Schonenberg Retirement Village17th Feb 2020
Welcome / Welkom
Situated alongside the Waterstone Village Shopping Centre, the Virgin Active Gym and below the Lord Charles Hotel, Schonenberg is only a 30 minutes drive from the Mother City.
With direct access to major highways, the Village is 20 minutes away from Cape Town International airport and ten minutes from historical Stellenbosch, popular Strand beaches and the quaint harbour town of Gordon’s Bay. Schonenberg Retirement Village has direct access to the Waterstone Village shopping centre with its up-market restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops and leading supermarkets.
It is also only minutes away from the centre of Somerset West and the Somerset Mall. Pristine beaches, idyllic nature reserves and magnificent mountains are among the wealth of natural attractions. Well renowned wine estates and golf courses are right on the doorstep of this village, while tranquil nature areas have been established on the estate itself, including 5kms of walking paths. Schonenberg Retirement Village offers a perfect environment where your leisure years can really begin in earnest.
Located within Schonenberg Estate
As one of Somerset West’s prime property developments, the Schonenberg Estate is located between the False Bay ocean and the Hottentots Holland and Helderberg mountain ranges. The Helderberg Basin offers a combination of nature and urban life. Schonenberg is within walking distance of the upmarket Waterstone Village shopping centre; in close proximity to the Helderberg Nature Reserve and situated at the gateway to the Cape Winelands.
Schonenberg Health Care
A professionally managed Health Care Centre offers full frail care facilities in individual private rooms all designed to the highest standard.
Primary health care, covered by the monthly levy, includes a bi-weekly clinic visit, routine medical care and regular house visits by the Village sister or nursing staff to those who are unable to attend the clinic.
Health Care Centre
The Health Care Centre opened its doors in June 2014. The centre consists of 14 frail care rooms of which 4 can take 2 beds. In addition there are 13 assisted living units for the more independent residents. These bedsit units contain their own kitchenette, bathrooms and have room for a small lounge.
Whilst the frail care units offer 24 hour care and attract a monthly rental and service fee, the assisted living units are sold on a life right basis and pay a monthly service fee.
For more information on pricing and availability contact the sales office or the Sister in Charge.
Sectional Title Ownership
Schonenberg Retirement Village is sold by sectional title. Sectional title is a form of property ownership commonly used in retirement villages and security developments. The purchaser will have a title deed making it possible to raise a bond. Owners will therefore have exclusive use of their houses or unit as well as the use of the club house and all other communal facilities in the Village.
Village Management Structure
The Schonenberg Retirement Village Body Corporate (SRVBC) has been established to manage the Village and to look after its operation. All Owners automatically become members of this Association which elects its trustees annually.
These trustees have the legal responsibility of running the affairs of the Village. Therefore no outsider may dictate to you, the villager, how the village will be run.
Amongst the most important functions of the trustees is the controlling of financial affairs of the Village. The trustees set and control the annual budget and set the monthly levies.
The cost of operating a retirement village is financed by its residents in the form of levies. The levy calculated for each house or unit is largely based on the final square meterage inclusive of garage, ensuring a fair distribution of levies amongst the various sizes of houses and units.
Both dogs and cats are very welcome in Schonenberg Retirement Village. However, various conditions within the conduct rules will have to be strictly adhered to. A limitation of 2 small dogs or cats per house have been set and certain fencing conditions are required to contain pets and prevent them from wandering around the village unattended.
Focus on security and safety
For many people, a secure lifestyle is one of the main reasons for choosing to live on the Schonenberg Estate. Security and safety are paramount to the Home Owners’ Association (HOA) and the Estate Manager is ultimately responsible for upholding security on the Estate. To assist him, a security company is employed to carry out all the usual functions to make Schonenberg a secure environment.
Security features include:
- 24 hour, 7 days a week manned security entrances / exits
- Regular pro-active foot patrols
- A reaction / rapid response team
- Perimeter electric fencing and walls
- CCTV cameras throughout the Estate
There are only 2 access / exit gates into and out of the Estate for both vehicles and pedestrians and both are manned by the security company. Booms are installed in the vehicle approach and there are turnstiles and a swing gate for pedestrian access. There is a specifically controlled area at the Waterstone Gate for contractors’ vehicles. Residents have to be registered to receive their own access disk (commonly known as a ‘tag’) and / or use their own biometric fingerprint, which will operate the access / exit booms and pedestrian turnstiles at both gates. The system is computer based and all movements in and out of the Estate are logged. Any non-resident has to be officially registered to pass through the gates.
The perimeter fence consists of a combination of steel palisade fencing and masonry wall. The fence has a fine-strand electric wire situated at the top and infra-red motion detectors installed along the entire fence. The security personnel make regular foot patrols of the perimeter, 7 days a week.
CCTV cameras are installed at selected positions along the fence and at both entrances to monitor incoming and outgoing vehicle and pedestrian traffic. This electric equipment is monitored 24 hours a day at the security control building.
A private automatic branch exchange (FTTH) system is installed on the Estate to provide intercommunication between individual residences and the HOA office and the security offices at the Main Gate and the Waterstone Gate.
Calls using this intercom system are designed for:
- Emergencies, to a dedicated number at security control
- Residents to security control to advise security staff of expected visitors
- Security to advise residents of visitors.
- Low-cost communication between residents on the Estate.
Reaction / rapid response team
A reaction / rapid response team consisting of two (2) armed security personnel are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to react to intrusions, emergencies or any other disturbances. In addition, the officers have received a special training to deal with snakes and are equipped to provide immediate assistance.
Speeding and signage
There are well-signposted speed limits throughout the Estate, which are rigorously enforced for everybody’s safety, especially children. There is a maximum speed limit of 40 km/h (forty kilometres per hour) and lower speed limits of 30 km/h and 20 km/h are imposed where deemed necessary. The HOA has also introduced traffic calming measures, such as speed-humps and pedestrian crossings, and speed measuring controls are conducted on a regular basis.
All cases of emergency, including but not only criminal entry, fire and civilian disturbances, should be reported to security control, whose staff is trained to deal with the situation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.