Bright city lights are calling

A Melbourne retirement that puts you in pole position

There’s something about Melbourne. Victoria’s vibrant heart pulses with an energy that dazzles. Her cobbled laneways, hidden bars, arty enclaves, foodie hotspots, artisan markets and sporting venues offer a dazzling array of things to do, see and experience. For active, social retirees, making the move to Melbourne opens up a world of opportunities to get amongst it all.

When you think about a location that is connected to all that the city offers, you can’t go past South Melbourne. Home to the fabulous fresh food market, great cafes and restaurants, shopping and more, it’s just 10 minutes to the CBD by car and only a few minutes on the tram on nearby St Kilda road. Here, in this city location, is where you’ll find The Grace Albert Park Lake, a world-class retirement community by Australian Unity.

Rob Macpherson, National Sales Director, The Grace Albert Park Lake, says he’s receiving lots of interest from peninsula retirees who have had their eye on
The Grace for a while.

“We’re finding that The Grace is making sense to people who want to consolidate their city base, where Melbourne is on their doorstep. With kids and grandkids in the city still, that Mornington Peninsula Freeway drive every couple of weeks is looking less and less appealing,” says Macpherson. “We’re seeing people who are very keen to have a smaller city home with all the bells and whistles and keep their Portsea or Sorrento residence for long weekends and holidays”.

Designed by Fender Katsalidis, with interior design in collaboration with Mim Design, The Grace is 18-storeys of premium retirement living across the road from Albert Park Lake. Comprising expansive one, two and three-bedroom apartments, stunning shared spaces and a wellbeing centre, The Grace is akin to living in a luxury city resort.

“The Grace has an impressive rooftop terrace complete with kitchen, barbecue and bar area, and the views are breathtaking”, says Macpherson. “They sweep from the Melbourne skyline, across Port Phillip Bay and over Albert Park Lake. Indoors, there’s an opulent pool, spa, steam room and gym. On the same floor, there’s the residents’ piano lounge, private dining room and cinema. There are several community spaces – including a herb garden, philosopher’s den, artists’ studio and fabulous lounge space. The basement is a cool hangout zone and games room for big and little kids, with table tennis, video game machines and street art on the walls”.

Every luxury apartment at The Grace offers the ultimate in secure and private city living. You live amongst a community of people who are of a similar age and stage of life; who keep an eye out for each other. With key-pass entry and undercover basement parking, plus a concierge on the front desk every day, you can safely lock-up and leave whenever it’s time to head back to the peninsula.

“At The Grace, there’s new friends, old friends, fun, caring and professional staff. It’s like one big family you never knew you needed,” says Macpherson. “The residents at The Grace will tell you it’s the best move they’ve ever made. I love hearing this”.

Could the bright lights of the city be calling you? Think of the endless possibilities a Melbourne retirement could bring. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain.

For more information, call Martine on 0477 775 786 or visit

Peninsula Essence, Health & Wellness Feature – April 2021