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Many put their retirement planning off until later in life, but it’s never too soon to start considering your options, especially with retirement estates in mind WORDS: MARANA BRAND IMAGES: SUPPLIED
retirement property is a major investment that requires significant consideration, says Phil Barker of Renishaw Property, developers of Renishaw Hills retirement estate in KwaZulu-Natal. He recommends investors to consider the following six factors before signing on the dotted line.
use of communal facilities, as well as various services such as garden refuse, postal and transport. It’s also worth asking about the likelihood of a special levy, which could be required for upgrades and repairs – although in newly-built retirement estates this is unlikely.
1. What does the levy include?
Healthcare is a major component of retirement estates but the trend has shifted from frail care centres to home-based healthcare. This allows residents to enjoy all the benefits of healthcare and support from the comfort of their
First ask about the cost of the levy and what this will include to avoid surprises once you’ve moved in. A levy should include security, healthcare, fibre optic Wi-Fi, building insurance, maintenance,
2. Is there home-based care?
home. And this isn’t just for when a resident is ill. Home-based care encourages a healthy lifestyle and regular check-ups to prevent the onset of more severe conditions. It also gives residents the ability to remain independent while enjoying more customised healthcare. For those requiring rehabilitation, specialist assistance is available to speed up recovery and improve quality of life.
3. What are the opportunities for fitness? Continued exercise in retirement years is vital for healthy living, which is why there should be
facilities available for regular activities. Swimming pools, nature trails and a nearby beach ensure ample opportunity to maintain a high level of fitness.
4. What are the security features?
The levy costs should cover 24-hour security, but it’s worth asking what security features are afforded property owners. A top-end retirement estate will include aspects such as electrified perimeter fencing, high-tech security cameras, 24-hour patrols and a quick reaction time. An established estate would have good working relations with local law enforcement including community policing forums, security organisations and police, as well as the option of panic buttons. However, security measures must be as unobtrusive as possible to provide safety without a feeling of restriction.
5. What is the fibre and Wi-Fi connectivity like?
Modern retirees are often working part-time – or even full-time – from home. It’s important to check that the retirement estate offers quality Wi-Fi connectivity to the home for a convenient workfrom-home option. And in terms of entertainment, with streaming services becoming a dominant feature for music, movies and shows, having uninterrupted internet connectivity is a must in this current technological age.
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6. Where is the property based?
The mantra “location, location, location” is everything when it comes to a retirement property investment. Nature-based living is certainly on the rise, with investors looking at elements like nearby nature reserves and indigenous gardens that encourage a healthy ecosystem, as well as expansive views. Other considerations should be proximity to local retail, sports and healthcare facilities. Consider the following estates:
KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
Located just 45 minutes from Durban, the mature lifestyle village Renishaw Hills is situated within the 1,400ha Renishaw Coastal Precinct adjacent to Scottburgh on the KZN mid‑South Coast. The year-round sub-tropical climate, golden beaches and warmer waters are ideal for a balanced lifestyle that encourages outdoor activity and relaxation, says Barker. Renishaw Hills is a secure and well-established mature lifestyle village incorporating all of the most in-demand aspects of modern retirement. “The lifestyle on offer, sense of community, and relaxed living are beneficial for overall health and wellbeing. The estate has been designed to prioritise residents, with new and exciting developments constantly being introduced,” he says.
KwaZulu-Natal North Coast
Coral Cove, Auria Senior Living’s new community within the ture Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate ure located on the shores of Sheffield na Beach, is in the final stages of development and sales will commence early next year.
It will consist of a wide range of beautifully designed h residences, an engaging lifestyle and superlative wellness and care offering – all on par with will leading international retirement ified communities, says Auria Senior Living’s CEO Barry Kaganson. rols “Living options will include independent living (freestanding
Allesverloren Village, Western Cape houses and apartments), tailored assisted living accommodation, and extensive dining, recreation and hospitality services, as well as specialised care facilities.” Stressing the importance of choice, Kaganson says, “An appreciation of personal preferences, interests and backgrounds means that our residents and their families choose how they want to live and we will support them.” Additional facilities include a heated swimming pool, an air-conditioned cinema, entertainment facilities, a top‑tier restaurant, coffee shop, fully equipped wellness centre, care centre and more. Coupled with access to Zululami’s environment, the KZN climate, prized beaches, bush, sporting, cultural and tourism drawcards, this may well be a good place to spend one’s finest years.
Melrose Manor, another senior living community by Auria situated in Melrose, has recently received recognition from the Pretoria Institute of Architects (PIA) for its “inspiring design” with reference to an extensive revamp, transforming it into “a spacious and modern residence”, says Kaganson.
Melrose Manor provides a mix of 90 independent and assisted living units, studios, and oneand two-bedroom apartments. There’s a wide variety of amenities available including a state-of-theart wellness centre; a restaurant, a café and several private dining rooms. There’s also a cinema, a bridge club, an art studio, a hair salon, a library and a variety of lounges. The gardens are attractively landscaped and there is a heated outdoor pool.
