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KLEINE PARYS ESTATE: FYNBOS, FRUIT, MODERN LIVING AND CLASSICAL FLAIR

Paarl development on historic farm site Surrounded by seemingly endless fruit farms, natural fynbos vegetation and the prominent Boland mountain range, lies a piece of country heaven – Kleine Parys Estate, right in the heart of Paarl. Kleine Parys is situated on one of Paarl’s most historic wine farms, world-renowned for its quality wines and characterised by the extensive open spaces surrounding the estate. An exquisite setting is offered to homeowners, where they can find total tranquillity with ample space for entertaining. Here, one can experience country life to the full: beautiful farm-style walkways lined with tall trees and flanked by benches, meander through the estate, adding to the country feeling. “The use of indigenous plants and the provision of water features will further contribute to the beautiful landscape of the estate,” adds design

and development manager Howick Oosthuizen from Shibbolet Property Developments (Pty) Ltd. This reputable property development team has also been responsible for the completion of several other noteworthy projects, including Larez student accommodation and the La Clémence retirement village in Stellenbosch, Olijvenhof and the Vergezicht Residential Estates in Somerset West, just to name a few. This upmarket estate is only minutes away from a world of amenities and within easy access to major freeways. Homeowners will have complete peace of mind when it comes to the security of their homes and lifestyle enjoyment. Oosthuizen says: “Here you can walk, cycle or run to your heart’s content.” Electric fencing surrounds the gated estate and point of entry is entirely access-controlled. Kleine Parys Estate offers a harmony of modern living and classical

Kleine Parys Estate is situated on one of Paarl’s most historic wine farms, world­renowned for its quality wines and characterised by extensive open spaces surrounding the estate.

Kleine Parys Estate offers a harmony of modern living and classical flair. flair. One has a sense of being surrounded by exclusivity and convenience; it feels as though you have stepped into a world of architectural charm set among vineyards. Van Biljon Barnardo Architects (Pty) Ltd is the firm behind the concept and design of this sophisticated winelands development. They have combined traditional elements with modern finishes throughout each unit. Architect Arnold Barnardo has included a strong Victorian element throughout, combined with modern elements. This approach has provided each home with maximum privacy while still offering homeowners magnificent views of the Drakenstein and Paarl mountains. The Victorian contemporary style mix is further accentuated by the clean alignment of building elements, including grey corrugated metal roofs, which also echo the farmhouse feel. The earthy colour finishes of each home reflect the muted tones of the surrounding mountain peaks and tie in with the lush green vineyards encompassing the estate. Homeowners will experience a

feeling of sophistication meeting country elegance, while enjoying the spacious layout and design of their homes. Here they can enjoy wining and dining in the Kleine Parys Wine Estate country restaurant, or take guided tours through the adjoining wine cellar, only a few steps away from their front door. An inviting fireplace and lush gardens make for a magnificent venue where those extra special occasions can be celebrated. There are seven prototype-designed homes to choose from: twobedroom homes of 150 m², four three-bedroom homes of between 175 m² and 213 m², and two types of double-storey homes ranging between 235 m² and 264 m². “The homes are designed for maximum views and sunlight,” says Oosthuizen. He adds that each home is designed to maximise living space in order to meet each homeowner’s lifestyle requirements. Open-plan tiled living, dining and kitchen areas lead onto covered patio areas, which take full advantage of the mountain views. Most units contain separate sculleries adjoining the kitchen to allow

homeowners more room to entertain. There are currently 40 homes available to choose from in the first phase. The launch date for this first phase is set for 1 to 3 November, and interested buyers are welcome to visit the sales centre between 10:00 and 17:00 at the Klein Parys Wine Estate wine cellar tasting room. Prices will start at R1,6 million. Potential buyers will also have the opportunity to make use of the enduser finance option available when purchasing their home of choice. The developer will be offering discounted prices on the first 10 signed sales agreements. Kleine Parys Estate offers homeowners a world of exceptional living standards with large erf sizes, and a fantastic selection of top Paarl schools within close proximity of the estate. Cleverly designed homes and large open spaces within the development add testimony to this superlative modern country living style. Potential buyers can contact 082 328 8421 for more information, visit the website (www.kleineparys.com) or e-mail sales@kleineparys.co.za.


