The beginning of a new chapter
Blue Hills Residences is a place where you can feel safe and secure. A place where friendships can be formed and you can make your own lifestyle choices. We offer resort-style living that also allows you to enjoy many activities and amenities. This page contains information and responses to several questions often asked to our team. While this information has been prepared to be informative and helpful, it is subject to change and is not intended to replace legal documentation.
Tips on downsizing
Do your research
Start by reading advice from senior lifestyle and finance experts to better prepare yourself for the future.
Consider a single-level or downstairs property in case climbing stairs becomes a problem in the future.
One room at a time
There’s no need to tackle the whole house at once. Take a room-by-room approach to make the process easier and less daunting.
Crunch the numbers
Take the time to calculate what you might need to enjoy a new lifestyle, and if it’s reasonable.
Save the memories
When you’re looking at your possessions and furniture, think in terms of the future while preserving the past.
What are the costs?
Rates are assessed independently by the City of Casey based on market value and start at approx $580. A pensioner discount is available to eligible residents.
You are responsible to pay the legal fees for both Blue Hills and for yourself. Please speak with us directly for further information.
Stamp Duty Costs
Currently, there are no stamp duty costs associated with entering into a loan/lease agreement. However, if there were to be a change in legislation any stamp duty payable would be the responsibility of the purchaser.
No. Blue Hills is not a strata-titled village. All units are purchased under a loan/lease arrangement. These arrangements in Victoria are just as common as title based schemes. One of the big advantages of this arrangement is that stamp duty or GST is not payable on your purchase.
Of course, Blue Hills Residences is your home. Your family and friends are welcome to visit anytime and they are also welcome to use the facilities, as long as you accompany them. If your visitors are staying for any length of time we ask you to let the manager know for security reasons.
If you wish to sell your unit for any reason we can help you. We’ll market your unit for you via our waiting lists, websites and advertising campaigns. Together we will set the sale price. If you chose to sell through Blue Hills, we’ll charge you an agent’s fee of 2.5% of the sale price. You can, of course, elect to sell your unit through an outside real estate agent, the choice is yours.
Either yourself, your spouse/partner must be at least 55 years young or retired from full-time employment. You can continue to work as long as you’re over 55 and don’t use your unit or the community facilities as a place of business.
Existing pets are most welcome to take up residence at Blue Hills Rise. Large pets are most likely not suitable for the smaller style living options of the Stephanie Apartments.
Yes. All internal doors are 820mm wide and the front door width is 870mm. Ramps can be installed for around $150 each to the front and back doors.
Just have a wonderful time! Many of our residents travel for extended periods of time, especially the caravan owners. Blue Hills Residences will collect your mail for you and either forward it to you or keep it safe until your return. We will monitor your intrusion alarm, mow your lawns, everything will be taken care of for you. Please note that service fees will continue to be payable in your absence.
Blue Hills Residences is set approximately 3kms from Cranbourne Main Street. Blue Hills has a 12 seater bus that travels to Cranbourne shopping centre daily from Monday to Saturday. Other outings and activities are arranged by the social committee and include trips to the theatre, neighbouring gardens, casino etc. A regular public bus service also operates every 20 minutes just outside the village.
Yes, Langford Grange is situated inside Blue Hills Residence’s gates but it is not owned or operated by Blue Hills. It is a 120 bed fully accredited aged care facility that offers a mix of high care, low care, dementia-specific care, and respite care. Living at Blue Hills does not guarantee you automatic entry into Langford Grange. Each resident wanting to move to an aged care facility must first be assessed to determine the level of care required, and then the government rules on priority of access are applied.
For any further information on Langford Grange, or to organise a tour please contact them directly on (03) 5995 5693.
The deferred fee is the return to the owner for the investment that the company has made in establishing Blue Hills, providing the infrastructure such as roads, the club, the pool and other recreational and social facilities. It is essentially a delay in payment of the true market price by the resident until they leave the village.
Delaying the fee until leaving allows the resident access to more of their funds earlier, so they can enjoy their lifestyle. On the resale of your unit, Blue Hills deducts the deferred fee. This is calculated on the purchase price of your unit and it is 3% per year capped at 10 years. You’ll also receive on the sale of your unit 50% of any capital gain.
The community facilities are available for all residents and their families and guests. We only ask that you supervise your guests when using the facilities. The restaurant is open to the public and is also available for private functions. The Chapel is available for all residents, their family and guests. We hold a regular church service every Sunday. The Chapel is also available for the general public to hire for weddings.
The pool/woodwork building is available for residents, their families and guests. One room within that building is hired out for before/after school care Monday to Friday from 6.00 am to 9.00 am and 3.00 pm to 6.30 pm.
A consulting suite is available in the Country Club. Dr Sam Auteri from Casey Medical Centre visits Blue Hills Residences weekly. He is also available for house calls on this day. We also have a massage therapist; beautician and podiatrist visit our consulting suite on a regular basis. For any additional care and services please contact the Office and together with yourselves and your family an individual care plan can be facilitated.
There is a minimum of three (3) in each unit. These points are fixed; one is on your phone, next to your bed and in your bathroom. You will also receive a pendant. Please note these pendants only work inside or in close proximity to your home.
We have a suitably qualified staff member on site 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When the emergency call is activated, it will register to our mobile phone carried by the on-duty staff member. On receipt of the text, the staff will respond immediately. Smoke detectors and intrusion alarms are also monitored on-site through our emergency call system.
Phone systems have been purchased in bulk and therefore we’re able to offer free internal phone calls, free local and STD calls. Calls to mobiles and international calls will be invoiced to you directly. Line rental per month will be at a reduced rate plus GST Electricity has also been purchased in bulk through AGL. Each individual unit has an independent electricity meter, and Blue Hills distribute the bills monthly. All residents reserve the option to use an alternative electricity supplier; however, the cost of the connection and the replacement of the meter must be borne by them. A winter concession amount of approximately $140.00 is available to eligible residents.