Peace of mind is part of the pack­age

Any­one who thinks re­tire­ment is the end of the road for liv­ing a full life should think again, writes Michelle Swart as she finds out about an at­trac­tive re­tire­ment op­tion in Muizen­berg, West­ern Cape

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FOUR land­mark Sir Her­bert Baker homes at the St Leger Re­tire­ment Ho­tel in Muizen­berg have been clev­erly con­joined to cre­ate a won­der­ful space that en­com­passes not only lux­u­ri­ous, gra­cious and com­fort­able liv­ing but also adds great ser­vice and care, views, art and cul­ture — all un­der a se­ries of ar­chi­tec­turally im­por­tant roofs set against a back­drop of beau­ti­ful scenery.

Built at the turn of the cen­tury, the first of the four houses, Sand­hills, was de­signed as Sir Her­bert Baker’s per­sonal beach house. Among the other build­ings, one was bought by Al­bert Vic­tor Lind­bergh, the founder of CNA and the Sun­day Times. Lind­bergh mar­ried Gla­dys St Leger, the grand­daugh­ter of the “Old Saint”, the founder of the Cape Times, Fred­er­ick York St Leger.

The Joan St Leger Lind­bergh Arts Foun­da­tion was cre­ated by their daugh­ter, Joan Lind­bergh, whose dream was have a cen­tre of mu­si­cal and artis­tic ex­cel­lence. In 1995, Joan bought Sand­hills and con­sol­i­dated the block of Baker houses into an ar­chi­tec­tural unity; the ren­o­va­tion of these build­ings into the St Leger Re­tire­ment Ho­tel makes her vi­sion of cre­at­ing a strik­ing façade to grace the beach­front a re­al­ity.

This is why the St Leger will par­tic­u­larly please peo­ple who en­joy the arts. The Joan St Leger Lind­bergh Arts Foun­da­tion is a char­i­ta­ble trust com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion of artis­tic and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. As a ten­ant at the ho­tel, the foun­da­tion stages art ex­hi­bi­tions and hosts mu­sic con­certs within the ho­tel and acts as a tribute to the inspiration and phi­lan­thropy of Joan St Leger Lind­bergh.

The 25 apart­ments that make up this of­fer­ing are of­fered on a “life right” ba­sis and pro­vide res­i­dents with 24-hour se­cu­rity and emer­gency but­tons in bath­rooms and bed­rooms which con­nect to the 24-hour duty man­ager/nurses’ sta­tion. In­room nurs­ing care ranges from short-term daily help to full 24-hour care and frail care. The ho­tel is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble and res­i­dents can move eas­ily and freely from one end of the St Leger to the other with­out go­ing out­side.

First opened in 2009, the St Leger is now in its third and fi­nal phase of de­vel­op­ment, sched­uled for com­ple­tion by the end of the year, when a to­tal of seven more apart­ments will be­come avail­able, rang­ing in price from R690 000 to R1,95m.

Units are fin­ished to a high stan­dard with at­ten­tion to de­tail in re­spect of sur­faces, hard­ware and over­all aes­thet­ics. The charm and ap­peal of the St Leger for res­i­dents is that they fur­nish their own units; each apart­ment or unit is a blank can­vas, giv­ing res­i­dents the chance to per­son­alise their space to their own in­di­vid­ual taste and needs.

Any apart­ments pur­chased now for the third phase can be de­signed to your own re­quire­ments. Fully ser­viced apart­ments in­clude a cus­tombuilt kitch­enette and en-suite bath­room with emer­gency call but­tons. Units range from 18m2 to 70m2 and many have panoramic views of False Bay and the moun­tains.

Res­i­dents ef­fec­tively have their own home — in­stead of hav­ing to go to a home for the el­derly. They also have 24-hour care, if needed, which is ad­min­is­tered in the res­i­dents’ own apart­ments or in a pri­vate frail care sec­tion (to be com­pleted in the third phase of de­vel­op­ment).

Four re­lax­ing sit­tings rooms, a card room, a li­brary (which in­cludes an ex­tremely rare and valu­able “liv­ing li­brary”), a con­ser­va­tory (third phase) and a din­ing room, which serves ex­cel­lent cui­sine, along with sunny and pro­tected seat­ing ar­eas both in­side and out­side make this a unique propo­si­tion for dis­cern­ing peo­ple who want to re­tire in style.

The trustees ex­plain: “We think it’s im­per­a­tive that res­i­dents feel at home and feel re­spected and cared for. Our aim is to pro­vide the right sur­round­ings, the right care and the right frame­work so that their re­tire­ment is a joy and not a bur­den.

“What we’ve also found is peo­ple reach­ing re­tire­ment are in­vari­ably wor­ried about levies and the cost of liv­ing but we’ve con­sid­ered this care­fully. We be­lieve it’s im­por­tant to of­fer, above all, peace of mind.”

In this re­spect, the St Leger Trust has de­vel­oped a so­phis­ti­cated and sound fi­nan­cial model which al­lows res­i­dents to be cush­ioned from the im­pact of in­fla­tion as the cost of liv­ing rises. While the levy is not-for­profit and com­pletely trans­par­ent, the levy sta­bil­i­sa­tion fund ensures es­ca­lat­ing liv­ing costs can be met by the res­i­dents. Con­tact: St Ledger Re­tire­ment Ho­tel Deal­try Pick­ford 083 440 2122 Of­fice 021 709 6200

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