HELDERBERG 2 Districtmail How long will it take to sell my property? 31 Oktober, 2013

Often a property seller asks an agent, roughly, how long it will take to sell their property. The answer may have a bearing on when they decide to list their home, and the timing of their move. The two issues that cannot be controlled by an agent are how much a property will sell for, and when it will sell. Having said that, the information, guidance and services of an agent can have a significant impact on how long it will take for you to sell, and ultimately how much you sell for. For example, in the Somerset West market our research shows it takes an average of 145 days for a property to sell. Yet some

properties are listed for over 2 years, and others sell in a few days. So what will have an influence of how long you take to sell? There are two factors that will determine this: your list price and the marketing of your property. Let’s start with price. It’s a fact that the loweryouprice,thequickeryousell.However, no one wants to sell for less that market value. So the key is to determine what a realistic market value is, and then list as closely as you can to that price. Price creates interest. There is no disputing that the quicker you sell, the more you sell for. Don’t be tricked into listing for an unrealistic price. You’ll sit on the market for a long

time and eventually sell for less than market value, guaranteed. Sadly some agents overprice a property to secure a mandate, and then beat you down in price much later, resulting in you selling for less than you deserve. Part of pricing is considering the demand for your property. If there is low demand for your type of property, or your location, then this will need to be reflected in your listing price. The second factor is marketing. Even if your list price is correct, if your property is not aggressively marketed then you will not attract strong buyer interest. It’s only when you have buyers competing against each other for your property that

they will make a realistic offer that you would consider. And this buyer competition usually results in a buyer making their best offer – so you sell for maximum market value. If you are correctly priced so as to attract buyers, and you are well marketed,thenyoushouldsellinlessthan four months, and possibly inside the first 2 months. It is wise to review the activity on your property monthly. If there seems to be little interest there will almost certainly be issues with your pricing, the marketing, or both. Don’t delay in addressing the problem and getting things back on track. E-mail your real estate question to steve.cd@harcourts.co.za.

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Views at Fairhaven Estate in demand Fairhaven Country Estate, which is perfectly located in the soughtafter region of Somerset West and overlooks the majestic ocean and mountain views, has been abuzz with activity over the past few weeks. Prospective buyers can get a great sense of what it would feel like to live on these elegant, secure, up-market premises by visiting the on-site sales office. This world-class estate with a 24-hour state-of-the-art security system will offer all residents true peace of mind. Plots start selling from R525 000 and grant an unrepeatable opportunity for building your dream home. A tremendous growth in sales of these premier plots has been experienced over the last few months. The new magnificent show house plans and visuals (due to commence building early 2014) are available to visitors at the on-

site sales office. These truly portray what the lifestyle experience on the estate would be like. Without a doubt, one of the main deciding factors for buyers is the brand new road linking Sir Lowry’s Pass road to the N2 – set to open within the next few days. This link will provide residents with quick and convenient direct access to major roads and connecting freeways. Fairhaven Estate is ideally located within easy access to a world of modern amenities, including the Mediclinic Vergelegen, a brand new planned boutique retail centre and a host of superb restaurants. Visit the Fairhaven on-site sales office Sundays between 14:00 and 17:00, or call Kelly Harris on 082 733 6259, or e-mail sales@fairhavenestate.co.za to view by appointment. For more information visit www.fairhavenestate.co.za.

Roddy Wakeford takes on Kelderhof Country Village There’s a new face amongst the management at Kelderhof, and he brings with him a “fresh approach, a new broom and good communication skills”. This is according to Roddy Wakeford, who has just been appointed the estate manager at Kelderhof Country Village. Wakeford arrives with plenty of experience – Leopard Creek and White River Country Estate in Mpumalanga, De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate in Stellenbosch, Kyalami Estates in Johannesburg and now Kelderhof Country Village. But why Kelderhof? “I get enormous satisfaction from estates which are in the growing phase,” explained Wakeford. “And Kelderhof is an absolute jewel. The developer, Percipient Property Solutions, has taken the bull by the horns and has brought ‘outstanding value turnkey homes’ to the market. I personally have the opportunity, as I did at De Zalze, to set up the estate

Roddy Wakeford has recently been appointed as the estate manager at Kelderhof Country Village. with management and systems on behalf of Kelderhof’s home owners and lead it to the finishing post. “For me, it’s all about delivery of the envisaged product or lifestyle to those who have bought into it and perhaps most importantly, to realize

full potential as far as their property values are concerned.” There’s plenty of building activity going on at present with 54 houses under construction and Harcourts, Kelderhof Country’s Village’s appointed agent, reporting increasing sales.


