Just imagine: your day starts off early morning with a relaxed (or brisk) walk around a beautiful wetland where you can indulge in a wide variety of birds. No fewer than 69 species have already settled down here. Late afternoon, when you sit on your porch and contemplate the day’s happenings, you may be lucky to see an entire family of Egyptian geese strutting by.
Retirement village resident Petrus van Rooyen and his wife, Jansie, who previously lived in Kempton Park and moved to Country Life in July 2015, fully agree: “Country Life’s ideal location in a beautiful, peaceful environment was exactly what convinced us to buy here. After we realised it was time to consolidate, we sold our home and initially rented a three-bedroom home in Village Walk, Central Developments’ first retirement estate in Benoni. Soon afterwards, we realised that the place was exactly what we were looking for and decided to buy our own three-bedroom house in Country Life”.
“In addition we can walk to the Brentwood Park Shopping Centre across the road. The centre houses a Pick n Pay, Spur, Panarotti’s, Hava Java, Ackermans, PEP, a physiotherapist, optician, pharmacy and many other shops. We also have the option of travelling to various other shopping centres, courtesy of the centre’s minibus. Country Life is also situated in close proximity to two hospitals (Linmed and Arwyp), the OR Tambo International Airport, and it offers easy access to the R21, R24 and N12 highways. It stands to reason that we have already introduced many other people to Country Life who also enjoy living here,” says Van Rhyn.
An investment opportunity too
Precisely because of its comprehensive offering in a scenic and peaceful environment, Country Life has also lured a number of investors who also want to enjoy their retirement here.
“I initially got to know the developer during the final phase of Village Walk, his first development in Benoni, and decided to buy a property there. Even at that stage I had also planned to become involved in Country Life as soon as the project kicked off. It was clear that strategic changes were built into the overall design of every new development, which raised the standard time and time again. Every development is simply better than the previous one”.
The main reason this investor bought units at Country Life, was to secure a safe place for him and his wife when the time arrived. “While I did not buy as an investment to resell, when you take into consideration that most of the units were sold in a relatively short period, it is clear that it was a sound decision to buy.
The retirement village is pet friendly, and small dogs and birds are allowed for ‘companionship’.
Another big benefit of this retirement village is that the units offer full ownership in terms of a sectional title scheme, and its facilities include a 32-bed frail care centre, a dining room and kitchen, a laundry, doctors’ consulting rooms, a hairdresser, a beauty salon and a multi-purpose hall that is used for a wide variety of events.
Social and leisure activities
In terms of social activities and events in the community hall and service centre, residents are spoilt for choice. Monday mornings you can sharpen your calligraphy skills; Tuesday mornings you can attend an English church service and bingo in the dining room at 18:00.
If you wish to stay fit, at 8:00 on Wednesdays you join the fitness group to exercise, at 9:00 there is an Afrikaans church service and at 10:00 you can knit to your heart’s content with other keen knitters. On Thursdays at 10:00 it’s time to practise your dancing skills with some line dancing, and at 10:00 you can show your mettle as a wordsmith.
Security is paramount
The retirement village also boasts excellent security, which allows residents to pack up and go on extended holidays without any concerns about the safety and security of their homes. Gate guards are on duty 24/7 and, along with dogs, patrol the village 24 hours of the day.
The affordable levies include the provision of water, refuse removal, a post box, telephone connection, basic medical care, garden services, insurance for structural aspects and the maintenance of communal areas.
Units still available
If you, too, want to realise your dream and enjoy your autumn years in such a peaceful environment where you can blend in with nature, there is good news! About 48 units in this sought-after retirement estate are still available. These include 2 and 3 bedroom simplex units. Interested parties can phone 0861 73 84 73.