Breedezicht is the ideal spot for your holiday home!

Why Breedezicht is the ideal location for a coastal holiday home

If you want to purchase a coastal holiday home, any property expert will strongly advise you to consider buying property along the Garden Route.

The Garden Route is a 300-kilometre stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa which extends from Witsand in the Western Cape to the border of Tsitsikamma Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous estuaries and lakes dotted along the coast.

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But, with so many locations to pick from, where do you even begin house-hunting for the ultimate coastal holiday home?


It is also about convenience


If unspoiled nature and peace and quiet are what you are after, then Breedezicht Estate will tick all the boxes, and more. Located in the small coastal town of Witsand, Breedezicht Estate is conveniently situated 34 kilometres off the N2 highway, only 150 kilometres from Mossel Bay and 300 kilometres from Cape Town.

Choose the holiday home that suits your style


The development offers 120 full-title, fully service stands next to the Breede River and the Indian Ocean, with options available offering great views of the river, the nearby mountains, or the vast rolling farmlands.

Homebuyers can pick from five exquisite historically identifiable architectural styles, namely: Cape Heritage, Fisherman’s Cottage, Modern Beach, New England, and Vermont. House sizes range from 122 mto 450 m2, and you can customise the plans to suit your personal tastes and preferences. All the houses also include energy-saving features such as water tanks, gas stove and gas heating options, and solar panels to supply water heating.


Everything you want from a coastal holiday location


Breedezicht Estate is the ideal holiday spot for buyers who enjoy the tranquility of nature and outdoor activities. The main attraction, the Breede River, is perfect for fishing, and water sports such as kite surfing, rowing, canoeing, tubing, or a sunset boat ride up the river. River or sea cruises and fishing charters are also readily available.

For those who prefer hiking or birdwatching, De Hoop Nature Reserve is right on our doorstep and offers 3 000 hectares of undisturbed fynbos, 260 different species of birds, and is home to the endangered Cape mountain zebra and Cape vulture. You can also take a walk on the pristine beaches and do whale watching – Witsand is known as the whale nursery of South Africa. Between June and November the southern right whales migrate to nearby Saint Sebastian Bay, where they come to breed in the peaceful waters. 

Another perfect family outing is to have a meal or sundowners at one of the five local Witsand restaurants, including The Anchorage Beach Restaurant and Bar, Pili Pili River Restaurant, and The Breede River Lodge and Fishing Resort. Another firm favourite amongst locals and holiday-goers is The Bush Pub. Go by car or take a scenic cruise up the river to get there.


Enjoy a peaceful coastal holiday home at Breedezicht


Breedezicht Estate truly is the ideal spot for holiday-home-buyers who enjoy a peaceful, safe, and truly South African vacation. Besides offering buyers complete peace of mind, adventure, and an abundance of nature, your holiday home will also be a great investment! This said, you can make the best of your holiday home both in or out of season and there is the option of holiday letting while you are not using it yourself.  

If Breedezicht Estate is exactly what you’ve been looking for in a holiday home, then feel free to contact Central Developments for further information. Central Developments is well-respected in South Africa’s property development industry and has a diversified track record, achieved over more than 25 years.


Live the dream retirement lifestyle at Breedezicht Estate

Why Breedezicht offers the ideal retirement lifestyle

Dream retirement lifestyle
Dream retirement lifestyle
Dream retirement lifestyle

When looking for your dream retirement lifestyle, you should consider that this year’s property trends have again highlighted that South Africans will continue to semigrate to coastal towns, particularly those within the Western Cape. The increasing number of coastal homebuyers has mainly been young families and retirees looking for a better quality of life that prioritises less congestion and safer open spaces.

If you are a soon-to-be retiree who is eager to make this shift and live your dream retirement lifestyle, then Breedezicht Estate is, without a doubt, the perfect spot for you. Surrounded by vast rolling farmlands and views overlooking the Breede River estuary and the Indian Ocean, any nature lover will quickly feel at home.

The ideal coastal location for the perfect retirement lifestyle


Breedezicht Estate is located in the small coastal town of Witsand that is situated close to major towns and cities – just 34 km off the N2 highway, 150 km from Mossel Bay, 300 km from Cape Town, and a quick 80 km from Swellendam. This is especially appealing to retired residents who enjoy exploring the surrounding areas, like going on weekend getaways or running their errands in one of the nearby towns.  


Our secure, gated development is both luxurious and practical


The gated development offers 120 full-title, fully serviced stands secured by perimeter fencing. Residents’ safety and peace of mind are a top priority, making it perfect for retirees who enjoy a relaxed living environment. 

Homebuyers can pick from five exquisite historically identifiable architectural styles: Cape Heritage, Fisherman’s Cottage, Modern Beach, New England, and Vermont. House sizes range from 122 mto 450 m2, and you can customise the plans to suit your personal tastes and preferences. All the houses also include energy-saving features such as water tanks, gas stoves and gas heating options, and solar panels to supply water heating.


Stay active and social while retired


Breedezicht Estate’s prime location will ensure that you stay active and social even during your golden years. Our retired residents enjoy a variety of activities, of which some include: 

  • Taking long walks on the beach.
  • Fishing, canoeing, or rowing on the Breede River.
  • Taking sunset boat rides up the river with friends and family.
  • Birdwatching or hiking in De Hoop Nature Reserve.
  • Watching the southern right whales in the bay.
  • Enjoying a sundowner or meal in one of the five local restaurants.

Surround yourself with a caring community


Besides the peace and quiet, the picturesque setting, and the active and secure lifestyle that Breedezicht Estate offers retirees, there is also the benefit of belonging to a friendly and tight-knit community. Both inside the estate and in town, you will find a down-to-earth community of residents who look out for one another and are always willing to help.


Don’t miss out on securing your spot!


If Breedezicht Estate is exactly what you’ve been looking for when you think of your dream retirement lifestyle, then now is the time to make your move. Stands are selling at below market-related prices, and building packages are available at cost.

For further information about our development feel free to contact Central Developments. Central Developments is well-respected in South Africa’s property development industry and has a diversified and proven track record, achieved over more than 30 years.

Why Breedezicht is the perfect place to work remotely

Why Breedezicht is perfect for working from home

The Covid-19 pandemic has revolutionised the way South Africans live and work. In June 2021, approximately 50 percent of South Africans were working remotely on a full-time basis. Businesses have realised that working remotely can increase productivity and employee efficiency, so we will probably continue to see an increase in both hybrid and remote work options.

Working remotely does not only benefit South African businesses; employees are also getting the best of both worlds! Not only does remote work allow you to work from almost anywhere in the country, but you can also optimise your work environment. This means that you can choose any place where it is easy to stay focused, relaxed, and inspired. If this idea appeals to you, Breedezicht Estate is where you can make your ideal work-from-home lifestyle a reality.

Effortless travelling when you work remotely


Located in the small coastal town of Witsand, Breedezicht Estate is conveniently situated a mere 34 km off the N2 highway, only 150 km from Mossel Bay, 300 km from Cape Town, and just under 200 km from George. This makes travelling for work hassle-free, as both Cape Town International and George Airport are only a few hours’ drive away. Residents can also easily run their errands and do grocery shopping in one of the larger towns nearby, like Heidelberg, Riversdale or Swellendam.


Find peace and quiet while surrounded by nature


Imagine a home office with a view overlooking the Breede River estuary, the Indian Ocean, the nearby mountains, or the vast rolling farmlands. Each of Breedezicht’s 120 full-title, fully service stands promises a peaceful atmosphere with spectacular views that will motivate you to thoroughly immerse yourself in your work.


Homebuyers can pick from five exquisite, historically identifiable architectural styles: Cape Heritage, Fisherman’s Cottage, Modern Beach, New England, and Vermont. House sizes range from 122 mto 450 m2, and plans can be customised to suit your personal taste and preferences. This enables you to create a tranquil and spacious home office that meets all your requirements.

Balance working remotely and enjoying endless outdoor activities

We all know that a healthy body equals a healthy and productive mind. A major benefit of living in a coastal town like Witsand, is that clearing your mind and destressing is never a problem. Our working residents enjoy endless outdoor activities, such as:

  • Going for a run or walk on the beach.
  • Fishing, canoeing, or rowing on the Breede River.
  • Birdwatching or hiking in the De Hoop Nature Reserve.
  • Taking sunset boat cruises up the river with friends and family.
  • Watching the southern right whales in the bay.
  • Enjoying a sundowner or meal in one of the five local restaurants. Most restaurants offer the option of ordering take-out, which is perfect after working all day.

Escape the city and make the most of working remotely in this picturesque setting


If Breedezicht Estate sounds like the place where you would like to work from remotely, then now is the time to make your move. Stands are selling at below market-related prices, and building packages are available at cost.

You are more than welcome to contact us at Central Developments for further information about Breedezicht Estate. The Central Developments Property Group is well-respected in South Africa’s residential property development industry and has a diversified and proven track record achieved over the past 30 years.

Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate
Houses for sale in Waterkloof

Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate – this luxury security estate is located in the sought-after neighbourhood of Waterkloof Ridge in the Jacaranda City. The wide variety of homes and apartments for sale and to let ensure that you will find a home to suit your individual needs. Residents enjoy an active, social lifestyle in a tranquil waterfront setting. With frail care, dementia care and medical support services and facilities on-site, your peace of mind is guaranteed.

The world-class lifestyle centre and all its facilities, including the frail care centre, have been completed and occupied in the first phase of the development already, so it is fully operational and ready to welcome you to your new place of residence.

The last few units close to the waterfront and lifestyle centre are selling now and the second phase has just been launched offering buyers a variety of new floorplans to choose from.

Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate offers the best of two worlds. On one hand, it offers retirees an excellent retirement opportunity in Pretoria with access to all the facilities, recreational opportunities and services that are unique to the Jacaranda City. On the other hand, it offers a waterfront lifestyle usually associated with luxury, exotic holiday destinations.

Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate follows the tried and tested concept of previous successful retirement estates completed by Central Developments Property Group. The estate offers a positive living space for active, independent retirees, as well as peace of mind for residents who may already require support and nursing.

Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate is a holistic retirement solution for anyone above 50 who wants to leas a peaceful life and focus on the important things in their silver years.

Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate’s lifestyle centre was completed in the first phase and was available for use from the first occupation. The lifestyle centre houses a variety of support facilities and services to make the lives of residents as convenient and comfortable as possible.

Celebration Retirement Estate
Houses for sale in North Riding

A few years ago, the site where Celebration Retirement Estate is situated was a humble peach farm. Today the majestic development is home to hundreds of happy, over-50s enjoying the beautiful views, facilities, houses and apartments offered by this luxurious retirement estate in the heart of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.

With the first village complete and the second village busy taking shape, the estate will ultimately comprise 976 houses and apartments. Residents are spoiled for choice with 15 different floorplans and a variety of beautiful finishes to choose from – from one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments, to three-bedroom, two-bathroom houses – and a variety of beautiful finishes to choose from.

The expansive grounds border on a protected green area with a walkway offering residents ample opportunities to enjoy nature and take in the lovely scenery. But the nucleus of the estate is the fully operational lifestyle centre where residents congregate, and a true sense of community is cultivated.

If you are looking for an active, social and comfortable retirement lifestyle, but also for the peace of mind that 24-hour security and medical care services are available on-site, then Celebration Retirement Estate is the place where you should spend your silver years!

Celebration Retirement Estate is conveniently situated 35 minutes from OR Thambo International Airport and 20 minutes from Lanseria International airport and Sandton’s CBD. The iconic Ticketpro Dome, which is within walking distance from the development, has been voted the number one convert venue in South Africa for over 10 years. It is also an exceptionally versatile venue for all sorts of events and functions. Easy access to all major routes, including Malibonwe Drive, Witkoppen and the N1 and N14 highways, makes travelling a breeze.

Rental property on a budget – 8 Not to miss decorating tips

Decor and budgets


You’ve just moved into your new rental property and done your budget to ensure you can cover all your monthly expenses, you know, things like rent, utilities, groceries, medical aid, school fees, and well, the list just goes on and on. 


Halfway between working out your budget and making your grocery list, you look up – only to see those drab, boring walls that just screams rental property. Immediately you start imagining different decorative finishes on the walls, the windows, the floor – there’s colour!  Colour everywhere!  You are so excited now, all you want to do is rush out the door and head straight to the shops to get started on giving your new home a solid personality injection.  All you can think about are all the gorgeous décor items you have seen in shops, and you are just so ready!

But then, you remember the prices.  Those magnificent paintings were a bit overpriced, weren’t they?  Mind you, that rug also looked like something you could get at the flea market for half the price, right?  Now that you really think about it, you saw some really amazing pieces at the flea market just the other day, and they were just, so, you!  Sure some of it looked a bit old but maybe you can do something about that.  Now that you have a plan  you can finally make your new house a home.

There are a multitude of ways in which you could decorate a property on a budget!


From decorating tips to DIY tips the internet is full of crazy and wonderful ideas on how you can decorate your new place on a budget.  Saving you some time because who doesn’t need the extra time while shopping, we have compiled a list of the top 8 decorating on a budget tips for you.


Make it yours

You have personality, and lots of it!  Why not let that flow over to your decorative choices?  Really look for items that show your personality and interests and use them together with other subtler pieces to take your rental from ‘bleh’ to beautiful.


Be thrifty

There are so many unique and awesome pieces of furniture, accessories and décor available if you only know where to look.  Visit some flea markets or thrift stores in your area.  Scout classifieds adverts or even look at Facebook groups that offer second-hand items for sale. Your dream chest of drawers may just be out there waiting for you and all it will need is a new coat of paint or two and perhaps those great handles you saw on discount at that store you were planning on going to anyway.


Think in colour

Nothing livens up a drab like a few splashes of colour.  Think about the colour palette that you would like to use and look for pieces, or even paint them, according to your chosen colour scheme.  Check with your landlord perhaps he would be fine with you painting the walls with a bright shade as long as you mute it down again if you move out.


