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This luxury residential development in KwaZulu-Natal North Coast raises the bar for those seeking a comfortable, hassle-free lifestyle in their older years.
Located on the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) North Coast, Coral Cove by Auria Senior Living, is a significant retirement development to be located in Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate, on the shores of Sheffield Beach.
With advancements in medicine and a focus on healthy lifestyles, people are living substantially longer. According to the World Economic Forum, in an article published in 2021, ‘’Global life expectancy at birth has now topped 70 years for men, and 75 years for women. And the population living to 100 and older is predicted to grow to nearly 3.7 million by 2050, from just 95,000 in 1990.’’ The number of adults over the age of 80 is predicted to triple by 2050.
A well-planned and comfortable lifestyle is therefore necessary to enhance and enjoy an exceptional quality of life in one’s senior years. Coral Cove provides this, and more, and is the first development of its kind in KZN. ‘‘Given the growth on the North Coast over the past few years, the provision of lifestyle environments for senior citizens hasn’t been catered for fully, and Coral Cove is the first to comprehensively address this need,’’ says Auria Senior Living CEO, Barry Kaganson.
He explains that Continuing Care Retirement Communities, (CCRCs), such as Coral Cove, are purpose-built, secure residential communities in which older adults can live an enjoyable, hassle-free life with access to a wide variety of hospitality services, amenities, care and support. Auria Senior Living owns and operates CCRCs throughout South Africa, and has received numerous prestigious international awards, placing them amongst the best in the world.
Currently, the KZN North Coast has limited retirement facilities, few of which offer a continuum of care with amenities and services as extensive as offered by Auria Senior Living. As a result, there has been strong interest from older adults on the KZN North Coast. Interest from those who are planning to, or have retired on the South Coast, Upper Highway and Midlands area and who want to be closer to family and amenities in the KZN North Coast node, has been high, with enquiries coming from the Gauteng and Western Cape markets on the table too.
The benefits of coastal living
Coral Cove offers intentionally designed freestanding garden villas, maisonettes, semi-attached garden villas and apartments to suit independent living and assisted living as residents may require. The majority of these properties offer sea views, with research showing that coastal living has many life-enhancing advantages. Coral Cove, according to Kaganson, “will be, to the very best of our research and knowledge, the only senior living community of its kind in the world with direct beach access to the pristine north coast shoreline.” Pricing ranges from R1,690m for apartments to R3, 360m for villas.
This residential community forms the third and final phase of acclaimed Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate, a premium residential estate developed by Collins Residential. On completion, Coral Cove will comprise 21 hectares housing 230 residences within the larger 160-hectare community.
This leading retirement community will offer extensive lifestyle facilities, such as an outdoor and indoor heated swimming pool, air-conditioned cinema, entertainment facilities, a gourmet restaurant, coffee shop, fully equipped wellness centre and state-of-the-art care centre, catering for frail and dementia care. The Care Centre will be operational as the first residences are occupied.
First choice for Penny Rey
Penny Rey, the first South African to win the Miss World title in 1958, is planning a move to Coral Cove, and the sweeping sea views and private beach access are not the only reason it appeals to her. “I always wanted to retire somewhere with a sea view,” says Rey. Since her husband passed away, she has stayed focused on living an active life and on making new memories. She still loves to socialise, travel, exercise and take on numerous creative projects. “Living at Coral Cove will enable me to continue living that life, but with an added layer of support, and care should I ever need it. I love the fact that the day-to-day things are taken care of and that I’ll be able to spend my time doing things I enjoy, like having coffee or drinks with friends, taking art lessons, and I even plan to take up new dance classes,” says Rey.
“There is great peace of mind in knowing that so much assistance is available if one needs it. But most importantly, one is never too old to have a good time. I intend to focus on things I want to do, rather than things I need to do….the best is yet to come!” says Rey.
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