In Australia, there is a growing trend toward early retirement at 50 plus years. Many early retirees also make lifestyle changes and move into cluster housing ‘retirement villages’. Some retirement villages offer a range of care services to support inhabitants as they age. The cluster housing concept is designed to enhance security, social collectiveness and connection for older people. This research will look at the relationship of social connectedness and retirement village design through exploration of theoretical concepts and analysis of inhabitants’ stories about life and living in a regional retirement village in Victoria, Australia.