Store it

Few things are as versatile as space savers and other storage items.  Think a little outside the storage box and see how bookshelves can become an open storage display.  You can even add some patterned wallpaper to the back of the shelves to turn this into a focal piece.  Because you don’t live in your own house it doesn’t mean that you can’t have unique furniture.


Let your light shine

Is there anything better than walking into a perfectly decorated area and the light just catches every piece of the room’s personality, every little detail that just makes it all fit together so seamlessly?  You could upgrade your lighting to match or even accentuate your decorative choices, making your home shine.  Perhaps even consider floor lighting or lamps that fit in with your overall décor theme.


Let nature in

Be super homey and bring some plants inside.  Indoor plants make for a feel-good vibe – you can even consider dedicating a specific space to make a small indoor garden for yourself.  Use window sills for potted herbs or flowers that need specific amounts of sunlight.


Mix and match

There really isn’t any hard and fast rule that says all your couches have to look the same.  Be exciting and buy once off pieces from different sets that match each other or your décor.  Line your couches with different coloured throw pillows or even paint chair legs in a hue that pops.


Mix Texture

Texture really just adds a lot of depth to a room, look at long pile rugs or a throw with different textures for your couch.  Not only will it add a lot to the space around it, it will also make it feel oh so homey.


Decorating your property really doesn’t need to be an expensive exercise, a well thought out strategy in terms of the look and feel you want to go for will take you a long way in choosing the correct items to decorate your new home with.

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I spotted a Southern Right Whale
from my house!

I spotted a Southern Right Whale from my house!


When I moved to Witsand permanently in December 2003, I immediately became involved with the tourism industry and the marketing of Witsand as a holiday destination both locally and internationally.


Other than the Breede River and the plethora of activities it offers, the next best local and international attraction is the annual migration of the Southern Right Whales to our shores.


These gentle giants of the sea arrive to calve and mate and can be seen in the bay during the months of May/June to October/November. Witsand is privileged to get the lion’s share of these majestic mammals annually, thus making us known as the whale nursery of South Africa.


Interesting facts about the Southern Right Whale


The Southern Right Whale, or Eubalaena australis, joins Blue Whales and Humpbacks in the baleen family. These filter feeders’ main source of food is krill and copepods. They are dark grey to black and sometimes have some white patches underneath.


These gentle giants are very playful and curious around people and can often be seen trying to give kayakers and skiers a ride on their back. They also interact socially with dolphins and Humpbacks. They are slow swimmers, taking their time through life at a speed of around 5 km/h; then again, we all may move a bit slower if we weighed in at an average of 47 tonnes!


Pregnancies last just over a year, with only one calf being born. These calves average around one-and-a-half tonnes at birth and suckle until they are around six months old. They can drink up to 600L of milk a day, which helps them build up the blubber they need to stay warm. With such an appetite, it’s no wonder they put on around 90 kg per day.


Due to the sensitivity of the breeding and calving in the bay, no boat-based whale watching is allowed, but these magnificent creatures are clearly visible from the beach and look-out spots along our coastline.

Can you spot a Southern Right Whale?


Right whales have no dorsal fins, and the Southern Right Whale is no different. This is one of the key factors in identifying these large mammals.


Another well-known identifier is the calluses that form on their heads, known as callosities. Each whale has a unique pattern, just like we have fingerprints, that allows conservationists and researchers to spot individuals. Seeing as these amazing creatures can live up to 100 years, it helps to know who’s who in the zoo.


Conservation and the Southern Right Whale


The Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit recently posted its first aerial survey for the year. You can find more information here.


Run by the Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit, the “Adopt-a-whale” campaign is for the raising of much-needed funds to continue the research and conservation of the Southern Right Whale, to either co-adopt or to fully adopt one of the best know Southern Right whales, please do so here, and help conserve our gentle giants.


And finally, for some amazing aerial photos of the area and marine life; the marine conservation photographer Jean Tresfon posts regularly and covers a vast area of the Western Cape’s coastline; you can follow him on Facebook.

Be where the whales are


Breedezicht Lifestyle Estate in Witsand gives you the perfect viewing opportunity. There are many activities in the area, and whale watching is one of the most satisfying. Buy a completed house, or even a stand and build your own home, from where you can sit and relax while watching the whales.

What makes a retirement development work?

What makes a retirement development work?

Retirement development
Retirement development
Retirement development

The high demand for a home in a secured retirement development has inspired property developers throughout South Africa to re-look their offerings and up their game. Like building a standalone property, a successful retirement development needs a solid foundation to ensure long-term success.

Development location


We have always been told that the three most important factors when buying a home are location, location, location. Choosing the right area can create desirability, demand and bump up real estate prices.
The position of a retirement development is even more critical given the type of residents living there. Retirees want to remain close to their community of friends and loved ones, so choosing an estate connected to a central transport network is essential. In a bid to create even greater convenience, some developers have even gone as far as placing a retirement component within larger lifestyle estates to allow for independent, multi-generational living.
As well as great transport links, the estate should also not be far from amenities like shops and banks so that homeowners can access these easily.

Retirement lifestyle


Moving to a retirement development gives residents more benefits than what they would get if they downscale. As well as a home, residents also buy into a lifestyle and sometimes an entirely new approach to life.
Lifestyle can mean different things to different people, but developers’ opportunities to create wonderfully attractive estates are endless.
For some, a successful retirement village is a bit like a holiday resort – the more leisure amenities and essential facilities conveniently located near home, the better. As a result, places to socialise, like bars, cafés, restaurants or venues for larger gatherings, are always popular. Similarly, places to relax, like parks, swimming pools and spas, have huge appeal, as do community-building initiatives like weekly yoga classes and bird-watching groups.
For others, living in a retirement estate essentially means safety and security, with someone always on hand to assist in emergencies. The security offering will play a big part in keeping homeowners happy and at ease, so having a robust security operation is vital.
Good health enables a more comfortable lifestyle, and retirement estates that offer on-site medical services tend to be more attractive to buyers. Over the years, retirement developments have amplified their medical care options, ranging from essential health assistance to purpose-built assisted living homes. On-site frail care facilities, 24-hour care services, and specialist and continuous care for age-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s and dementia.


Financial security in a retirement development


To establish the financial security of a retirement scheme, investors need to consider several factors. Retirement schemes can be a balancing act between the number of levy payers and the cost of the lifestyle facilities on offer. This is when the reputation of the developers, the medical care supplier, and the development’s size become instrumental to the estate’s financial sustainability.
Larger developments have a greater levy base, which can assist in keeping levy costs stable. Purchasing a unit in a sectional-title development offers investors some protection through the Sectional Title Management Act, ensuring the development has both a maintenance and capital reserve budget.
In most cases, retirees usually downsize from a sizeable freestanding property to a retirement development, which could mean they have freed up some capital that can support their retirement lifestyle. However, it is crucial to consider the costs for medical care, as, in most retirement communities, levies only include basic care. It is also worth researching if the developer has any solution in place that would allow the retiree to access the capital within the unit for medical care.


Management of a retirement development


Developers should place a lot of thought and attention on this final pillar, as it can often make or break an estate. Living in a retirement estate essentially means maintenance-free living. Residents want to see that communal areas are clean, well maintained, and that thought has gone into things like the size of pathways to allow for wheelchair access.
Much of this will be tasked to a management team, who will oversee the estate’s day-to-day running and ensure it’s run smoothly and incident-free. Part of their job will include collecting the levy, ensuring service providers such as gardeners, security patrollers, and medical staff provide great customer service. Any issues or problems are solved effectively and timeously.
Management can set the tone for the entire estate, so regular communication with homeowners and processes are in place for when they wish to raise a complaint.

Benefit from nature – rest, recharge and destress at home and work

Benefit from nature – rest, recharge and destress at home and work

Benefit from nature with Cradle Ridge Estate’s natural surroundings, making it the ideal location for your home and home office. The estate is close to where pre-human life flourished approximately 2.3 million years ago. Here you can live with nature on your doorstep in an eco-friendly estate.

The benefits of being in nature


According to Kirsten Weir (2020), time spent in nature can improve our physical and psychological health and enhance cognition. Other benefits include:

  • Stress reduction.
  • Restoration of attention.
  • Better overall mood.
  • Lower risk for psychiatric disorders.
  • Improvements in empathy and cooperation.

Cognition and memory are affected to the extent that children in schools with a park nearby showed enhanced cognitive ability (Berman & Schertz, 2019). Nature also improves the subjective experience of wellbeing in people who struggle with low social connectedness and loneliness (Cartwright et al., 2018). Cartwright and his colleagues studied participants in the United Kingdom who struggled with social isolation, which is usually a precursor for low feelings of wellbeing. However, the researchers found that participants with low social connectedness who had access to nearby nature reported high levels of wellbeing. 

Several theories explaining the benefit of being in nature are being explored; suffice to say that there are immense and diverse benefits of spending time in nature (Capaldi, et al., 2015).

Benefit from nature at Cradle Ridge



The estate was developed with the needs of high-flyers like you in mind. Ensuring that nature becomes part of your residential experience was essential to the design and layout. As high-functioning, career-driven individuals themselves, the developers understand the necessity of distressing and rest. The unfortunate fact is that many people tend to work so hard that they never switch off. Cradle Ridge Estate integrates nature with your life seamlessly by bringing it to your doorstep.
For this reason, the estate boasts huge ecologically designed gardens with space for walking, jogging and cycling as part of an aesthetically pleasing design. The houses are eco-friendly and have large private gardens to keep you connected to nature through gardening and other outdoor activities such as a family braai or playing with the children.
While on the subject of children and their high energy levels – Cradle Ridge Estate has kiddies play area with BMX track, mini soccer field, jungle gyms, and a water fountain with adjoining braai areas. This means that mom and dad can have time to connect while the children are happily spending quality time in the fresh air. In the play area, children will spend time outdoors and get exercise in a natural environment. Sweet sleep awaits after a rough-and-tumble day of play!
Leisurely strolls, journaling on a secluded bench and watching the birdlife will also add to your wellbeing. The clever integration of the natural environment into the design will lure you away from your computer from time to time to simply enjoy a cuppa in your garden or take a lunchtime stroll through the estate’s gardens.
In addition to the stylish and effective natural environment inside the estate, the surrounding area complements the experience with a myriad of nature-related opportunities outside the walls.

Nature in the Cradle of Humankind


The developers purposefully chose this geographical location for the estate because of its majestic vistas over the Cradle of Humankind and the variety of outdoor-oriented opportunities available in the vicinity. There is an abundance of outdoor activities available in the area. These include the Silverstar Casino, Cradlestone Mall, Ruimsig Golf Course and Country Club, the athletics stadium, various stables with horse riding, abseiling, hot-air ballooning, caving, 4×4 quad biking, rally trails, river rafting, hiking, and 4×4 driver training. The Hartbeespoort Dam is only a short drive and offers water-related activities – think skiing and boating.
For those who aren’t adrenaline junkies, you are in the proximity of the world-renowned Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and a variety of experiences from art and eating in lush gardens to visits to the various nature reserves such as the Bothongo Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve and The Cradle Nature Reserve. You can also have a picnic in a bubble in Muldersdrift or spend a restful day at the Hartbeespoort Dam.

How to buy into this rare opportunity


Becoming part of the growing number of homeowners at Cradle Ridge Estate is so easy. Visit the website and/or the estate, and speak to one of the friendly, highly trained consultants who will ensure adherence to strict COVID-19 regulations. The consultant will walk you through the entire purchase to ensure that your experience is as stress-free as the environment where your house will be.

It is crucial that you hurry, though; stands are selling out like hotcakes and most of the already built houses have been sold.

Work from home and have everything you need on your doorstep

Work from home and have everything you need on your doorstep

Nothing screams “STRESS ME OUT” as much as peak-time traffic, followed by views of the ever-expanding urban jungle! I now work from home but used to feel that I spent more time on the road than at work, which meant less work got done, and my work-life balance took a serious knock. If you are with me and many others in Gauteng, then you should continue reading.

Work and play from home

Instead, we all want to work from home in a tranquil spot, go on relaxing walks and watch our children enjoy themselves in play areas within a world-class estate close to all the much-needed amenities that make our lives easier. If you share my dream, then Cradle Ridge Estate is for you! This beautiful estate is in an idyllic location on the north-facing slopes of the Roodekrans Ridge, with exquisite views of the Cradle of Humankind. Sitting here, I can’t help to think that my caveman ancestors shared this view, and I wonder what otherworldly animals and plants shared their time and space.

Albeit vastly different, my needs are met here as much as theirs were hundreds of thousands of years ago. I have the privilege to work from my bespoke home and share friendships with like-minded families. My fibre-ready, eco-friendly home is my family’s sanctuary. From here, we enjoy everything that our estate offers; this includes massive gardens, pathways for walking, running, and cycling, and excellent recreational facilities for my youngsters. Our kiddies play park includes:

  • Convenient braai areas and a BMX track.
  • Mini-soccer field.
  • Water fountain.
  • Jungle gyms; my children can’t get enough of these.

My moody teenager often forgets herself on long walks or when writing poetry while gazing at the phenomenal panorama. As for me, I enjoy the tranquillity, beauty, closeness to nature and the home office where I can let my creativity soar.

Nearby amenities

When we want to go out, there is so much to explore! Besides the incredibly convenient shops (such as those at Cradlestone Mall), weekends have turned into fun time, and even my teenager has to agree that this is “the coolest place to be, mom.” There is Ruimsig Country Club which has a Gary Player designed golf course, horse riding, athletics stadium, and various adventure sports right here (this includes trout fishing, which becomes an adventure sport when my city-bred husband endeavours to bring back the bacon/fish).

On the nature side, we have picnics at the renowned Walter Sisulu Botanical gardens, visit the Cradle of Humankind, and lunch at the lovely nurseries with my parents, who live in one of the retirement villages nearby. We indulge at one of the many restaurants on Friday nights or relax at a nearby pub. Sometimes we even try our luck at the Silver Star Casino or watch a show at the Barnyard Theatre.

