The Central by Goodwin is one of those slick smart developments where nothing is out of place. It sparkles with newness in the very new suburb of Crace, where straight lines and squares are de rigeur and the plantings seem to comply with an order. I like a bit of old world, gnarled old trees and less concrete, floppy flowers and gentle curves but this award winning suburb is where the downsizing populace who need the added insurance of 24/7 care is but a computer screen away and the apartments on offer are a glossy brochure of choice. The Central by Goodwin is a development where the input from other developments has been considered and all aspects of the complex are of exceptionally high quality and thoughtful design. Who doesn’t want a desk you can close away in a cupboard. So too a laundry! And a bathroom without a bath because the older you get the harder it is to get in and out of one. So I’m told!
There are people in residence already and they were among a guest list of those who made this complex a reality who came together for a chic barbecue and official opening – with plaque of course – on a balmy Crace evening. And I met a happy bunch of ‘pre and post’ baby boomers who love their new apartments are coping well with being in the ‘burbs and for most are happy they’re now back close to their family and particularly the grandkids. The y even provide the services of a relocation team to help you get settled smoothly.
The star guest of honour for the opening, Paul Bongiorno, was served with dessert in the common area that is not common but very stylish, and he as a mature gent of certain years took delight in an insider’s view of ‘growing old disgracefully’, particularly with stories of our older Prime Ministers. After which with his wife and other interested sticky-beaks we poked our noses into every nook and cranny, opened all the cupboards, and the banks of kitchen drawers before giving the three bedroom apartment a big tick except for one thing, a lack of bookshelves. Paul is a bookie kind of bloke as are most of the pre e-book generation and to part with all is anathema to most. But maybe a Central at Goodwin library is an option. Want a peek? Then call 02 6175 5057 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org