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SMALL SUV: ECOSPORT TICKS MOST BOXES

Road test: Ford’s new Ecosport FRANS LE ROUX

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ew cars in South Africa are arriving at a unfathomable rate and we as fanatics, drivers and buying public are truly spoilt for choice. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the small SUV market is another cut-throat segment where manufacturers aim to sell high volumes of their respective multipurpose vehicles. I tested the Renault Duster which was a pleasant surprise. This SUV segment is now a pretty competitive two-horse race with the introduction of the new Ford Ecosport. With the Ecosport you can choose between three different engines. A naturally aspirated 1,5 F petrol, a turbo charged 1,5 F diesel and their award winning 1,0 F three cylinder petrol turbo engine. If you read any motoring news, you would be aware that the 1,0 F Ecoboost engine has won the coveted international engine of the year twice (2012 & 2013). The model I tested was the much anticipated 1,0 F Ecoboost Trend, and boy, was I impressed. This tiny 1.0 engine has three cylinders and is truly the way forward in terms of fuel economy and CO² emissions. Power is rated at an unbelievable 92 kW/170 Nm. This is the modern day equivalent of a 1.6 naturally aspirated engine. I took the bright orange Ecosport all the way to Caledon on the Saturday morning for a work function. Having driven this road many times before, I deliberately took all the gravel roads to test the Ecosport’s handling and 200 mm ground clearance. It was raining when I drove out of Paarl, with the first obstacle being the Franschhoek Pass. Even in the rain, the one litre engine performed well and I never felt as if I would not reach the top. Being a three cylinder, there is an uncharacteristic engine growl you won’t find in any other car. It is a likeable sound, and kind of rough, but still ready and willing as you approach the red line. At the top I stopped to further inspect the Ecosport’s interior. If you have recently been

in a Fiesta, everything in here would be familiar. Step inside and your attention is drawn towards the silver inserts on the dashboard and steering wheel. Speaking of the latter, it has radio volume controls and cruise control options (on the Titanium model only). The seats offer little side bolstering but feel pretty rugged and purposeful. Headroom for adults is ample, with rear legroom being better than most hatchbacks (Golf or Auris). A central mounted cd/mp3 player is surrounded with an array of buttons which you can play with for hours. You get the feeling, as with the Fiesta, that everything was installed in a certain place for a good reason. The ergonomics of the interior is very well sorted. Continuing onwards down a wet and slippery Franschhoek Pass and having reached the first gravel road, I slowly drove towards Caledon. The Draaiberg road is mostly used by farmers to shorten their trip to Villiersdorp or Grabouw. The road was badly rutted, but the 16-inch wheels proved a good balance between sporty looks and comfortable driving. After a short 10 km, I reached the R43 again and powered on towards Caledon. Fifteen kilometres further, on my left, the longer and trickier Boontjieskraal Road lay ahead. On this stretch of gravel, I was convinced the ground clearance was enough. However, I carried too much speed and hit a ditch that I initially thought would max out the suspension and scrape the sump guard. To my surprise, though, the Ecosport managed to get through unscathed. Having arrived at my destination a little early, I inspected the appearance of the Ecosport once more. It strikes a pretty good balance between a mean-looking SUV with its widened grille and small size and with short overhangs at the front and rear, it sure looks the part. At the back, Ford decided to mount the full size spare-wheel on the bootlid. This, in my opinion, looks pretty hard-core, classic and cool. Makes one fondly think of old 4x4 bakkies. Unfortunately the Ecosport does not have a 4x4 option in its line-up, but let’s face it – how many buyers would actually take it off-road?

The Ecosport is a versatile little car. It comfortably seats five adults and no gravel road is un­ conquerable. PHOTO: MARK BOW The fuel consumption for the 220 km round trip averaged at 13 km/F. Considering that its not a flat road by any means, this is remarkable for a 1,0 F. On the open road this Ecosport should easily reach 15 km/F. If you opt for the punchy diesel variant, you could see a figure as high as 19 km/F. As previously mentioned, the only two real

contenders in this segment is the Ecosport and Renault’s Duster. If looks are important, the Ecosport takes the medal. If you want a mini 4x4, the Ecosport is not the best. While brand power is extremely important to most, the Ford badge is still sought after. This Ecosport would also have a good second hand value, guaranteed.