It was a challenge picking the right schools for the children, simply because there are so many excellent schools in the vicinity, like Maragon Private School, Curro School, King’s School and government schools such as the Muldersdrift Laerskool, Monument High School, and Krugersdorp High School. Pathways School for the disabled is also nearby. My teenager is eagerly hoping for admission to the international Monash University – but that is a secret! When I ask her, she pretends to get angry and bang the door on me for “intruding in her space.”

Nowadays, work functions and conferences are done at one of the many classy conference centres – especially because my co-workers and clients can easily fly to Lanseria International Airport, come in from Centurion, Randburg, and Sandton, or drive in conveniently via the N14 / R28. My consultant husband has his offices at the nearby Ruimsig Country Office Park.

In case of emergencies or accidents, such as when my husband hooked himself instead of hooking the fish, the helpful staff of the Netcare Pinehaven Hospital was close by.


Work from home at Cradle Ridge Estate

I love where we live, and it was easy to choose Cradle Ridge Estate as our home. After a visit to the estate where we connected with one of the stellar staff, we only had to sign on the dotted line, and basically, everything was taken care of by our consultant.
However, I would urge you to hurry, because the last time I checked the website, there were only three ready-built houses and 52 stands left!

Your retirement social life starts at 60

Your retirement social life starts at 60

Imagine a retirement estate with just shy of 1,000 units filled with your peers. The possibilities for friendship and companionship in retirement are endless and you are sure to discover a whole new world of activities that you would love. An estate where your family is embraced, where you are welcomed into the bigger family of Celebration Retirement Estate with open arms and where the management’s only job is to make your life a safe, healthy, comfortable, and beautiful one!

Celebration Retirement Estate is the way to go in Johannesburg


Sixty is the new 40. This has become the norm and we do not say it to pacify the retired community. It is a fact, given our higher life expectancy and increasingly more people living productive lives well into their 80s. With 12 retirement estates under their belt, Central Developments is the premier provider of high-quality retirement lifestyle options and this time, they have outdone themselves by constructing their first mega retirement estate.

Moving into Celebration Retirement Estate is like moving into the proverbial sweet shop. The enjoyment just never stops in this high-end facility that caters for your every need (and want). The estate is managed by CSi Property Management and run by a board representing the Homeowners’ Association. This gives you peace of mind because CSi is known for their attention to detail and keen customer focus.

Retirement is a lifestyle


The lifestyle centre is the nerve centre of this estate and includes a reception area, a lounge, TV room, library, communal hall, games room, braai facilities, a heated indoor swimming pool, frail-care centre, coffee shop, and a restaurant. This centre was already constructed during phase one of the estate and has been fully operational since day one. The coffee shop and restaurant cater for you and your family’s palates, and your monthly levy already includes eight meals from the restaurant. Takeaways and meals delivered to your home are also available at an additional cost.

The lifestyle centre is buzzing with activity that includes movie nights, bingo, line dancing, yoga classes, ballroom dancing, and an English and Afrikaans church service on Sundays. The games room is readily supplied with cards, puzzles, pool tables, and even a life-size chessboard in the celebration corner. Other amenities include a hairdresser, nail bar, beauty salon, laundromat, and a shuttle service that takes residents to Northgate Mall on a Wednesday and a Friday.


Retirement has more to it


The 30-bed frail-care centre has medical staff available night and day. Those residents who prefer to rather recuperate from a medical episode or operation at home can be cared for to the same level of excellence in the comfort of their own homes. Meals can also be ordered for delivery to your doorstep.

The estate management endeavours to keep the estate eco-friendly, so the estate hosts a lovely eco-garden with walking trails and benches for leisurely walks, birdwatching or a quick jog. The walking trails extend beyond the gardens and provide a safe and relaxed atmosphere for recreation and exercise.

A retirement full of benefits


Moving closer to home, the estate offers a variety of accommodation options. Firstly, it has four-level apartment blocks with elevator access. The ground floor apartments have their own private gardens and those on the upper floors have balconies. Don’t worry; there are strong generators for the days when Eskom decides to shed its load. You can choose between one- and two-bedroom units in this range. Secondly, the houses, either freestanding or semi-detached, have either two or three bedrooms. All the houses come complete with private gardens for some indigenous green therapy. Two small dogs are allowed; however, cats can unfortunately not be accommodated.

As a family-oriented estate, your loved ones will always be welcome at Celebration Retirement Estate. Family members can stay over for a period of 11 days and up to two months with permission from the board. This means that your grandchildren can always visit gran during holidays and for sleepovers.

In our society, security is a crucial consideration, especially as you grow older, and here too Celebration Retirement Estate does not disappoint. The entrance gates have biometric access control technology and are manned by security guards 24/7. Residents also receive panic buttons to use when they feel unsafe, fall ill or need emergency assistance.

All the facilities mentioned here are covered in your monthly levy, while services such as the hairdresser, laundromat, and restaurant are for your own account, but at pensioner rates. We, therefore, suggest that you visit www.retirenow.co.za immediately to secure your retirement future! All accommodation is full ownership and can be bought even before you are 50, which is the minimum occupation age.

Life rights vs full ownership

Life rights vs full ownership

“I love you, Gran, and this house will always remind me of you. When I am your age, I want to stay right here.” Your heart sinks because you know that will not be possible. You only have life rights to this place you now call home, and when you move on, you will only get a small portion of your initial investment back, and someone else will occupy the property. However, if you invest in a retirement estate with full ownership in a sectional title scheme, like Celebration Retirement Estate, you can bequeath your home to your family like any of your other assets.

What is full ownership?


With full ownership, you buy your home, and it is yours for the keeping. In fact, you can even buy it before retiring and lease it out until you are ready to move into this exciting over-50s lifestyle estate. In addition, as time goes by, your investment will continue to grow exponentially, and your children and grandchildren will one day reap the benefits of this growth. Think of it as a specialised sectional title property, one that specifically caters for your needs as you age.

The sectional title scheme has a Homeowners’ Association and a board representing the HOA, the estate management (in this case CSi Property Management), and the developer (Central Developments). The board is responsible for the estate and sees to the security, upkeep, orderliness, complaints, types and quality of services, etc. Requests for changes to the outside of your property will also serve before them for approval. The good news is that the inside of your property is yours to do as you please!

What about life rights?


Celebration Retirement Estate is the thirteenth retirement estate developed by Central Developments since 2010. With so much knowledge and experience under their belt, you can’t expect anything less than the best possible product. Over the years, Central Developments has gained their clients’ trust by delivering quality houses and apartments, exactly as promised. But their quality doesn’t end there. Celebration is a prime example of a modern lifestyle community for over-50s that shouts ‘quality living’ from the moment you enter the estate to when you leave.

‘For us, it is a celebration of a decision well made – coming to something small, compact and well organised. We did it, and we miss nothing of what we have left behind. That is a celebration!’ says one new resident, and she is just one of many happy residents who now call Celebration their home.


Investing in full ownership


Property is a fixed asset and a much better investment than a car, a boat, or a trip around the world! (Mind you, when you do go on that trip, don’t hesitate to invite me along J). When you have full ownership, you own your home outright, and you know that it is an investment that will keep growing and can be bequeathed or sold as you see fit.

When compared to life rights, full ownership is by far the better option for all these reasons. Celebration Retirement Estate offers full ownership of all its properties, whether you choose an apartment or house. The use of all the amenities is included in your levies, and you can start investing as soon as possible.

Full ownership at Celebration Retirement Estate


Finally, Celebration Retirement Estate is conveniently close to the M1, N1 and N14 right opposite Northgate Mall, close to the TicketPro Dome, and not far from the botanical gardens and Silverstar Casino either. It has state-of-the-art, 24-hour security, a lifestyle and frail-care centre and lovely walking trails with seating areas where you can enjoy the eco gardens. If you live in a ground floor apartment or a house, you also have your own private garden to flex your green fingers. You can even bring two small dogs along (however, rather gift your feline companion to a loving family as cats can unfortunately not be accommodated).

Celebration is one of 12 prestigious retirement estates developed by Central Developments. These estates are unique in their total offering. With almost 1,000 units at Celebration, your opportunities for activities and making new friends are almost endless.

I remember fondly how my grandmother started playing cards in all earnest when she moved to a retirement estate. Something she would never have been caught doing before, being a pastor’s wife and all!

So, my question to you is, why wait? Invest in a full ownership retirement property today and get an investment that will grow with you.

Why Celebration Retirement Estate is the Best Choice

Why Celebration Retirement Estate is the Best Choicee

These days, retirement offers you many more options to choose from – you can move, scale down or stay where you are. It’s good to do your homework and evaluate all of your options, so you choose what is best for you. Dr Ndileka Shuenyane, an investor who bought a house for her parents-in-law, believes they have made the right choice at Celebration Retirement Estate: ‘They get to meet people their age, who are going through a similar life stage. They have similar things to talk about. They found a community here, which is nice.’ Many of our residents echo this statement. Not only does our retirement estate offer excellent lifestyle facilities, but you will also become part of a community that cares.

A perfectly located retirement estate


Celebration Retirement Estate is situated in North Riding, north of Johannesburg, and is conveniently close to various shopping centres, hospitals, golf courses, entertainment and recreation venues, churches and airports. Being so conveniently located, our residents can continue having an active lifestyle. They also have access to all the amenities right there on their doorstep in the estate. ‘Everyone is very friendly; people walk around because you can safely go for a walk at any time, and it’s close to everything,’ confirms resident, Roy Balfour de Stadler. ‘I was surprised by how modern this retirement estate looks; it doesn’t look like an old age home at all; this is a real lock-up-and-go, 50-plus, lifestyle estate.

A retirement estate with all the right features


Another valuable feature of this retirement estate is the 24-hour frail-care centre, including an emergency panic button response system. In addition, there are on-site doctor’s consulting rooms and basic health care services. Peace-of-mind healthcare is essential at Celebration; residents know that our medical support team is at their full disposal should they need it.

Celebration gives you an opportunity to live an active lifestyle that starts at the impressive world-class lifestyle centre with a restaurant, coffee shop, library and hair and beauty salon. There is also a heated swimming pool for residents to enjoy. The games and entertainment area is where residents can get involved in different hobbies and socialise with their friends.

‘The community is amazing,’ says Sindi, who lives at Celebration with her mom. ‘The people are helpful. I would highly recommend moving in before retirement so you can enjoy all the facilities.’

The estate’s 2.7-hectare protected green area gives residents ample opportunity to enjoy nature by walking, jogging or just having a picnic with family and friends. There are also many viewpoints along the paved walkways where residents can spot different bird species and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the surrounding hills at the end of the day.


Safety and security are top priorities


‘Living in a securely guarded estate makes you feel safe at all times,’ says Sindi. The safety of all our residents is of the utmost importance to us, so Celebration has state-of-the-art security, including a guardhouse at the main entrance with strict biometric access control, a perimeter fence and patrolling security guards inside the estate. There are also panic buttons available to all residents in case of an emergency.

Bob Stevens, the manager at Celebration Retirement Estate, says, ‘It is important that our residents are looked after physically as well as spiritually. Therefore, it is important to have church services and prayer meetings, and social events so that everyone can get out of the house a bit and spend some time socialising with others.’ The community interaction at Celebration uplifts our residents’ spirits; it helps them appreciate life and the beauty of growing old together.


Celebration retirement estate is the obvious choice


Whether you are buying, renting or just investing at Celebration, it will enrich your life in one way or another. With Village 2 under construction, there will soon be 976 houses and apartments on the estate. The excellent security, active lifestyle and frail-care centre is an impressive combination giving people over 50 peace of mind that they will enjoy a comfortable, safe and enjoyable retirement at Celebration Retirement Estate. This is evident from the testimonials from so many of our satisfied residents.

‘Retirement is not necessarily a time to just sit back and do nothing; it is a phase in your life where you want to enjoy the fruits of many years of labour,’ declares Bob Stevens. Celebration Retirement Estate is the right choice for anyone who agrees with him and is ready to enter this caring, yet carefree, community.

Retire in Witsand – Breedezicht, the estate surrounded by lush winter canola fields.

It’s that time of the year again when everything is YELLOW!


They call retirement the silver years, but there’s no reason you can’t retire in Witsand and be surrounded by green and a beautiful golden yellow. Imagine for a moment, sitting outside with a warm cup of coffee, looking out over the yellow blanket that is the canola fields. This is surely a sight that will warm any winter heart!

Breedezicht Estate adheres to general landscaping guidelines to help create an integrated and responsive landscape, emphasising the natural Western Cape coastal landscape characteristics.


retire in Witsand
retire in Witsand
retire in Witsand

Retire in Witsand and enjoy some gardening


One of the best past times of retirement is the time you have available to spend gardening, and winter is the best time of year to start gardening and the perfect time to establish new plants for the dry summer months ahead.

Milkwood, Sideroxylon inerme, is, of course, one of the best trees to plant. Milkwood trees are seen all over Witsand and remain popular for their ability to grow in harsh, seafront weather. They have dense foliage and offer wonderful shade for a late afternoon picnic.

These hardy evergreen trees also form a natural windbreak when matured. Milkwood is a protected species and may not be damaged, moved or felled without a permit.

The top shrub will have to be the Spekboom (Portulacaria afra). Read this article from Garden and Home for seven significant reasons you should plant spekboom, an indigenous succulent, in your garden.

  1. It improves our air quality.
  2. The spekboom is a proudly South African plant.
  3. It’s a water-wise plant.
  4. It’s suitable for all seasons and weather conditions.
  5. It’s effortless to grow.
  6. It’s a versatile plant.
  7. You can even eat it.

Cape thatching reed plants like the Restio (Restio tectorum) and easy-to-grow Dakriet (Elegia tectorum) are prevalent throughout the area. These are proudly South African water-wise reeds that form part of the unique group of plants found in the Fynbos regions of the Cape. They are easy to grow in the garden and cope well with being in containers too. These are also popular landscaping plants because of their hardiness and bold structural shape.

