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St Ives Carine Retirement Village has generated a lot of interest and we are keen to provide you with information on this exciting project as it comes to hand.  As a VIP member you will receive regular updates via email – If you haven’t already, please click here to become a registered VIP member.  Or please feel free to check back here regularly to catch up on the latest news.

Our frequently asked questions list was getting a bit long so we have added a list below with links to the answers to save you scrolling up and down the page.  Simply click on the question you are interested in, read the answer and then click on “back to the top” to pick another question from the list.

Q. What is the difference between St Ives Carine and Carine Rise?Master Site Plan

A. St Ives Carine is the proposed development by the St Ives Group of a 165 apartment retirement village and a planned “extra services” 120 suite residential aged care centre located near the junction of Almadine Drive and Silica Road.

Carine Rise is the overall project name chosen by joint venture partners Cedar Woods, St Ives Group and LandCorp for the redevelopment of the Carine TAFE site (bordered by Marmion Avenue, Almadine Drive, Silica Road and Emerald Way).  The development incorporates the St Ives Carine Retirement Village, St Ives Carine Residential Care and is expected to offer residential housing lots, villas and townhouses, commercial premises and the day care centre.

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Q.  How can I buy a St Ives Carine Retirement Village apartment?

A.  We will be offering our VIP members the chance to make an application for their new home off-the-plan in early 2015.  At that stage a deposit is required to accompany the application.  This deposit is expected to be between $5,000 and $10,000, with the final amount to be communicated to all VIP customers once the documentation is finalised.

By buying off-the-plan you will be given the opportunity to select from a range of finishes for your brand new apartment.  If you haven’t already, become a VIP member now by clicking here.

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Q.  When will I be able to move into my St Ives Carine Retirement Village apartment?

A.   Construction of St Ives Carine Retirement Village is expected to commence early 2015 and first residents are expected to be welcomed mid-2016.

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Q.  Can I see the floorplans for the St Ives Carine Retirement Village apartments?

A.  The St Ives Carine project team is proceeding with the design development and approvals.  It is envisaged that a design concept and floorplans will be available early 2015 prior to the off-the-plan offer to VIP members.  To become a VIP member, please click here.

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Q.  How many designs of apartments will there be to choose from?

A.  At this early stage of planning, specific floorplan designs have yet to be developed.  However, it is envisaged that a selection of a few floorplans will be available.  Most apartments would feature at a minimum two bedrooms, most with a study, and two bathrooms.  St Ives is also known for its use of clever design elements to create large open plan living spaces that seamlessly blend the indoor/outdoor entertainment areas that are so popular in Western Australia.

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Q.  What is the price range of the St Ives Carine Retirement Village apartments?

A.  When the design and apartment layouts are finalised and cost estimates prepared, an indicative price for the apartments will be available.  Please note this will be indicative only and will be subject to change as the plans are finalised and building contracts are signed.

At this early stage it is expected St Ives Carine Retirement Village apartments will be more than $750,000.  Depending on final designs and finishes, the premium homes within the village (such as penthouses) may be over $1 million.

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Q.  Does St Ives Carine Retirement Village have parking?

A.  The retirement village will feature secure underground car parking areas accessed via a remote controlled security door and have direct lift access to each floor.  Subject to final design, it is anticipated up to half of the apartments will have 2 car bays, while the remainder will be sold with 1 bay.  The carpark will also incorporate additional storage areas for each home.  This design is similar in concept to our popular St Ives Centro Retirement Village in Jolimont, and we invite you to visit St Ives Centro on any Sunday or Wednesday between 1pm-4pm to view.

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Q.  Will there be parking for my caravan/boat?

A. The St Ives Group has received feedback from interested VIP members regarding dedicated caravan/boat parking within the retirement village.  With the limited land available for the St Ives Carine Retirement Village development, this feature will not be possible.

