This is according to Dirk van Rooyen, Nelspruit area principal for Pam Golding Properties, who said two brand-new hospitals have been developed to meet this increasing demand for accommodation from a rising senior generation.
“Three retirement projects are currently under way in different locations in the city,” he said. “These are Bataleur Lifestyle Retirement Village on the outskirts of Nelspruit, Mataffin Macadamia Lifestyle and Assisted Living Village, which is on the periphery close to a shopping centre and residential area, and Rubicon Retirement Village, situated in a slightly elevated location on the slopes of the town. All three projects have already been developed, providing a range of full-title and sectional title units priced from R775,500.”
Bataleur Lifestyle Retirement Village
Of the total of 900 units 381 have already been built and sold in Bataleur Lifestyle Retirement Village, with full-title, two-bedroom, two-bathroom 173m2 homes priced between R1,837m and R2,7m, and 68 sectional title units of 110m2 with two bedrooms selling from R1,36m. A further number of full-title units priced between R2m and R2,8m are now being built in the second phase consisting of 80 new stands. Garaging is included. The developer is also in the process of building a further 41 two-bedroom sectional title units which are priced from R1,36m.
The estate is surrounded by a 1.8m-high wall with electric fencing and every unit is linked to a hi-tech security system with 24-hour armed patrols. It includes a frail care centre which will be completed in early 2017, consisting of 20 assisted living rooms plus a further seven rooms for high care patients. The Bataleur Care Centre provides fully fitted and partially furnished en-suite assisted living apartments for singles or couples which can be purchased or rented, a clinic with 24/7 care and full fail care facilities, emergency life support rapid response and ambulance service and home care services as well as spacious community living areas and dining room.
“A threshold age of 40 years for residents has been put in place, which is younger than the usual 50 years of age,” said van Rooyen. “Most buyers are investing in a unit where their parents can live.”
Mataffin Macadamia Lifestyle and Assisted Living Village
At the 17ha Mataffin Macadamia Lifestyle and Assisted Living Village, a mix of 250 sectional title and freehold homes, including a number of existing houses for purchase, are selling for between R1,575m for two-bedroom units and from R2,187m for three bedrooms.
“This development is unusual in that it caters for a twin-community providing relaxed and secure country living both for the 50-plus generation, or young families seeking an appealing lifestyle close to but outside the city,” said van Rooyen, noting that a variety of floor plans range from studio apartments to three-bedroom homes, while 24-hour care facilities and a community centre are incorporated. “This will be the fourth Macademia Village established in South Africa, geared to bring quality, affordable and independent living to the more mature community. The Care Centre will service up to 75 apartments with food, laundry and cleaning, while the frail care facility, which is open to anyone, gives priority to village residents.”
Rubicon Retirement Village
In Rubicon Retirement Village, which comprises approximately 180 units and all the facilities associated with an upmarket retirement village, sectional title apartments are selling from R775,500 to R1,1m and full-title one- to three-bedroom homes from R845,500 to R1,560m with garage or carport included.
The lifestyle centre hosts 61 apartments with one to two bedrooms and with assisted living options, where the specialised design can accommodate any level of frailty. Facilities include 24-hour frail care, dining room kitchen, lounge, library, laundry, tea garden, pool and gymnasium.
Photo: View of the homes at Bataleur Lifestyle Retirement Village situated on the outskirts of Nelspruit.