We all want to be in control of our lives, and choosing how and where we live is a big part of this. At The Gracewood Community, you live your life your way. A new adventure awaits, as you meet new friends, enjoy good food, take a dip in the pool, or tend to the veggie patch. It’s the lifestyle you’ll love, nestled into the beautiful Cumberland forest.
Welcome To Community Living
We can all remember a time where the place you lived wasn't just a neighbourhood or a street, but a community. And while it sounds old-fashioned, knowing who lived around you and pitching in when needed was simply a part of everyday life. We certainly do, and that’s why we've developed our new way of living which combines the best conveniences of modern life, with the values and community feel we all loved growing up.
It’s called community living and it’s designed for residents to reconnect with each other in a vibrant community atmosphere, while keeping everything you love about your independence and personal space. Put simply, it’s a modern relocation to an older, more enjoyable way of living.
A Full Suite Of Quality Home Services Available
The Gracewood is your space to live independently while enjoying choice and flexibility on your terms. That means if you need help with a range of daily tasks – you only need to ask. We’ll drop by to talk to you and find out how we can support you in your own home.
From assistance with things like cleaning around the house to helping with more personal and private care, we’re here to help. Or maybe you simply need some help with transport. No problem. We tailor our services to you – whatever your needs.
The Gracewood is also home to a state of the art residential aged care centre, ensuring you have peace of mind if your care needs change.
Style Meets Nature
As the Hills Districts’ newest community living precinct you might, just for a moment, think you've stepped into a little contradiction. Pushing the boundaries in innovation, sustainability and affordability, The Gracewood is recognised as the best in its field, taking out top prize under the Seniors Living category at the 2014 Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards. Our style is very modern. Our recreational and community facilities are first class. Our apartments capture the vistas and aspects of our surroundings.
Yes, just by looking at the buildings, you might be forgiven for thinking you were at a waterside resort. But you’re actually nestled into the Cumberland forest. With birds and nature at your front door it’s true contemporary living inside and peace and tranquillity outside. In fact all our apartments and grounds have been designed and built to state-of-the-art environmental standards. Making the very best use of natural light, outstanding energy efficiency, and environmental responsibility. The end result is a development that offers environmental conscientiousness, cost-consciousness and class all in the one neat package.
Award Winning Apartment Living
• Luxury 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments
• Award winning, architecturally designed
• Spacious open-plan living and dining area
• Modern and stylish kitchen
• Quality fixtures and fittings
• Private balcony or courtyards
• Insulation and sound proofing
• Outstanding energy efficiency
• Secure and convenient access with lifts
• Emergency alarm access points
• A pet friendly environment
• Air conditioning and built in robes
• Undercover secure car park
• Onsite help and support if needed
Live A Full & Vibrant Lifestyle
Our premier community is equipped with everything you need to live a full and vibrant lifestyle.
Enjoy easy access to the clubhouse and sample our first class cuisine, relax over a few drinks, or watch a movie in our surround-sound cinema. Also within the club house is our wellness centre. It features a heated lap pool, gymnasium, salon, and consulting rooms for your health needs.
Take in the open green spaces as you recline at the restaurant, café, or entertain guests at one of our many barbeque areas. The Gracewood is simply a better way of retirement living.
Ease Of Access & Flexibility
One of the best things about apartment living is that everything is a short stroll or lift ride away – making for everyday convenience and ease of access to our superior range of wellbeing and lifestyle amenities. Plus access to our combination of home services, respite, and residential aged care, all within walking distance, should you ever need extra care you’ll never have to lose the community friendships and support.
A selection of frequently asked questions for BaptistCare The Gracewood Retirement Village
Who is BaptistCare?
BaptistCare is a leading not-for-profit Christian based care organisation that has been serving the aged and people living with disadvantage since 1944. We support thousands of people across NSW and the ACT through more than 160 facilities and programs.
At BaptistCare, we are proud of our facilities, our grounds and our activities - but most of all, we are proud of our community. This is what makes BaptistCare special. We are a community of people who respect one another’s individuality, and who value the support and friendship that comes from an improved quality of life.
