Retirement in the Helderberg

It’s not just families with children that enjoy all that the Helderberg and surrounding o-COUPLE-WALKING-facebook
Winelands have to offer.  Many retired couples relocate to the Helderberg and select one of a number of options that suit the retired market.

A recent retirement and lifestyle exhibition held at the Lord Charles Hotel was hailed as a great success by exhibitors.  Customers travelled from far afield to investigate the options on offer in the area.

There are a number of reasons that the Helderberg is sought after by retiring couples:

  • There are outstanding medical facilities and medical specialists, providing world-class services to local patients.
  • With Somerset Mall, Waterstone Village, and other new shopping centers in the vicinity, no one has to travel far to acquire the items they desire.
  • Cape Town International Airport is 20 minutes away, with Cape Town just beyond – so travel to the rest of the country and the world is easily accessible.
  • When it comes to entertainment and activities, retired residents have as much choice as the younger residents. The beaches, wine farms, championship golf courses, bowls, Helderberg Nature Reserve, walking trails, and much more are all within easy reach.
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In fact, I can’t think of one good reason why someone wouldn’t retire to the area!

When it comes to the accommodation options on offer one is also spoilt for choice.  Selecting the property that suits you in retirement depends on your physical condition and the level of assistance you require.

For the newly retired and those not needing much assistance there are freehold homes and sectional title units in secure estates in different price ranges.  These estates provide security, and in some instances, garden and maintenance services.

Prices start at a little over R 1 million and can go to R 10 million + in estates such as Erinvale – but there is much to choose from in between.

There has been strong demand from retired purchasers for homes at Kelderhof Country Village, Silver Fox and Blue Crane estates, and the luxury Whispering Woods Estate in Parel Vallei.

If you require facilities that offer selected meals and frail care, then you have options such as Helderberg Village and the recently launched The Somerset.  Set to benchmark retirement villages, The Somerset offers freehold homes, as well as life-right apartments and cottages.  Full facilities will cater for all your health and lifestyle needs.

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In short, whatever your accommodation requirements are, there is going to be a retirement product that suits your needs and allows you to enjoy the very special lifestyle in this place we call home.

Steve Caradoc-Davies

Principal of Harcourts Platinum, and Director of Harcourts South Africa

Email your real estate question to steve.cd@harcourts.co.za.

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