Another common sighting in the area is the bright yellow canola fields. Did you know that canola oil contains the least saturated fat of any common edible oils on the market?! Once harvested, the canola seeds are taken to a crushing facility, where the oil is extracted, refined, and bottled as canola oil. The leftover “meal” is then used as a protein source in animal feed. Other uses are biodiesel, fertiliser, cosmetics, and industrial lubricants, to name a few.

Retire in Witsand with great activities


If gardening is not your forte, no need to fret, Witsand is the perfect slow-town destination that keeps on giving; may it be the prolific amount of excellent fishing spots in the area or the stunning views of the Breede River mouth meeting the mighty ocean or the sights of farmlands stretching along the highway. The town offers a serene environment filled with stunning, wavy hills of canola flowers, unspoilt beaches, and a small harbour for water sports.

Another bonus of this resort town is the plentiful marine life sightings in the area. This picturesque town along the Garden Route boasts plentiful whale watching opportunities due to the so-called whale nursery of South Africa being located there. The Breede River has also seen some of the largest bull sharks in the surrounding waters.

There are also few things more beautiful than the winter farmlands along the Garden Route. A true picture-perfect wonderland of patchwork quilted fields. On a winter’s day, the stretch of road on the N2 towards Witsand with the backdrop of the Langeberg mountain range will surely leave you inspired.





Retiring at Breedezicht

Retirement should be about leisure strolls along the coastline, enjoying the tranquillity of the vast open countryside, breathing in the fresh coastal air, and using your free time doing activities and hobbies that you never had time for before. Breedezicht Lifestyle Estate offers all this and so much more.

Let Breedezicht be your escapism from the cacophonies of city-life, book an appointment today with one of our friendly sales consultants and experience the beauty and serenity of a sea-side retirement for yourself at Breedezicht Estate and enjoy spending your much-deserved free time gardening, walking along the beach, enjoying the breath-taking sights and marine life of this strategic location.

Witsand canola fields

Top tips when buying a retirement property

Top tips when buying a retirement property

Looking for the right property to settle down in for your retirement is exciting and a little daunting at the same time. Exciting, because it represents something new and fresh at a time when you get to slow down, escape the rat race and enjoy your silver years in a home that caters for a far more laid back you. It’s a little daunting too, as it also means significant change and forward planning for a future that is essentially unknown.

“In planning for retirement, people usually look to buy into an active lifestyle with the very best amenities, leisure, social and medical facilities, as well as good investment returns. At the same time, no one knows what the future may hold, so frail-care facilities from the first phase and state-of-the-art security are probably two of the most important upfront determinants of where to buy your retirement nest,” explains Jeannie Beetge, Central Developments’ Marketing Manager for Celebration Retirement Estate.

As one of the largest and most successful developers of luxury retirement lifestyle developments in South Africa, Central Developments offers the following important tips to consider when buying a retirement property:

Buying retirement property – life rights vs full ownership


Ownership structures vary between life rights and full ownership in a retirement lifestyle development. A life rights agreement means that you buy the right to occupy the property or unit for as long as desired, but you never own it, nor can you bequeath it to anyone after you pass on. With full ownership, you own your property in the retirement development, as well as an undivided share of the common property (since it is in a sectional title scheme). You, therefore, reap the full benefits of the capital growth, and you will be able to leave your retirement property to your loved ones.

Developer’s track record


This is a crucial consideration when buying a retirement property. Buy from an established developer with a proven track record in developing retirement properties. Check out their completed projects and whether they delivered as promised. This is especially important when buying off-plan in a new development, as you will typically be buying off an artist’s impression and the developer’s promises.

Check whether the developer can deliver on the promised facilities and amenities. Buyers are often promised frail-care facilities and a lifestyle centre in later phases of the development only to see them take years longer or, in fact, never materialise as they are notoriously expensive and challenging to establish and operate.

The developer also has to ensure that a qualified managing agent and service providers are appointed. This skill comes with experience and could make the difference between the success or failure of a retirement estate. It is therefore crucial that you look at the developer’s track record and experience.


Managing agent’s track record


In terms of locality, the estate is perfectly situated close to airports, various shopping centres, recreation venues, The managing agent must have a well-established track record and be a member of the various bodies governing the industry such as the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) and the National Association of Managing Agents (NAMA), and have a valid Fidelity Fund Certificate. The managing agent is responsible for the financial management to the Body Corporate, as well as assisting with maintenance, management and smooth operations within the estate, so the role comes with significant responsibilities and trust.

Local Amenities


Proximity to amenities both inside and outside the retirement estate is important. Externally, you want to be close to hospitals, shopping hubs, churches, entertainment, social spots, and main transport routes. Within the estate, look out for recreation and lifestyle facilities such as a dining room, gardens and walking routes, frail care and on-site medical services, as well as other conveniences such as a hair salon, library, social clubs and so on.

Monthly Costs


Know what the levies are and the annual rate of escalation. These should make sense when compared with the monthly expenses and upkeep of a house along with all the security costs, maintenance, and risks of being isolated in advanced age. Another important aspect is efficient and sustainable green design to keep your living costs down. Energy-saving technology and materials deliver at least 20% more energy savings than the norm, resulting in lower water and electricity bills at the end of the month. Celebration Retirement Estate is in fact the first retirement development in Gauteng to be registered for EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency) certification by the Green Building Council of South Africa.


Changing healthcare and mobility needs


There is a lot to think about when buying a retirement property, but one of the key things to consider is the ability to meet your changing needs within the same development. Earlier on, people are looking for free-standing homes where they can enjoy their garden, the outdoors and their independence. Later, should their health and physical abilities change, they can move to a smaller apartment and access home-based care while recuperating from a health event, or even move into frail care for 24-hour care if required – all within the same development. Design aspects such as wheelchair access with ramps built at the correct inclines and wide enough doorways are equally important at all entrances and exits to your home and within the estate facilities.


Security


Being in South Africa, as with all residential developments, security is a crucial consideration. With advancing age comes increased vulnerability to opportunistic criminals. Make sure that the lifestyle retirement estate you buy into provides state-of-the-art security measures such as 24-hour security and patrols, access control, perimeter electric fencing, number plate recognition, CCTV surveillance and personal emergency buttons linking you to the on-site security and medical services.

“The most important driver for savvy South Africans buying into retirement living is to secure a service-enriched, secure residential lifestyle that’s all about making their silver years as independent, comfortable and burden-free as possible, with a great return on investment too,” concludes Jeannie.

Quality Retirement Lifestyle at Celebration Retirement Estate

Quality Retirement Lifestyle at Celebration Retirement Estate

retirement lifestyle
retirement lifestyle
retirement lifestyle

People seldom just stumble upon good quality – it’s usually hard to come by, and finding it requires researching and exploring all the available options. But first, you must know what you perceive as excellence. When it comes to quality retirement, ask yourself what your ideal retirement lifestyle will look like; only then your search can begin. It doesn’t have to be that complicated, though, and you don’t need to search too far because there is a retirement estate in the north of Johannesburg that offers the ultimate in quality retirement lifestyle.

A relaxing lifestyle


Celebration Retirement Estate offers its residents the opportunity to retire in luxury and welcomes people over 50 into its warm, caring, and active community with open arms.

Our lifestyle centre forms the core of community living. With a stylish restaurant, hair and beauty salon, coffee shop, library, and recreation hall, residents can get together to socialise and enjoy various activities. We promote an active retirement lifestyle, which is easy to obtain here. For the more active at heart, there is a heated swimming pool for activities like water aerobics. Residents can also take leisurely strolls on the many walkways along the 2.7-hectare protected green space and enjoy the beautiful views, birdlife, and small animals of the area. With so many amenities and activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Retirement lifestyle with backing


Celebration Retirement Estate is the thirteenth retirement estate developed by Central Developments since 2010. With so much knowledge and experience under their belt, you can’t expect anything less than the best possible product. Over the years, Central Developments has gained their clients’ trust by delivering quality houses and apartments, exactly as promised. But their quality doesn’t end there. Celebration is a prime example of a modern lifestyle community for over-50s that shouts ‘quality living’ from the moment you enter the estate to when you leave.

‘For us, it is a celebration of a decision well made – coming to something small, compact and well organised. We did it, and we miss nothing of what we have left behind. That is a celebration!’ says one new resident, and she is just one of many happy residents who now call Celebration their home.


Close to the amenities you would want


In terms of locality, the estate is perfectly situated close to airports, various shopping centres, recreation venues, churches, and hospitals, which all add to the lifestyle it offers. Residents can easily walk to the newly refurbished Northgate Shopping Centre or enjoy a round of golf or bowls just a short distance away. Montecasino also has much to offer, such as fine dining, gambling, or theatre, and is only a 15-minute drive away.

retirement lifestyle

The support you need


One of the biggest advantages of this retirement estate is the on-site 30-bed frail-care unit and medical support services. Even though we promote an active lifestyle, retirees need to be prepared for any eventuality, especially the medical challenges that could come with ageing. Residents can rest assured that they have full access to 24-hour emergency and medical support services, or even frail care should they ever need it. In addition, we also offer home-based care options for those who prefer to recuperate at home. Residents don’t have to leave the grounds to visit a doctor since there are consulting rooms on the premises. These services offer peace of mind and assurance that our residents are well taken care of at all times.

A safe and secure retirement lifestyle


Besides medical support and care, security is the most important consideration for retirees. Will you be safe? How will you sleep at night? Can you trust your security system? A secure perimeter wall topped by electric fencing surrounds the estate. It also has a guardhouse with strict security protocols and biometric access control for anyone entering or leaving the estate. Inside the estate, each resident has a panic button linked to the guardhouse and frail-care facility. Roaming guards also patrol the premises day and night to ensure that all residents are safe and secure.

If you are looking for the best all-around quality retirement lifestyle, Celebration Retirement Estate certainly ticks all the boxes. With the sales of Village Two launching soon, more people can now buy or rent here and become part of the family. Start celebrating your retirement by making Celebration your home today!

Retirement – A Celebration of Life: Make the most of your retirement!

Retirement – A Celebration of Life: Make the most of your retirement!

Retirement should be the phase of your life filled with relaxation, enjoyment and doing as your heart desires. This is precisely what Celebration Retirement Estate aims to offer residents when they join our community. Of course, there are also luxurious houses and apartments, and extensive facilities that cater to every possible need. But most importantly, at Celebration, you become part of a community of like-minded people who celebrate their silver years together.

Our secure location provides convenience and freedom of movement


Located in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, Celebration Retirement Estate is conveniently positioned between the N1 and N14 highways. Northgate Shopping Centre is within walking distance, and a 15-minute drive will take you to outstanding medical facilities and major golf or sports clubs. The safety and peace of mind of our residents are of the utmost importance. We thus offer 24-hour security, CCTV camera systems, and vigilant security personnel who oversee the entering and exiting of visitors at our estate gates, creating a secure setting ideal for staying active and socialising outside with neighbours. Residents feel completely at ease when strolling on our walkways or accompanying their grandchildren on a bike ride.

Enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your home


Investing in retirement property at a young age doesn’t mean you have to retire. You also don’t have to move in just yet. Perhaps you want to work for another five years or are still enjoying your current home. In the meantime, you can increase your retirement investment even further by renting out the property for additional income. The retired market makes for the ideal tenant as they don’t plan on moving out soon and are also responsible rent payers. This takes away the rush of moving immediately and allows you to do so when the time is ready. If the house requires any building Both the houses and apartments that form part of our estate integrate beautifully with nature. Considering that many of our residents have green fingers, this truly is a blessing! Homeowners and residents living in ground floor apartments enjoy their own private gardens, which they can personalise to their taste. We do, however, encourage gardening with water-wise and indigenous plants, as the estate borders a protected green area. Residents who prefer to live in our apartments can bask in the afternoon sun thanks to their north-facing balconies. The apartments overlook the rolling hills, and on a clear day, some residents can even see the Magaliesberg mountain range!


The heart of the community


Thinking ahead really pays off when it comes to purchasing a retirement property. As a buyer, you could If one building reflects our estate’s community-centric atmosphere, then it is the lifestyle centre. Our residents come here to socialise over cake and tea, relax in the library or enjoy a morning yoga session in the recreation hall. The lifestyle centre includes a variety of amenities; offering our residents many activities to choose from. Book an appointment at the hair and beauty salon, swim a few laps in the heated indoor swimming pool or treat your guests to a delicious meal in the dining room. Residents can even pop in at the kiosk if they run out of necessities, like milk or toothpaste. A frail-care facility and doctor’s consultation room are also connected to the lifestyle centre so that all our amenities are in one place.

Where neighbours become friends


Choosing to retire at Celebration Retirement Estate marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter! So many of our residents have expressed how fulfilled their lives are by being part of our community. At Celebration, our residents soon become part of this caring community and form valuable new friendships with the like-minded people around them. There will always be someone to assist with your needs, and offer a helping hand; whether a neighbour, a friend or one of our caregivers. Being part of such an active community helps our residents to really enjoy life! Neighbours often join each other for a Saturday afternoon braai in the garden and go for walks together. Residents also have the freedom to take the initiative and make themselves at home in our community. A perfect example of this is our herb garden. A group of residents started the garden to encourage people to plant and pick herbs whenever they please. There are also several other green areas where residents can enjoy therapeutic gardening. With so many different things to do and time for socialising, you are bound to become part of our family.

Invest in your happiness by choosing us as your retirement partner

Investing in retirement property – the benefits of starting at a young age

Investing in retirement property – the benefits of starting at a young age

Retirement estates and villages have grown substantially over the past few years, not only in market size and interest but also in the type of lifestyle that it offers buyers. These factors are changing people’s perceptions about retirement and are attracting a new buyer demographic. Buyers below the age of fifty are noticing the investment opportunity that comes with purchasing a retirement home early on. In fact, the benefits go beyond a great return on investment. Regardless of your age, here is why you should consider investing in retirement property:

You secure a more sustainable financial investment


The demand for retirement property continues to increase, with buyers being able to pick from an array of excellent choices. Considering the variety of retirement estates and villages in South Africa, this competitive market secures an even better long-term investment. Higher demand also means that the yearly capital appreciation will be on the rise. Should you decide to sell, your return on investment will most likely be above average.

