A new-concept village, blending retirement and affordable housing, has welcomed its first resident in Minto.
Jenny Andrew became the first to move into the fresh new Anglicare Minto Gardens village this month, after watching it being built from her backyard.
The site offers 110 retirement living apartments and 110 affordable housing apartments that are set among native bushland.
Ms Andrew, a widow who moved to Minto to be closer to her children and grandchildren, applied to live at the village because she wanted to feel part of a community.
"Being on your own, you sometimes don't feel that safe living by yourself," Ms Andrew said.
"I would recommend this to anyone. I think it's a great community, and you feel protected and safe and secure."
For Minto Gardens Retirement Living Manager, Miriam Williams, Ms Andrew's move marked the beginning of a new community coming together.
"The many months of preparation by the team, during COVID-19 lockdown and other challenges have only been the beginning of the journey," Ms Williams said.
"It's from this day forward that the real work and reward begins, as we welcome people into the village to start the next stage of their journey and be part of building a community."
Minto Gardens is set on almost six hectares and includes a residential care facility, community hub, health consulting suites, a cafe and a hairdresser.
There are self-contained dwellings around the site which are nearby a dog park, and there are also BBQ areas, a playground, green spaces and community pavilions.