FAQs

Moving Into Treeview

Why should I think about moving to a Retirement Village?

There are many personal and practical reasons why you might decide to move to a retirement village:

  • Free yourself from the responsibilities of a larger home
  • Travel knowing that your house is safe and secure while you are away
  • Companionship and friendship in a village lifestyle
  • A wide variety of activities are available to pursue at your own pace
  • Peace of mind knowing you are part of a safe and secure community, close to medical and other facilities
  • Reassurance for your family knowing that you are part of a caring community and support is close at hand

Who should you talk to, to help make this decision?

We encourage family members to be involved in the choice of a retirement village. Bring them along to Treeview with you, as they will have just as many questions as you do. Our staff can answer your queries, but we also encourage you to obtain financial and legal advice about your decision. Also, existing residents are more than happy to talk to you about their decision to make the move.

What does Treeview Estates have to offer?

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the spacious design of our Lithgow retirement village including our homes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. With quality details and modern finishes there’s also plenty of room to entertain your family and friends.

Our Lifestyle Centre is the hub of our community. Catch up with friends over a coffee, relax by the gas fire with a book from the library, enjoy a special dinner in the function centre or take advantage of the on-site beauty salon, massage therapist or podiatrist.

There’s also the peace of mind knowing that a medical centre and hospital are on your doorstep and the convenience of Lithgow’s shops, cafes, entertainment and train services nearby.

Can I have pets?

Your much loved pet is welcome at Treeview Estates provided consideration is given to your neighbour’s privacy and convenience and certain conditions are met.

We do have a shoulder height limit on dogs of 45cm so please check with the Treeview team to ensure your dog complies with the limit. We also limit the number of pets to either one cat and/or one dog or two indoor cats.

Can I reserve a specific villa?

Yes, you can reserve your choice of villa by signing a Reservation Form and paying a fully refundable $1,000 deposit. The deposit is held in our solicitor’s trust account and is refundable should you change your mind. No charges or fees apply. Your reservation lasts for 90 days which will give you ample time to arrange the sale of your existing home. The reservation period can be extended if needed.

Will I have to pay a deposit?

After you have paid the $1,000 initial deposit, our solicitors will send your solicitor a Retirement Village Contract at a mutually agreeable time. You will then need to pay a further $4,000 deposit on signing of the contract. No further payments are required until the settlement of your villa.

What if I need to sell my current home first?

You may reserve your villa subject to the sale of your current property and our experienced staff will be happy to help you plan and undertake this process.

Can I save money by moving to Treeview?

Yes. Stamp Duty is not payable on your lease so you will save around $20,000 compared to buying a conventional house or strata title property. Also, the villas are not strata titled so you don’t have to worry about village management and maintenance. All maintenance of the village is taken care of by Treeview.

These are two of the many benefits of buying into a retirement community.

Does Treeview have a settling in period?

Yes, under the terms of the Retirement Villages Act, Treeview offers you a three month settling in period to allow you plenty of time to adjust to your new village lifestyle. Please ask our staff for more details.

What age must I be?

The Retirement Villages Act requires that a villa must be occupied by at least one person aged over 55.

What type of contract do I sign?

When you choose a home at Treeview Estates you sign a Retirement Village Contract and enter into a lifetime lease on the villa of your choice. The lease entitles you to the uninterrupted occupation of your home and full enjoyment of all village facilities for life. You have legal protection under the Retirement Villages Act of NSW, the lease is registered with the lands title office and you may re-lease your villa at any time.

Please click on this link if you would like a copy of our proforma Contract and Lease

What are the financial arrangements?

When you come to the end of your lease and once your villa is re-leased the proceeds will be subject to an industry-standard departure fee of 5% for each of the first three (3) years and 3% for each of the following seven (7) years. If the term of your lease is less than 10 years you pay less than 36%. If the term of your lease is longer than 10 years your departure fee is capped at a maximum of 36%. The departure fee is be based on the price you initially leased the villa for.

Also, any capital gain on the villa is shared equally between you and Treeview Estates.

In the event of your incapacity or death, your spouse’s rights and entitlements continue and your Trustee or Executor will have the same rights of the lease as you do.

Please give us a call if you require any further information regarding the financial aspects of your Treeview lease.

How much is the monthly maintenance levy and what does it cover?

A monthly maintenance levy of $416.40 for singles and $460.50 for couples will be payable to cover village operations, common area gardening, maintenance, building insurance, council rates, operation of the lifestyle centre, village bus, emergency call system and other services.

What happens should I wish to leave Treeview Estates?

