Margaret Webb has called The Avenues home since 2003, but the funny thing is, it was just a matter of chance that led her there in the first place.
Margaret had a sister, Barbara, that lived in Auckland and she would regularly come down to Tauranga on business. One day the two sisters met up for lunch in town and afterwards they happened to be driving along Devonport Road, when they spotted The Avenues. “It looked quite impressive and we thought ‘why not pop in and have a look,’” says Margaret.
“We were both extremely impressed with what the village had to offer, but afterwards I didn’t think too much about it. That was until my sister rang me from Auckland a few weeks later and informed me she was selling up, coming down to Tauranga and moving into an apartment at The Avenues!”
At that time Margaret was living in a wonderful house on Levers Road in Matua, but when Barbara moved into The Avenues, she ended up coming to the village to visit her and join in on some of the social activities. “Even though I loved my house and was very happy there, I got to see first hand how easy day-to-day living was at The Avenues,” she says.
It wasn’t long before Margaret decided to make a move to The Avenues too. “I was quite conscious that some people left their move too late in life and I didn’t want to be in the same boat. I really wanted to do it while I was still fit and I’m glad I did! The change in life was immediate. There was no more looking after the garden, lawns and trees. No more getting rid of the rubbish. Now Margaret has the time to enjoy the things she really loves and makes the most of the prime downtown location.
“When I was living in Matua I had to drive everywhere. Now I hardly have to use my car. The position is perfect. We have all the day-to-day requirements within a few minutes walk – there’s banks, doctors, hairdressers and supermarkets and everything else you could possibly need,” she says.
13 years after moving in Margaret couldn’t be happier with the decision she made. “I feel very fortunate to have the life I do. My apartment is wonderful, the people are great and I can come and go just as I please. Then we’ve got the staff who are caring and very compassionate which makes such a huge difference,” says Margaret. And of course she gets to spend plenty of time with her sister.