The property can be rented out


Investing in retirement property at a young age doesn’t mean you have to retire. You also don’t have to move in just yet. Perhaps you want to work for another five years or are still enjoying your current home. In the meantime, you can increase your retirement investment even further by renting out the property for additional income. The retired market makes for the ideal tenant as they don’t plan on moving out soon and are also responsible rent payers. This takes away the rush of moving immediately and allows you to do so when the time is ready. If the house requires any building adjustments or you want to spend money on the interior, the extra cash flow from your rental fee might just come in handy!


It saves time and trouble if an unexpected event occurs


Thinking ahead really pays off when it comes to purchasing a retirement property. As a buyer, you could still be in your forties; however, your parents or another relative could be reaching retirement age. An unexpected event might also require them to move into a secure estate. Instead of having to put their names on a waiting list, your family members will immediately be able to move into your property. This will save money for the whole family and prevent the stress of coming up with a quick solution.

You will have peace of mind for the future


Don’t underestimate retirement planning, as it takes time and effort. When you start planning in your younger years, it leaves fewer implications for the future. For one, your financial circumstances could suddenly change, or the availability in your first-choice retirement estate might decrease. Thus, give yourself peace of mind for the future by purchasing retirement property well in advance. If you decide you want to retire earlier than expected, you can do so.

Enjoy a safer, more convenient lifestyle


These days, most retirement estates and villages do not feel like retirement living at all. Most estates and villages are equipped with excellent facilities that cater for your health, entertainment, and leisure needs. The houses and apartments are also more spacious so that your immediate living environment is both enjoyable and convenient. Most importantly, retirement properties are often located in secure, gated communities that offer a lock-up-and-go solution. This extra security provides a stress-free lifestyle where you feel safe roaming outside and continue to live actively. This makes investing in retirement property a safe and smart choice.


Your children will also reap the benefits of your investment


Property is one of the few valuable assets that can stay in families for generations. Your children and perhaps even your grandchildren can inherit the retirement home that you purchase. However, it goes beyond inheritance because, for many families, owning a property signifies lifelong memories. Thus, when you do your research properly and purchase in a top-class retirement estate, which offers full-title properties, your family’s next generation will also benefit from your decision. Looking at these benefits, any buyer would agree that it is never too early to start investing in a retirement property. It saves time, money, and unnecessary stress! If you are eager to discuss your options or want to learn more about our retirement estates, contact our RetireNow sales team.

Property investment away from home – should I only invest where I live?

Property investing away from home

Isn’t it strange that when investing money, people will willingly invest their own money in the stock exchange, cryptocurrency, shares and other non-tangible investments, but when it comes to property investment and using other people’s money to do so, e.g. bank finance or tenant rental, they are hesitant to do so if the property is not situated close to where they live or work?

Are you also one of those people?

One of the main reasons preventing individuals from investing in property is fear. For example the fear of making the wrong investment, of not knowing how it works, or of a tenant defaulting on their payment. The reality is that no investment comes without risk. With property, however, almost all of your risk can be calculated and mitigated to ensure minimal impact, should the worst happen.

Central Developments has been assisting investors worldwide for more than two decades to acquire property with step-by-step assistance and managing their investment properties through a hassle-free process and tried-and-tested system.

If you are an experienced property investor with a good support network and enough time to manage your own property portfolio, it could make sense to only invest in closer areas which are more accessible to you.  Most investors rely on a reputable property management company to handle their investment portfolio. This allows them to be property investors in the true sense of the word and to smartly build their portfolio by diversifying their investments – not only by product but also by province or areas within provinces where opportunities arise.

Unlike investing your own money in other types of investments anytime and at any age, investing in property and relying on bank finance, does have an age limit. Don’t let time catch up with you and let some prime investment opportunities pass you by.

“In 2009 I bought my first residential property in Midrand from Central Developments and one year later I relocated to Cape Town for work. I decided to keep the property which then by default became my first investment, sooner than expected. Since then I have bought five more investment properties from them and not being able to manage my properties myself, their rental management service has been invaluable in building my property portfolio whilst living far away, now in the UK.” – Mr A. Gunther

Is location still the biggest deciding factor when buying an investment property?

There should be a clear distinction in your mind when purchasing an investment property versus a property to be used as your primary residence. The only time when your decision should be based on the same principles is when you intend to buy the property as a buy-to-let investment at first and then occupy it yourself at a later stage.

Inexplicably, a large percentage of property buyers thinks that the popularity of a specific area will always remain the same. The truth is that it is not constant. As areas are developed, and new opportunities arise, it increases the popularity of some areas and decreases that of others. This has been quite common over the centuries as some areas develop and evolve while other decline. It, therefore, boils down to timing and being a visionary if you want to make money with property.

Great examples of this phenomena are Central Developments Property Group’s two mega-developments being built in Centurion and the Lanseria area north of Johannesburg. Being a visionary buyer in either one of these developments will guarantee you great investment growth. The location where these projects are being developed has always been popular, but giving them their own identity with multi-use accommodation, schools, a shopping centre, retirement and an all-round secure lifestyle, is what attracts a whole new generation of buyers and tenants. With the planning and development of smart cities, new business precincts and infrastructure upgrades around these developments, you will miss out on great investment opportunities if you think that next month, next year or the future is a better time to buy than now.

“Since I enquired through Central Developments’ Buy2Let investor division for my first investment property, I have never had to look any further. Their service was on point, professional and they could answer all my questions and uncertainties regarding property investment. I’m definitely starting my retirement wealth planning through property investment with them and plan to leave it as a legacy to my kids.” – Mrs Sofia Kunene (first-time investor)

Home maintenance tips – Looking after your drains

Home maintenance drain education – What cannot be washed down the drain?

When it comes to home maintenance, the following items – which we call the big offenders – are known to be major causes of clogged drains, and should never be put down the drain or toilet:

Fat

Grease from fats and oils may be liquid on entering a drain, but it soon cools off down there and will rapidly congeal and become a sticky solid mass that adheres to pipe walls and attracts further waste to it.

Use a fat trap (a lined, disposable container) to pour waste oils and fats into or add it to your green recycling bin. Keep a caddy in the kitchen for food waste – it is healthier for your pipes as well as the planet!

Hair

Both human and pet hair are also major clog-factors. The simplest way to avoid drains becoming blocked by hair build-up is to install simple mesh screens over all your drains, particularly shower and bath drains.

A mesh screen in the kitchen sink will also trap food waste from washing down the drain. They are easy to clean out – just make it a habit to empty them regularly.

Food Waste

Coffee grounds seem like a harmless, free-flowing item to wash down the sink. However, you may be surprised to learn that they are a high-risk factor for drain blockages.

Dispose of them – along with other food waste particles, like rice and pasta – in the food waste bin or repurpose them by adding them to your pot plants for added plant nutrition.

Fibrous Materials

Items such as wet-wipes, dental floss, cotton balls and feminine hygiene items should be disposed of in a bin, not flushed down the toilet. They easily snag on rough parts inside drains and build up into potential blockages.

Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals

Engine oil, paints and solvents should be safely disposed of according to local regulations; never introduced it to the water supply where they can harm our groundwater and be toxic to plants and wildlife. Return unused medicines to a chemist for safe disposal.

The following items should never be disposed of down any drain:

  • Food waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Nappies
  • Sanitary towels, including tampons, applicators, and wrappers
  • Cotton buds
  • Condoms
  • Bandages and plasters
  • Razor blades
  • Medicines, needles, and syringes

Home Maintenance Tips to Maintain Clean Drains

As well as teaching your family what is safe and not safe to dispose of down the drains, it’s also a good idea to regularly use some simple cleaning procedures.

These six easy steps will help to dissolve and loosen any fats that have started to build up:

  1. Boil a pot of water.
  2. Pour ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda into the drain.
  3. Put a cleaning rag over the top of the drain to cover it.
  4. Wait five minutes or so while the mixture eats away at the build-up.
  5. Remove the rag and pour the boiling water into the drain.
  6. Put some vinegar on the sponge and wipe down the drain fixture.

You can also buy yourself a drain snake (also known as a plumber’s snake – a long, flexible, small auger that rotates as it is physically pushed through the clog) to hook out build-ups and dislodge early build-up.





Investing in property during uncertain times

Investing in property – “Prevention is better than cure”, that’s why now is the time for property investment.

If you are a property investor currently following the news and listening to all the different opinions by economists, property experts and other financial institutions, you will know that there is a lot of speculation out there when it comes to investing in property.

Typical trending topics of conversations include:

  1. What will the interest rate do over the next couple of years?
  2. Should I fix my interest rate?
  3. Property value, where will the best growth opportunities be?
  4. Is now the right time to invest?
  5. How stable is the tenant market during these times?

Be careful not to lend an ear to the hearsay of the market, rather speak to reputable sources.

Whether you are looking for your first investment property, or you are an experienced property investor, the golden rule when investing should always be not to live above your means. Make sure that you put contingencies in place to assist you during uncertain times and unforeseen circumstances.  If you know that a possible defaulting tenant will impact your cash flow dramatically and you do not have surplus funds, you should consider taking out rental insurance as part of your contingency plan.

Investing in property, is now the right time? The answer is quite simply, yes. Would you prefer to buy property when the interest rate is high or when it is low? Low of course.  Interest rates will not remain at an all-time low forever so you should think about how much interest you are saving while it is.  This is an opportunity for you to have a larger disposable income to buy something better or even more than one property.

Be careful when considering fixing your interest rate. Also ensure that you buy property in an area with proven high demand for tenants.

Speak to the specialised buy-to-let investment division at Central Developments Property Group and get the best advice for the right investment opportunity.

“When you invest through Central Developments’ dedicated Buy2Let division, all the hard work and research have already been done for you because they know the industry and their properties are always developed with the focus on high demand. You have full access to all their property investment experience, expertise, support and promotional offers, so as an investor I don’t have to go hunt for the ideal opportunities – it’s handed to me on a silver platter,” says satisfied investor, Mr Hugo Lombard.

A booming buyer’s market in 2020 will ensure your future property investment value

“Prevention is better than cure”, that’s why now is the time for property investment.

Humanity will always be challenged by dark-cloud situations. However, for those who are willing to see the silver lining there will always be opportunities.

In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic which the world is facing, there are many positives to be found in the property market. These include:

  • Reduced interest rates which are at its lowest in decades,
  • potentially more favourable lending criteria from the financing institutions,
  • favourable pricing,
  • promotional buy-to-let offers and
  • a higher rental demand that strengthens the current buyer’s market even more.

Investing successfully to create sustainable wealth during these times depends on your ability to take more calculated risks and retaining your composure rather than selling the one thing that will always provide you with a security buffer: property.

Over the centuries property has proven to be one of the oldest and most stable asset classes for investment. It is a tangible and versatile asset which you can use as either a buy-to-let option or as your own steppingstone to get onto the property ladder, because you can sell one property to raise capital for a deposit on your next property.

Buy-to-let property is often seen as high risk, low return investment options by investors, mainly because investors don’t know what to look out for when buying their first investment property.

Typically, investors become negative about property because they might have bought the wrong property purely because of its low price, but in the wrong area, or their tenant vetting wasn’t done correctly, and they ended up with endless tenant problems.

However, with the guidance of the right property expert and useful information at your full disposal, you can’t see property as anything other than a low risk, high return investment. As with any type of investment, it is of the utmost importance to make use of other people’s experience and expertise when it comes to property investment.

When you invest through Central Developments’ dedicated Buy2Let division, all the hard work and research have already been done for you because they know the industry and their properties are developed according to the market’s demands. You have full access to all their property investment experience, expertise, support and promotional offers, so you as an investor don’t have to go hunt for the ideal opportunities – it is handed to you on a silver platter.

Estate Living and Being Neighbourly

Be a good neighbour in estate living


There’s a Czech proverb that says “A good neighbour increases the value of your property”.

It’s always great to have neighbours who you get along with, especially in estate living. It is even better, though, to be a good neighbour yourself – even more so when living in a security estate.


The good side of estate livingThe other side of estate living
Secure open spaces
Safety
Increased property value
Communal facilities
Neighbours
Building regulations and restrictions
Levies and taxes
General estate rules

Living with difficult neighbours


Within the estate, you will probably have more interaction with the people living around you than in a suburban property. The need to be considerate of those around you is even more important when there is a governing body in an estate and upsetting the guy next door could lead to issues with others. Of course, sometimes the neighbour may be the problem and not you.

How to deal with difficult neighbours

Firstly, be reasonable. If this person is regularly making noise through loud music, shouting, unruly pets or renovations then that’s one thing. But if your generally quiet neighbour one day has a party with music that is a little loud, then surely you can let that go?

However, if the noise is of such nature that you just can’t deal with it, you can follow these steps:

  • Approach your neighbour personally and have a calm discussion. Perhaps this person isn’t even aware that they are making so much noise.
  • Alternatively, a polite letter can be written and handed to the person in question.
  • If these steps don’t work then you can discuss the matter with the HOA.

Always try to resolve matters peacefully because this person will still be living next door tomorrow.

Being neighbourly



We sometimes forget when we live in an estate that with great power comes great responsibility. Don’t wait for other homeowners to show the example of how to be a good neighbour.

