Living in style at 45

Estate outside Gonubie adds a touch of glamour to retirement

Situated on the coast between Gonubie and Chintsa East is Waterside Country Village, an over 45’s estate which adds a touch of glamour to retirement.
This high-end estate offers 19 freehold homes in an idyllic setting featuring a dam and wildlife – and it’s all within a stone's throw of a shopping centre with amenities including a grocery store, doctors' rooms, a pharmacy, restaurants, a nursery and a hardware store.
Built using a country coastal architectural design style, these homes promote green living with their rainwater tanks, solar geysers, gas stoves and on-site sewage disposal.
Units are either one bedroom with one bathroom or two bedrooms with two bathrooms, with residents given a choice of garages and various finishes or assistive devices.
Garages can be converted into caregivers' rooms where necessary.
Another feature is the Alderson Ambulance homecare assistance offered to residents, which offers skilled nurses qualified to deal with basic first aid, dementia awareness, monitoring of vital signs, wound care, medication administration and all aspects of domestic work.
Residents are billed separately for this service.
Sales director Vanessa Smith said the development, which began in earnest in 2016 with the first residents moving in at the end of the same year, was at 99% capacity with four homes still available to buy.
They range between R1.1m and R1.2m. The estate offers rentals too.
She said the development – owned by Craig and Chris Lindhorst and Kevin Branfield – was inspired by the critical shortage of upmarket retirement accommodation in the area.
“The demand is really strong,” Smith said. “The response to this development has been really great.
“To live here you have to be over 45, but anybody can buy a unit for investment.
“For example some children have bought units and their parents are staying in them.”
According to Smith, all units come with built-in cupboards and stoves.
Floors are tiled with light grey walls. Bathrooms have either a bath or a shower, with assistive rails available on request.
A sliding door leads out from the lounge to the patio which has a deck, paving or tiles. All the units come with a small courtyard. Smith said the development was perfect for those looking at downscaling as they head into their retirement.
“Many people have sold their own homes and down-scaled to buy here.
“The great thing is that you own it – it is not a life right.
“It’s yours, meaning you can sell it, you can rent it out or you can do whatever you want with it, unlike some of the other retirement villages in the city which are sectional titles,” she said...

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