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GoSeeAustralia finds there's no place like a Traralgon relocatable home

October 19, 2006
GoSeeAustralia finds there's no place like a Traralgon relocatable home

Alan Rogers says it would take $500,000 to buy him out of his relocatable home in Mayfair Gardens Relocatable Homes Village in Traralgon, 162km southeast of Melbourne.

After three years living in Victorias Latrobe Valley he and his wife Cheryl have established a lifestyle with a group of over 55s which fits them perfectly in Mayfair Gardens 11 acres.

Alan Rogers nailed down the main benefits of Mayfair Gardens as - Most choice. Most freedom; and we are still individuals.

Alan told GoSeeAustralia that Mayfair Gardens permanent residents get on and they share their interests.

I like a chat and whenever I want to there are nice people to talk to.

It is not lonely. It is only 10 minutes walk (1.5km) to the centre of Traralgons CBD and if we want to go to Melbourne we take the train from Traralgon station.

Quality, reliable health care is a big plus in Traralgon and instills confidence and pride among Mayfair Village residents with its new hospital and cancer centre and modern medical clinics.

Traralgon is a pleasant, medium sized country town within Latrobe City. The population of Latrobe City is 70,000 and it offers all amenities

There are cheaper meals in local hotels, pensioner concession at the service club, a nearby racecourse, and many sports complexes including golf, bowling tennis, basketball, croquet and gymnasiums.

For permanent residents the convenience of a small IGA supermarket is about 300m away from Mayfair Gardens boom gates.

Alan Rogers half a million to move response to GoSeeAustralias questions about Mayfair Gardens is a real endorsement of the spacious home he and Cheryl have had made to measure by Mayfair Gardens owner Graeme Hellings and his custom building relocatable home team.

Bullnose verandahs are a signature at Mayfair Gardens
Bullnose verandahs are a signature at Mayfair Gardens

Alan and Cheryls Mayfair Gardens address is a real retirement cost benefit. It cost a great deal less than half a million to set-up their relocatable in Traralgon after they sold out of their last suburban home in the Melbourne outer suburb of Pakenham.

The agreement with Mayfair Gardens means they will always own their relocatable home and the equity it represents. Their interests and those of all Mayfair Gardens residents are also protected.

Alan and Cheryl rent the land their relocatable home stands on from Graeme and the significant overall cost saving and the fully maintained Mayfair Gardens facilities and services provided improves their bank balance and lifestyle.

The fully maintained benefits also include gardens and grounds, a gym with a visiting masseur, heated spa big swimming pool and a sunny meeting area which is the established venue for chats and tea. Security and community are big reasons Mayfair Gardens is home to many single women.

Colourful blinds block the glare on the hottest October day in Victorian history
Colourful blinds block the glare on the hottest October day in Victorian history

Graeme and Chris Hellings and their son Luke run Mayfair Gardens like a village.

The practical family took a big risk when Latrobe Valley fortunes were at an all time low as work dried up in the valley. But they took a deep breath and started building for the future. Graeme who is a registered builder of relocatable homes says he believed it would work. The results are impressive.

The Hellings originally planned to stay five years in Traralgon but now Chris, a former school teacher and Graeme acknowledge they enjoy their work and the life they have made and; We dont see anywhere else we would want to live, they told GoSeeAustralia.

In addition to Mayfair Gardens they have already taken their Traralgon Park Lane Top Tourist Park from two stars to four and a half.

Park Lane is a separate tourist caravan park business with an experienced, respected caravan park manager Barry Stewart working wonders just up the Princes Highway near the freeway interchange on the route to Melbourne.

Graeme leads his own building team to produce relocatable homes at Mayfair Gardens at prices which challenge the relocatable homes market in Australia. Graeme works with his relocatable home buyers on prices and his approach recalls good memories of Australia when everybody got a fair go.

Comfort in the Rogers main bedroom. There is a bay window behind the curtains. Mayfair Gardens
Comfort in the Rogers main bedroom. There is a bay window behind the curtains. Mayfair Gardens

Graeme says there are 14 sites left at Mayfair Gardens. He looks forward to running Mayfair Gardens and keeping its management in his family.

