Resident Stories & Competitions
09 February 2022

The Beauty of Locking Up and Leaving When Living in a Lifestyle Community

There are many benefits when downsizing to a lifestyle community from enjoying resort style amenities, keeping socially and physically active to having the opportunity to meet like-minded people. One benefit downsizers Mandy and Brian Howe enjoy, is the freedom to be able to lock up their home knowing it is part of a secure community and hit the road in their RV for their next adventure!


The Howe’s moved to the Valhalla Community four years ago after deciding it was time to downsize from their family home. With the move, Mandy made the decision to retire from work to care for her mother and allow more time to spend with her grandchildren, whilst Brian continued with full time work

Life at the Valhalla Community

Located in Chain Valley Bay on the coast of NSW, the Valhalla Community offers a vibrant social setting for residents who enjoy an active lifestyle. The community hosts an array of amenities including a pool, lawn bowls, croquet, tennis court, and even a mini golf putting green. “The community sports are a great way to get to know people and keep yourself active. You can do as little or as much as you like,” said Mandy.

A perk of living at the Valhalla Community is the secure parking for residents RV and caravans. “It is great to know that while at home the RV is safely tucked away in the locked compound. When we go away, we have peace of mind knowing that our home will be safe within the community,” said Mandy.


Last December, Transport for NSW visited the community offering helpful resources for older drivers including a caravan safety checklist, QR cards, safety brochures, ‘On the Road at 65+’ booklets, and even complimentary hi-vis vests in case of a roadside breakdown. “We really enjoyed the visit from Transport for NSW. It was nice to see that they understand our needs and are looking out for everyone’s safety on the road,” said Mandy.

Pictured: Brian and Mandy Howe with a representative from the Transport for NSW during a recent visit to the community

Having travelled throughout NSW and majority of Victoria in their last van the Howe’s decided it was time to trade up for a newer and bigger RV which also calls the Valhalla Lifestyle Community home. “There have been many great trips, but I would have to say our favourite trips would be to Phillip Island and the trip we took down to the Murray and then back up to Dubbo and across to the east coast,” concluded Mandy.


Where to next? We will have to wait and see where the Howe’s next adventure will take them!

Learn more about what life could look by visiting the Valhalla Community on the website.

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