Adding to the charm of the vil­lage

A ren­o­vated 1907 Napier school is now a lux­ury re­tire­ment re­treat, writes Michelle Swart

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IN THE charm­ing Over­berg vil­lage of Napier, a late Vic­to­rian school build­ing, with wooden floors, high ceil­ings and a rich his­tory, has been re­stored as The Club­house in the heart of a lux­ury re­tire­ment vil­lage which will open this month.

Tucked into a green val­ley be­neath the Soet­muis­berg moun­tain range lies the vil­lage of Napier, less than a two hour scenic drive from Cape Town.

Nic Border, ar­chi­tect and spokesman for the scheme, says: “Napier has be­come a haven for re­tirees seek­ing tran­quil­lity far from the crime and grime of city life. The Napier Re­tire­ment Vil­lage is in an idyl­lic set­ting on top of a hill, with breath­tak­ing views of un­du­lat­ing farm­lands and hills.

Built in 1907, the Ou Skool once ac­com­mo­dated over 300 chil­dren from neigh­bour­ing farms and towns. Now its his­toric build­ings are pre­served as a re­tire­ment vil­lage of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of op­tions rang­ing from in­de­pen­dent liv­ing in new cape ver­nac­u­lar cot­tages to as­sisted liv­ing in ground floor apart­ments, and frail care in the main School Hall. Prices start from be­low R442 000.

The units in the Re­tire­ment Vil­lage are sold on a Life Rights sys­tem of own­er­ship and uniquely struc­tured in such a way as to al­low in­vestors, or those not ready to move in now, to buy or let. Po­ten­tial own­ers have the ad­van­tage of buy­ing now and let­ting the prop­erty out un­til they wish to oc­cupy it or may rent a prop­erty from one of the own­ers. This is of­ten not pos­si­ble with some re­tire­ment schemes.

On sale and ready for oc­cu­pa­tion are 25 as­sisted liv­ing units and a fur­ther seven ter­raced houses. A pro­fes­sion­ally man­aged health­care cen­tre of­fers a full range of nurs­ing ser­vices in four wards, each de­signed as self-con­tained liv­ing units, with a com­mon din­ing and tele­vi­sion area. Be­cause it is be­ing run on a not for profit ba­sis, the frail care has been priced at R6 900 a month.

For res­i­dents with more in­de­pen­dence, the ter­raced houses are priced from R599 000, and cot­tages from R745 000. The range of dif­fer­ent re­tire­ment op­tions means that own­ers can progress from liv­ing com­pletely in­de­pen- dently in one of the cot­tages with all the home com­forts, in­clud­ing pets, into higher lev­els of care as time goes by.

Four lev­els of health care are on of­fer. Ba­sic avail­abil­ity has on­call nurses 24-hours a day. low care of­fers on-call nurses, as well as the ad­min­is­tra­tion of medicines and gen­eral mon­i­tor­ing of health. medium care of­fers these ser­vices and daily care as­sis­tance with daily vis­its by nurs­ing per­son­nel.

In frail care, res­i­dents will be ac­com­mo­dated in the health­care cen­tre where they will re­ceive all the ser­vices men­tioned above, as well as a higher level of gen­eral mon­i­tor­ing.

Napier is full of old-world charm and has many restau­rants, gal­leries and other in­ter­est­ing col­lec­tors’ shops, such as the Toy Mu­seum in the main street. Both Her­itage Western Cape and Cape Agul­has Mu­nic­i­pal­ity have sup­ported the project, as the his­toric build­ings have been re­stored to pre­serve their orig­i­nal char­ac­ter and add to the charm of the vil­lage. Con­tact: Linda Souter 082 536 8170 Ek­steen Oden­dal 082 872 4754

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