  • Get to know the people around you. Knowing that Susan in number 45 bakes delicious cakes may be a lifesaver when you’ve planned your kid’s birthday party and remember the night before the big event that you forgot to order the birthday cake!
  • Lead by example. If there are neighbourhood issues – like waste for instance – get a group of residents together and form a cleaning squad.
  • Get active. Many people would love to work out but they don’t have someone to motivate them. Or perhaps there are kids that get left out of sporting activities at school. This is a great opportunity to start a community activity. Arrange exercise classes like yoga or a bootcamp. If there’s space then get the kids to join in a rugby game or soccer match on Saturdays.
  • Look after them. Often your community becomes your family and family takes time to help each other out. Even if you aren’t family, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t help your neighbours. Remember when you and your spouse brought home your newborn baby and the women in your street got together to make you a few meals for the first week so you don’t have to cook? Pay it forward! Help the elderly gentleman across the road to put up new cupboards or the people next-door who need a petsitter while they are away on holiday.
  • Support them. Do you know that Mike two houses down lost his job recently and is now doing carpentry from home to earn an income and look after his family? Help him out by referring people to him, perhaps go with him to a market day and help him sell his products because you are more a smooth-talker than he is.
  • Be considerate. There will be a time when you will want to host a party at your house and you just know it’s going to be a bit noisy. Give those living around you a heads-up that you are hosting and it may be a little loud. You could even invite them over for the party.

It’s not that hard being a good neighbour. A little consideration and friendliness can go a long way.

For more information, tips and ideas for your home, follow 4SaleNow on Facebook to be kept up to date on our latest blogs.





The Rental Process in Easy Steps

The rental process


You may be a first-time tenant, young professional moving closer to work or even downsizing. Regardless of the reason why you are renting, there is a process that will follow for each tenant. Below we have set that process out for you in easy-to-follow and understand steps to help you navigate rentals easily.

The rental industry is fast-paced and brutal. In a nutshell, know what you want, know when you see it and grab it immediately by being prepared.

The rental process

The Rental Process


It may seem daunting, but with clear steps you can easily navigate this process and settle into your perfect rental home in no time.
Here are the steps you will take toward homely bliss:


View and choose your perfect apartment


We already have an article on house-hunting in the rental market which you can find here. In short:

  • Know in which area you want to live.
  • What can you afford? Remember to consider rent and utilities.
  • How big should it be? How much space do you need?
  • Make a checklist of what your requirements are for your new home.
  • Inspect the property well when viewing it.
  • Take photos so you can compare the properties at home.
  • Have realistic expectations.

Qualify to rent


Would you go to the shop with R10 to buy a R15 bread? Why would you even start looking for a place to rent without knowing what you can afford? Generally you should set aside one third of your net income for rent. Also remember that a good credit record is vital! Do you have a store account or contract for a cell phone? Be sure to pay it on time every month so as not to adversely affect your credit score. Most credit bureaus allow one free credit report per year. Check your credit report and rectify any negative items.

Knowing your credit score and affordability is only the first step in qualifying for a rental. There is also an application process in order to succeed.

  • The paperwork
    • What physical papers do you require for the application?
      • Copy of your ID or passport (have your work permit available if applicable). Sometimes these documents will need to be certified.
      • Proof of income in the form of your latest payslip, or if you are newly employed and don’t have a payslip yet, your employment contract.
      • Last three months’ bank statements.
    • What information is required?
      • Your and your spouse or partner’s personal details.
      • If you are currently renting you may need to supply your current landlord’s details.
      • Your and your spouse or partner’s current employment details.
      • Alternative contact’s details.
  • The process 
    • Credit report. This report verifies:
      • Alternative contact’s details.
      • Your ID, contact details and last listed address.
      • A record of your payment behaviour over the last four years.
      • Judgements against your name.
      • Court payment orders against you.
      • Trace alerts.
    • TPN report. This is done to identify any high-risk tenants. A full tenant lease history check will be done for:
      • Contact details.
      • Any defaults or notices from a previous lease.
    • Affordability check.
    • Confirmation of employment and income.
    • Reference from existing landlord if applicable.
  • Timeframe
    • The application can be completed as quickly as 24 hours or take up to 48 hours.

Pay your deposit


Have your deposit ready before you even start looking for a place. Deposits can reasonably vary between one- and two-months’ rent and are payable upfront. 2LetNow requests a non-refundable R2 500 holding deposit that forms part of the total deposit. If you should cause any damage to the property during your lease, the landlord will deduct the money from your deposit to pay for these repairs. The balance of the deposit may then be returned to you within 14 business days of the repairs being completed.

It is important to note that if you as tenant do not attend the outgoing inspection, legally the landlord or agent has up to 21 days before they have to return your deposit. When the lease agreement comes to an end and there are no problems with the property then your deposit should be returned to you within 14 business days of the end of the lease.


Sign your lease


A gentleman’s agreement won’t help you if the situation gets sticky. A lease agreement is a legally binding contract between the tenant and landlord setting out the rules for various aspects from rent to maintenance obligations.

  • Get a written lease agreement and request a copy of the contract.
  • Make sure the lease indicates all the terms and conditions.
  • Rights and responsibilities of the tenant and landlord. Both parties want the property in top condition, therefore there must be guidelines on how to keep it as such.
    • The landlord’s responsibilities are:
      • Ensure the property is in a reasonable condition and that they are handing over a safe and habitable property to the tenant.
      • Provide the tenant with a written lease agreement.
      • Provide the tenant with a receipt or statement for each payment.
      • If maintenance is required, these repairs need to be done within 14 days unless otherwise agreed with the tenant.
      • Allow fair wear and tear.
      • Unless the damage is caused (deliberately or due to negligence) by the tenant, the maintenance and repair of structural fixtures and fittings like:
        • Roof leaks
        • Replacing geysers
        • Plumbing
        • Electrical problems
    • The tenant is required to keep the property clean and safe. Tenants are responsible for:
      • Paying their rent on time.
      • Using the rental property only for the purpose agreed upon in the lease agreement.
      • Maintenance of the interior of the property.
      • Lightbulbs
      • Taps
      • Locks
      • Handles
      • Broken windows
      • Garden maintenance
    • The lease should also include:
      • Identification of the property to be rented.
      • Identify the parties involved (tenant and landlord).
      • Rental amount.
      • Additional charges.
      • Payment dates and frequency.
      • Note of the deposit that you have to pay.
      • Manner of payment.
      • Lease period.
      • Notice period for termination of the lease.
      • List of defects pertaining to the property.
      • In apartment blocks and estates a list of the complex rules.


Incoming inspection

It is important for both the tenant and the landlord or agent to do an entry inspection. It is also a legal requirement. Through this you can establish, record and agree upon the condition of the property in order to ensure that you are not held responsible for any damage that may have occurred before you moved in. Routine inspections should follow during the course of your lease.

If you do not attend the incoming or outgoing inspection you can’t contest repair fees deducted from your deposit. Similarly, if the landlord or agent doesn’t attend these inspections they cannot deduct repair expenses from your deposit. Both parties must do a thorough inspection together, noting all defects on a checklist, taking photographic evidence and signing this document.


Pay your rent

Rent is paid in advance to your landlord or agent. This is a legal requirement, made binding by signing the lease. The rental housing act has processes in place for landlords if the tenant does not pay on time each month. You cannot withhold rent when you are unhappy with the landlord. This is seen as a breach of contract.


End your lease


  • Ending your lease is subject to 20 business days’ written notice. Once you have indicated your intention to end the lease agreement to your agent or landlord, they will notify you of the timelines and requirements of moving out (like handing back all original keys), do an exit inspection and arrange to pay back your deposit IF the property is still in the same condition as it was upon moving in and all rent is paid to date.
  • The lease is a legally binding contract, protecting you as tenant from situations like a property being sold during your agreement period as well as protecting the landlord from a tenant wanting to break a lease agreement by ending a fixed-term contract early. There is no requirement for a landlord to release a tenant from a contract early. If the lease agreement doesn’t allow for early cancellation, be prepared to pay penalties along with any outstanding rent and utilities. This is not deductible from your deposit.

2LetNow2LetNow Home has highly skilled staff at all our developments who can assist you with the entire rental process. For more information on the ins and outs of rental life, be sure to follow us on Facebook to receive regular blog updates.









Complete Guide to House Hunting What You Need to Know About Picking Out a Rental Home

Finding your perfect rental home


Finding the perfect rental home can become a daunting task.  No matter where your search starts, you will find a host of properties available for you to choose from.  So how do you know which is the perfect home for you?

Rental property deadline


We’ve all been there, that moment where you have spent hours upon hours looking for a great rental property only to realise your deadline and moving-out date are right around the corner and you might soon be homeless if you don’t get your search into high-gear fast.


Regardless of whether you are a student looking for accommodation close to university or even newlyweds looking for your first home together, if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for you might find yourself running in circles without actually finding anything remotely suitable to your needs.


Rental properties are a lot easier to find in our current economic climate, however you will need a comprehensive plan before you commit to any property that might end up not working out for you.  But what can you do to narrow down your search and stop wasting time on unnecessary viewings?


Top 10 tips to find a house to let


When you are looking for a rental, be sure to start your search early enough so that you don’t have to rush the process, 2letnow.co.za have compiled a handy list for you to use.


Property Priority List


  • Know how long you have – knowing when your moving-out date is and how long you have available to find an alternative, will ensure that you know what your deadline is and make you stick within those timelines.
  • Where do you want to go – location is everything, even more so when it comes to a rental. Are you looking to move to another town or province?  Perhaps you will stay in your area but you just want to move closer to work.  Knowing the area you want to live in will help you to narrow your search to only properties within those parameters.
  • The cost of living – Are you moving because you recently received a raise and can afford better? Perhaps your reason for moving is to save some money.  Knowing what your available budget is and what costs you will need to cover monthly.  Check what is included in your rental fee. Are all levies and utilities already included in the price or will some of those be over and above?
  • Size does matter – How much space do you need? Is it just you or are you house-sharing with a friend?  Are you part of a small family that needs a new place to stay?  Knowing how large a space you need is a vital part of finding your next home.
  • Be prepared – Have your plan and deposit ready before you even start your property search. Before even viewing the first option, have all the pieces of the application puzzle ready – copies of identity documents, bank statements, credit reports as well as your deposit.  You never know, the first viewing might be your next home.
  • The gut feel – It’s okay to walk away. If your instincts are not happy with after viewing, then walk away, listen to your gut.
  • Be curious – Inspect the unit, you know what you want, so make sure that the property offers you all those things.
  • Play around – Measure key pieces of furniture and take those measurements with you when viewing. Play around with placement ideas to ensure that your furniture will actually fit into the available space.
  • Neighbourhood – If you don’t know the are very well, it is worth looking into finding out about things like public transport routes, crime rate, grocery stores, hospitals and schools.
  • More than words – Every agreement between you and the landlord should be in writing, regardless of whether it is the deposit amount or his commitment to fixing the leaking sink.

Rental Property Hunting


Perhaps you have no outstanding debts, lucky you!  Or you may already have a fairly healthy savings account.  Maybe you just don’t feel like putting your hard-earned money away and would like to spend it on yourself instead – you

Now that we’ve established an actionable checklist for your rental house hunt, here are a few points to consider when viewing a property:

  • Cell phone coverage
  • Interior condition of the unit
    • Floors, windows and ceiling – note age and condition.
    • Walls – check for stains and cracks.
    • Bathrooms and kitchen – test taps and check for leaks.
    • Rooms – are the floors even?
    • Stairs – do the stairs creak or show damage of any kind?
    • Doors – test to see that they open and close properly and that all locks are working.
    • Systems – this includes systems like smoke detectors, security systems and air conditioning units. Check that these are all working.
  • Exterior condition of the unit
    • Roof – check for sagging or discoloration.
    • Foundation – make sure there is no damage to the foundation.
    • Walls – any peeling paint or cracks?
  • Make the viewing as comprehensive as possible
    • Take photos.
    • Wear comfortable clothing.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
    • Find out about the property’s history.
    • Remember your budget.
    • Keep your expectations realistic.
    • Be sure to take the landlord or agent’s contact details and do some research if you aren’t sure. Rather be safe than get caught in a rental property scam.
    • Review the lease agreement and know your tenant rights.

As daunting as a house hunt may be, it can also be very liberating, so make sure you know what you want and what your and your family’s needs are in terms of your home.

Our Excitement About
Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate and 2019

All about Waterkloof Marina


Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate is progressing in leaps and bounds. After months of planning and preparation all approvals fell in place, the installation of municipal services on site are well underway and the showhouses are under construction. The launch date to our waiting list is currently scheduled for April 2019 with the public launch one to two months later. To date we have received unprecedented demand for these properties. More and more South Africans are recognising the extraordinary investment and lifestyle benefits that our luxury retirement lifestyle developments offer.


Waterkloof will offer all the benefits that Central Developments’
retirement estates are so well known for, including:


It also offers full ownership and not just life rights as most other retirement developments do. This means you will own

• Quality on-site 24-hour frail-care and medical facilities as well as Dementia and Alzheimer* care,
• effective security,
• full ownership retirement property,
• lifestyle centre from the first phase with complete support facilities

…all on your doorstep in the upmarket suburb of Waterkloof. It’s not hard to see why demand for Waterkloof Marina far outstrips supply. Add to this the extraordinary natural setting, birdlife, walking trails and the fact that it is Pretoria’s only waterfront retirement development and you soon realise that Waterkloof Marina encapsulates everything that retirement dreams are made of.

Retirement Estates aren’t just for the retired


Given the incredible investment growth in retirement lifestyle developments and the fact that it is developed as full ownership property that can be owned by a person of any age, many people take the opportunity to invest in these properties well ahead of retirement age, renting out the units and paying off the bonds until they’re ready to retire themselves. For those looking to scale down a little sooner and still live an active lifestyle, residency is from 50 years of age. It really gives you an opportunity to plan in advance for retirement.

The opportunity to buy at launch prices and share in the above-average capital growth and rental income typical of Central Developments’ full ownership retirement developments, highlights this new development as an opportunity not to be missed. With the added benefit of no transfer costs or bond registration fees, any property investor will easily identify it as an excellent opportunity even in slower market conditions.


Central Developments is positive about 2019


Talking about market conditions and the economy, South Africa has been through an extraordinary and eventful year on the economic and political front. At Central Developments, we kept a close eye on what happened in our country and are now very positive about the outlook for 2019 and beyond. There are many positive indicators that our country and economy are finally turning the corner and that our challenges, although still numerous, are being dealt with in a methodical, structured and positive way.
It is easy to get bogged down in all the negative and populist rhetoric as we lead into an election year, but we are reminded of one very important fact: “Things are not getting worse. They are getting uncovered. We need to hold tight and continue to pull back the veil.” Our country has been through many major changes and political shifts and not once did we collapse. We’re not about to do so in 2019 either and it is time to shrug off the irrational pessimism and invest in positive actions and behaviours.

