Retirement villages in Cape Town have become increasingly popular with those individuals immigrating and seeking the an environment that specifically caters for those in their retirement years.
For those from countries where the very words retirement home fills you with dread, think again. Retirement villages are now long removed from the old image of featureless and barren establishments and some of Cape Town’s retirement villages have 10 year waiting lists such is their popularity and attractivenesses.
Often Cape Town retirement villages can be found in environments that are secure, close to amenities and offering some wonderful locations.
Accommodation will vary from 3 bedroomed standalone properties through to apartments and assisted living.
In estate home luxuries tend to include include Satellite TV, Broadband Internet Access, Laundry and Cleaning Services.
Socially retirement villages also see a community vibe that few estates offer, meaning meeting new people and new friends is all the easier.
- Facilities – Often state of the art and may include:
- Wellness centres.
- Bar and dining rooms.
- Communal lounge areas and libraries.
- Pool and entertainment facilities.
- Outdoor braai entertainment area.
- Putting greens, practice bowling greens and croquet facilities.
- State of the art Health and Frail care.
- 24 hour security.
- Safety – an important feature of retirement village living, most will have 24-hour manned security and patrols, electrical fencing, CCTV cameras, alarms and emergency response to ensure peace of mind.
- Health care – Health Care includes permanent on-site nursing staff, a doctor on call and specialist consultancy rooms.
Explaining life rights
Many of the retirement villages operate on what is referred to as a life rights scheme.
A Life Right scheme refers to a contract within an estate whereby a resident enjoys the same privilege as if the home was purchased by sectional or other title except that the owner\developer remains the sole owner of the property and carries the responsibility of maintenance and upkeep of the village. A further advantage is that the residents enjoy all the services rendered by the village at a shared cost.
Holders of Life Rights are protected under the Housing Development Scheme for Retired Persons Act No. 65 of 1988. In terms of the Act, the holder of a Life Right shall have the same rights as those conferred on a tenant where the lease has been registered against the Title Deeds of the leased land. Such right shall be preferred to any other right irrespective of whether it is registered or not and irrespective of the time when such other right was registered.
Intergate Immigration has been assisting international Retirees to make Cape Town their new home since 2006. As South Africa’s premier immigration consultancy, and the only one to hold ISO 90001 we are here to help.
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