He is not interested in running a sausage machine he wants happy, permanent people and although the Mayfair Gardens residents share a common theme which includes bull nose verandahs and bay windows there is a lot of difference in layouts fit-out and presentation.

Graemes relocatable homes include

  • Fully galvanised steel chassis.
  • 20mm industrial grade flooring.
  • Fully insulated walls and ceilings.
  • Full size powder coated windows / Bay windows optional.
  • Polyester ply lining / Timber architrave.
  • Solid melamine kitchen cupboards with moulded deluxe cupboard doors and laminex bench tops constructed bykitchen manufacturer.
  • Built-in-robes to main bedroom (Mirror doors optional). Corner shower with shower screen doors.
  • Zincalume roofing.
  • Sheerline guttering.
  • Fully trussed gable roof.
  • Weathertex Cladding (25 year guarantee).
  • Electric Hot Water service.
  • Full size four burner stove with oven.
  • Colour co-ordinated curtains hung on wooden rods and rings in privacy scrim.
  • Full melamine vanity unit with doors and draws and a fully moulded sink top.
  • Qualities tap fittings.
  • Quality floor coverings, vinyl to wet areas, carpet and underlay to other areas.


Leafy peace and quiet Mayfair Gardens Traralgon
Leafy peace and quiet Mayfair Gardens Traralgon

As Alan Rogers says the village is obviously home to individuals. Pets are welcome.

Personal needs are built into the homes. For example a family dining room became a spacious sewing room for a single lady. A door was removed from the home plan to be replaced by a wall.

Mayfair Gardens homes under construction showed GoSeeAustralia professional attention to detail in plastering, plumbing, electrical work, flexible design and overall finish.

GoSeeAustralia saw spa units, custom kitchens, a walk-through dressing room, clever ensuites, custom cupboards, a sewing room, kitchen dining room and bedrooms with bay windows which clearly reflected personal choice.

While the main advantage of this type of living is security and knowing there is always someone on hand if you need them. Neighbours are a similar age and like the peace and quiet. Some Mayfair Gardens residents travel North for parts of the year knowing that their home is well looked after.

Talking of sunshine it was the hottest 36deg October day in Victorias history when GoSeeAustralia walked Mayfair Gardens neat, clipped, leafy, sealed streets with Graeme Hellings.

Low  upkeep gardens flash colour
Low upkeep gardens flash colour

Leaves flew about, driven by the strong northerly wind. They created a lot of pool cleaning work for Graemes team once the gale stopped but there was no dust flying.

Instead colorful, well tended gardens loaded with drought resistant succulents shone and practical verandah blinds stopped the worst of the glare supported by cool greenery.

Graeme said his mother started the gardens and resident pride kicked in as they bloomed.

There is a lot of that pride in ownership about at Mayfair Gardens.

Mayfair Gardens
26-28 Park Lane
Traralgon VIC 3844

Phone: 03 5174 2670
Fax: 03 5174 0324
Email: village@mayfairgardens.com.au

Spa ensuite Mayfair Gardens Traralgon
Spa ensuite Mayfair
Gardens Traralgon
The Mayfair Gardens gym includes a visiting massuer
The Mayfair Gardens gym includes a visiting massuer
Now that is  neat Mayfair Gardens Traralgon
Now that is neat Mayfair Gardens Traralgon
Secure environment, with a  village feel at  Mayfair Gardens Traralgon
Secure environment, with a village feel at Mayfair Gardens Traralgon
Owner  pride shows at  Mayfair Gardens Traralgon
Owner pride shows at Mayfair Gardens Traralgon
Plenty of equipment Mayfair Gardens gym
Plenty of equipment Mayfair Gardens gym
Well-tended gardens are a passion for Mayfair Gardens residents
Well-tended gardens are a passion for Mayfair Gardens residents
The pool and community centre are a popular meeting place at Mayfair Gardens
The pool and community centre are a popular meeting place at Mayfair Gardens
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