The KwaZulu-Natal coastline has seen an increasing amount of retiree-interest. The warm climate and abundant natural beauty are both major drawcards, but there is just so much more to coastal living that makes it the ideal place for retirement. We asked Phil Barker of Renishaw Property Developments to share why people are choosing to retire to the coast.
Many people comment on their improved sleep patterns when visiting the coast. The soothing sounds of the ocean and crisp sea air work wonders on the psyche. But it’s more than that. The coastal air is charged with negative ions that enhance the absorption of oxygen into the body, boosting serotonin – the hormone that induces sleep. This means a deeper, more peaceful sleep which has knock-on positive effects on overall wellbeing.
In addition to improved sleep, the coastline – particularly in KZN – will give your body a much-needed boost of Vitamin D in the form of sunshine. Vitamin D boosts the immune system, reducing inflammation connected to various skin conditions. It also strengthens the bones and fights auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Once again, overall wellbeing is improved.
Increased social activity
The coastal environment promotes health and wellbeing by increasing physical activity, reducing stress and building stronger communities. The South Coast, in particular offers an incredible array of outdoor activities to enjoy. The nearby Aliwal Shoal was rated as one of the top 10 scuba diving sites worldwide, there are endless forest walks in the many coastal nature reserves and the South Coast (or Golf Coast) is home to nine 18-hole and two nine-hole golf courses. It’s truly a sub-tropical paradise of social activity.
Family and friends will visit
One of the biggest concerns for retirees is isolation. However, if you retire to the coast, this is really not a concern. Family and friends are more likely to come to the coast, and you will get to see more of your children, grandchildren and friends. Beachside holidays are popular with people of all ages, so your biggest problem will be finding some time alone during retirement!
It’s an undeniable fact that property on the coast has an elevated value…and for good reason. Coastal homes recorded annual growth rates of 7.7 percent, compared with inland property rates of 5%. While the initial investment in a retirement estate on the coast might be higher than inland, you can rest assured that your property will continue to gain significant value over the years.
Details: For more information about Renishaw Hills or to book a tour with all relevant health-and-safety measures adhered to, contact Renishaw Hills on [email protected] or visit www.renishawhills.co.za