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Close to home - Pam and Allen’s journey

When Pam and Allen Brown felt overwhelmed by the maintenance required at their family home in the quaint country town of Alstonville, they decided it was time to downsize.

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Close to home Pam and Allens journey

28 February 2022

Stories | Retirement Living

When Pam and Allen Brown felt overwhelmed by the maintenance required at their family home in the quaint country town of Alstonville, they decided it was time to downsize.

“We had a fairly big garden and lawn, and I was getting a bit sick of having to tend to the garden, and my husband doing the lawns,

all the time,” said Pam.

“We started thinking maybe we could downsize, maybe it’s time, you know, and then we saw the opportunity of brand new homes at BaptistCare Maranoa Village.”

Pam and Allen have now settled in to one of 12 spacious two-bedroom homes in a vibrant community, just a short stroll from Alstonville’s Main Street.

“We’re really enjoying it. It’s so handy to everything. And everything is so new. The apartments really are beautiful. We have a nice outlook and a bit of garden I can put a few things in. I still like a bit of room outside, just not as big as we had!”

“We really love the area,” says Pam, who has lived here all her life. “Actually, just near where we live now, there use to be a few maternity wards seventy odd years ago, and I was born in one of them. So I have almost come back to the same place,” said Pam.

A sense of belonging and a love for the place one’s grown up in runs deep, as Pam and Allen’s family can also attest to. “They now have families of their own but they are still live locally - a couple of them live in Wollongbar and the rest here in Alstonville.”

It was important to both Allen and Pam to make the big decision on their own, “In the end, it was our decision to move. And that’s what we are happy about. We made that choice for ourselves. Nobody had to do it for us.”

With a lot more time to enjoy themselves, Allen and Pam are doing just that. “We’re very happy. It’s the best thing we ever did. We very much maintain our freedom and we have Main Street so close with its coffee shops. I enjoy my walk every morning, there are some lovely walks around Maranoa and beyond.”