Presented by Lumia by Sekisui House Australia
First published 1 Mar 2024, 10:56am
There was a time when downsizing from the family home, once the kids moved out, meant making a sea change or tree change. However, today’s downsizers have very different goals.  
Firstly, they’re likely to think local – keen to stay close to family, friends and the action of nearby amenities. They’re also looking for ‘luxe’ – a stylish home that’s low on maintenance.  
Many downsizers are now drawn to the low-maintenance lifestyle and amenities of luxury apartments.
“Obviously, larger homes carry higher maintenance costs, and that can be a real imposition for people, particularly as they enter retirement,” explains PropTrack senior economist Angus Moore.  
“It’s one of the attractive reasons to downsize.”  
Moore says there are many potential downsizers living in large homes with unused rooms, particularly in suburbs around 10 to 15 kilometres from the CBD. It could make sense for them to sell to people who need the space – but only if there’s a great option for them to move to. 
“Having more middle-density accommodation in well-located areas, near where people currently live, could encourage people to downsize,” he says.  
Sekisui House Australia has recognised the growing demand from downsizers for luxury apartment living, and the specific considerations needed to suit this demographic.  
Taking feedback from stages 1 and 2 buyers at The Orchards in Norwest, the developer created a tailored Downsizer Collection for Stage 3 of the project, Lumia
“The feedback we got from buyers was that they wanted extra living space,” says Sekisui House Australia Sales Manager, David Lee.  
Space and style combine at Lumia, with stunning views of the natural surrounds.
“We’ve developed the two-bedroom Max design, with a space near the living area around the size of a bedroom but behind double doors,” he says.  
“It could be used as a study, guest room, play area, formal dining room or maybe a library.” 
Lee says the option is great for buyers who don’t need three formally defined bedrooms, but don’t think two is quite enough. 
“They want some entertaining space, they want some room in case their grandkids come and stay over… things like that,” he says.  
Another important element for modern downsizers is access to luxury amenities that enhance their everyday lifestyle.  
For example, they’re seeking facilities such as on-site swimming pools for fitness, or shared dining spaces so they can entertain without needing a permanent dedicated room.  
Lee says Lumia caters to this by offering residents exclusive access to an outdoor lagoon pool, indoor lap pool, a dining pavilion and outdoor cinema.  
“Also, when stage four of The Orchards is complete, Lumia residents will be able to access a shared state-of-the-art gymnasium and a community centre, which can hold functions with up to a hundred guests,” he says. 
Lumia has an impressive suite of resident amenities.
After years of maintaining large homes and spending weekends mowing the lawns, today’s downsizers are embracing fuss-free living.  
Lee says luxury apartments such as Lumia, designed by architectural group Turner Studio, make this shift a breeze.  
Open-plan layouts, light-filled rooms and a neutral colour palette make them relaxing to live in and easy to keep clean. 
“As Sekisui is a Japanese company, the apartments have Japanese influences in their design,” he says. 
Lee says they’re also perfect to “lock up and leave” when going away, knowing everything is safe and secure.  
In the future, a concierge will open at Lumia adding an extra layer of convenience.  
“If you’re away overseas and you have parcels delivered, they can go straight to the concierge,” he says. 
Sophisticated design and finishes allow for easy-care luxury living.
While downsizers of the past may have been keen to escape the hustle and bustle, they now want easy access to the action when it suits them.  
Lumia is in Sydney’s leafy Hills District, but the new Norwest train station is just 600 metres away, running straight into the Sydney CBD.  
“Major arterial roads leading up and down the coast are close by. There’s also the Norwest Business Park nearby and Norwest Marketown just 400 metres away, with shops and services,” says Lee. 
For buyers interested in Lumia’s two-bedroom Max design, there’s currently an upgrade promotion available.   
“We’re offering the next level of Fisher & Paykel premium oven and cooktop, a stone instead of mirrored splashback, and an integrated refrigerator,” Lee says.  
“Generally, the apartments have plush carpet throughout, but we’re also offering an upgrade to timber in the living room areas.” 
Lumia is due for completion in late 2024, with 75% of the apartments already sold. 
One-bedroom apartments start from $790,000, two-bedrooms from $920,000, the two-bedroom Max apartments from $1,125,000, and three-bedrooms from $1,400,000.  
For more information, visit the Lumia website or enquire below. 
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