Pet-friendly retirement village being developed in Constantia, doors open 2023
- Most retirement homes in Cape Town are not welcoming of furry friends
- The Great Oaks Retirement Village in Constantia is being developed with pet owners in mind
- The luxury retirement estate is set to open for occupancy late 2023
A luxury retirement village is being developed in the heart of Constantia Valley and it is specifically designed for people who want to retire with their pets.
The Great Oaks Retirement Village will provide a range of luxury cottages, and hotel-style apartments in Constantia, Cape Town.
The village will actively encourage pet ownership as a part of its offering, says marketing and sales manager Lynette Harding.
She says being pet-friendly is part of the care offering at Great Oaks because pets make for wonderful companions and offer immeasurable physical and mental health benefits.
Harding says pets help keep retirees and active and there is also research showing that pets combat loneliness and social anxiety, and also give their owners a sense of purpose.
'The social and emotional benefits of pet ownership is well established and well recorder in so many studies", Harding tells CapeTalk.
According to the estate's website, the Great Oaks Retirement Village is set to open for occupancy in late 2023. Hotel-style apartments start at R3.5-million, and luxury cottages start at R7.5-million.
We are in the process of pre-sale, so we're not actually built yet.Lynette Harding, Marketing and Sales Manager - Great Oaks Retirement Village
Quite importantly, the whole estate is pet-friendly... It was a fairly easy decision for us.Lynette Harding, Marketing and Sales Manager - Great Oaks Retirement Village
Our biggest focus and the thing we feel most passionate about is our responsibility of care for all the residents that will be living in Great Oaks, and care extends across so many levels. It's not just about physical... but when we look at emotional well-being and pet ownership, by the way also contributes to physical health.Lynette Harding, Marketing and Sales Manager - Great Oaks Retirement Village
Why would we say to somebody, come and live here for the rest of your life, but don't bring your pet and put them through that agony of being separated from their animals.Lynette Harding, Marketing and Sales Manager - Great Oaks Retirement Village
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