We are passionate about life transforming care. This is because we practise it every day, in countless ways. At BaptistCare we encourage independence whilst strongly valuing the connections we share within our community. This is the BaptistCare difference. Together, we provide care you can trust.
What does The Gracewood have to offer?
At The Gracewood you will have:
- Various environmental sustainability features which reduce individual household and site costs
- Buildings designed to facilitate ease of access and mobility
- Plenty of open green spaces with tracks
- Clubhouse BBQ area
- A Home Service centre offering a wide range of support services including a Social Club offering respite for carers
- Apartments designed to incorporate age-friendly features with wide corridors and extra spacious bathrooms easily adaptable for ongoing care in the apartment – if required
- A wellness centre with a heated lap pool, a gymnasium and medical consulting rooms
- A business centre and library
- A clubhouse which incorporates a surround sound cinema and chapel area
- A multi-purpose room for games, arts/crafts etc
- A café
- A restaurant
- A residential aged care facility including overnight respite – coming in 2016
What about social activities?
- A vibrant social life is available to you – if you choose
- Residents are encouraged to access local community services and activities, to follow their own interests with the wider community
- Friends and family are welcome at The Gracewood – enjoy entertaining in the restaurant or in your home
- Our team at The Gracewood will assist residents to organise and run various activities and recreation programs plus facilitate “special occasion” celebrations
- Bus trips to shops and local areas of interest
- BBQ activities
- Themed dinners
- Movie nights
- Chapel services
- Exercise classes
Are there any extra support services available to me as an independent living resident?
Yes! BaptistCare Home Services is able to support and provide each individual resident with appropriate optional services. These will be responsive to your changing needs to maximise your independence and wellbeing. Services will be fee for service or government subsidised (if eligible) depending on your requirements.
- Domestic cleaning
- Laundry and linen service (in-home)
- Social support, companionship
- Assistance with shopping
- Personal care support
Do I have to be a Christian to live at The Gracewood?
No – everyone is welcome, including those with no defined faith.
What do I need to do to secure the Apartment I like at The Gracewood?
You can leave a fully refundable holding deposit of $1,000 to secure the apartment of your choice for 60 days. Thereafter you will pay $9,000 on the date of entering into an Agreement for Licence. You may rescind the Agreement for Licence at any time before completion occurs. The deposit of $10,000 will be fully refunded to you.
When will final payment of the full Ingoing Contribution be required on the Apartment?
Full payment of the Ingoing Contribution is due prior to the entry date which is agreed between you, the resident and BaptistCare.
Will I own the Apartment once I have paid my Ingoing Contribution?
Residents enter into a Loan Licence arrangement with BaptistCare. This arrangement grants you the right to occupy the residence, but not to ownership.
What if I change my mind after I move into The Gracewood?
You may terminate your contract by permanently vacating your apartment within the settling-in period, which is 90 days after you move into The Gracewood. BaptistCare will refund your Ingoing Contribution, less fair market rent for the period of your stay and less an administration fee of $200. You will receive your refund within 14 days after the termination of your contract.
What costs are covered by the Recurrent Charges?
Recurrent charges cover the costs of the day to day operating of The Gracewood including:
Repairs and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure of The Gracewood
Maintenance of plant & machinery and equipment, such as lift maintenance
Ongoing maintenance of internal fixtures and fittings supplied by BaptistCare
Property and other insurances
Council and water rates
Cleaning common areas and upkeep of grounds
Common area lighting and power
24 hour / 7 day emergency call monitoring
Operating and use of communal facilities, such as the pool and gym
Management of The Gracewood, including concierge service and chaplaincy
General administration, accounting and auditing
What is the purpose of the Concierge Desk?
As The Gracewood grows, our Concierge staff will:
Meet and greet new residents and visitors to The Gracewood
Assist residents and visitors with any general enquiries they may have from time to time
Help put you in touch with all the services and activities you may wish to utilise
Is there an annual budget for the operation of The Gracewood?
Yes, an annual budget will be prepared and presented to residents prior to the start of each financial year.
Am I able to bring my pet with me?