Adrian Gore, CEO of Discovery, was recently vocal about the fact that as South Africans, we are the most irrationally pessimistic country in the world, simply because we tend to focus only on the negative without looking at the full, balanced picture. We gather around braais and social events caught up in perpetual talk of declinism, firm in our ignorance of how national development indicators have actually improved and convinced that everything is on a downhill trajectory despite the facts that tell us otherwise.

It’s time to question our perpetual gloom, take off the blinkers and broaden our perspectives because if we don’t, we simply won’t see the many opportunities or our country’s progress, and there has been plenty.


The Central Developments list of 2018 wins


Just to reaffirm that we continue to live in one of the most extraordinary, open and democratic countries in the world and that none of our challenges are intractable or insoluble:

  • South Africa has $50 billion more committed foreign direct investment compared to last year this time as a result of President Ramaphosa’s investment drive.
  • We are officially out of recession. The South African economy grew by 2,2% quarter-on-quarter (seasonally adjusted and annualised) in the third quarter of 2018, bringing to an end the country’s second recession since 1994.
  • Regardless of your views on politics, 2019 will mark our sixth democratic, fair and peaceful elections, a model and inspiration on the continent.
  • South Africa is hands-down the most industrialised economy in Africa and has one of the most business-friendly environments worldwide. For entrepreneurs, there are very few countries in the world that are as embracing of start-ups with a great business plan and the tenacity to work hard.
  • Corruption and state capture are firmly in the spotlight and that’s something to be embraced. The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture is being chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo and those who were complicit in the pillage of our country are being called out and they are falling.
  • South Africa has not been downgraded to sub-investment grade which is positive for our economy and the cost of doing business.
  • SARS is firmly back on the road to becoming the world-class revenue service it was.
  • SOEs are no longer led by state capture enablers and Minister Pravin Gordhan is firmly in charge of the clean-up operations.
  • Jacob Zuma is no longer president and the Gupta’s are on the run.
  • The NPA has a new head in the very capable and respected Shamila Batohi as new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).
  • National Treasury is under firm and ethical control.
  • South Africa’s property market is still firmly a buyer’s market – for those with the cash it presents an opportunity to secure a prime property at pricing that may not have been possible otherwise. Legendary investor Warren Buffet said: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful’. In a market characterised by pervasive pessimism on the back of all the policy uncertainty, the smart money is currently taking advantage of this by buying aggressively. The reality is that policy will be settled and South Africa will find a rational and reasonable solution to our challenges as we always do.

With all this in mind Central Developments would like to join you in embracing all that 2019 has to offer!

Do not forget to diarise the coming launch of Waterkloof Marina and certainly do not forget to share the prospects of a good property investment with your closest friends and family members.

Any enquiries about Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate or your registration on the waiting list can be directed to Werner van Zyl at [email protected]

Renting CAN be inexpensive!

Inexpensive renting


You’ve just moved into your new rental property and renting a property means there is a whole lot you need to get done and pay, before you and your family finally get to move into your new home.  From finding a suitable property to packing and moving there is a lot of planning and work, not to mention all the expenses.  Lucky for you, 2letnow.co.za offers rentals some of which COULD come complete with a month’s rent-free living!

You may be thinking to yourself, what could I do with all the rent money I’ll be saving this month?


Cover the move


Now that you have a month’s worth of rent money, you can pay professional movers to move your valuable belongings into your new home for you.  This way you can ensure that everything arrives at the same time and you don’t even have to go to the trouble of packing and unpacking the moving truck.


Saving your rent money


One of the most obvious answers would be to save your first month’s rent money.  Perhaps you already have a little nest egg, this way you can expand on that, or maybe this will be your first deposit into a savings account, making you feel like you have accomplished something great!


Debt is expensive


An alternative to saving your money is to use that money to settle or minimise some of your existing debts.  If you were to settle just one high-interest account with your rent money you could be saving substantially in the long run.


What else can I spend my rent money on?


Perhaps you have no outstanding debts, lucky you!  Or you may already have a fairly healthy savings account.  Maybe you just don’t feel like putting your hard-earned money away and would like to spend it on yourself instead – you deserve it after all.  We’ve compiled a little awesome spending list for you to see what you could be spending your extra money on:


Family Time


There are few things in life that feel as good as when you are able to take your family out for a special day.  You could even take them away for a weekend!  Just imagine being able to spend some much-needed quality time with your loved ones and knowing that you don’t have to worry about your budget the next day.


Invest in your home


You were thinking about getting some new appliances – now you can!  Why not get that new fridge you’ve been eyeing for the last few months?  Or maybe you need to expand on your current crockery collection. Regardless, you could have a lot of fun shopping for new kitchen items instead of paying that money over to the landlord that month.


Decorate


Not that you have moved into a new property surely you want to add some personality to your home.  You can decorate your new rental with your saved rent money. Check out our blog on decorating on a budget here.  Now you can create your perfect living space and you don’t even have to take extra cash out of your budget to do it.


Garden Care


Does your property come with a garden?  You can use your rent to create an outdoor sanctuary for yourself and your family.  Get some brightly coloured pot plants or plant a few perennials that are low maintenance.


Me time


Taking time for yourself is so important.  Now you can do it without feeling guilty about it!  Book yourself a spa day and go relax for the day while you are being pampered.  Upgrade your wardrobe with a shopping spree.  Do what will make you happy.


The gift of giving


Christmas time means a lot of expenses.  You can buy your Christmas gifts instead. This way you can get everyone that perfect gift and still have the money left to spend on yourself.  Or even to some birthday shopping upfront!


Property rental scams – How NOT to get caught

Property letting scams


Property rental scams – one would think in this modern-day and age very few people would still fall for any form of online or offline scams, the reality is much starker though, now more people get conned out of their hard-earned money than ever before despite freely available information on how scammers operate. 


Stories of homeowners opening their doors to find an unsuspecting family ready to ’move into their new home’ are rife, and this is just one variation of the very many rental property scams.

rental property scams

What are property letting scams?


So, you think you are too smart to get conned into a property scam?  You are online, or leafing through local classifieds, searching for a new property to rent, out of desire or need and come across an advertisement that immediately makes you think “this one!”.  You reread the advert and see that the property is perfect, perhaps the monthly rental rate is also lower than the average for that particular suburb.  The landlord or rental agent that listed the property clearly knows their stuff, their advert’s content wholly does the images justice!  You can clearly see the value in this property and the added bonus of a lower rental rate makes you want to jump at the chance to have this property before anyone else can snatch it up.

The next logical step you take is to contact this ‘bogus’ owner or agent, unaware that you are about to be conned out of a lot of money.  The person you are now dealing with sends you more images, descriptions of the property and perhaps even mentions having a ready-to-sign contract available to make the whole process move faster for you.  While making you feel very important and smart for wanting such an amazing property this bogus agent will probably avoid physically showing you the place at all costs, with a myriad of excuses that could include being out of town, not wanting to disturb the current tenants or even the homeowner.


Knowing how awed you are or perhaps even desperate for this particular house the agent will start subtly pushing you towards paying the deposit and sometimes even the first month’s rent in order to secure your new home.  He will offer to hand over the keys to your new home once the deposit has been paid however, this will never happen – he will disappear with your money never to be seen again.

How to spot a scam and how to avoid it


The age-old adage ‘if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is’ rings very true when it comes to unfolding a rental property scam.  Trust your instincts and walk away from the situation if you are uncertain.  There may be small tell-tale signs that give you that ‘vibe’, things like feeling that the person you are dealing with is withholding important information from you or even a badly spelt advert could be a dead giveaway that you may be dealing with a con artist instead of a legitimate rental agent or landlord.

Of course, we’re not saying every badly written advert out there is necessarily a con some people really just can’t spell.  However, if you feel unsure there are ways to establish if the person you are dealing with is legitimate.

We’ve compiled a few tips for you to consider when doing your property homework to keep you safe and scam-free:

  • Establish the supposed agent’s legitimacy – This is a very easy step to take, if the agent lists themselves as working for a particular company within the property industry simply call their offices and confirm this person’s employment with them.
  • Ensure that the agency is reputable – We all know the big names in the property game so if you happen upon an agent working for an unknown agency look into this, it could be a bogus company created specifically for the scam.
  • Investigate the property – Would you insist on renting out your property and not allow a prospective tenant to come to view the house to ensure that it is a good fit for them? Most people won’t!  So, if the agent is deliberately delaying showing you the property try to get in contact with the homeowner and neighbors.  There have been cases where a landlord has worked with the tenants or bogus agents on a con so go to the neighbors, you can ask them questions like these to establish the authenticity of the property and owner:
    • Who is the homeowner?
    • How long has the property been available for rent?
    • Has it been rented out before?
    • How long have the current tenants lived there?
    • Why does the homeowner not live there?
  • Ask for the utility account – Regardless of whether the property was advertised by the owner, an agent or even a current tenant, you can ask for the utility bill and check the facts for yourself. Here you will be able to see who the registered homeowner is and you can even see if all the utilities have been paid up to date ensuring that there are no nasty surprises waiting for you.  If the person you are dealing with is reluctant to give you this information, it may very well be a sign that you are being scammed.
  • Have the legal side checked out too – If there was mention of a contract to be signed then you can ask for a copy and show this to a lawyer to check the facts and legalities for you.
  • If you have an opportunity to physically view the property be sure to take someone you trust with you as an added precaution.

Remember that in any legitimate rental deal no money changes hands until the tenant has met with the homeowner or the letting agent and the property has been viewed.

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Retirement can be everything you dreamed it would be

The retirement years go by


Let’s face it – no one likes thinking about retirement because it means facing the fact that we are not getting any younger. 


We all secretly hope that it will get easier to look for that pair of shoes under the bed or to read the small print without those pesky glasses again. But each time we are faced with these small reminders of our – dare we say it – age, we know deep down that time waits for no man or woman.

Something to celebrate



The good news, however, is that retirement can be everything you have always hoped it would be; relaxed, stress-free, quality time spent with family and friends, freedom to do all the things you’ve always wanted to do while not having to worry about your security, health or finances.


After nine months of eager anticipation, Central Developments have just launched its twelfth retirement estate, Celebration, just opposite the Northgate Mall. Not to be mistaken for an old age home, this retirement estate focuses on being a community for over 50s who want an active lifestyle within a social environment catering for their every need with beautiful lifestyle facilities. At the same time it also provides world class care and support options should it ever become necessary. Not only does it have a 30-bed, 24-hour, frail-care centre fully operational from phase one, but care packages can also, with the assistance of on-site experts, be tailor made to include, for example, home care for an individual recovering from and illness or operation in the comfort of their own home.


Only about 10% of all retirement developments offer similar services and facilities from day one. They either don’t have any frail-care facilities or plan to deliver it in a later phase, but then never do. Just being close to hospitals or care facilities is often not enough. Having a facility within your estate – as at Celebration – guarantees care whenever you need it.


It also offers full ownership and not just life rights as most other retirement developments do. This means you will own the property in full, you will reap the full benefits of the capital growth and you will be able to bequeath it to your loved ones. Based on actual cases in previous Central Developments retirement estates, investors can expect to see returns on investment of up to 20% per annum, and in certain cases even more, making it the most lucrative residential property investment you can possibly make.


Since there is a very limited supply of retirement properties of this calibre and an ever-growing demand, they are selling fast – 100 units were sold in the first two weeks after the launch! This is testament to the fact that you will not get a better all-round retirement or investment property offering anywhere today. It is very competitively priced at 10% to 15% less than anything comparable in the market. This is possible because Central Developments do the entire development and sales process in-house, cutting out the middlemen and passing the savings directly on to the clients. With 979 units in total, Celebration is also the largest retirement estate the group has ever developed. Further savings are thus possible due to the economy of scale.


At Celebration buyers will be spoilt for choice with 19 different floor plans to choose from including one and two bedroom apartments, as well as two and three bedroom cottages and houses with quality finishes throughout. The group has also gained a wealth of experience from their eleven previous developments, which have all been put to good use at Celebration. New kitchen designs including mid-level ovens, covered patios, low maintenance garden fences and PV thermal solar panels, are only a few examples of new improvements.


It is also the first retirement development in Gauteng to be registered for EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency) certification by the Green Building Council of South Africa. Energy saving technology and materials will result in at least 20% more energy savings than the norm, resulting in lower water and electricity bills at the end of the month. Furthermore, fibre internet connections to all the units will give you fast, reliable and affordable internet connection to stay in touch with all your loved ones (wherever they might be), make cheap phone calls and enjoy the latest internet entertainment services.


The magnificent 3 000m2 lifestyle centre, also fully operational from the first phase and the largest to date, will offer a dining room, recreation hall for a variety of social gatherings, games room, indoor heated pool, hair and beauty salon, doctor’s consulting room, convenience store, library and more – all within a beautifully designed and decorated space. And for those who enjoy the outdoors and nature there is a 2.7ha protected green area and walkways leading to seating areas where you can take in the beautiful views over the rolling hills of the area.


In addition to these extensive facilities, the estate boasts state-of-the-art security features. This includes a 2.4m perimeter wall topped with an electric fence, motion sensors, 24-hour patrolling security guards, a guard house with CCTV system and access control utilising traffic booms, spike barriers and license verification, which ensures that the highest level of security is provided. For further peace of mind every resident has a mobile panic button in case of an emergency which is linked to the frail-care unit and guard house.


So don’t be overwhelmed by the daunting prospect of retirement and come visit the Celebration Retirement Estate show house village which is open 7 days a week from 09:00 to 17:00 to see what a community where retirement is truly celebrated looks like. You can also visit www.retirenow.co.za or phone 0861 73 84 73 for more information.

