Metlifecare's Orion Point: A Jewel in the Making
12 September 2023
Metlifecare’s newest village, Orion Point, heralds a new benchmark in retirement living – one that’s grounded in exceptional design, luxury and sophistication.
Nestled on the spectacular peninsula between Hobsonville and Scott Points, this premium community feels more like a high-end resort than a retirement village. Boasting sweeping coastal views, exquisite accommodation offerings, and an array of on-site amenities to rival any five-star hotel, this is village living at its finest.
The master work of renowned architects Ignite, Orion Point blends luxury living with the practical needs of retirees, and its jewel in the crown - two breathtaking penthouse apartments scheduled for completion early next year – will take Metlifecare’s quest for premium retirement living to a whole new level.
From the moment you step into one of the penthouse’s elegant entrance foyers, you will know you’re in for something special. Each suite dishes up an incredible 275 square metres of space, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms (including his and hers vanities and a free standing bath in the master ensuite), a media room, bespoke kitchen with Miele appliances, large scullery, big separate laundry, additional carparking and a grand lounge and dining area that opens up to a sizeable balcony and those breathtaking views. Add to that sumptuous interiors with exquisite detailing and a timeless palette of natural timber and stone, and it’s fair to say these residences are in a league of their own.
“These penthouse apartments are unique for retirement village living – the luxury feel, the size, the views,” says Orion Point Village Manager Helena Pearson. “There’s still a lingering assumption that moving into a retirement village is akin to moving into an old people’s home, but this is about as far as you can get from that. In fact you’d be hard pressed to find an apartment like this anywhere else in Auckland.”
As Helena points out, these platinum offerings are meticulously designed for those unwilling to surrender the finer things in life just because they’re entering their golden years.
“You are not forfeiting style and luxury just because you’re wanting to tap into what a village can provide. Not only is this luxury living with million dollar views, but all you have to do is hop into a lift outside your front door and you’ll be downstairs dining at the restaurant, sipping cocktails on the rooftop terrace or working out in the gym or swimming pool.”
Ignite Architect’s Mark Crean says the decision to include two penthouse apartments at Orion Point was a both a sign of the times, and a response to the outstanding site.
“When Metlifecare purchased this piece of land they knew they had a unique property. The retirement village market has become a lot more competitive and these days many providers have a premium offering in their villages. But at Orion Point the site is key. It’s on the coastal edge, down a very quiet end of its own peninsula, with far reaching views of the harbour, and it enjoys all day sun. Add all that together and it’s as good as it gets.”
And he should know. As Ignite’s Director of Living Environments Sector Lead – Aged Care, Mark is at the forefront of contemporary retirement village design and planning in Aotearoa New Zealand.
“It’s good to see our aged care providers wanting to provide this high level of offering more and more. I’d live here!”
But even for those who are not in the market for a penthouse suite, Orion Point’s one, two and three bedroom apartments and villas offer upmarket contemporary living in a village that’s thoughtfully designed for the good life.
“Moving into Orion Point is more like moving into a country club or resort. Every apartment and villa has good sun, many have great views and once complete, the village amenities will include everything from a wellness centre, library and hairdressers, through to a village green, a workshop and a craft room. You name it, it’s here!”
The main amenities block will become the heart of village life. “It’s a place full of vibrancy, activity and energy, where people can easily come together, so they don’t feel isolated or lonely.”
And in another couple of years there will be a 46 bed care home too, ensuring this discerning yet fun-loving community of retirees have access to the support they need, whatever stage of the journey they are at.”