Deciding where to retire can prove an incredibly difficult decision, often causing many to delay the move to retirement altogether. There are many holistic retirement estates arising across South Africa that offer a secure, comfortable lifestyle. Residents are able to use all inhouse facilities with access to quality medical care.
The KwaZulu-Natal coastline, in particular, is seeing an increasing number of retiree interest. The warm climate and abundant natural beauty are major drawcards, but there is just so much more to coastal living that make it the ideal place for retirement.
Here are five reasons, identified by mature lifestyle estate Renishaw Hills, why people are choosing to retire to the coast:
1. Improved sleep
When visiting the coast, many people comment on their improved sleep patterns. The soothing sound of the ocean and crisp sea air work wonders on the psyche. But it’s even more than that. The coastal air is charged with negative ions that enhance the absorption of oxygen into the body, boosting serotonin levels – the hormone that induces sleep. This means a deeper, more peaceful sleep which has knock-on positive effects on overall wellbeing.
2. Dr Sunshine
In addition to improved sleep, the coastline – particularly in KwaZulu-Natal – 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.
3. Increased social activity
According to UK-based research, the Blue Gym initiative, the coastal environment promotes health and wellbeing by increasing physical activity, reducing stress and building stronger communities. The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, in particular, offers an incredible array of outdoor activities which can be enjoyed with like-minded community members. The nearby Aliwal Shoal was rated by Jacques Cousteau 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.
4. 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!
5. Valuable investment
It’s an undeniable fact that property on the coast has an elevated value…and for good reason. According to Lightstone’s Residential Property Index for 2018, 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.