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The emotions you experience when you retire, can be different for everyone. Often there is excitement about the freedom and time you will have, other people may feel sad about the ending of an era.

For those moving into a retirement community, this means new friends and new activities, against a backdrop of care and safety.

Fraser and Annette Ferguson are preparing to move from their family home in Mount Colah in Sydney’s north to a brand new, state-of-the-art apartment in Catholic Healthcare’s new retirement community of McQuoin Park, in the leafy north shore suburb of Wahroonga.

Construction of this new village is underway, with the first release of one, two, three-bedroom and penthouse apartments now selling.

For the Fergusons, looking after their large family home and beautiful garden has become cumbersome.

“At our age we just can’t keep up with the life that we’ve always lived. We’re not as strong and don’t have the energy we once had,” says Annette.

The thought of leaving their home has been emotional but, now the decision is made, Annette and Fraser can’t wait to start their next stage at McQuoin Park.

“I am looking forward to moving into our new home next year in June, having the freedom to do other things and most of all about doing less housework. It’s great that the upkeep and maintenance of the gardens, shared spaces and amenities is all taken care of,” says Annette.

The location of McQuoin Park was a huge drawcard for the Fergusons. The development boasts easy access to a host of dining, shopping and entertainment options as well as medical centres, and direct train links to Chatswood, the city and the Central Coast.

Swapping a large family home for a smaller property frees up plenty of funds and time for travel. Fraser and Annette would like to see the cherry blossoms in Japan and the flower shows in Dubai, and knowing their three-bedroom apartment will be safe and secure in their absence offers plenty of reassurance.

“It gives us peace of mind knowing we’re not going to come home to any drama, or overgrown lawns and gardens,” says Annette.

Annette is excited about the art and craft room, and Friday night happy hour.

“I think it will be lovely. I do lots of painting and they have lots of facilities there where you can meet likeminded, creative people. And at the end of the week I think it will be wonderful to all have a drink together.

“This next stage of life for us is a challenge, but it’s exciting.”

When complete, McQuoin Park will be a special retirement village for the modern retirement lifestyle.

Apartments will be spacious and light, have open-plan layouts ideal for living and entertaining; and include premium finishes. The village will feature shared spaces that bring people together, including a residents’ lounge and terrace, a dining room with a community kitchen for social events, a 40-seat cinema for movies and sporting events, a library, a billiards room and a men’s shed. There’s also an indoor swimming pool and a gym offering a variety of group exercise classes.

Find out more by calling 1300 221 271 or visit the McQuoin Park website at