Everything of the best at new retirement estate

A new retirement village is the latest addition to Midrand Estates, the expansive mixed-use precinct between Johannesburg and Pretoria that already contains the Midstream Estate, Midfield Estate and Midlands Estate residential areas, shops, offices, churches, medial facilities and an excellent school.
Named Retire @ Midstream, the retirement development enjoys the same ultra-high security as the rest of Midrand Estates, and also has many features and facilities specifically aimed at making life a breeze for the over-55s, according to Ananda du Plessis, co-principal of the RealNet Midrand Estates franchise.
The agency is currently marketing sectional title units in the estate, as well as freehold stands priced from R650 000 where buyers can design and build their own homes within the estate’s architectural guidelines.
The sectional title units, many of which have already been sold, include bachelor units as well as one, two and three-bedroom configurations with one or two bathrooms. Some have private gardens and all have either a shaded carport or one or two garages.
Levies do not include property tax (which is payable directly to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council) or the cost of water and electricity, which is charged to each property individually, but do cover a huge range of communal facilities, services and security provisions.
“The Midrand Estates motto ‘only the best’ definitely applies here,” says Du Plessis, “with the main building in the Retire @ Midstream complex housing a top-class à la carte restaurant, lounge, ladies bar, staffed library, internet/ computer centre, pharmacy and hair salon. There will also be a multi-functional community hall and theatre with 200 seats to accommodate a variety of activities including community meetings, trim gym, dance and shows.
For those who enjoy sports, there are already facilities for gym, tennis, squash, golf, fly-fishing and swimming in Midrand Estates, while Retire @ Midstream will soon have its own bowls centre built to international competition standard with a clubhouse and indoor/outdoor seating.
“And the medical facilities and care options for residents of Retire @ Midstream are also state-of-the-art. The main building also has medical suites housing a GP, a dentist, a physiotherapist and full-time paramedics who will be able to attend to any medical emergency within minutes.
“On the first floor there is a fully-equipped frail care centre with 30 beds in double and single rooms, and a day clinic with two operating theatres and a 20-bed ward is planned subject to the necessary licence being awarded. Home care by qualified nurses will also be available, with meals being supplied through a service provided by the restaurant on site.”

As for security, the whole of Midrand Estates is surrounded by double walls topped with electric fencing, and this perimeter is patrolled 24/7. Access is only via boomed and guarded gateways.
“Then each of the estates within the precinct – including Retire @ Midstream - also has its own security system and controlled access points, complete with biometric fingerprint scanners so that residents don’t need cards. Non-residents can only gain access with an ID document or driver’s licence and have to be vouched for by a resident.
“A full-time security manager, foot patrols day and night, CCTV cameras and in-home alarm systems linked to sophisticated security control rooms, and even a security helicopter complete the picture, ensuring that all Midrand Estates residents can enjoy a peaceful, worry-free lifestyle in a beautiful, safe environment.”

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