Cape Developer to Launch Retirement Village

News > news - 15 Oct 2007
Cape Developer to Launch Retirement Village at Africa's Southernmost Point. 175 cottages, frail care and clinic in evocative Struisbaai project

A luxury R250 million retirement development that evokes the picturesque simplicity of an authentic fishermen?s village is to be built, surrounded by a nature reserve and farming area, on the Struisbaai coast a few kilometres from Africa's southernmost point.

Only 175 cottages with the distinctive thatch and whitewash profile that has enchanted visitors to this historic point will be built in the retirement village near Cape Agulhas.

Also included in the development are assisted-living apartments, a large, fully equipped, restaurant, frail care centre and a clinic. The village will be part of a well-established oceanside eco-development, Langezandt Fishermen's Village, a 93-hectare estate two hours drive from Cape Town, on what is described as the southernmost sandy beach in Africa to be washed by the warm Indian Ocean.

The Langezandt retirement development is being undertaken by JFE Properties, part of the JFE Group, a Cape Town based company founded in 1981, with a track record of successful retirement projects. The JFE Group most recently developed a R120 million retirement village Fontaine Bleau in Panorama, which, says company MD Craig Myburgh, was a sell-out success following its completion earlier this year.

Myburgh says the new Struisbaai project is a departure for his company which has, so far, concentrated its developments on urban areas, where JFE, in association with its development partners, has built more than 1 000 retirement homes in a number of villages.

"Langezandt offers another dimension for those looking for a suitable retirement home. It's a place where South Africans will want to retire, used as they are to the coastal expanses of the area, and where others will come, who crave the peace and quiet of this unique area that remains one of the most enthralling and romantic places in the world."

Langezandt Fishermen's Village, of which the retirement village will be a part, has been established over the past nearly four years, and has attracted local and overseas nature lovers to settle near the expanse of the 24km beach, the authentic architecture and purpose-designed décor.

Developer Johan Roodt said the inclusion of a retirement village in the project was a natural progression, creating a community with a viable mix of generations:

"Grandparents will, for instance, be able to be near their families, where the younger people have chosen to live at Langezandt, or are farming or doing business in the Overberg," he said.

The houses in the retirement village will be sold on a freehold, separate title basis, but the assisted living apartments will be sectional title purchases. The frail care unit to accommodate 20 residents will be available primarily to those who already live in the development, but open to others if space is available.

There will be a clinic with doctor's rooms and in the event of a need for hospital care, the development will also have its own ambulance to transport patients to nearby hospitals.

The entire retirement village is surrounded by a conservation environment and fronts on to a natural salt marsh. Meandering boardwalks will allow residents to cross the development to the beach, 250 metres away, and there will also be road access. There will be effective two-level security with access control both at the main entrance and that of the retirement village.

The official launch of the project will be on October 27, on site, when buyers will pick their properties, but before that date, potential buyers will have the opportunity to make their choices ahead of the launch.

The houses are for sale from R899 000 and the sectional title assisted living units from R525 000. Transfer costs are included in the price.

For enquiries or an invitation to the launch contact Langezandt Estates office on 028 435 6655.

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