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Perfect living after kids have flown the coop

01 July 2014. Source: Fairfax NZ News
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For Graham Scott, shifting to an inner-city apartment from his ‘‘gracious old family home’’ was part of his life cycle.

The 73-year-old former Treasury secretary was among the first to shift into the Clyde Quay apartments, which were officially opened last month. He and his wife made the shift after 33 years living in Wadestown. With their two children starting families of their own, they realised it was time to think about the next phase, he said.

An apartment offered an easy lifestyle, particularly the attraction of being able to walk everywhere, while also being able to get back to nature at their weekend getaway in Waikanae. ‘‘We went down to the Sunday market yesterday and you can go to a restaurant and have a glass of wine or two and walk home without being breath-tested.’’

Wadestown was great to raise a family in, but with the next generation of parents moving in, the Scotts were finding more and more of their friends were shifting into the city. They had found a great sense of community in their new home. ‘‘It’s quite a nice social space . . . it’s surprising how many people I know from years gone by.’’ He doubted many people would want to raise families in apartments, but said for professional childless couples, or people whose kids had left home, it was a good choice.