Are you thinking about downsizing? Is it time to hand over your home and garden maintenance and stop worrying about having to pay council rates, water rates and building insurance?

If the answer is yes, why not consider moving into an ECH retirement village?

ECH has 1,838 units in 109 independent retirement villages throughout metropolitan Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, Victor Harbor and Ardrossan located close to transport routes, shopping centres and recreational and medical facilities.

The typical ECH village has between eight and 12 units that feature contemporary décor, blinds, reverse-cycle air-conditioning and an energy-efficient washing machine and refrigerator.

The grounds and gardens of every village are well tended by a team of professionals and maintenance in and around the home is also included. A number of ECH villages are also pet friendly and able to accommodate a variety of pets such as a small to medium-sized dog, domestic cat, a small caged bird or fish.

As an ECH retirement village resident, you will also have access to Independent Living Services (ILS). This is an additional service ECH provides which is included in your maintenance fees. ILS is committed to delivering a caring and responsive service to residents and their families so they can live the best life possible.

The ILS team provide information and support tailored specifically to you to enable you to make informed lifestyle choices so that you can remain living independently for as long as you choose to do so. They will also help navigate and facilitate access to any ECH services such as exercise classes, allied health services, domestic assistance, transport, carer support and social activities.

What else do I need to know?

Paying an affordable entry fee means you have a home for life. The entry fee covers a licence which means you can live in your ECH independent retirement living unit for the rest of your life or until you decide to leave. While you will not own the property you will have the security of knowing that it is your home for as long as you need or want it.

ECH can take you through the easy-to-understand financial arrangement as part of your Residence Agreement so that you are clear on the current and future position of your contract. Each agreement differs based on the location of the village and the financial option you choose, however ECH has homes to suit all budgets with a range of payment options available.

ECH also has some rental properties available and more information can be found here

What sets ECH apart?

ECH is proud to have been the first South Australian independent village operator to attain Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) accreditation, which means the organisation meets the standards set by the International Retirement Community Accreditation Scheme. These standards include high levels of safety and quality, good governance, environmental sustainability and a genuine commitment to continuous quality improvement across all retirement villages.

ECH Warradale Estate and Penneys Hill Estate in Hackham , built in 2016 and 2018, are also the only independent living villages in South Australia to be awarded the Livable Housing Design Australia (LHA) Gold Accreditation. LHA awards builders and designers that provide truly liveable homes that respond to the changing needs of people now and into the future.

As a resident of an ECH retirement village, you will also always have peace of mind that you are protected by the Retirement Villages Act.

How do I find out more?

If you would like to find out more about what life might be like for you at an ECH retirement village, contact ECH on 1300 275 324 or email

If you would like to attend a free, no obligation information session about living in an ECH retirement village visit the Information Sessions Page

Contracts and Fees

Easy-to-understand contracts, affordable entry costs and low weekly maintenance fees are just some of the benefits of living in an ECH retirement village.

Information Sessions

If you would like to learn more about ECH and the retirement living options available to you, why not attend one of our free information sessions.


Living in an ECH retirement village gives you a range of benefits and the freedom to stay who you are, where you are.

Planning Your Move

If you are considering moving into a retirement village but do not know where to start, ECH is here to help.

Village Maintenance

As an ECH retirement village resident, you can say goodbye to the hassle of home and garden maintenance and spend more time doing what you enjoy.