Property News You Can Use – The Benefits Of Living In A Retirements Estate

Property News You Can Use – The Benefits Of Living In A Retirements Estate

Retirement living is fast becomin one of the most in-demand sectors in the South African property market. More and more people over 50 choose to downsize from the large traditional family home to the easy luxury living of a lock-up-go home in an upmarket lifestyle estate. Who wouldn’t want it?

After our year of lockdown and moving into 2021, the new era of “shift” started with young retirees seeking easy living options. These options allow them to retain their independence and the lifestyle with the comfort and medical attention that will become increasingly necessary as they age. An approach of planning for the future while enjoying the benefits of these easy living options.

A fascinating fact is that the average age of retirement used to be 65, but this number changed overnight to 55 in more affluent population groups. So it might seem that 55 is still a very productive age, but many yearn for retirement and more time for themselves. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has played a significant role in accelerating the route to early retirement for those who can afford it. Our entire sense of time fleeting and having fundamental rights removed has altered how we think. 

Multi-generational living is another major modern trend where the living arrangement with more than two adult generations living under one roof.

In South Africa, especially, many retirees have moved into a ‘granny flat’ or a garden cottage on the same property as their adult children. In many cases, this is convenient, and it is a joint decision made by both generations. Some families are overjoyed to have their parents/grandparents near enough to be looked after. 

The most significant new trend is to allow for home care and a live-in carer, rather than as in the past to move to frail-care centres. This is economically viable and leads to a greater sense of independence for the elderly. Many thrive in this independence in their later years. 

We have also seen that developers specialising in retirement estates are constantly looking for innovative ways to improve the experience of their residents. 

The traditional old age homes have a negative stigma attached to them. Moreover, they are often associated with cramped living conditions, contributing to the massive demand for retirement lifestyle villages and estates.

The new generation of retirees wants space, open rooms, an on-site lifestyle centre with sports facilities, landscaped grounds, etc. They expect pools, gyms, saunas, yoga and exercise classes and other offerings that make them feel good about themselves.  

This obviously comes down to a resident’s affordability and the level of medical care they require. Still, in general, we are seeing a massive push for separate units on one large property rather than a single room in a building in more traditional old age homes.

‘Semigration’, the move from inland cities to our lovely coastal villages, has spiked since the pandemic. The change in work routine with people able to work remotely has added to the influx of people to quaint seaside towns. 

The most significant retirement trend for 2022 is focusing on the quality of life with beautiful outdoor spaces and nature on the doorstep. All of which can be found here in the greater St Francis Bay area.


Reminder: FOSTER AGM on 3rd of  March at 18h00 at Cape St Francis Resort

Reminder: FOSTER AGM on 3rd of  March at 18h00 at Cape St Francis Resort

Reminder: FOSTER AGM on 3rd of  March at 18h00 at CSF Resort including a talk Prof. Richard Cowling on “Why we have such rich flora in this area” All Welcome!

FOSTERS AGM which will be held at the Cape St Francis Resort on 3rd March at 18h00. This will be the first live AGM since COVID started and all members and supporters are urged to attend. There may well be some changes to the committee, and new nominations from the community for committee members are most welcome.

The FOSTER Committee looks forward to seeing you on 3 March at the CSF resort who are kindly sponsoring the venue hire at 18h00 for the AGM and the talk by Prof. Cowling. All are welcome and you do not need to be a member to attend the AGM.

Photo Gallery for Wine On Water 2022

Photo Gallery for Wine On Water 2022

All photos by Sandy Coffey Photography

What a divine weekend the Wine On Water weekend turned out to be. All that we hoped for. Congratulations to Rotary St Francis and all the organisers for pulling it off, and well done to Investec for having the faith and getting behind such an incredible event.

Here is a glimpse of some of the best moments from a weekend spent on the water and at the stations, having fun. All photos by Sandy Coffey Photography. Any photo queries please leave a comment and we will ensure that Sandy gets them.



