First phase of award-winning Ev­er­green Muizen­berg nearly sold out

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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.”

Global ac­co­lade

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.

So­cial hub

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.

Mod­ern life­style

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.

Emerg­ing com­mu­nity

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.ev­er­green­

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.

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