18 Oct 2016


Since September 22,  a new "village" with the nice name "Bella Vita" (Beautiful life)  in our city had been inaugurated by our mayor. The idea was to create a village where ideally old and young live together. From daycare to retirement home, apartments, flats and houses, everything is there to create a modern village !

When I moved to Waterloo, there was a  Farm-School at this place, since 1920. It had been created for young children in difficulty in the normal primary school. Fortunately the classified historic buildings on a 15-hectare area of land had been renovated. The works had been going on since about 3 years, and I had never realized what happened behind the high hedges, until suddenly the view was free and I discovered a whole new "village" !

A sky view

The entrance to the restaurant, swimming pool, library etc is here through the renovated old school building.

a little park

Here where once the children were running and screaming is now the way to the restaurant

which is very nice !

The swimming pool is a little small in my opinion

I loved the library and Charlie too

very important ! The sales office, there are still houses and flats for sale !

an overview on apartments and flats

The day care


The fitness room (not yet furnished)

The retirement home

A medical center just besides.

The whole complex looks beautiful, but I found it a bit too sterilized, too clean, the soul is missing. Maybe it will come later when all houses and apartments are occupied, when there will be more people in the streets and in the park. For the moment it looks a little lifeless.

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - it looks wonderful ... and I love the gym, it reminds me of my school one - all those years ago! Should be a great addition and will definitely add to the neighbourhood ... and bring some new life in - cheers Hilary

Lady Fi said...

What a great idea and such a lovely place.

mamasmercantile said...

I love the idea of everyone living in harmony together. Maybe it will come alive once more people have moved in, it does take time to build up a community.

Rajesh said...

Your mayor has created beautiful place. Looks so peaceful.

Fun60 said...

Looks a beautiful village just needs some people to bring it to life.

Loree said...

Yes it does look sterile for the time being but I think that when people are living there it will look much better.

Wendy said...

It looks lovely and I think it's a good idea to have different types of homes and the facilities to build a community - but of course that will take time. I agree that the swimming pool is a little on the small side for such a large development.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I know what you mean about 'no soul' and I hope when it is all occupied this 'village' will become more homelike. We have visited a few such planned developments and sometimes they never do get better.