Launched last August at the award-winning Buh-Rein Estate in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, Buh-Rein Retirement Village has proved popular, with over 100 apartments already sold. The retirement village is open to those aged over 50 years and includes 461 one- and two-bedroom apartments, in buildings of three storeys each, that include lifts. It offers both independent living units and assisted living units, and sales have been made up of a combination of these, mostly to buyers from Cape Town. The first residents are set to move in during August 2019.
Riaan Roos, CEO of Multi Spectrum Property (MSP) group of companies, the visionary behind Buh-Rein Estate, describes progress: “Both the independent living apartments and the assisted living apartments that we have on offer at Buh-Rein Retirement Village are priced from R919 900. Most retirement schemes currently on offer in the Cape cater only for the upper-market segment – in direct contrast with the fact that retirees need to stretch their available funds. We believe that Buh-Rein Retirement Village addresses this issue by offering well-priced sectional title ownership properties.
“Work is progressing at a great pace, and we expect our first residents to start moving in on 1 August 2019, with more of the apartment blocks coming on line just a month later. All medical services will be available to our residents from 1 August 2019, and the kitchen will also be ready to cater for them. The gatehouse will be 100% complete with the security and access system installed by 15 July 2019, as well as the security system for the village. The gatehouse will include hobby areas: a workshop for woodwork, and a studio for handcrafts such as pottery and knitting.
“All of the specialised landscaping will also be complete by 15 July. We are planting large trees (amongst others) in courtyard areas where residents can read or relax with friends, in addition to strategically placed fountains. We are also developing a doggy park where residents can take their dogs – for both pets and owners to socialise.”
The fact that the Care Centre at Buh-Rein Retirement Village, run by Medwell SA, includes options for both Frail Care and Memory Care households (10 each), is a huge boon for those looking for dementia care for family members. Bookings for the Frail Care and dementia care will be open from 1 July 2019, and the Care Centre will be fully operational from 1 October 2019. A Dementia Bureau is included for patients and their family members, for guidance and a clear understanding of what to expect when a decline in mental ability occurs.
Residents in the independent living apartments have once a month access to primary healthcare clinic services by a registered / staff nurse at the Care Centre, 5 days per year (per unit) recuperative care at the Care Centre at no additional charge (T’s & C’s apply), 24-hour Call4Care monitoring and emergency alert services, and 15% discount on permanent accommodation in the Care Centre. Permanent residents will also receive priority if they need to move to reside in the Care Centre, subject to availability. Other services include 2.5 kg of personal laundry twice per week; 5 kg of linen laundry once per week; 2 hours of domestic service twice per week; and 4 main meals (per unit per month) at the a la carte restaurants within the Clubhouse which need to be pre-booked. Those in the assisted living apartments will have access to all of the above facilities and 16 main meals (per unit per month) at the a la carte restaurants (pre-booked).
Adds Roos: “Construction of Buh-Rein Retirement Village’s Clubhouse will be complete by 1 June. It is set to feature two restaurants, a heated swimming pool, wellness salon, hairdresser, beautician and massage therapy, gymnasium with shower facilities, deli, library with Internet access, bar/refreshment area, courtyard with central water feature and ample seating, lapa with indoor and outdoor braai facilities, and a function hall which can accommodate 500 people.
“This is besides all the offerings of the greater Buh-Rein Estate itself, which include a Bossa family restaurant with swimming pool, open-air gym, 10 km jogging trail, 24-hour security, camera surveillance and a multi-functional sport field. A shopping centre with Checkers as anchor tenant is set to commence construction later in 2019 and will be complete by October/November 2020, which will bring even more convenience within easy reach.
“We are excited to be bringing this facility to Buh-Rein, and as with the rest of the estate, Buh-Rein Retirement Village keeps the real needs of its residents in mind. MSP has adopted the latest international trends and incorporated them into the scheme, such the state-of-the-art dementia care facility, heated indoor therapy pool, and activity-orientated gymnasium.”