At this early stage, St Ives may be able to make some caravan bays at the St Ives Northshore retirement village in Kallaroo available to a limited number of St Ives Carine buyers.  These bays would incur a charge and leases would be for a defined period of time, with renewal subject to availability.  St Ives Northshore is less than 10km from St Ives Carine Retirement village site.

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Q.  Will St Ives Carine be a “Lease for Life” or “Strata Titled” village?

A.  St Ives Carine Retirement Village will be a Lease for Life village.  This means you will pay no stamp duty on the purchase of your St Ives Carine Retirement Village apartment, saving you thousands of dollars.

Lease for Life is the term used where St Ives retains ownership of the land and buildings.  In all other ways the purchase of a Lease for Life apartment is the same as any other real estate purchase, including the fact that any capital appreciation of the apartment is retained by the buyer and not St Ives, less any relevant fees.

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Q.  Will there be any ongoing fees?

A. Retirement village residence contracts define all responsibilities for both the resident and the village operators and can differ from village to village. Prior to entering in to a contract the village operator is required to provide details of the village operating costs payable by the resident and for off the plan sales details of the proposed operating budget for the first year of operation.

Once the contracts are finalised and the disclosure information available, St Ives can proceed to offer the apartments for sale off-the-plan with full disclosure of any ongoing fees.

Ongoing fees could include a weekly service fee.  This fee helps to cover the cost of operating the village and maintaining common areas.  For example, this could include items such as:

  • administration and management of the village
  • staffing the 24 hour emergency call system
  • employing a Duty Officer
  • mowing of communal lawn areas
  • upkeep of communal gardens and reticulation
  • gutter cleaning
  • clubhouse facilities maintenance
  • maintenance of walkways, driveways and fencing
  • external building maintenance
  • building insurance for common facilities
  • electricity to common areas and
  • water consumption to common areas

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Q. Will penthouses be available?

A.  The designs of the apartments on the top floors have not been completed, but it is envisaged they will take advantage of this prime position.

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Q. How can I buy a residential lot if I am no longer interested in purchasing a Retirement Village apartment?

A.  Along with the retirement village and proposed residential care centre, the Carine Rise project also features commercial premises, residential lots, villas, townhouses and apartments.  Please note these do not form part of the retirement village or planned residential care centre and have now all been sold.  For further information please visit www.carinerise.com.au.

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Q. Can I have pets?

A.  In general, pets are not allowed except with the written agreement of St Ives.  Approval may be granted if the pet does not cause a nuisance, is kept clean, parasite free and in hygienic surrounds and does not interfere with the rights, quiet enjoyment and privacy of other residents.

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Q. Can all people in Carine Rise access the facilities and amenities of the village (eg. heated swimming pool, restaurant, gym, library, etc)?

A. It is envisaged that most of the facilities and amenities will be for the exclusive use of the St Ives Carine Retirement Village residents and their invited friends and family.  General members of the public, including purchasers of the residential land lots available in the wider Carine Rise project (of which St Ives Retirement Village is a part), are not expected to be able to access or use these facilities.  From time to time, St Ives may also use the facilities (eg. clubhouse meeting rooms).

At this early stage of planning, there is scope for some facilities (eg. restaurant, beauticians, etc) to be located with an external entry point to provide a retail opportunity for the village.  This opportunity could create a multi-generational meeting point and potentially provide a village facility without the maintenance costs forming part of the weekly fees (see ongoing fees question above).

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Q. Will there be an aged care facility at Carine?

A. St Ives Carine Residential Care is currently proposed to be co-located with the St Ives Carine retirement village development.  The new 120 room luxury and modern residential care centre will offer the very latest in extra-service residential care and accommodation, and the high quality care, accommodation and services St Ives is renowned for. Based on the current construction plans, the first residents of St Ives Carine Residential Care are anticipated to be welcomed in 2017.  To register for updates about St Ives Carine Residential Care, please click here.

You should be aware that current Commonwealth policy guidelines on admission to Commonwealth funded residential aged care facilities require places to be allocated on a “needs” basis.  It is not possible for St Ives to guarantee admission to Commonwealth funded residential aged care facilities.

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