A retiree thinking of downsizing today might not know how their new home should look, but they are crystal clear on what that residence should do for them. And market-leading retirement village operators and developers are capitalising on this clarity. The brief begins and ends with lifestyle.

Exercising choice, keeping physically and mentally fit, and accepting minimal compromise on the lives they have become accustomed to in early retirement drives much of the decision making around the crucial next step to sell or move out of the family home. And a recent convergence of two retirement village typologies further evidences why operators and architects ignore this trend at their peril.