in the heart of Kiama
Blue Haven Terralong Village is all about community. It has 203 independent living units set across 5 stages of landscaped grounds, and is located between Kiama’s Leisure Centre and shopping hub.
THE HEART OF KIAMA
Where lifestyle is central
Since 1979, Terralong Village has been part of the Kiama landscape. Having grown through the years to include 5 stages of living designed to suit a variety of needs and budgets. Retirees love the proximity to the main street (literally on the doorstep for some!) – offering superb convenience and lifestyle options all year round.
It’s easy to picture living here…
The Leisure Centre (including pool, aerobics, spa and sauna) and supermarket are less than 500 metres from every unit, while beaches and the harbour are 2 minutes’ drive. All village residents have access to Stage 5’s Sky Lounge and Conservatory all year round.
With over 200 units and a loan-licence structure that offers a wide range of prices, you can find the place that suits your needs. Naturally, units with more bedrooms and/or more views cost more.
AN ACTIVE COMMUNITY
As well as Blue Haven’s calendar of social events, you have easy access to Kiama’s wide variety of clubs and groups. Enjoy everything from bridge to bowls, singing to stitching, tennis to theatre. Terralong is central to it all - and close to the highway for your next road trip.
“We've been at Blue Haven for 7 years, and we've loved every moment!”
Blue Haven Terrralong Resident
EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS
A Mix of 1-Bedroom Units
Terralong Village contains 5 distinct buildings called ‘Stages’. Stage 1 comprises 16 fully renovated single bedroom units set across two levels (the top level is accessed by well-designed stairs). Each unit has its own balcony and is set among established trees, enjoying easy access to Kiama’s CBD. Averaging 44m2, these units are ideal for one person.UNIT PRICING AND AVAILABILITY FLOOR PLANS
Large 1-Bedroom Units
Located on the corner of Terralong Street and Havilah Place, this 6-level building contains 51 one-bedroom units, each with balconies and ranging in size from 57m2 to 100m2. The larger floor plans include a den that can be converted to a second bedroom. Lift access and ramps are provided, as is parking on the ground floor.UNIT PRICING AND AVAILABILITY FLOOR PLANS
Large 2-Bedroom Units
With access from Thomson Street, this newer stage includes 21 units across 3 levels. It contains 15 popular 90m2 unit floor plans and 6 larger 110m2 units at each end that feature 2 bedrooms plus an extra study/possible third bedroom. The building includes garaging and storage bays and is connected to stage 3 and 5.UNIT PRICING AND AVAILABILITY FLOOR PLANS
7 Levels of Unit Ranges
Accessed further up Thomson Street, Stage 5 is cleverly built into the natural slope of the land, with 88 units on offer from 1-bedroom through to huge 188m2 apartments that include ample outdoor terraces. Stage 5 offers some great views and includes common areas, the Sky Lounge and Conservatory.UNIT PRICING AND AVAILABILITY FLOOR PLANS
Frequently Asked Questions
Who owns Blue Haven Terralong? keyboard_arrow_up
Kiama Council owns and operates Blue Haven, which comprises Blue Haven Terralong (200 Independent living units) and Blue Haven Bonaira (59 Independent living units), a 134 bed Residential Aged Care Home with dedicated dementia households and Community Support Services consisting of In Home support and services to assist you to continue to live at home. Blue Haven Community Services also offer disability support and are an NDIS provider as well as a Community Transport service.
Please see separate Blue Haven Bonaira Independent Living FAQs for more information.
How are decisions made concerning the operation of the Village? keyboard_arrow_up
The Blue Haven Committee consists of a number of citizen representatives and elected Councillors which meets quarterly. Representatives of the Blue Haven Residents Committee may also attend these meetings in order to assist in the flow of information. These meetings are open to the public.
What happens if I need to move from my Independent Living Unit to the Residential Aged Care Home? keyboard_arrow_up
Blue Haven recognises the importance of being close to your spouse should they require either respite, or full time residential aged care.
While every effort is made to assist those Independent Living Unit Residents who may eventually require this type of accommodation, the allocation of available places is on an assessed needs basis, with Blue Haven Residents and the broader community being treated equally.
