Saturday until 10 April, then every Thursday and Saturday after that.