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QUICKPIC The Mazda CX-5 continues to surprise and delight South African customers with its next generation technologies that now includes the addition of Mazda’s Smart Idle Stop System (SISS) on all models. The system improves fuel economy by up to 10% in heavy traffic and in urban areas where the driver frequently stops at traffic lights and intersections. Conventional idling stop systems

restart a vehicle’s engine with an electric motor using exactly the same process as when the engine is started normally. Mazda’s SISS, on the other hand, restarts the engine through combustion. In addition to saving fuel, the SISS ensures that the engine will restart quickly and with exactly the same timing every time. Mazda’s advanced technology ensures the engine restarts in roughly half the time of other conventional electric motor idling stop systems. Drivers will feel no delay when resuming their drive, which means they can

enjoy a comfortable and stress-free ride. With the full suite of Skyactiv technologies, the CX-5 2,0 F engine uses as little as 6,8 F of fuel per 100 km in manual guise and 6,9 F per 100 km in automatic configuration. Skyactiv engines have been designed to make internal combustion as effective as possible. Engineers of the Skyactiv-g petrol engine were aiming for a lightweight design that produced more from less. Developing 114 kW of power at 6 000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4 000 rpm it delivers more torque,

better fuel economy and lower emissions. Mazda offers a brand new cuttingedge six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission on the Dynamic and Individual derivatives, to enhance the CX-5’s athletic character. An engaging six-speed manual transmission is fitted to the Active model. Every CX-5 comes with a 3 year Mazda Roadside Assistance plan, a 5 year/90 000 km Service Plan and a 4 years/120 000 km warranty. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.

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Beste jong boer met ’n Hilux beloon QUICKPIC Attie Scholtz, ’n boer van die Noord-Kaap, sal met ’n splinternuwe Toyota Hilux 2.7 VVTi-hoëromp-Raider-bakkie na sy plaas in die Douglas-omgewing terugkeer, nadat hy die gesogte 2013Agri SA/Toyota SA Jong Boer van die Jaar-toekenning gewen het. Scholtz is ná talle moordende uitdunrondes as die jong boer van die jaar aangewys nadat hy aanvanklik as die Noord-Kaapse streeksfinalis aangewys is. Hy is uit ’n groep van agt streeksfinaliste as wenner aangewys by ’n galageleentheid in Johannesburg. Johannes Möller, die president van Agri SA, het by die geselligheid gesê vanjaar se finaliste het hul deursettingsvermoë bewys deur die uitdagings wat almal in die veranderende toestande in die landboubedryf in die gesig staar, te bowe te kom. “Hulle kyk doelgerig na volhoubare langtermyn-groei om te verseker dat al die moontlike oorweeg is. Die finaliste het gewys gesonde besluitnemingsvermoë maak die verskil wanneer dit by die bou van ’n suksesvolle onderneming kom. “Al die finaliste is puik aanspraakmakers en baie goeie boere in eie reg, maar Scholtz is ’n waardige wenner van hierdie gesogte toekenning.” Scholtz het as wenner suksesvol teen finaliste van al die ander provinsies meegeding. Die finaliste is op grond van hul vertoning in hul eie onderskeie stre-

