Making Frankton Court Home

By PSS | Posted: Wednesday June 28, 2017

In their mid-60s, Faye and Deryck Marshall have made a home at Frankton Court and say it suits them down to the ground.

Five years ago Faye and Deryck Marshall, originally from Invercargill, decided they wanted to retire to Queenstown.

Looking around, they found most places in Queenstown had steps or were on a hill, which wasn’t ideal for their long term retirement plans.

Then they saw a two bedroom Frankton Court unit advertised on the window of a real estate office.

“It was on the flat, it was central, it was affordable – it suited us perfectly,” Faye said.

When they moved in the couple were aged 60 and 61. Five years on and the move has proven to be ideal.

“The idea was, when we came to retirement, we’d live somewhere where we didn’t have to worry - and that’s what we’ve found with Frankton Court. We do as much or as little of the garden as we like, we’re not tied down, it’s secure, and we can go away and do other things,” Deryck said.
“It’s so central,” added Faye.
“We’re so close to the events centre, the shops, the bus stop, and we have some lovely views looking out at Lake Wakatipu and the mountains.”
“We have children and grandchildren still in Invercargill so we visit, but when we come back and see those mountains… it feels like home.”

The Marshalls acknowledge that their neighbours are all quite a lot older than them – most in their 80s or 90s – but they enjoy the quiet community and have made friends.

The couple have been married since moving to Frankton Court, and invited other residents.

Deryck works part-time as a cleaner at the nearby hospital.

While the couple have ties to the Anglican Church – Deryck sings in a choir there – they have found moving into a village owned and operated by Presbyterian Support Southland to be a welcoming environment.

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