AMDEC PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT
First phase of award-winning Evergreen Muizenberg nearly sold out
THE first phase of Amdec Property Development’s award-winning retirement lifestyle village, Evergreen Muizenberg, is almost sold out, with only 10 of the chic, contemporary houses still available, according to Amdec sales representative Jayne Hendry.
She said an informal survey held among buyers at Evergreen recently revealed that several had made a quick decision to purchase in the development and had moved in shortly after seeing it for the first time. “They realised that Evergreen offers a rare opportunity to purchase an affordably priced, stylish new home in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, with immediate access to fully-operational entertainment and health-care facilities.”
The development’s assets have also been recognised by a panel of top global property experts who, last month, awarded Evergreen Muizenberg four stars in the “Best Retirement Development” category of CNBC Arabia’s 2009 Europe and Africa Property Awards. The event was part of the International Property Awards, the world’s most prestigious competition for property professionals.
Entries in the retirement development category were judged holistically, taking into account numerous key criteria, among them location, architectural design, construction, facilities provided, and the features included to improve the safety, security and well-being of the occupants, said Amdec chairman John Wilson, who attended the award ceremony in London’s Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel with his wife, Astra.
Evergreen Muizenberg also won a gold award f r om t he Ti mber Fr ame Builders’ Association in South Africa earlier this year for the boardwalk – the focal point of the development’s 2.7 hectares of beautifully landscaped indigenous gardens.
In the survey, held to find out why purchasers had chosen Evergreen Muizenberg, residents Michael and Mary Sharkey said they were attracted by the development’s social and other facilities. The clubhouse and bistro-style restaurant that have become the vibrant hub of the Evergreen community, with the library, have all been operational for a year.
In addition, Amdec will be launching a new leisure centre, which will include activities such as pool, darts, bridge and a hobbies room, within the next two weeks.
Wilson said the existing entertainment and health-care facilities, which include a clinic; treatment rooms for visiting doctors, physiotherapists and other medical practitioners; and a frail-care unit, were provided early on to give purchasers peace of mind, as in many phased developments these facilities are provided only after the final home is completed – sometimes several years after the first residents move in.
For some Evergreen residents, the development’s biggest attraction was that they would no longer need to maintain their homes themselves. Stephen Shean, a 58-year-old who works full-time as a sales representative with a steel company, moved into Evergreen at an earlier age to enjoy a more leisurely lifestyle. He said it was a pleasure to come home from work knowing that any home maintenance required would have been done by the Amdec maintenance team and that he can spend his spare time doing all the things he enjoys.
The 67 houses built in the first phase comprise single-storey semi-detached and free-standing homes, available in four house styles and various configurations: three bedrooms with two bathrooms, two bedrooms with two bathrooms, or two bedrooms with one bathroom.
Designed by Hannes Bouwer of Bouwer Architects and built to suit the lifestyles of modern seniors , al l t he homes at Evergreen Muizenberg have spacious, light-filled living/dining areas that are ideal for relaxing and entertaining; open-plan, fitted kitchens equipped with quality, stainless steel ovens and hobs; stylish, modern bathrooms; and extra-length garages, plumbed for washing machines and tumble driers. Each house also has a private garden.
New and inviting
Resident Sheila Price commented that she liked “the new, clean environment and beautiful landscaping ” . Hendry said many people prefer newlybuilt houses as they enjoy being the first to live there, and have modern kitchens and bathrooms that have never been used.
“The palette of neutral colours chosen for the walls, carpets and tiles at Evergreen also provide a ‘blank canvas’ on which residents can stamp their own taste in décor,” she says. “Our four tastefully furnished showhouses provide lots of décor ideas and inspiration and, if purchasers need advice on how best to arrange their own furniture and accessories when they move in, Astra Wilson, who furnished the showhouses and clubhouse, will be happy to help them create an attractive interior.”
Another advantage that many buyers mentioned in the survey is that through buying a new home at Evergreen, they were able to move in immediately, bypassing the waiting lists often found at longer-established developments.
Residents Wouter and Vivienne van Warmelo said they loved the size of the rooms and the setting at Evergreen, which has a mountain backdrop, as well as the eco-friendly landscaping. The Sharkeys, commented on the spaciousness of the rooms, saying they had found those of friends living at other retirement villages too small.
The facilities at Evergreen allow for the natural formation of communities bustling with activities and interaction, said Hendry. She pointed out that it is easier to make new friends when moving into a newly-built development where everyone has moved in relatively recently than to break into the social network within a long-established community.
With popular Muizenberg beach just a short stroll away, like-minded people can go swimming together, or for a walk along the endless stretch of white sand. There are also walks in the nearby Silvermine and Steenberg nature reserves, and many other activities to be enjoyed in the area, including visits to theatres and museums, and shopping trips.
Amdec has made its experienced sales team available to assist buyers who want to join the growing Evergreen community but are struggling to sell their present homes in the current market. “The team has achieved 90% of the as king price for these properties t o date,” said Wilson.
The prices of the houses at Evergreen Muizenberg s t art f r om R1 350 000. Apartments starting from R750 000 will also be offered in the second phase, which is due to launch soon.
For more detail, call Jayne Hendry on 083 324 0323 or Nino Boehm on 082 320 2101. Alternatively, call Amdec’s Steenberg office on 021 702 3200 or visit www.evergreenlifestyle.co.za
CONGRATULATIONS: Thijs Stoffer (CEO, ICREA), Astra Wilson (director, Amdec Property Development), John Wilson (chairman, Amdec Property Development) and Helen Shield (editor-in-chief,
International Homes magazine) at the CNBC Property Awards hosted in London.