There is a global trend that is turning retirement on its head with the movement away from older people living separately in nursing homes as the contemporary population ages.
Instead of families living scattered across three generations, in three different houses, in three different provinces, with close to zero chance of living together, families are now, instead, looking for ways to live together.
Multi-generational developments and living are huge trends in countries like the Netherlands, Germany, and the US with studies having shown that it cultivates a socially enriched home environment and providing resources and protection for early cognitive development in children. It also has an advertent positive effect on the environment – less wastage, need or use of material objects and shared facilities mean less power consumption etc.
Multi-generational living has always been the norm, but with the growth of cities, age segregation in housing has crept in through the back door. Over time, this trend has begun to define the type of housing we build to an extent – hence the rise in numbers of studio and one-bedroom apartments on the one hand, and care homes on the other.
The new billion-rand, multi-generational Allesverloren Village launches its first phase of unit sales this month. Built on 15 hectares of land adjacent to the iconic Allesverloren Wine Estate, it sets a new standard for retirement living that supports a luxury lifestyle, sociability, allowing for its community to flourish.
Residents will experience the best of contemporary living with hotel-resort like amenities, a one-of-a-king integrative programme and excellent on-site medical and care services – all within the picture-perfect Riebeek West countryside village in the Western Cape.
Herman Pretorius, developer and CEO Nobel Resorts explains “Allesverloren Village embraces a new fundamental rethink of housing and planning, which is already happening extensively across Europe and the US. Phase one of our development will see 42 sectional title units – all architecturally designed – available to people over 50, along with truly unique amenities like a Clubhouse with concierge, 24 hour clinic and onsite pharmacy“.
“The next phase of the development opens to families who are looking for a secure living. The idea is that families could live in the same place but in their own homes in separate parts of the Village. Furthermore, younger families can plan to stay here for the rest of their lives because we have built all they need in one place, the same goes for active retirees whose needs may change as they get older. Allesverloren Village offers people the opportunity to take this long-term view.”
Phase 1 at Allesverloren Village sees sizeable one and two-bedroom garden cottages priced from R1 350 000 for over 50’s released. The sense of great South African space has been brought into each home. Pleasing open plan designs, generous rooms, private courtyards, and verandas extend the atmosphere of the winelands into everyday living. All homes are sectional-titled, pet-friendly and come complete with a range of premium finishes and appliances. Contemporary Interior Decorating packages inspired by the colours of the surrounding wine farm, are also available.
With the emphasis on special experiences and lifestyle elements, residents will have access to a concierge service, expansive outdoor pool, a wellness spa with hydrotherapy, an integrative wellness programme, contemporary restaurant, a bar with Vinoteque, state-of-the-art gymnasium and guided bike and walking tours in the neighbouring Allesverloren Wine Estate.
Medwell SA will provide onsite medical care through its team of medical professionals with an emphasis on the patients clinical and personal requirements. “Our aim is to provide an alternative to long-stays in hospitals by having the Medwell medical team take care of our residents in the comfort of their own homes. They can receive care from a qualified nurse and continue to live in the familiar surroundings of their homes despite their illness or condition. Again, a very effective care model from Europe that we are introducing to our retirement developments.”
As the worldwide pandemic continues and people continue to move toward more rural properties with smaller communities, Allesverloren Village has been created to promote happier and healthier living, it is a development for all generations and all wellbeing.