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Halcyon Lakeside first in country to win two prestigious national awards

November 19, 2020

Halcyon Lakeside is the first and only seniors living community to win two prestigious national awards.

The Bli Bli community has been awarded Australia’s Retirement Development of the Year at the 2020 National Retirement Living Awards, announced in a virtual event.

The win complements Halcyon Lakeside’s 2019 Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) National Award for Seniors Living, further recognising the over-50s lifestyle community’s excellence in Australia.

This is the first time Halcyon has entered the Property Council’s National Retirement Living Awards and the inaugural year for the new category of Retirement Living Development of the Year.

The Property Council judges noted: “The modern senior expects, demands and deserves new standards and new ways. Halcyon has responded; delivering a unique development and a community which provides environmental, physical, social and financial sustainability for its residents.

“With strategic site selection, adjoining land acquisition, innovative master planning and engineering design works, Halcyon delivered a community with a unique sense of presence which provides environmental, physical, social and financial sustainability for its residents.”

Halcyon Joint Managing Director, Dr Bevan Geissmann said it was incredibly rewarding to be recognised as being the best in the country for seniors living.

“We are always striving to create communities which provide premium homes, first class facilities and are a platform for our homeowners to form connections with each other and the local community,” he said.

“We are very proud to be named Australia’s best as we spend considerable time masterplanning every aspect of community living down to the millimetre.

“There is always something to improve on and this win gives us the fuel to continue striving for 100 per cent.”

Halcyon’s masterplan embraces its natural surrounds, taking inspiration from the hilltop tree canopy and two conjoining lakes in its design, achieving a full UDIA 6-leaf EnviroDevelopment certification for a sustainable lifestyle.

“We had a vision to bring the breezy plantation resort feel of Port Douglas to Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

“Halcyon Lakeside brings this concept to life in a community that offers serenity, resort facilities and an atmosphere that taps into the fun, relaxed beach lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast.”

“Located between the rolling hills, valleys and water with views to Mt Coolum, the natural environment offers a unique lifestyle in the Halcyon family of projects.”

Also attractive to homeowners is Halcyon’s simple and transparent financial model with no exit fees or stamp duty and proven capital gains on resales for entry and exit affordability.

“Australia’s modern seniors want more choice to individualise a home to their taste and lifestyle. They embrace over-50s lifestyle communities rather than a retirement village as they are not hemmed in by cookie-cutter design,” he said.

Since 2006, Halcyon communities have earned more than 28 regional, state and national awards, cementing Halcyon as Australia’s most-awarded lifestyle community developer.

Read the Property Council's media release -