Two happy settlers content to leave big houses behind
LIVING in a retirement home was the best option for friends Val Curtis and Allen Morcom.
After her husband died, Val felt lonely living on her own.
She said maintenance had become a time-consuming chore.
About two months ago, Val moved to Settlers Retirement Village, Gladstone.
The low-maintenance small home was perfect for what she needed, and was conveniently close to her two daughters.
Allen has lived in the retirement village for the past six months, due to similar circumstances to Val's.
"I was living in a house on acreage. I had been there for 40 years," he said.
After his wife died, Allen said he looked into retirement villages.
"I sold the house as is. It sold very quickly," he said.
He said the buyers even accepted his old cat, along with the home.
Allen and Val agreed the activities and social occasions were a bonus of retirement village life.
"You don't have to go down to the hall, but I do to play bingo," Allen said.
"I'm very content here."
They agreed visitors were enjoyable, particularly when the grandkids came around.
Mr Morcom said his two-year-old grandson visited recently, which proved to be eventful.
"He looked around, opened every drawer of every cupboard," he said.
Val said her unit was perfect and she had a bedroom, craft room, kitchen and lounge room.
"How much room does one old lady need?" she said.