About Us

Long Term Retirement Village Operators The Martens family have been directly involved in the Retirement industry for 30 years through design, construction and management of the very successful Bartonvale Gardens Villages and then as long time operators of Langton Park Village in South Australia, and Bridgewater Lake Estate in Victoria.   These villages were sold in recent years to other professional operators and The Martens “Parks Villages” today has refocused its efforts on creating and operating high quality retirement estates within an hour of Melbourne City.

Today The Elms Estate in Kilmore is an outstanding village with very high quality amenities and landscape and has a waiting list of residents eager to become part of the community.

The Parks Villages has also recently launched a new estate “Westport” at New Gisborne and enquiries about this village have been overwhelming to date.

Managing Director Ben Martens is actively involved in the construction, marketing and operation of the villages, which he tackles with enthusiasm, experience, professionalism and unswerving commitment to ensuring The Parks Villages retirees fully enjoying the best years of their lives.  He is backed by his longstanding team of very experienced operators.

“Our family philosophy is to have a resident centric view and to have a very hands on approach, making many decisions in conjunction with our key staff and our residents as to how the villages should be run or how houses should be designed ”, says Ben. “We believe that Retirement is to be enjoyed and that village life is an extension of our family life. This approach has seen us differentiate ourselves from the larger corporate operators as we endeavour to create a more intimate experience in the way we operate”.

Here's what our residents have to say:
 “Ben Martens is an owner that you can talk to; he is willing to listen and discuss ideas. Residents feel involved and they get to have a say in what happens in the village.” ~Brian and Karen Alexander - Residents of The Elms
 “Ben and management are always approachable which makes for a relaxing atmosphere and easy living for all.” ~ Ann and Merv Martin - Residents of Langton Park
 “The best thing that has happened at The Elms was when The Parks Villages took over the management. We are moving ahead now and it’s great.” ~ Mark Stoove - Resident of The Elms