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groot impak wat natuurramke gekies, en moes tussen pe (twee oorstromings) op sy 18 en 35 jaar oud en vir besigheid gehad het. minstens twee jaar lid Die besproeiingsgrond het van Agri SA se provinsiameer as verdubbel, terwyl ’n le organisasies wees. omvattende infrastruktuur Al die finaliste is deur en reeks boerdery implemenhul onderskeie provinsite en masjinerie gevestig is. ale rade van Agri SA aan“Scholtz produseer lusern gewys, en is op ’n magvan só hoë gehalte dat hy ’n dom gebiede beoordeel, voorkeurprys vir die produk waaronder hul finansiëontvang. le, sake en boerderyvaar“Hy ondersoek verskillendighede, sowel as hul bede bemarkingsmoontlikhede stuursdoeltreffendheid. wat gebruik kan word om te Hulle is ook met spesiverseker dat hy die beste pryfieke fokus op hul eie byse vir sy oeste en lewende hadrae, onafhanklikheid en we kry. besluitnemingsvermoë “Daarbenewens stel sy beoordeel. goeie opleiding hom in staat Scholtz (35) het ’n om self rekord te hou en sy BComm-honeursgraad in eie beplanning te doen, tersakebestuur en boer op wyl hy ook die beskikbare Vaallus in die Douglaskennis en vaardighede van distrik naby Kimberley ander landboukenners in sy in die Noord-Kaap. boerdery inspan,” sê prof. Hy boer met lusern, Van der Westhuizen. mielies, koring, gars en Scholtz het die sleutels van vleisbeeste. Hy besit en sy splinternuwe Toyota Hibestuur ook ’n vervoeron- Attie Scholtz, ’n boer van die Noord­Kaap, sal met ’n splinternuwe Toyota Hilux 2.7 VVTi­ lux by Hamman in ontvangs derneming wat hy ge- hoëromp­Raider rond ry nadat hy die Jong Boer van die Jaar­kompetisie gewen het. geneem. bruik om hoofsaaklik lu“Ons glo hierdie voertuig pas volDie paneel wat Scholtz se boerdesern van sy eie en omliggende plase eenlopende onderneming en bewonder jou vermoë om in sulke uitda- ryvaardighede ontleed het, het hom maak by Agri SA en die landbougeaf te vervoer. vir die algehele beheer en bestuur meenskap in die algemeen. Calvyn Hamman, senior vise-pre- gende omstandighede te werk.” “Ons stigter, wyle Dr. Albert WesDie evaluerings is deur ’n paneel van sy plaas, sy skitterende arbeidssident vir verkope en bemarking Toyota Suid-Afrika Motors, was ’n bekende landbou-spesialiste ge- verhoudinge en sy gelukkige werks- sels, is bekend daarvoor dat hy gesê spreker by die geselligheid en het doen. Hulle was die sameroeper, mag wie se behuisings- en leeftoe- het hy sou ons eerste bakkie, die Todie vermoë van boere in Suid-Afrika prof. Carlu van der Westhuizen van stande hy help verbeter het, sowel yota Stout, eerste aan boere bemark. “Sy logiese benadering was dat as beklemtoon. “Boere weet hoe moei- die Vrystaatse Sentrale Universi- as vir die sterk finansiële bestuur lik dit is en wat dit verg om kos op teit van Tegnologie, prof. Hentie van van sy plaas en sy vervoeronderne- hulle ’n gebruik vir die voertuig kon vind, dit enige omgewing sou oordie land se tafels te sit. Ons bewon- der Merwe van die Universiteit van ming, geprys. “Scholtz se vernuwende optrede leef. der jul onverskrokkenheid en jul die Vrystaat, prof. Pieter Fourie van “Die Toyota Hilux is vandag nog die Vrystaatse Sentrale Universi- en dryfkrag het sy boerderybedryvermoë om ‘plan te maak’. “Ons respekteer jou vaardigheid teit van Tegnologie, en Johannes wighede die afgelope sewe jaar aan- Suid-Afrika se gunsteling-voersienlik laat groei ten spyte van die tuig,” sê Hamman. as die bestuurder van ’n uiters uit- Kokome van SAB Millers.


Forester grabs another award QUICKPIC Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, this week announced that the Subaru Forester has been named Motor Trend’s 2014 Sport/Utility of the Year. The Subaru Forester’s victory follows the previous generation’s win of the 2009 award and the Outback’s win of the 2010 award, making Subaru the first and only automaker to win Motor Trend’s Sport/Utility of the Year award three times. Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief, Ed Loh, said: “The 2014 Subaru Forester beat a highly competitive field of SUVs because it best met our award’s six key criteria. Practical, affordable, efficient and fun-to-drive – Forester truly ticked every box”. The US-spec Forester which went on sale in March 2013 was developed with the goal to maximize its value as a true SUV. Featuring Subaru’s distinctive, renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive™ system as its core technology, the fourth generation Forester boasts a higher level of driveability as well as enhanced safety and environmental performance combined with much improved capabilities as an SUV offering fun-to-use versatility and fun-to-travel driving performance. Subaru Southern Africa Marketing Manager, Ashley Lazarus, comments: “Yet another important accolade for the Subaru Forester further underpins its excellence as an allrounder SUV. The Motor Trend award comes on the back of the Forester being awarded the ‘Best Mom’s Taxi’ category win in the 2013 Women on Wheels Women’s Car of the Year competition in South Africa, the Japanese Good Design Award, its five-star Euro NCAP safety rating – which lead it to be the safest SUV tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 – and the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for safety excellence.” As committed by the company’s “Confidence in Motion” brand statement, FHI will continue to pursue further growth by offering its customers Subaru’s distinctive “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” driving experience.

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufac­ turer of Subaru automobiles, announced that the Subaru Forester has been named Motor Trend’s 2014 Sport/Utility of the Year.

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