A social life by the beach

When The Village Williamstown first opened its doors 20 years ago, Judith jumped at the chance to live out her retirement years in the suburb where she grew up.


“I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” says Judith, “I feel so at home.” 

Judith has spent the past 14 years living solo in her apartment after her husband passed away in 2004. But she rarely feels lonely. Every day she is surrounded by people she thinks of as family.

“I know all of my neighbours very well – some of them are my closest friends. I feel safe living here; The Village is always very well lit at night, and we have fantastic security measures in place,” says Judith. “I could go away on holiday and not have to worry about a thing.” 

The Village Williamstown is nestled amongst protected parkland, with a view of the reserve one way and the bay the other. The natural surroundings make for a peaceful ambience and a lovely, picturesque stroll into the town centre. 

“The Village feels secluded but it’s only a short walk away from the most beautiful little boutiques and cafes,” says Judith. 

“Every Saturday a group of us treat ourselves to a lunch and wander around the shops; it’s a highlight of my week.”

The rest of the week Judith keeps herself busy attending the events she plans as part of the social committee; trips to the theatre, monthly movie nights, and of course, happy hour every Friday! 

“There is always so much to do, but you still have as much privacy as you would like” Judith explains. “It really is the best of both worlds.”