Frequently Asked Questions
About Yarrbat Place Balwyn
Welcome to the perfect lifestyle, location, facilities and design. Regarded as one of Melbourne’s most exclusive retirement villages, Yarrbat Place offers luxury retirement living in Melbourne’s leafy Eastern suburbs. A boutique community, it is located in one of Boorondara’s most prestigious streets and in walking distance of the Balwyn shopping village, with trams to the city and Box Hill. A collection of just 42 luxury units and villas provide a home and lifestyle that is private, convenient and inspiring.
Who is Pinnacle Living?
Pinnacle Living is a Melbourne based, family owned company run by a team of property design, development and management experts. We started in 2004 with Tudor Village Lilydale, and followed in 2008 with Yarrbat Place Balwyn and Bellarine Springs in 2014.
Pinnacle Living specialises in creating and managing vibrant, high quality retirement communities. Our aim is to offer the best standards of quality in our homes, facilities, staff and services. We strive to meet the individual needs and desires of our residents by responding quickly and positively to ensure their comfort, happiness and peace of mind.
Why should I move to Yarrbat Place, Balwyn?
When you join the Yarrbat Place community, it will feel like you have joined an extended family. With more choices and freedom than ever before, you can make the most of everything life has to offer:
- Enjoy a completely independent active life among like-minded people.
- Security and peace of mind guaranteed in our high quality, spacious and private homes.
- Shopping, medical facilities and amenities of Balwyn within easy reach.
- Travel with ease using our free village bus service.
- Choose from a huge range of daily activities in our wonderful village setting.
- Plenty of space and privacy for our visitors and guests.
- Friendly management team who can respond quickly to your needs.
- Find an enlivened community of friends who make the most out of their retirement.
Who can live at Yarrbat Place Balwyn?
Yarrbat Place Balwyn is for independently capable people over 55 or those are retired from full time employment, and their partners. You’ll find a community of likeminded people who look for an easy, relaxing lifestyle that’s full of variety, warm friendships and peace of mind.
How is Yarrbat Place maintained?
Residents are responsible for the maintenance of the interior of their premises and private areas. However if residents choose they can access domestic and other help, on a user pays basis, we can assist in sourcing this for you. The Manager coordinates the maintenance of the exterior of all buildings, as well as common areas, grounds and facilities throughout the Village.
How does Yarrbat Place address security?
Being a gated community, residents have their own security access tag. All villas are fitted with front security doors and master keyed deadlocks. All have hard-wired smoke alarms. The facility is monitored by a comprehensive CCTV system, and the main building is alarmed and monitored. Residents may use the facilities at any time and admit visitors after hours by a colour video intercom system.
Yarrbat Place provides an emergency response system which residents operate by pressing a pendant and/or fixed button within their unit. The system is monitored 24 hours a day by Yarrbat Place staff. All staff are qualified to minimum First Aid Level 2 standard, and are familiar with the village and proficient in emergency management.
What facilities are at Yarrbat Place?
- 24 hour emergency call system
- Dining Room
- Lounges with open fire place
- Billiards & Game Room
- Computers with broadband internet access
- Indoor heated swimming pool
- Daily newspapers
- Outdoor barbeque
- Residents’ bus
- Library of books
- Business Centre
Activities may include*
- Concerts & cultural events
- Book Club
- Food & Wine Appreciation
- Day excursions including sporting events
- Visiting guest speakers
- Indoor bowls
- Cards games
- Friday evening happy hour
- Walking group
- Computer classes
- Painting group and classes
*Dependent upon Residents’ demand
Services arranged by Yarrbat Place on a user pay basis:
- Visiting Doctors
- On site and home-visit hairdressing
- Podiatry/foot massage
- Physiotherapy exercise groups
- Body Massage
- Home help
In addition, the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the City of Boroondara provide eligible residents with a range of services such as meals-on-wheels, home help and district nursing.
Proximity to services
- Shopping Centres – Whitehorse Road and Belmore Road shopping in Balwyn, the newly renovated Westfield Doncaster, Camberwell Junction retail precinct, and Box Hill
- Bus Stop – close by in Balwyn & Union Road
- Train Station – Surrey Hills
- Respite Care – Can be arranged should the need arise
- Public Hospital – Box Hill (including emergency ward)
- Private Hospitals – Epworth Eastern Box Hill, Cabrini Malvern
What about insurances?
The Village has public liability and building insurance for all the buildings and common property throughout the Village. Unit owners obtain their own insurance for contents, and any other individual policy need.
Can I get help with cleaning and housekeeping?
If you would like some extra help with looking after your home, we can arrange this for you. We can also guide you about the type of services and facilities or options that may be available through the Council or other care providers.
I know Yarrbat Place is in a great location, but what happens when I choose not to drive anymore?
Yarrbat Place has its own transport service for shopping, social and cultural excursions. We are also well serviced by public transport: Public bus services to Doncaster and Camberwell operate along Balwyn Road. Regular train services run from Camberwell and Surrey Hills station to Melbourne.
Can I bring my pet?
Certainly, pets are always welcome at Yarrbat Place as long as you keep them in accordance with the relevant policy, so they won’t be a nuisance to other residents. We require that dogs be kept on a leash throughout the Village.
Can I bring my furniture and belongings?
Of course! Yarrbat Place Balwyn will be your home. We are more than happy to advise of service providers to help with any part of sorting, packing and transport for your move to Yarrbat Place.
What if I’m going away for a while, for example on a holiday?
You are completely free to go on a holiday whenever you wish. Simply let our Village Manager know about your plans and we will make any arrangements to look after your home and collect your mail whilst you are away and welcome you home again, and we’ll be sure to turn on your heating in the winter! All ongoing external maintenance will be taken care of by your monthly service fee.
Can I have a friend or family member to stay?
Your guests are always welcome at Yarrbat Place Balwyn and can share in enjoying the facilities and activities with you while in the Village. You must stay with your guests while they are in your home, or any other part of the Village. You can arrange for guests to stay with you by letting the Village Manager know of their arrival and departure so that we are aware of who is in the Village.
Can I get help with moving in?
We know that moving house can be challenging and takes effort and organisation. Our experienced and caring staff are always happy to help you make your move into an easy and positive experience. We have a close network of experienced and caring individuals & organisations that can help with a whole range of tasks and services including:
- Interior decoration of your new home
- Professionally assessing your existing house and contents to plan your new home
- Sourcing reputable tradesmen to ensure your house is presented in the best possible condition for sale
- Redirecting mail & change of address notification
- Disconnecting and re-connecting utilities
- Recommending a removalist, a Real Estate Agent and experienced lawyer
What else should I know?
Deciding where to live in your retirement years requires a lot of thought and sound professional advice. Consumer Affairs Victoria have produced a guide called “Retirement villages – Guide to choosing and living in a retirement village” . This guide can be helpful in deciding if a retirement village is the right option for you. It also provides impartial information on your rights and responsibilities while you live in your retirement village. We provide you with a free copy for your reference when you visit us. We recommend that you use this as a reference guide and take it with you whenever you conduct your research. You can also access this guide online: click here (PDF).
The Team at Yarrbat Place
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