What happens to the money I pay for my Independent Living Unit? keyboard_arrow_up
Your money is safe with Council and controlled by the terms of the contract (loan licence agreement) between the resident and Council. The “price” of an Independent Living Unit at Blue Haven represents an interest-free loan to Council, in return for which the resident receives a licence to occupy the Unit.
There are presently two options available to residents at Blue Haven:
Option 1 (Available on units in Stages 1 to 4 only).
70% of Option 2 price and no refund after 11 months.
This option represents the payment of 70% of the normal loan amount required for a particular unit. The amount paid is then amortised completely over a period of 11 months on a daily pro-rata basis. In return, the resident(s) retains the right to live in the unit for as long as they are able to care for themselves in the self-care environment.
Option 2 (Applies to all units -Stages 1 to 5 and all garages / car spaces).
6% per annum reduction for the first 5 years, capped at 30%.
This option has always been available at Blue Haven and provides the resident to pay an interest free loan to Council. Refer to our The attached price list shows the Option 2 price, as this is the option selected by the majority of people. When the unit is no longer required, the outgoing resident (or their estate) receive the original amount paid, less 6% of this amount for each year of occupation (calculated on a daily pro-rata basis). (This 6% per annum reduction is known as “amortisation”, the maximum amount of which is 30%, which would occur after 5 years of occupation.)
When the unit is no longer required, a new occupant is found by Council and the balance of loan monies due is refunded within 14 days. Should a new occupant not be found after the expiration of 6 months, the Council undertakes to still refund the full amount due at the end of this 6-month period.
Summary of options
- Option 1
Available on Stages 1 to 4 only and provides for the payment of 70% the normal cost of entry and no refund after 11 months.
- Option 2
Available on all independent living units and garages and provides for the amount refundable, being reduced by 6% for each year of occupancy on a daily pro-rata basis (maximum 30% reduction at 5 years).
Are unit prices negotiable? keyboard_arrow_up
Whilst the prices of Independent Living Units are not negotiable, Option 1 (described above) provides a means whereby certain units may be accessed at a reduced price.
How are weekly maintenance levies calculated and what do they include? keyboard_arrow_up
Unlike a Strata-Unit, there are no individual Council or water rates payable by the resident. Rates and charges, grounds maintenance and maintenance/replacement of the inclusions in resident’s units are all covered by the one low weekly maintenance levy. Individual residents pay their own contents insurance (of their privately-owned furniture), individual electricity and telephone. Stages 4 & 5 also have a common hot water supply, which is charged on an annual basis.
Maintenance levies are only varied having regard to the actual costs associated with the operation of the Retirement Village (Independent Living Units). There is no cross subsidisation between any of the three tiers of the Retirement Village or any other aspect of Council’s operations.
Prior to the setting of maintenance levies for the next twelve month period, a proposed budget is placed before a meeting of all residents. The budget, once approved by the residents, together with any recommendations as to increases in maintenance levies, is then placed before the Blue Haven Board and Council for final approval.
The Current Weekly maintenance levies for 2019/2020 are shown below.
|Unit type||One occupant||Two occupants|
|Stage1 & D||$78.00||$83.25|
|B & C||$85.50||$87.75|
|E, F & L||$93.00||$96.25|
|H, K & N||$99.00||$101.25|
|J & M||$97.00||$100.00|
|O & P||$85.50||$87.75|
|Stage 5 car space||$1.00||$1.00|
|Garage (remote & S. 1)||$3.00||$3.00|
Are lock-up garages/car spaces included in the cost of the Unit? keyboard_arrow_up
As many residents move to Blue Haven because they no longer drive, there has been no requirement to build the same number of garages/car spaces as Units. The lock-up garages or secure under cover car spaces available depend upon which building in which your unit is located. Car accommodation is subject to the same loan licence conditions as Independent Living Units. Garage prices range between $7,500 and $15,000. Stage 5 car spaces are $,5000.
What services are available to residents of the Independent Living Units at Blue Haven?
The full range of Blue Haven In Home care services and packages, are available to independent living unit residents, including but not limited to; cleaning support, general maintenance, meal preparation, washing and laundry, shopping and outings and use of Blue Haven’s Community Transport service.