You are free to move from Treeview at any time. You may choose to re-lease your villa by using the services of Treeview management who maintain an extensive list of potential residents or you are welcome to use an independent real estate agent.

Important Information

Who operates Treeview Estates?

Treeview Estates is owned by Treeview Estates Pty Ltd. Treeview Estates was founded in 2006 by the directors Andrew Evetts and Ian O’Rourke. Andrew is the Managing Director and the village now employs over ten staff.

How much is the monthly maintenance levy and what does it cover?

A monthly maintenance levy of $416.40 for singles and $460.50 for couples will be payable to cover village operations, common area gardening, maintenance, building insurance, council rates, operation of the lifestyle centre, village bus, emergency call system and other services.

What happens should I wish to leave Treeview Estates?

You are free to move from Treeview at any time. You may choose to re-lease your villa by using the services of Treeview management who maintain an extensive list of potential residents or you are welcome to use an independent real estate agent.

How do I organise moving in?

We’ll provide all the advice you need before your move-in date and our staff will be on site on the day to assist with a smooth transition to your new home.

What are some of the social events at Treeview?

Treeview has a range of social clubs and activities occurring throughout the year including regular bus outings to surrounding places of interest, exercise classes, pool games, indoor bowls, line dancing, chess, canasta, art classes, movie screenings and a knitting circle.

What medical facilities are available?

All villas are equipped with a 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency call system. We have a large doctors surgery situated next to our main entrance and Lithgow hospital and associated medical facilities are 100 metres away.

Apart from village facilities, what else is nearby?

  • On our doorstep is the Bowenfels Medical centre and the Lithgow hospital with a heated hydrotherapy swimming pool.
  • The Bowen Inn Motel is also next door with an affordable restaurant and accommodation for visiting family and friends.
  • Three Tree Lodge aged care facility is situated next to the hospital.
  • 350m from the Village you’ll find a Coles Express convenience store and a service station.
  • A five-minute drive brings you to both Club Lithgow and the Lithgow’s Workies club which have bowling greens, dining venues, bars and live entertainment.
  • Also within a short drive of the village are a range of restaurants and cafes, a golf course and an art gallery.
  • Lithgow offers all the shops and facilities of a large regional town including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and Harvey Norman
  • Within a short drive are all the wonders of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area including Katoomba, Leura, Blackheath, Jenolan Caves and the Wolgan Valley.

What transport is available to residents?

  • There is a council bus stop at the main entrance of Treeview Estates running almost every hour stopping at the hospital, Main Street, shops, supermarkets, clubs, City Rail and surrounding suburbs.
  • Treeview has a village bus which can be used to transport you to local shops. Residents may choose to take the village bus on their own outings to local destinations.
  • Taxis and Lithgow Community Transport are available for residents to arrange when required.
  • Sydney’s CityRail train stops in Lithgow and connects to all major Sydney suburban destinations and Blue Mountains villages for a cost to seniors of only $2.50.

Can I have overnight visitors or short stay guests?

Visitors are always welcome and residents may accommodate guests for short and longer stays.

Is car parking available for guests?

A visitor’s parking space is provided in front of each villa’s private garage and additional spaces are located throughout the village.

Do I have any say in Village affairs?

Treeview has a committed and involved Residents Committee (RC), which is the main communication channel between residents and village management. RC meetings are held regularly throughout the year and residents are encouraged to contribute. Elections to the RC are held annually. There is an Annual Management Meeting (usually in October) presented by management and is open to all residents. Treeview management’s door is always open so feel free to drop in if you have any questions or issues.

Do you have Village Rules that I can look at?

Certainly. Just click the link below to download a PDF of our village rules.

Treeview Village Rules

Do you have a Complaint and Internal Dispute Resolution Policy?

We certainly do. Just click the link below to download our Complaint & Internal Dispute Resolution Policy.

Complaint and Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure

Do you have an Elder Abuse Strategy?

Yes we do, Please click on the link below to download the PDF of our Elder Abuse Strategy.

Elder Abuse Strategy

Is Treeview a signatory to the Retirement Living Code of Conduct?

Yes, Treeview is a Foundation Member of the Retirement Living Code of Conduct.

Accordingly, we adhere to the following general principles in all our dealings with our current, potential and future residents, and relevant stakeholders:

  • Act with integrity;
  • Act professionally;
  • Maintain regulatory compliance;
  • Be fair and reasonable;
  • Strive for clarity;
  • Be transparent and accountable; and
  • Respect the dignity of residents and stakeholders.

You can find a copy of the Retirement Living Code of Conduct here.