Following the completion of Amber Valley - and as a result of steady demand in the market for retirement lifestyle properties in the Howick area – a developer (not the same developer who developed Amber Valley) decided to expand into land on the peripheries of the original estate. Completed as recently as 2015 we now have Amber Lakes (25 units) and Amber Ridge (200 units) both of which share in the facilities available and contribute toward the overall security and administration costs. Additionally each new body corporate came complete with its own facilities and these are available for use by all residents of Amber Valley, Amber Ridge and Amber Lakes.
In the case of Amber Ridge a 300 seat state of the art theatre and auditorium plus 10 Assisted Living Units for rent to owners of units not able to live entirely independently but not yet ready for admission to the Amber Valley Care Centre, was provided by the developer. In the case of Amber Lakes a club house which incorporates a function room for card playing and hobbyists, billiard/snooker room containing two full size tables, a chapel available for regular services as well as special events, a 70 seat meeting/catering area complete with kitchen and a badminton court sized multi-purpose recreation hall where table tennis, line dancing and other activities take place.
Access between the different estates making up the Greater Ambers is unrestricted and interaction between the residents is regarded as the normal daily routine. Services are shared in terms of an agreement recently concluded between the various bodies corporate and whereby administration is handled by Amber Valley. The hub of all activities is the administration department where all related business is handled and residents and their guests can also enjoy mixing in the lounge/pub areas and in the dining room where lunches are served daily and a light pub meal is served on Friday nights.
The Amber Ridge Body Corporate is represented by seven trustees:
- David Bull – Finance
- David Wharton – Electricity and Water
- Helga Holst – Assisted Living Units and Pet applications
- Meyrick Bowker – Chairman, Communications and Environmental
- Reenen De Kock - Infrastructure
- Sally Johnson – Gardens
- Trevor Jenkins - Security