New retirement village for Somerset West

New retirement village for Somerset West

The 192 ha Sitari Country Estate near Somerset West, where Evergreen Retirement Holdings is developing a new retirement village.

A recently concluded joint venture between Evergreen Retirement Holdings and the Uvest Property Group will see the development of Evergreen Sitari, a premier retirement village in the Sitari Country Estate in Somerset West.

Uvest Property Group is the master developer of Sitari and manager of the largest privately owned residential portfolio in the Western Cape. Evergreen Lifestyle is a national retirement brand with villages in some of the most beautiful parts of the country.

The 192 ha Sitari Country Estate offers a range of luxury and premium apartments, village homes and country homes, as well as signature and country plots. The estate also includes orchards, vineyards, trees, parks and herb gardens and a 22ha wetland.

“We created Sitari as a self-sufficient suburb which caters for a wide variety of lifestyle requirements. We always had a vision for a premium retirement component and Evergreen Lifestyle will further complement the property offering,” says Francois Smit, chief operating officer of the Uvest Property Group.

Evergreen Sitari is the eighth village in the Evergreen portfolio and will consist of 500 properties, ranging from apartments to luxury free-standing homes. Professional healthcare is provided on-site and includes everything from home-based care to frail care. The first homes are scheduled to be released for sale in the first quarter of 2019.

Evergreen Sitari will have its own dedicated entrance, facilities and amenities, including a lifestyle and care centre, but residents will also have access to all that the larger Sitari Country estate has to offer.

The Evergreen Sitari aesthetic will be in line with the architecture of the broader Sitari Country Estate, designed by Hennie de Villiers Architects.

“Evergreen Sitari will have an identical architectural theme to the estate as a whole, reinventing the Cape Dutch vernacular that allows a free-flowing and harmonious atmosphere throughout the estate. Low walls ensure that every property becomes an extension of the greater estate and emphasise the aesthetic appeal,” says De Villiers.

“The percentage of South Africans over the age of 60 is set to double to 15.4% by 2050, according to the World Health Organisation,” says Cobus Bedeker, managing director of Evergreen Property Investments.

“The current market does not make provision for such a steep rise in demand. The Helderberg basin is a highly sought-after retirement location, but across the entire area there is a shortage of accommodation for seniors. We are therefore confident that there will be significant interest in Evergreen Sitari as retirees are increasingly looking for retirement accommodation that ensures physical security, financial peace of mind, continuous care and a sense of community.

Would-be owners are invited to register their interest at or to email to receive pre-release information.