When planning The Russley, we didn’t so much have in mind a traditional retirement village – we were thinking more about a real village. Perhaps like those small memorable villages you might have experienced on your travels. We started with the location. Like any good village, we wanted to be close enough to the heart of things for friends and family to easily drop in, but we also wanted space and calm with great gardens and a real sense of interest and intrigue. The perfect spot was a precious and irreplaceable eight acres in the northwest of Christchurch.