The boutique Silverstream retirement Village in Bishopdale/Harewood is almost too good to be true, for the over-65s seeking the exciting,
but easy life.
Walking up The Boulevard to the village’s heart, there were sounds of jazz entertainment wafting from the sunlit lounge, that adjoins the spa, lap pool and coffee area. It is a perfect spot for anniversary parties. Upstairs there’s a gym, hair salon and library; with 24/7 access to this leisure centre, it’s a holiday resort at home.
From outings to barbeques, there’s always an activity to join; residents also run their own social club. “It’s very social and friendly here,” Village Manager Donna O’Reilly says. “You participate as much or as little as you like. We provide a personal service, such as checking up if someone’s unwell. We’re central to everywhere – such as doctors, shops and the airport.”
Silverstream has 49 beautiful villas, set amongst established gardens, all architecturally designed by Weir Walker. Spacious with high ceilings and entrances, large lounge areas, ample storage and carpeted garaging, there’s no need to downsize. Pets are even welcome, with prior permission, and there’s room for visiting family. Each villa is unique, with French doors to private courtyards. These villas are built solid of mainly plaster over brick, with underfloor heating, some with gas fires, and range from 115-142sqm.
A couple of the two-bedroom villas are now available, one with street frontage and larger grounds, and a very spacious three-bedroom villa.
With the ravages of cold and wet winter months well and truly upon us, now is the perfect time to warm up with hot food and coffee at Café Vivo. Located at 333 Harewood Road Bishopdale, it’s a warm and friendly eatery, with plenty of seating inside and out.
The brunch menu includes toasted bagels and homemade muesli, with French toast and a Big Breakfast on offer too. Come lunchtime, why not try a chicken and bacon open sandwich or the salad of the day? The ultimate cure for winter blues is a hearty soup and the café’s Creamy Pumpkin Soup is guaranteed to warm you up.
Homemade scones and muffins are made fresh very day. Other items like toasted sandwiches and wedges are a treat, with gluten free and vegetarian options available too. A wide range of hot and cold drinks are on offer, including barista prepared coffee, tea, hot chocolates, smoothies and assorted chilled beverages.
Café Vivo also has regular breakfast and brunch specials, such as the popular Waffle Combo for only $19.90. Plus, if you show this Metropol feature to the Café Vivo staff, you will receive a free regular coffee with any Waffle Combo purchased.
Open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 4pm, Saturday 8am to 4pm and Sunday 8:30am to 4pm, winter doesn’t seem so gloomy after all. Contact 03-360 0996 or visit www.facebook.com/cafevivochch.
There’s more than one good reason to visit Café Vivo in Bishopdale shopping centre. It’s not just the amazing amount of parking that gives you great access to the el fresco dining area.
It’s also not just because it’s on the way to the airport, just off Harewood Road, making it your meeting place for the catch-up with a friend for a good quality coffee with no stress on parking.
It’s the great staff and exceptional barista-made coffee that got me. Despite a servery filled with delicious morsels of cakes and tasty treats, the hearty goodness of the main breakfast menu caught my eye. I mean who doesn’t love a good eggs benedict? Though you could choose eggs Florentine or Eggs Atlantic – that’s the salmon one – not a bad choice to have to make with such good food on offer.
You might be lucky and arrive on waffle day or any day with a fantastic special to take advantage of. Happy hour doesn’t include the brunch menu but that won’t stop you from enjoying so much of what Café Vivo has to offer at a great price from 2pm-3pm on Sundays, with some of the café’s beautiful light meals.
There is room for groups of up to 20 for that special function. Or if you’re in the area and wanting somewhere to relax and take a load off while enjoying a coffee, why not drop into Café Vivo for your oasis in a busy day.
Bishopdale Mall, 33 Harewood Road, phone 03-360 0996.