This ideally positioned new mixed-use development in uMhlanga has high appeal for investors or those looking for a convenient address within easy reach of the beachfront and key business nodes
Timeless hills covered in magnificent fynbos undulate across this beautiful Big 5 reserve. The first of its kind in the Western Cape, Gondwana Game Reserve lies only 30km from the charming coastal town of Mossel Bay and yet is a world of its own once you are within its boundries.
As you drive through the gates, the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course sets the tone of this beautiful estate. Feast your eyes on the pristine fairways which form the perfect backdrop for the distinctive architecture of the luxurious homes.
Beacon Rock straddles the old and the new; traditional Durban and the future. And to reach either it perches strategically adjacent to the M4 highway, whilst at the same time overlooking the quaint but contemporary village of Umhlanga Rocks. In itself, then, a microcosm of its larger position.
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Historically uMhlanga Village, with its beautiful beachfront, pavement cafes, open air pubs and restaurants and more traditional feel, was far away – both literally and figuratively, from its more chic cousin over the hill, the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, says Elwyn Schenk, area principal in uMhlanga and uMdloti for Pam Golding Properties.
‘The Village’, as it is fondly known locally, is an eclectic mix of old and new, with the glamorous Pearls and Beacon Rock residential developments standing side by side with older apartment blocks, just a stone’s throw from two iconic 5-Star hotels. “Quieter out of season, the village’s over 100 pubs and restaurants buzz with excitement during the holiday periods. Fun, sun and sea is what it’s all about,” says Schenk.
Less than two kilometres up uMhlanga Rocks Drive stands the Gateway Theatre of Shopping with a wide variety of 350 shops, including world brands such as Topstop, Zaras and La Senza. More than just a shopping centre, Gateway offers fashion, variety, fun and entertainment.
Says Schenk: “Plumb centre between and connecting these two precincts is Ridgeside, a fast developing node which, because of its central position, has appeal for resident owners and visitors alike. With its commanding views up and down the coast, Ridgeside is a four precinct site of new international hotels, office parks and mixed use developments – Durban’s answer to Sandton, only better, some say.”
Planning of the Ridgeside precinct is closely aligned to a comprehensive environmental management programme with a buffer zone set aside to protect the remaining coastal forest bordering the development area. The southern and western aspects already incorporate a number of corporate offices, including the Nedbank building with its 4-Star environmental ‘green’ status, an international hotel and other office blocks.
The Pass within Khyber Rock is a leafy residential enclave set in the midst of the bustling greater Sandton area that offers nothing short of the best in South African outdoor living. Close to the suburb of Woodmead, consisting of just 12 homes, The Pass is an exclusive estate in Khyber Rock with the kind of clean, green living environment that most of us can but dream about.
According to Jonathan Davies, Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Hyde Park joint branch manager, the residents of The Pass are a fascinating group of individuals who enjoy a strong sense of community. They appreciate their beautiful homes, which are positioned among the rocks of the Khyber Rock koppies, and the fact that they are so centrally situated within the greater Johannesburg area.
“You would be hard pressed to find an area anywhere in South Africa as beautiful as The Pass and it is a great area in which to live,” says PGP agent Wendy Goodenough, who is a specialist in the area. “Residents here truly have it all.”
The Pass is situated in a little known, scenic part of Sandton which, while remote and attractive, is a very secure gated community. It is only when you visit the area that you see the charming little cobbled streets that climb into the koppies, and the giant rocks that are incorporated into each of the gardens to make highly attractive natural features. One of the highest points in Sandton, the views from The Pass are magnificent, the vegetation warm and lush and in places almost sub-tropical.
Goodenough points out that The Pass is not only charming, it is also very central, being situated close to an intersection where four major highways meet, including the N1 Ben Schoeman, the N1 Western Bypass, the M1 and the N3 Eastern Bypass. Khyber Rock also offers easy access to Sandton, South Africa’s business centre, and some outstanding shopping is to be had nearby. As for the Gautrain, it is a mere three minutes away. For those who enjoy their golfing, the area is situated on the doorstep of the magnificent Johannesburg Country Club 18-hole course.
Not surprisingly it is extremely rare for properties in The Pass to come onto the market. Now, however, one has been placed on sale. This is a stylish villa, which has been placed on the market for R12,75 million through PGP. PGP agent Pat Dempster suggests that the home is a work of art that offers outstanding value and a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.
Dempster says the double-storey home, which offers tree top views, is luxurious. “It is a highly attractive, classical design that offers all the conveniences of modern living,” she adds. “There are numerous places within the property that offer one the chance for reflection. You can take advantage of the view from the balcony or enjoy the large patio that overlooks the pool with its stunning garden. There are many different aspects to this property to suit every mood.”
There are five spacious bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms in the home, which is approximately 900sqm. The main bedroom has charming ‘his’ and ‘her’ dressing rooms and a fabulous bathroom and steam shower set in an indigenous rock garden.
If this property makes for a wonderful family home, it is also an entertainer’s dream. There are three gracious reception rooms, which open onto the patio that overlooks one of the two swimming pools (the main pool is heated) on the property.
The kitchen is state-of-the-art with imported appliances and there is a temperature-controlled wine cellar. A separate guest suite and gym offers accommodation for visitors and privacy for a workout.
Other features of the property include two cottages and a superior staff suite. There is garaging for four vehicles.
“Not only is this home set in the most scenic environment, it is also full of character while at the same time being highly practical to run,” notes Dempster. “In short it is a unique, captivating home that we do not expect to remain on the market very long.”
For further information please contact Pat Dempster or Wendy Goodenough of Pam Golding Properties on telephone +27 (0) 11 380 0000, +27 (0) 83 601 2475 or +27 (0) 82 654 0911.