Some of the Carlyle Gardens community facilities which include a large auditorium, medical centre, restaurant, hair salon, gymnasium, outdoor pool and bowling green.WALKING through the doors of Carlyle Gardens you could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived at a tropical resort rather than a seniors community.The lifestyle resort at 60 Beck Drive, Condon, run by Blue Care, offers an alternative to more traditional senior living options for people over 60 who want to stay active, social and live independently while still having the support of a close-knit community. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Newly refurbished apartment at Carlyle Gardens.With 47 activity groups, Carlyle Gardens is a place where everyone knows each other and residents like to give a friendly wave in passing.Senior Village manager Sue Stevens said the resort was in demand with 663 residents living in 458 homes and a vacancy rate of only 2 per cent.“We completely refurbish the interiors of the homes so that it’s current to today’s standards with stone benchtops, new products and all the electrics are modern,” she said. “They are independent living units and we look after the facility itself and the common garden areas but they can also personalise their front garden.“You still have a network around you and it’s the lifestyle that we offer that’s really attractive.”The lifestyle resort, which has been recently refurbished, has a licensed restaurant and bar, swimming pool with barbecue facilities, gym, 500-seat auditorium, bowling green, hobby workshop, arts and craft rooms, billiard table, a library and caravan and boat storage.The on-site medical centre means residents have access to a range of medical professionals as well as having access to Blue Care support services.All homes have spacious bedrooms, modern kitchens, airconditioning, hardwired smoke detectors, 24-hour emergency call system, security screens and ceiling fans. For more information visit retirementlivingtownsville. com or call 4755 6900.