Within easy reach of Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands, Somerset West is a front runner among local and foreign seniors. With its rich history, magnificent mountains and golf courses, the town has become a highly sought-after retirement location. Already many popular retirement complexes have long waiting lists, and informed people are realising that they need to take action to secure the retirement accommodation and lifestyle that they desire, rather than wait until the need may be urgent.
The good news is that Evergreen Lifestyles - one of the country’s leading retirement lifestyle brands - will establish its next Evergreen village on the banks of the beautiful Lourens River, within walking distance of many leading shopping centres and close to the Vergelegen Mediclinic.
Speaking with Phil Wilson, National Sales Manager for Evergreen, it sounds like Somerset West seniors are in for a treat. Evergreen’s beautifully landscaped gardens with their mountain and river views, will inspire a sense of space and freedom, offering tranquil places to relax and revitalise. A wide choice of stylish one and two bedroom apartments offer accommodation to suit singles’ and couples’ preferences as well as their pockets. Each is positioned to make the most of the magnificent views and designed with residents’ convenience in mind. All the modern and material comforts are provided.
The spacious Evergreen Lifestyle Centre will provide a restaurant, TV lounge, bar, gym and indoor heated pool, along with laundry, salon, healthcare and frail-care facilities. But while the superb quality of the built environment inspires confidence, Wilson points out that - in fact - Evergreen’s primary focus is quality of life. “Our obligations as leaders in the creation of retirement village lifestyles are to bring enjoyment, satisfaction and a quality of life that make the lived experience of retirement equal to –if not better than- people’s expectations.
“Retirement may be in our name but it is by no means in our nature” he continues. “We understand that our residents aren’t the least bit interested in sitting around and feeling ‘old.’ They’re active, healthy, and often, dangerously adventurous! They appreciate the finer things in life: good food, great company, loads of fun, and choice.
“Among the many benefits of deciding to downscale, the freedom from the stress of managing and maintaining one’s own home ranks high. As a result, people of all ages and stages choose to move to Evergreen, where they live big, live bold and are out there enjoying life to the full: celebrating freedom from obligations, pursuing new interests, and reigniting forgotten passions. While some residents continue working well into their seventies, others appreciate that there’s never a dull moment in an Evergreen village. Our staff are part of the family - they play an active role in making residents feel at home, pampered (some would say spoilt) and invited into the hustle and bustle of vibrant village life and its many wonderful activities. Being part of a community full of laughter and friendship is one of life’s many pleasures. The fact that the enjoyment of retirement living is catalysed by sustained health and vitality, excellent services, professional management and most importantly, vibrant communities, makes these qualities a core focus of the Evergreen brand.”
But what about age, frailty and peace-of mind? Wilson explains: “No-one can predict the future, but at Evergreen we strive to ensure that no matter what it holds, we can help you manage it well. This begins with a tailored sales agreement that is flexible insofar as one’s financial circumstances are concerned, with transparent levy and operational costs.
“Evergreen provides an environment that anticipates and caters for aging and frailty. We take pride in the relationships we forge with residents and their families, providing peace of mind in every circumstance. Our active aging philosophy is supported by personalised home-based healthcare, administered by well trained, friendly staff. Should residents need it, our fully equipped specialist Frail Care Unit is available to provide the necessary professional treatment, 24-hour nursing and recuperative and palliative care. Help is always at hand, no matter the circumstance, with nurse call alarms in every unit. And naturally, residents’ safety and security are key priorities at Evergreen. Our villages have electric perimeter fencing and CCTV cameras. Access is strictly controlled and with around-the-clock patrols and emergency assistance at the push of a button, life may be lived without worry.”
Evergreen Lifestyle Villages is an Amdec Group brand. Founded in 1989, Amdec is the country’s leading developer of New Urban lifestyles. Amdec’s signature portfolio includes the iconic Melrose Arch (Johannesburg), Val de Vie Polo and Wine estate, Westbrook (Port Elizabeth), The Yacht Club (Waterfront, Cape Town), XtraSpace and The Arch Property Fund.
* THE EVERGREEN SOMERSET WEST SHOWCASE
Should you wish to experience retirement living at its best in this beautiful corner of the Cape, join our team and appointed property consultants, Pam Golding Properties, from 3 - 7pm on 8th October at the Lord Charles Hotel, and enjoy an introduction to the estate, the wonderful apartments and facilities, and to a lifestyle second to none. For further details please visit www.evergreenlifestyle.co.za or contact Cornel on 021 702 3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.