If you could move into your ideal downsize home, what would it look like?

Are you 50 plus and thinking about your next move? If that might mean downsizing in some way, we'd love to get your thoughts on the type of downsized housing solution that you'd be most interested in. This is NOT about a managed retirement living facility - we are simply looking at how to design housing that appeals most to seniors who have not or don't want to move into retirement villages. 

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* 1. First tell us a little about yourself...  I am...

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* 2. I live in 

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* 3. My current place of residence is ...

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* 4. I am ..

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* 5. My current home is best described as ...

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* 6. Which of the following features of your current home might prompt you to downsize?

  Not a concern A minor concern Neither/neutral A moderate concern A major concern
Too old/out of date
Too far from shops
Too far from public transport
No longer suitable to my needs
Too much maintenance of the garden/outside (including pool if you have one)
Too expensive to heat or cool
Too far from medical centre/support
Too large
Too many stairs or changes in level
Too expensive or impractical to upgrade to suit my needs
Too small
Too much maintenance of the house

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* 7. Now tell us about your ideal downsize. Would it be into a ...

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* 8. Your ideal downsize dwelling would be part of how many other similar dwellings in a project or community?

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* 9. Which of the following location features would be important for your ideal downsize?

  Not important Somewhat important Neither / don't care Important Very important
Near to shops
Near to a medical centre or services
Near a hospital
Near public transport
Near to restaurants and entertainment
Roughly in the same neighbourhoud as I'm in now
Near parkland or open space
Near to the water/sea
Elevated with views
Near or in the CBD/city centre

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* 10. How many bedrooms would your ideal downsize include?

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* 11. How many car spaces would your ideal downsize include

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* 12. What other features are most important in planning your ideal downsize?

  Not important Some importance Neither/no opinion Important Very important
A well equipped and spacious laundry
A modern well equipped kitchen
Private outdoor or balcony space
A walk in wardrobe
Features designed to allow me to age in place
The latest digital technology built in
A separate study
Large/spacious bedrooms
Large/spacious living areas
A storage cage or dedicated storage space
Single level throughout

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* 13. There are design features that will help you stay longer in your downsize. Which of these do you think are most important?

  Not important Some importance Neither/no opinion Important Very important
Double vanities
Flush thresholds at entry and bathrooms
Waist height power points
Wider doorways
Wider passageways
Trip free (no hob) showers
Provision for handrails in bathrooms

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* 14. Now in designing your ideal downsize kitchen, which of the following would be important considerations?

  Not important Somewhat important Neither/no opinion Quite important Very important
Walk in pantry
Large fridge space with water connection
Double sink
Large pantry space
Oven/microwave at waist height
Island bench
Task lighting/benchspace lighting
Ample bench space
Kitchen integrated into living space
Natural light and ventilation
Latest European appliances
Min four burner stove and large capacity oven

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* 15. What group, shared or communal facilities would you most want in your ideal downsize?

  Not important Somewhat important Neither/no opinion Quite important Very important
A staffed concierge desk/reception area
Gymnasium
An outdoor entertaining/BBQ area
Swimming pool
A dedicated Yoga/pilates or exercise space
Extensive landscaping/gardens
Visitor carparking
Clubhouse or community centre

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* 16. What type of management presence or arrangement do you think is most important?

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* 17. Which of these personal services would you be prepared to pay for if they were offered as part of my downsize options?

  Never/rarely Occasionally Neither/no opinion/don't know Sometimes Always/routinely
Someone at call in an emergency
Someone to coordinate cleaning
Someone who can walk or feed my pets when I am away
Someone to help with minor maintenance eg replace lightbulbs or fix leaky taps
Someone to help with internet/technology
Someone who can arrange or coordinate medical assistance if and when I need it
Someone to collect and look after my mail
Someone to receive and store my deliveries eg groceries or home shopping

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* 18. How would you like to pay for any services provided in your ideal downsize?

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* 19. Thank you for your feedback. Your answers will help us design homes that are better suited to Australians who want to downsize.  If you would like to enter the draw to win the survey prize, please enter your email address below. Winners will be randomly chosen and contacted via this email address, so we will know where to send the prize. Your email address will not be retained or provided to any third party.

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