Residents forge new friendships in Estate Forrest apartments

Residents of Landgoed Forrest regularly gather in the communal event space. Photo: Sally Job.

Richard and Sally Job spent 20 years living and raising their family in a large four-bedroom, three-bathroom house with a pool and large backyard in Farrah. When the children moved out of the house, they began to think about downsizing.

In “a moment of madness”, the couple checked out and Estate Forrest showed an apartment last year and immediately decided they wanted to live there.

Sally said they were a little hesitant about moving into an apartment after always living in a large house in the Woden Valley, but the thought of zero maintenance and a lower cost of living was a great benefit.

After six months of “getting it on” the couple settled in and while they enjoyed the carefree life in their new two bedroom apartment, Sally said there was an element of life in the Estate community that surprised her.

What she didn’t expect were the incredible friendships that would be made and the busy social life she would enjoy.

Early this year, Sally invited a few women to the surrounding apartments to join a book club. After meeting in the estate’s wine cellar and having a few drinks, the book club quickly became the ‘Champagne Ladies’ group.

“We get together once a month, take turns cooking and spreading out a little in the event space outside the community basement,” she said.

“We drink wine, talk over each other and have a good laugh.”

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have been eased, Sally hopes more Estate ladies will be excited to get involved.

Many of the men on the estate also get together regularly for a round of golf or bowling, and all residents will be invited to a communal Christmas party at the nearby South Canberra Bowling Club.

Sally is putting together an Estate newsletter in the hopes that residents can continue gatherings for regular walks with their dogs, bowl days and social outings.

She also plans to start a book swap and a “serious” book club.

There is a mix of older people, young couples, singles and families with children living in Estate, and Sally says it makes for a great community atmosphere where everyone looks out for each other.

“During the lockdown, we kept in touch and always checked in with each other,” she said.

“I’ve been in touch with the lady across the hall who lives alone. She hasn’t lived in Canberra for very long and doesn’t really know anyone.”

Sally says her neighbors wave when they pass, and she looks forward to meeting the many newcomers who have recently moved into the community.

With a prestigious address on State Circle, Estate offers a range of apartments, where penthouse style living is the norm and each home boasts grand, unrivaled fixtures and fittings.

Each Estate apartment owner has their own custom cabinetry with 60-bottle wine cabinets in the cellar, designed in consultation with Australian wine personality Tyson Stelzer.

Created by Addval developments, one of Canberra’s leading property developers, Estate has been expertly designed with extensive parkland and landscaped gardens connecting the three individualized buildings, whilst the basement also flows out to a beautifully maintained pocket park and BBQ area.

To learn more about Estate Forrest or to arrange a personal inspection, contact Charles Crowther at 1300 891 369.

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