Noble Resorts’ recently launched Allesverloren Village will soon be home to senior residents seeking the beauty of 15 acres in the scenic Riebeek Valley with views framed by the Haweqwa and Grootwinterhoek mountains. “Allesverloren Village is a lifestyle estate where luxury, serenity and resort-living come together. Our aim is to turn the way people retire in South Africa on its head. This period of your life should be about pursuing passions and living your best life,” says Harry Pretorius, developer and CEO of Noble Resorts.
Services for residents include a concierge; 24-hour assistance
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and nursing care on site; and on-site access to an exercise studio, gymnasium, doctors, physiotherapy, biokinetics and a geriatrician. An interprofessional team are also available to perform routine screening.
Zululami, KZN North Coast
also enjoy their unique home exchange programme where you can live for periods of time on their other estates in Simons Town or Plettenberg Bay. “Our estate’s amenities include a clubhouse with concierge, integrative wellness programmes and a 24-hour clinic with an onsite pharmacy,” says Pretorius. With bike and walking trails alongside the vineyards and a billiards room and bar, fully equipped gym and a holistic wellness spa, Allesverloren Village is all about active retirement living choices with like-minded neighbours. “The next phase of the development opens to families looking for secure, multigenerational living. Families will be able to live in the same place as parents and grandparents, but in the privacy of their own homes in another part of the estate.”
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Property investors making a difference The winners in various categories are (from the left) Ridhwaan Basa, Innovative Investor; Teren Ramnundlall, Most Growth Investor; Darren Francis, Investor for Change and Investor of the Year; Mulalo Tshitema, Big Leagues Investor; and Nomakhosi Makolota, Beginner Investor
The SA Property Investors Network (SAPIN) announced the winners of its annual Investor of the Year Awards recently. These awards celebrate South Africa’s most inspiring property investors of 2021
he Investor of the Year Awards is about much more than glitz and glamour, says Andrew Walker, CEO of SA Property Investors Network. “It’s about South African individuals who have overcome tremendous odds and empowered themselves and many others around them through innovative and daring property deals. It was incredible to celebrate the success stories of ordinary people who overcame the insurmountable to change the trajectory of their lives and uplift the areas that they’ve invested in.”
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Darren Francis, the overall winner of the 2021 Investor of the Year Awards, received a standing ovation for his inspiring property deal in the Cape Flats, which is creating local employment. Francis has rebuilt and renovated a neglected piece of land and turned it into a multi-let property, bringing dignity and hope to the Cape Flats. “This is actually a victory for my dad,” says Francis. “Although his business failed, his hard work paid off and this is something I can hang on my wall and call it my father’s award. It’s also a win
for my community and many young people will see this as an opportunity to do better.” There were five award categories in addition to the overall Investor of the Year award. Here are the winners per category:
Nomakhosi Makolota, who grew up in Soweto Pimville, developed a vacant stand with shacks into units with the help of commercial property financing company TUHF’s uMaStandi finance. Rental income from these units provides Makolota with a positive cashflow. Although she has just started with her business, she plans to buy and develop more residential properties to provide occupants with a home and a sense of dignity.
Most Growth Investor
Having invested in his first property in 2018, Teren Ramnundlall is a full-time property investor who pitched multi-let deals in various Johannesburg locations. Ramnundlall entered the Investor of the Year competition as a way to share his story and
encourage others to believe that property investment is possible for them too. He says he hopes to inspire people in the same way that his property coaches motivated and supported him. In doing so, he believes he can uplift others.
Investor for Change
Francis is also the winner of this category, which is for the investor who had the biggest social impact through their property deal or business. Within 18 months, Francis flipped six properties with the intention to expand into the buy-to-let market. His strategy focussed on creating jobs and sustainable living. Over time, he discovered property investing was a more lucrative opportunity than he thought at first – not only did it change his and his family’s lives, but he also managed to create jobs for others.
Ridhwaan Basa pitched a rent-torent Airbnb deal in Camps Bay, Cape Town, which is generating a healthy cash flow for him. After being hospitalised for 29 days with Covid-19 in December last year, Basa thought it might all be over. He spent eight days in ICU but only came off from 24/7 oxygen support in the middle of March 2021. “I almost died, but thanks to the smart strategies and automations that I put into place, my Airbnb business was able to run without me,” says Basa.
Big Leagues Investor
Through his investments he could help people looking for employment and provide food for their families. Creating permanent employment has become the focus of his property investments.
Mulalo Tshitema employed four people to assist him in running a multi-let in Auckland Park that has been in operation since 2018 with 20 fully let rooms. His second deal comprised 94 two‑bedroom apartments with 52 units complete and the remainder to be completed by the end of the year. Tshitema says of his award, “I see this award as a thank you to myself for achieving my goal to inspire South Africans and help them realise the possibility to start their own business and solve unemployment in our country.”
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