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Evergreen set to enhance Somerset West’s landscape and seniors’ lifestyles

Construction will commence this year, with the development seeking to enhance the local community, bring the land into reuse and provide an idyllic, highly convenient quality of life for residents.

Leading national retirement lifestyle brand, Evergreen Lifestyles is set to establish its sixth Evergreen village, on the corner of Andries Pretorius and Main Road, Somerset West. The village will transform the area, providing those over the age of 55 who are ready to eliminate homeowner responsibilities, the opportunity to relax and enjoy retirement living at its best.

Evergreen Lifestyles is an award-winning provider of luxury retirement villages, renowned for their beautiful gardens, tranquil environments, vibrant communities,high quality care and superb amenities.

Established in the Bridgewater area on the banks of the meandering Lourens River, with magnificent views of the mountains, Evergreen Somerset West typifies the vision and approach of its leading national property development and investment parent company, the Amdec Group. Amdec’s development of vacant land on high profile sites in central urban areas has provided powerful social progress and catalysed further neighborhood regeneration around the country.

“Somerset West provides the perfect location for an Evergreen Lifestyles village,” explains Amdec Development Director, Cobus Bedeker. “Within easy reach of Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands, and in close proximity to Strand and Gordon’s Bay beaches, top golf courses and leisure facilities, the town boasts little traffic congestion and a warm community feel,” he says. “These and other factors make it a highly sought-after retirement location, popular amongst locals and foreigners alike.”

“Additional factors which will make Evergreen Somerset West attractive to retirees are its prime central location close to nearby shopping centres, Vergelegen Medi-Clinic, an Alzheimer’s and dementia care facility, as well as the expansive grounds of the historic Vergelegen estate.”

With construction scheduled to commence during 2016, the Evergreen lifestyle village will ultimately comprise of 160 one and two bedroom lock-up-and-go apartments. A resort-style lifestyle centre will include a restaurant, TV lounge, bar, fully equipped gym and an indoor heated pool, along with a laundry and salon plus comprehensive healthcare and frail-care facilities. Early sales have been promising, providing a clear indication that the vital aspects of position, lifestyle and price are well aligned to generate rising demand, particularly as the project unfolds through the year.

Over the past twenty six years Amdec has established an impressive portfolio that spans the iconic Melrose Arch in Gauteng, the development of Port Elizabeth’s newest suburb of Westbrook, Cape Town’s newly launched Yacht Club (a landmark R1.2bn mixed use development next to the V&A Waterfront), Pearl Valley, Val de Vie and numerous other developments that exemplify beautiful spaces that provide meaningful engagement between people and the environment.

“With projects such as the creation of the neighborhood of Westbrook in Port Elizabeth, we’re creating a new 21st century community lifestyle that also looks to protect, support and enhance investment in the area,” Bedeker says. “On a smaller scale, we’re seeking to achieve the same with Evergreen Somerset West – enhancing the local community, bringing the land into reuse and providing an idyllic, highly convenient quality of life for residents,” he explains.

As a result of its experience, Amdec is no stranger to the tasks of revitalising and upgrading prime urban land and to meeting the environmental challenges that come with them. The long-term vacancy of the site and the surrounding land has attracted a concentration of homeless people to the area. Since Amdec’s acquisition of the property, however, the developer has been in close consultation with the City of Cape Town’s Social Development Department,which has subsequently carried out a number of interventions. The area has since been visited on several occasions by the department’s reintegration team with a view to reintegrating and resettling individuals within their communities.

Security and convenience have been taken into account in every step of the planning of the estate, with emphasis on fostering sustained independence and active community involvement, alongside personal safety and peace of mind.

Residents’ security is among many key priorities at Evergreen and a significant contributor to the company’s outstanding reputation. The new estate will feature electric perimeter fencing, CCTV cameras and round-the-clock patrols.

Evergreen’s continued growth and expansion can also be attributed to its focus on innovation, superior service, exemplary building design and high quality standards. Committed to enhancing lifestyles, the introduction of Evergreen Somerset West looks set to positively enhance the area’s offering for seniors and the greater community alike.