Tool Time – A Weekly DIY Column with Build it St Francis 

Tool Time – A Weekly DIY Column with Build it St Francis 

Tool Time

Welcome to the first of our weekly Do It Yourself columns presented by Build it, St. Francis. We hope that you gain some information from these columns going forward.

If you have anything that you would like the team at Build it, St. Francis, to explain in a column, please feel free to get in touch with St Francis Today..

For the first column, we’re delving into measuring and marking.

Measuring & Marking

Accurate measuring and marking are the secrets of success for many projects around the home and garden. Measuring and marking out help you to work accurately and are essential in the costing of large jobs around the house and garden.



  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Steel Rule Protractor
  • Set Square
  • Combination Square
  • Sliding Bevel
  • Spirit Level

If you are measuring a large area, have ready-cut pegs to hand for driving in at the crucial points. When measuring for smaller projects, try to work on a clean surface in good light with all your tools. This is often better than re-ordering or spoiling the job by skimping.


It is essential to check the right angles to measure the diagonals to ensure complete accuracy. Where the diagonals are equal, your base is said to be square. The large, irregular shape area can be approximated by measuring square or rectangular regions within it and adding the measurements of these areas together. Make an allowance for the small, irregular areas left at the edges.


Straight edges are mainly used to accurately transfer measurements across areas longer than the rule. Another use is to check that your material or surface is flat. Straight edges are long metal rules that may be calibrated or plain. The best way to check that a straight edge is accurate is to hold it by one end and look down it. Any curve will be apparent. A straight edge can also be used to cut against with a craft knife, such as when cutting paper, leather or plasterboard.


Measurements can be marked in various ways, depending on how accurate they need to be. A felt-tipped pen is easily read and can be used where accuracy is not too critical. A carpenter’s pencil is also ideal for easy-to-read measurements. It can also be quite easily rugged out when required. For very accurate timber marking, use a marking knife or a craft knife. These mark and sever the fibres very slightly to enable further cutting to be very exact. The severed fibres leave a whisker-free cut edge.


Steel rules are handy, but they tend to slip on smooth surfaces. So hold the ruler down well with your fingers spread wide along it.


The simplest way to divide the work equally is to hold your rule diagonally across the surface and decide how many divisions you want to make. Be sure that the end of the rule is level with the edge of the material to ensure that the divisions fall equally. This is very handy for marking out dovetails and other joints.


Squares are used to produce a line at right angles to an edge and to transfer one measurement to the opposite side of the material. The most basic square is the set square. Use a pencil or marking knife to mark your line against the steel edge.

The set square is also used to check that faces are at 90° to each other. The stock of the square is laid flat against one face of the work, and a check is made visually to see if there is no gap/light. If none appears, the faces are then 90° to each other. A combination square has several uses. Most can be used as either internal or external set squares, mitre squares, depth squares, depth gauges, straight edges and steel rules. They are usually fitted with a small spirit level. They are also handy for marking parallel lines.


The sliding bevel is a specialised type of square that is infinitely adjustable and used for marking and transferring pre-set angles. This is useful for setting out angles for corner cupboards, steps, dovetails and multi-sided picture frames. It is usually set either from an existing angle or using a protractor. When using the sliding bevel, it is essential to ensure the stock of the tool is held firmly against the edge throughout the marking procedure.


These two gauges are often combined in one tool, although they can be purchased separately. Each gauge consists of a block that slides along a bar. The marking is done with a sharp steel point for a single line or a pair of adjustable points to mark out a mortise. The stock of the tool is held against a flat square face. The tool is pushed along the work away from the user, allowing the steel point(s) to score the wood. When adjusting the gauge to the width of the mortise you need, set the points directly from the width of your chisel. Tighten sliding bevels well and occasionally check that they haven’t moved in use.


Retractable rulers can sometimes snap back quickly, so take care. When marking with a knife, keep your fingers away from the blade and do not apply excessive pressure.

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