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This Joburg retirement development offers returns of up to 20% pa

Passionate about retirement village development


The best paying tenants are aged 50 years and older. This is according to rental collection platform, PayProp, which controls the lion’s share of residential letting-related transactions in South Africa, processing monthly rental receipts and beneficiary settlements for more than 95,000 properties nationwide.

This, coupled with a very high demand and limited supply, makes retirement property one of the best and least risky options for investors. But with only a few retirement developments allowing full ownership and investors of any age to buy into it, finding these investment gems are not always that easy. When you do find a retirement development which allows anyone from the age of 18 to buy a unit and let it to tenants aged 50 years and older, this is one of the best property investments you can make.

In-demand retirement


“There is an insatiable demand for secure, well-managed retirement solutions offering full ownership and on-site frail-care facilities guaranteed to be operational from phase 1,” says Gerrit Brandow, Director of Central Developments, which boasts a retirement portfolio of 11 developments, comprising over 4 600 units. “Our retirement estates offer all this as well as a lifestyle centre with various amenities such as a dining room, recreation hall for various social activities, hair and beauty salon, doctors’ consulting rooms, library and more. These estates are also expertly managed and have quality finishes, green architecture, fibre internet connectivity and state of the art security. This makes our product the best offering in the market, increasing demand and as such they are very attractive to investors, who benefit from a strong yield on rental income and continued capital growth.”


According to PayProp’s numbers some 39% of 50+ tenants rent for between R7 500 and R15 000+ per month. Therefore a development such as Celebration Retirement Estate opposite Northgate Mall in Johannesburg, where units are priced from R810 000 putting rentals in this price bracket, can offer investors returns on investment of up to 20% per annum from the first year.


This is significant because as a whole, the South African property market is growing at a nominal rate (excluding inflation) of 4% year-on-year. FNB household and property sector strategist, John Loos, reported that in Q2 2017 the Johannesburg housing market was growing at a nominal rate of 3.2% year-on-year (or at -1.8% in real terms).


“When we consider their above-average credit scores, debt levels and debt-to-income ratio, we can deduce that over 50s are on average better with debt management than younger generations. They pay on time, are less reliant on short-term loans (bad debt) and have fewer delinquencies and judgements against their name. They also go for longer periods without going more than 90 days into arrears on any credit accounts (not rent), which is also an early indicator that your tenant is experiencing financial difficulties and could in future default in part or in full on their rental commitments.” says Johette Smuts, head of data and analytics at PayProp.


Serious investors of all ages, who are either just starting out or would like to diversify their property portfolios, would therefore do well to consider buying into a well-planned, well-managed retirement development such as Celebration Retirement Estate. Due to the high demand and limited supply of this calibre retirement property – clearly evident in the 100 units sold at Celebration within the first 14 days – these properties also resell three times faster than other residential property.


“Investors of any age can invest in Celebration Retirement Estate,” says Gerrit Brandow. “Many return investors have faith in our developments because they have already reaped the benefits of their previous investments in our products.”


Why Celebration is a serious investment choice


  • It is a niche product aimed at a very niche market where high demand and limited supply exists
  • Assistance with rental management is available
  • Invest now and occupy when you are ready to retire
  • It is property with a purpose that can be used for generations to come
  • Proven capital growth of up to 12% per annum
  • Achievable returns on investment of on average 12% and up to 20% per annum
  • Affordable levies

Celebration has just opened its show village which are open daily from 9:00 to 17:00. It’s well worth a visit. Contact www.retirenow.co.za or 0861 73 84 73 for more information.

Celebration Retirement Estate – Breaking the mould in retirement developments and setting a new standard in retirement living

One of the largest retirement developments yet


Celebration Retirement Estate, located in the Fourways area opposite the Fourways Mall and iconic Ticketpro Dome launched as one of the largest retirement developments on 4 September 2017. It is the twelfth retirement estate successfully developed by the Central Developments Property Group since 2010.


At a value of R1.7 billion and comprising 979 units as well as the largest lifestyle centre to date, it will be the Group’s largest retirement development yet.

Retirement Developments

Retirement goes green


One of the most exciting aspects of Celebration is the fact that it is the first retirement development in Gauteng to be registered for the Green Building Council of South Africa’s EDGE certification. To receive an EDGE certification the developer must use environmentally friendly and energy-saving construction methods, materials and technology to ensure at least 20% more energy is saved than prescribed by the usual South African National Standards (SANS) guidelines.


Solar water heating systems, roof insulation, ECO floor slabs, energy-saving light bulbs, aerated showerheads and taps and dual flush toilets will all contribute to significant savings on residents’ utility bills. Independent studies at four similar retirement estates have shown that a solar water heating system can potentially save the residents of a simplex unit an average of R315.00 and the residents of an apartment R164.00 per month on their electricity consumption (based on R1.85/kWh and a 31 day month).


Gerrit Brandow, director overseeing the Celebration project, says that in accordance with research done by the Green Building Council of South Africa an EDGE certification will increase a unit’s value by 11% to 12% and an increase of 5% to 6% in rental rates is also achievable. Since this is a full ownership development, and not just life rights ownership as many other retirement developments, this increase in the value of the property will benefit each owner directly.


Value-added retirement


Central Developments is always striving to set new standards and enhance their product offering, which is why Celebration Retirement Estate is also accredited by the Fibre to The Home (FTTH) Council of South Africa as a fibre friendly facility providing true fibre internet connectivity to each unit with Vodacom as technology and network partner. This will ensure fast, reliable and more affordable internet throughout the estate and a free communication network inside the estate.


Buyers will be spoiled for choice with a variety of beautifully designed, modern 2- and 3-bedroom cottages and houses as well as bachelor, 1- and 2 bedroom apartments with high-end, quality finishes available. The lifestyle centre – which will be fully operational from day one – will include a dining hall, a communal hall for social gatherings, a hair and beauty salon, a convenience store, a library, post boxes, doctors’ consulting rooms, a games room and a heated, indoor swimming pool.


In addition to these extensive facilities and protected green area of 2.7ha the estate boasts state-of-the-art security features. This includes a 2,4m high perimeter wall topped with an electric perimeter fence, motion sensors, 24-hour patrolling security guards, a guard house with CCTV system and access control utilising traffic booms, spike barriers and license verification, which ensures that the highest level of security is provided.


For residents’ further peace of mind all residents receive mobile panic buttons in case of an emergency which are linked to the frail-care unit and guard house.


Even if you are still blessed with good health, care options in case your health deteriorates, is something you have to consider when looking at retirement property. At Celebration Retirement Estate a variety of options will be available for those in need of care and support. Specialist staff can assist residents to tailor make care packages that will cater for their specific needs. It can range from home-based care, like meals being delivered to your house while you are recovering in bed, to 24-hour frail-care in the 30-bed frail-care facility on site.

Retirement Developments

The right location


Because Celebration Retirement Estate is so centrally located, it is surrounded by various shopping centres, entertainment venues, restaurants, sports clubs and hospitals – all within either walking distance or a mere 10 to 15-minute drive. For those with an appetite for shopping, the newly improved and upgraded Northgate Shopping Centre is across the road. For more active individuals major golf and sports clubs – including the Bryanston Country Club and Randburg Bowls Club – are around the corner. Even Montecasino with its exclusive Italian feel offering more entertainment and fine dining, is only a short drive away. Medical facilities in close proximity include the Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital, Olivedale Clinic and Life Fourways Hospital.


You might think that such an ideal location and all these superb facilities and services come at a price, but when compared to similar offerings in the market, Celebration Retirement Estate comes in at 10% to 15% less, which makes it the best retirement investment available in the market today. The show houses are open every day from 09:00 to 17:00 so don’t miss out on this unbelievable opportunity to own the perfect retirement property. Visit www.retirenow.co.za or call 0861 73 84 73 for more information.

Is a 20% ROI possible with retirement property?

High-demand apartments and houses


Apart from the enjoyment of living in Central Developments 11 established retirement villages, residents from the 4 500 units, have also invested into them due to strong yield on rental income and ongoing growth based on the high demand of these well-designed apartments and houses. It includes quality facilities, many social activities on offer and the care that these retirement villages offer as a total package for investors. Pretoria and Celebration in Fourways, Johannesburg  – in the offering.


Capital growth of 20% per annum


When it comes to resale, an investment in these retirement villages is an excellent choice, particularly because of the continued high demand for accommodation in safe villages managed by well-established management agents. Many return investors have faith in these developments because they have already reaped the benefits of their previous investments. For example: a three-bedroom unit in the Group’s BougainVilla Retirement Village in Pretoria, which was purchased for R1 495 000 in November 2014, was sold in July 2016 for R2 100 000, resulting in capital growth of 20% per annum.

Central retirement estates – a popular choice


The Group’s two new retirement developments – Celebration Retirement Estate (1 000 units) in Fourways and Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate (1 100 units) in Pretoria – have both already attracted considerable interest. They will launch mid-2017 and towards end 2017 respectively. Prospective buyers would be well advised to jump at the chance to register in advance.
The popularity of and growing demand for Central Developments’ retirement homes are due to several beneficial factors which, amongst others, include full ownership as well as a range of luxury houses and apartments of different sizes to choose from. This gives investors of any age an ideal opportunity to invest in a property located in a prestigious area which will definitely show above-average capital growth and rental income. Additional benefits include a 24-hour frail care service, medical consulting rooms, restaurant, hair and beauty salon, library, a convenience store and transport services are ready for use when the first residents move in. As much as 90% of other retirement villages do not offer this.

What sets us apart from the rest


The Group’s two new retirement developments – Celebration Retirement Estate (1 000 units) in Fourways and Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate (1 100 units) in Pretoria – have both already attracted considerable interest. They will launch mid-2017 and towards end 2017 respectively. Prospective buyers would be well advised to jump at the

All the villages are also equipped with technologically advanced security systems, manned access points and patrols throughout the premises. Furthermore, Central Developments is proud to announce that their two new retirement estates, Celebration and Waterkloof Marina, will be the first of their kind in South Africa registered for EDGE certification by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) which will decrease costs for owners over the long run. EDGE, which stands for Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies, not only guarantees a design standard, but that the final built home complies with the globally recognised EDGE standard of a minimum saving of 20% in energy and water.

Construction of Celebration Estate’s show houses commenced in February and will be completed at the official launch mid-2017, Waterkloof Marina is set to launch towards end October 2017.

Register today at www.retirenow.co.za or phone  086 173 8473 for more information.

Retirement Estates – Market leaders do it yet again

Passionate about retirement estate development


It comes as no surprise that Central Developments Property Group already has 11 successful retirement estates to its credit  –  with two more sought-after developments  – Waterkloof Marina in Pretoria and Celebration in Fourways, Johannesburg  – in the offering.


After all, the developer has for many years set the pace with the development of quality retirement developments in prestigious areas across Gauteng, where senior citizens can live life to the full, with complete peace of mind.

How big are these retirement estates?


The group’s existing and new developments continue to attract considerable interest, particularly because they are all sectional title developments with full ownership. Shortly after a public information day at the sought-after Waterkloof Marina last year, which, on completion will house some 1 100 units, the waiting list of interested parties excited about this upmarket development, grew to 720. Likewise, it is expected that there will also be a big demand for the approximately 1 000 modern housing units at Celebration in the Fourways green belt (opposite the Northgate Shopping Centre).


The units include one- and two-bedroom apartments (with lifts), and two- and three-bedroom homes with garages. The fact that a high premium is placed on the safety and security of the residents by means of technologically advanced security systems, strict access control at all the estates with guards manning the gates and patrolling the estates, also meets with great approval.

When residents, tenants and investors are asked why they chose to live in one of this group’s retirement estates, they unanimously agree that the housing units not only testify to excellent craftsmanship, they also offer everything you need to maintain your lifestyle in a secure, sought-after and often scenic environment.


A high premium is also placed on ‘green’ initiatives and measures, as a result, the design and building of these two estates are done under the scrutiny of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). This means that, when completed, the units will be Green Star-certified, which will significantly increase their future value.

The practical application of ‘green’ measures is not only aimed at immediate energy-saving (through solar heating), but even the building materials used, are bound to have an energy-saving effect over the longer term.


Judging from the long list of facilities that each and every estate offers, it is clear that it is indeed an all-inclusive town in the fullest sense of the word. Among other things, the facilities include a service centre with a dining hall, a library, a convenience shop, a hair and beauty salon, as well as a 24-hour care centre at affordable rates. The estates will also be equipped with an internet connection.

Moreover, all of the above facilities are available from the opening of the estate and the first residents moving in. In addition, the group does not simply walk away, it ensures that comprehensive estate management is undertaken by proven experts.

Social activities also abound, varying from yoga classes, a garden, bingo, bridge and social club (‘Happy Hour’) and a market day where residents can sell their own hand or artworks, to a multitude of other social events, braais and music video shows, dances (Valentine’s day), fun runs and community involvement projects such as the collection of toys for underprivileged children and pet food for the pets of indigent seniors. Residents can also join Bible study and care groups and even travel with the community bus to shopping centres in the vicinity.

Differentiate for success


Besides its capacity to think and act out of the box, the group’s unwavering commitment to quality also differentiates it from competitors in this fast-growing market, emphasises its MD, Anton Crouse.

‘Our track record protects us. Besides proven business principles, we stick to a practical, hands-on approach. The fact that we personally build our estates and control all critical aspects of the value chain, furthermore helps to limit development risk and, at the same time, ensures unparalleled quality, attention to detail and value for money.

In addition, we ensure that no finger can be pointed to our aftersales service – not a single complaint is overlooked or goes by without being thoroughly addressed. We are also extremely market orientated and everything is done inhouse. This may be a small, simple concept, but property companies that don’t market, cannot develop.’

Construction of Celebration Estate’s show houses commences in February and will be completed at the official launch. There will be eight furnished show houses to reflect the different floor plans of the estate. Interested parties will have to hurry to register as prospective buyers. Like at all CDPG developments, prior registration will be to your benefit in terms discount and a wide choice.

Register today at www.retirenow.co.za or phone 086 173 8473 for more information.