Retirement living means new horizons for Merryn

Resident Merryn shares the highlights of her new apartment and lifestyle at the M by Montefiore retirement community in Randwick.

“When I first saw the plans for the beautiful apartments and facilities at M, I realised it was a chance to reinvent my life. I hadn’t been happy in my 3-bedroom Leichhardt home since I lost my husband. I had my daughter and plenty of friends, but I was lonely at times and found all the home maintenance stressful.

I was still young enough for it to be an easy move, and thinking ahead I saw I would be able to maintain my independence and ensure I wasn’t reliant on my daughter.  Several family members had experience with Montefiore’s aged care services, so I knew that I would have support if I needed it in future.

So I decided to take the plunge and chose a two bedroom apartment off the plan. It’s even better than I imagined – high ceilings, lots of light, and I just love the walk-in shower. Visiting other residents, you can see that each apartment has its own unique layout and features. I chose mine because there was room for my piano, which I play and write music on. Fortunately the apartments are quiet too, which means I don’t disturb the neighbours. 

I was the first to move into the building, with my cat Alexandra, so it’s gone from very quiet to a welcoming, buzzy atmosphere with plenty to do. If you want company, there’s someone to say hello at breakfast or activities to join, but you can always choose how much or how little you want to be involved. 

In Leichhardt, I used to read the paper over breakfast at a cafe every morning. Here, I head downstairs to pick up my copy, then enjoy barista coffee and fresh pastries in the Club Lounge. I visit the onsite cinema often, while other residents use the pool and fitness centre daily. 

I’m out a lot, meeting friends and exploring the area. I’ve enjoyed walking at all the local beaches and even across Queens Park to Bondi Junction. The buses and light rail are so convenient, and the shuttle bus is handy too. 

In planning M, they’ve really thought of every detail and facility you might need at this stage of life.”

Find out more about M by Montefiore, book a tour of the 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, or register for one of our information sessions here.