There is a new community in the district. Widenham Retirement Village and the first occupants moved in last Monday, October 29. Widenham is Hibiscus Retirement Villages’ fourth retirement village, and will ultimately become its largest.
The other villages are at Margate, Ramsgate and Umdoni. Corrie and Helen Pieters, from Richards Bay, took up occupancy amid the flurry of construction workers and they don’t mind a bit.
“It gives us the opportunity to see how the village will grow around us,” said Corrie from his lounge , which affords a distant sea view and extensive tracts of land with ribbons of roadway which lead to the next phase of the village.
The Pieters will be joined in their neighbourhood by next-door neighbours and over-the-road neighbours within the next few days. Widenham RV will boast gorges and ravines lush with indigenous growth and wildlife and walkways aplenty.
The village will grow at the rate of eight new homes a month, and Phase 3 is now available for the purchase of Life Rights.
Future residents will have the choice of one-, two- or three bedroom homes built to high standards by R&M Construction. “We are in for exciting times,” said Hibiscus Retirement Villages CE, Andrew Crookes.
The project is being overseen by the society’s previous CE, John Webster, who has vast experience in developing retirement villages offering Life Rights facilities.