Yes. Small pets suitable to apartment living are welcome, upon application to The Gracewood Manager. Your pet is part of your family and is very welcome at The Gracewood. The Gracewood has a pet policy that ensures all residents, including non-pet owners, feel at home and comfortable in our community. Before bringing your pet into The Gracewood your pet will first need to be “interviewed” by The Gracewood Manager.
How do residents have input into the operations of The Gracewood?
Residents have elected a Residents Committee to represent their interest in The Gracewood and also to provide a channel for communication between the Residents and The Gracewood Management.
Are there Village Rules?
Yes. The Gracewood rules are designed to enhance the lifestyle of our residents in regards to the use, enjoyment and management of The Gracewood. You will find them as an annexure to your Contract.
Are window furnishings supplied with the apartment?
Yes. Window furnishings will be provided.
What are the fortnightly recurrent charges?
The recurrent charges payable for Stage 2 apartments will be confirmed at a later date. The recurrent charges payable for apartments completed in Stage 1 is currently:
- 1 bedroom = $279.00 per fortnight
- 2 bedroom = $299.00 per fortnight
- 3 bedroom = $319.00 per fortnight
Can I have visitors at The Gracewood?
Yes. This is your home. Family and friends are welcome at any time and as often as you like.
Do I have to supply a Medical Certificate to certify my ability to live independently?
BaptistCare has an internal pre-entry assessment for our prospective residents. We request a medical certificate from your local GP to certify that you are capable to live independently. This also assists us in ensuring the apartment you have chosen suits your lifestyle and needs.
Is there a 24 hour emergency call monitoring service?
Yes. All apartments have access to an emergency call monitoring service. This is monitored off-site 24/7 by trained CareCall operators.
Where can I park my car?
Secure basement parking is available for residents. Each apartment has a designated parking spot which is only a short walk to the lift.
Am I able to store my caravan / boat on site?
No. There is no facility on site. Our concierge staff will be able to assist you in locating suitable storage facilities off-site.
When I go on holiday will my apartment be secure?
Yes. You will be able to travel as much as you like, knowing your apartment is safe and secure while you are away. If you wish, we can also collect your mail for you.
Are the apartments air conditioned?
Yes. Reverse cycle air conditioning is provided. With our apartments having passive solar design features, air conditioning will not be often required.
How has the design of the apartments incorporated environmental considerations?
The Gracewood is nestled into the Cumberland forest. With birds and nature at your front door its true contemporary living inside and peace and tranquillity outside. In fact all our apartments and grounds have been designed and built to state-of-the-art environmental standards, making the very best use of natural light, outstanding energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.
That’s why The Gracewood was recognised as the best in its field, taking out top prize under the Seniors Living category at the 2014 Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards. The end result is a development that offers environmental conscientiousness, cost-consciousness and class all in the one neat package.
Our apartments have been designed to take advantage of cross breezes and natural light to reduce the need for cooling and lighting. Rainwater will be collected for watering gardens and open spaces. Apartments have balconies that provide a variety of aspect and district views
Are there extra storage facilities on site if needed?
Yes, there is some limited storage space available.
Who can I contact for more information?
For further information, you can contact Alison Abel on 1800 116 550 or email email@example.com
The Heart Of The Hills
Surrounded by rural charm in the heart of the Hills District, The Gracewood is conveniently located close to entertainment, leisure, essential services, and transport, including the soon to be completed North West Rail Link. The suburb retains much of its rural heritage with plenty of trees, parks and friendly shopping villages. Everything you need for easy, independent living is here or close at hand, including:
Recreation & Entertainment
Castle Hill RSL and Bowling Club
Event Cinemas at Castle Hill
Castle Hill Country Club Golf Course
Norwest Private Hospital
Stanhope Gardens Medical Centre
The Hills Private Hospital
Castle Hill Medical Centre
Hospital For Specialist Surgery
Castle Towers Shopping Centre
Kellyville Village Shops
Rouse Hill Town Centre
Sydney Metro Northwest **NEW**
Bus services to local and city
Quakers Hill railway station
Marayong railway station
Blacktown railway station
Contact BaptistCare directly for all enquiries about this facility and its services, or general care information.