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Karana retirement living

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At Karana, you'll continue to do all the things you love - but with a new level of freedom and lifestyle flexibility. Choosing a smaller, boutique retirement living option means you'll enjoy peace and privacy. But you'll also enjoy the peace of mind of living amidst like-minded people. It's the perfect choice for people who love to travel, entertain, pursue their interests and enjoy life.

  • Low-maintenance apartments
  • 'Lock up and leave' when you choose to travel or visit family and friends
  • Situated close to Kew Junction, close to public transport and easy access to shops and cafes.

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Karana offers a choice of 19 one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments. They have flexible floorplans, featuring open-plan living for Indicative Karana residence floor plan easy entertaining. Apartments include:

  • separate entry area
  • spacious combined lounge and dining room
  • gourmet kitchen with high-quality appliances
  • separate laundry
  • built-in robes
  • reverse-cycle air conditioning
  • security entrance
  • undercover parking.

First-class finishes include quality carpet and floor coverings. And the tasteful and modern décor provides the perfect backdrop to relax and entertain in style.

Karana is located only minutes from Kew’s cafés, shops, local services and transport. Enjoy living close to:

  • Kew Junction
  • Kew Recreation Centre
  • High St Kew Shopping
  • Toscano’s
  • Leo’s Fine Food & Wine
  • Woolworths Kew
  • Post office and banks
  • Kew Junction Medical Centre

Exceptional access to public transport includes:

  • The 48 Tram
  • The 109 Tram
  • Bus 207
  • Bus 200

Baptcare Karana offers you independence and privacy when it suits you, with the comfort of knowing you’re part of a caring and supportive community.

You can have meals delivered from the community kitchen and access to other amenities including kiosk and hairdressing salon. You can also choose to be part of organised outings and activities.

Baptcare are committed to supporting the emotional and spiritual needs of people within our community. Residents and their families are invited to draw on our pastoral care staff and programs, suitable for people of all faiths and backgrounds, offering a calm, listening presence in your life.

Baptcare Karana Community

Co-located residential aged care

Our retirement apartments sit alongside Baptcare’s highly regarded Karana residential aged care. Residents enjoy a preferential consideration for available spaces if their health requirements change in the future years, which may allow them to remain within the comfort of the community if it suits their requirements. Couples who have different care and support needs can have the opportunity to live within the same community.

Read more about Baptcare's residential aged care

For more information:


13 22 78

Baptcare Karana Community
Retirement living
55 Walpole Street 
Kew VIC 3101

Frequently asked questions

Is moving to a retirement community the right choice for me?

It’s an important decision that needs to suit your individual circumstances, life stage, family dynamic, and your financial situation and goals. Unlike a standard real estate purchase, your decision needs to factor in what value you place on the social, emotional, support, security, and maintenance advantages of being part of a retirement community.

All retirement living options are not alike. Each community offers different physical, community and support qualities. There are the more tangible aspects of amenities and the less tangible but incredibly important aspects of lifestyle and ‘fit’.

How do I find a retirement community that is the right choice for me?

Location: For most people location is a key factor in their decision.

Is it close to the community, services, shopping I am familiar and comfortable with?

Is it close to my current home?

Is it close to my family members?

Are friends or acquaintances already living there or close by?

Can I get to shops and health services easily or without driving?

Accommodation match: Each community has unique attributes, environment to consider. Is this going to suit your needs in this next phase of your life?

Does the physical accommodation suit your needs and preferences and budget?

Available units and units – layout, courtyard, etc.

Courtyard or garden

Car space. Does the community accommodate any other vehicles you may have?

Shared community spaces – e.g is there a community centre, BBQ, exercise equipment?

Are there community services available locally for you to enjoy? Does the community have a community garden space, a men’s shed and regular, planned outings?

Shared gardens and landscaping

Are there resources for example a bus, that is shared throughout the community?

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