Stage One Villas
Frequently asked questions
What does “licence to reside” mean?
In the context of Casa Mia Living and similar retirement villages, a “license to reside” typically refers to the legal agreement or contract that grants a resident the right to occupy a particular unit or apartment within the village.
This license outlines the terms and conditions under which the resident can live in the village, including the duration of the occupancy, the financial arrangements (such as the payment structure and any ongoing fees), and the rights and responsibilities of both the resident and the village operator.
Who can live at Casa Mia?
Seniors aged 65 and over are welcome to live at Casa Mia.
Can I stay with my partner?
Yes. We understand how important it is to enable couples to stay together for the rest of their ageing journey.
Does Casa Mia allow pets?
Absolutely. Our village is delighted to be pet-friendly, and residents are more than welcome to bring their cherished furry companions. Please note that pet approval is subject to the Village Manager’s consideration.
Will I have a garden?
The village is located across 10 acres so there are plenty of green spaces. We will also have community garden areas that we invite residents to enjoy, and all villas offer a courtyard.
Can I keep my car?
Yes. There are secure lockable garages with remote access available for residents with cars.
How do Casa Mia staff handle entry and exit from resident's rooms?
Respecting our residents’ privacy and personal space is paramount. Our staff will always knock and wait for an invitation before entering a resident’s home. In situations requiring immediate attention, such as emergency calls or if there is a concern for a resident’s safety, our team may enter without invitation, prioritizing their well-being.
Can I paint or decorate my villa?
Yes. However, if we are required to make any major alterations to return an apartment to sellable condition, there will be a cost to the resident, i.e. any significant changes to cabinetry and kitchens.
Do I bring my own furniture?
Yes. When you are a resident of Casa Mia, it is your home to furnish as you wish. We can also coordinate furniture packages if new furniture is required.
How many villas will be available at Casa Mia?
A total of 150 villas will be available on completion, anticipating around 220 residents. Construction is anticipated to commence late 2023.
Will the village have a laundry service?
Each resident will have a laundry in their villa.
Can my family visit me in the village?
Am I responsible for the renovation of my apartment?
Despite its obligations under the Act, Casa Mia Living will fund 100% of any renovation costs. Renovation means replacements or repairs other than reinstatement work.
Can I leave my villa to my family when I pass away?
No, the villas will be resold with the monies being transferred to the resident’s estate.
Why move into a Later Living Community with continuum of care?
At Casa Mia Living, our unique model of care and support is tailored to accompany residents from full independence through to palliative and end-of-life care if needed. Our residents will be able to confidently relish our vibrant village community lifestyle, knowing that 24/7 on-site care is readily available if and when it’s required. This means our residents will never face the need to transition to a separate aged care facility, ensuring they remain surrounded by familiar friends in their village and caring staff.
Is there a community bus for residents to access local shops or for excursions?
Yes. Our community bus will include transport to local shops and clubs and excursions within the wider community.
What social activities will be available?
Casa Mia is founded on the belief that life should be filled with purpose and the joy of doing what you love. Our village provides the perfect environment for discovering new and inspiring experiences within a lively, connected community. With our rich array of social activities, there’s something for everyone, whether it’s staying active, embarking on day trips, enjoying your favourite card games, or simply sharing laughter with new friends during a movie night.
Can residents create new groups or activities?
Absolutely. We wholeheartedly encourage our residents to pursue their individual interests. Even if it turns out they are the sole enthusiasts of a particular activity, it can become a wonderful opportunity to share their passion and introduce fellow village members to that engaging pursuit.
How do I secure a villa at Casa Mia Living?
What is a Deferred Management Fee? (DMF)
How much do villas cost at Casa Mia Living?
The cost for villas in Stage One range from $325,000 to $545,000 and options include one, two and three-bedroom villas. Villas in Stage Two are anticipated to have significant prices increases.
What are the ongoing costs at Casa Mia Living?
Ongoing costs while living at Casa Mia Living include a General Services Charge (a weekly fee) plus utilities. With regards to resident’s landlines, residents are able to port their existing landline phone number, which includes unlimited free local, national and Australian mobile calls.
Do you I need to pay Stamp Duty?
No, Casa Mia Living provides a 99-year license to occupy the villa, which does not require stamp duty.
Do I need to pay GST on the purchase?
No, Casa Mia Living is GST exempt.
Are there legal costs involved in the purchase?
While Casa Mia does not impose legal fees, we strongly advise prospective purchasers to seek independent legal counsel and representation, which may involve associated costs.
What happens if I need to sell my house before I can move in?
Casa Mia Living will allow residents make their contracts subject to the sale of their home. It may be possible to move in before settling on their home.
How does Casa Mia Living make money?
Casa Mia Living operates as a for-profit organisation, employing a membership-benefits model that provides services and benefits to its members. A portion of the deferred management fees contributes to Casa Mia’s overall business profitability.
What happens to residents if Casa Mia goes into liquidation or sold to another operator?
The ingoing contributions paid by residents and the services provided to them are covered by the Retirement Villages Act 1999 QLD. In the unlikelihood of a gap in transition of owner, an administrator is appointed by the courts and their obligation is to operate and run the community and services as set out in the residents’ contract.
How are you different to other retirement living and aged-care options?
What is Home Care Package Management?
What happens if my care needs change?
Our commitment to residents goes beyond the initial care plan. We will continuously assess and adapt residents’ care plans to ensure they receive the best possible care. Additionally, we’ll consistently review the funding options they are accessing to optimize their overall experience and outcomes.
What if I need someone to care for me in my villa?
Residents will receive care whenever required in their homes.
Is respite available at Casa Mia?
Yes. Private respite care will be available at Casa Mia Living.
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