In a medical emergency, Village Residents firstly dial “000”. After they have called the ambulance (or if they are unable to use the phone), they activate the “Vitalcall” emergency call system, which consists of a radio operated pendant in each Unit. This call registers with the Resident Caretakers who are then able to assist the ambulance staff in locating the Resident. This system operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
The Village Centre is the focal point for the many social activities enjoyed by residents. These include carpet bowls, crafts, games (especially cards), “Melbourne Cup Lunches” to name a few. Residents are also free to enjoy the Village Centre with visiting friends and relatives.
What is the role of the Resident Caretakers? keyboard_arrow_up
Council has engaged a two husband and wife couples who live in the Village. Their primary responsibilities are:
- 24 hour monitoring of the emergency call system
- Assisting ambulance officers to access Residents’ units
- Maintenance of lawns and garden areas
- Day to day maintenance of buildings
Can I have guests stay in my Independent Living Unit? keyboard_arrow_up
Most certainly, it is your home. Permission is however required for stays in excess of four weeks.
Within what price range are units available at Blue Haven? keyboard_arrow_up
Option two prices of Independent Living Units across stages 1 to 5 can be found on the website. These prices are reviewed annually and currently range between $230,000 and $960,000.
Are there any additional charges payable upon entry or at departure?
There are no additional charges payable upon entry or at departure. The loan licence agreement is also exempt from stamp duty.
When can I view a unit at Blue Haven Terralong? keyboard_arrow_up
Providing the privacy of residents is respected, visitors are welcome to inspect all common areas within Blue Haven Terralong during normal office hours, the office is located via entrance to (Stage 5) at 55 Thomson Street, Kiama.
If you’d like to ensure you can speak with someone about a unit, we recommend you arrange an appointment by calling Blue Haven Customer Service on (02) 4203 4055 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Blue Haven have a waiting list for a unit? keyboard_arrow_up
Yes, the current wait list for Blue Haven Terralong range from 5 to 10 years.
The following waiting list policy applies to all previously occupied units:
- Any person (with a disability or over the age of 55), may lodge an application to be placed on the wait list for currently occupied units
- This application must include a unit selection, being a list of all units that they would accept
- No wait list fee applies
- Available units will be offered firstly to those on the wait list
- If there are no takers for a particular unit from those on the wait list that unit will be offered to any other person on a first come, first served basis
- A person on the wait list who turns down the offer of a nominated unit, will be placed in last position on the wait list for all nominated units. Should that person then become eligible to be offered another nominated unit during the following twelve months, they will be deemed to have also declined that unit
- A person on the wait list may amend their unit selection up to a maximum of three times
- The wait list will be published on the Blue Haven website www.bluehavenillawarra.com.au
This policy may be amended from time to time at the discretion of Council, any changes to the policy will be communicated to residents and potential residents on the wait list by email.
Is it possible to change units once you have taken up residency? keyboard_arrow_up
No, unfortunately it is not possible to change between units, once you have commenced living at Blue Haven Terralong Village.
Please also note that:
- Council reserves the right to vary or discontinue Options 1 and 2 at any time (this would not affect existing residents).
- Effective from 1/1/2012, only existing residents and those who have placed their name on the wait list as at that date, will be able to smoke within the Village (excluding common rooms).
- New residents from 1/1/2012 (excluding those on the wait list at that date) will not be permitted, under the Village Rules, to smoke in their unit, or in any other part of the land or buildings occupied by the Retirement Village. This rule also applies to visitors & guests.
- The allocation of a unit is subject to a professional assessment of the potential resident’s ability to live independently and review of information obtained from resident’s doctor.
- This assessment is undertaken by Council staff, prior to a specific unit being offered.
- Loan amounts and maintenance levies are subject to regular review by Council. Any figures provided are an indication only and are subject to confirmation prior to settlement.
- This document should be read in conjunction with the following documents that must, under the Retirement Villages Act, be provided to you prior to acquiring a unit:
Blue Haven Retirement Village Disclosure Statement & General Enquiries, 2011 xxx
Does Blue Haven operate any other Retirement Villages? keyboard_arrow_up
Kiama Council operates two Retirement Villages in Kiama, being Blue Haven Terralong and Blue Haven Bonaira located 14a Bonaira Street, Kiama.
To find out more about Blue Haven Bonaira, visit: www.bluehavenillawarra.com.au