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2019 Estate Ratings The top residential estates in South Africa

Publication date: November 2019 Estate Ratings Š New World Wealth


NWWealth 2019 Estate Ratings During the past year, the New World Wealth research team has visited top-end residential estates across the country in order to compile this report. For our purposes, residential estates include: lifestyle estates, wildlife estates, golf estates, equestrian estates and parkland estates (i.e. themed estates). We also reviewed the top luxury apartment complexes in SA as part of this year’s review.

Ratings criteria include: 

Communal gardens and parks.

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Design and space. Maintenance. Location, views and scenery. Security features.

Activities and facilities available on estate.

According to SA real estate advisor Basil Weinrich (who helps us to compile our ratings): “Residential estate living is on the rise, especially among the more affluent. We estimate that over 40% of South African HNWIs live or have homes on residential estates.”

Recent trends in this space: 

There is a move away from traditional golf estates and towards lifestyle and retirement estates.

Most developers are now creating small neighborhoods within the estates, as opposed to the old model where houses were spaced evenly around the entire property. The new model allows for more parkland and open spaces between the neighborhoods. Parkland estates with nice parks, birdlife, walks and trails are becoming more popular.

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A large number of lifestyle & golf estates have started to add luxury apartments onto their offerings. Previously, most estates had focused only on houses.

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NWWealth Notably, South Africa is one of the global pioneers in residential estate living. In fact, the only country with more residential estates than South Africa is USA (mainly in Florida area).

Interestingly, residential estates are now becoming increasingly popular across the globe, especially in the likes of the UAE, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, New Zealand, Mauritius and the UK.

Some of the top residential estates in other countries include:  

Yellowstone Club - Big Sky, Montana, USA. Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club - Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

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Jumeirah Golf Estates - Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Quinta do Lago - Algarve, Portugal.

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PGA Catalunya Resort - Spain. Bighorn Golf Estate - Palm Desert, USA.

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Kukio - Hawaii, USA. Millbrook Estate - New Zealand. Quivira Los Cabos - Mexico. Monte Rei - Algarve, Portugal. Anahita - Mauritius.

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NWWealth Our top 10 estates in South Africa for 2019 are listed below (in alphabetical order):

Arabella Located on the Bot River Lagoon, about 25 miles west of Hermanus, Arabella is one of the most scenic estates in the country. It is also home to a lovely spa and a highly rated golf course. House prices on the estate range from R3 million to R15 million.

Atlantic Beach Atlantic Beach is the ‘hidden gem’ of South African estates. Located between Blouberg and Melkbostrand in Cape Town, the estate features lovely views and scenery. House prices on the estate range from R2 million to R20 million.

Fancourt Fancourt is located in George on the Garden Route. It is undoubtedly South Africa’s top estate for golfers, with three highly rated courses on one estate. The two original courses (the Montagu and the Outeniqua) were built in the early 90s, whilst the world famous Fancourt Links was added in 2000. There are several different residential areas on the estate including: Colonial Lodges, Cape Dutch Homes, Oakland Residences, Links Avenue Properties, Links Ridge Properties and Montagu Ridge Properties. House prices on the estate range from R3 million to R50 million.

Pezula Pezula is located in Knysna on the Garden Route. The views and scenery on the estate are very impressive, as is the golf course. House prices there range from R5 million to R50 million. Pezula includes two sub-estates, namely: Pezula Golf Estate and Pezula Private Estate. The private estate is slightly more exclusive, with larger stands.

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NWWealth Simbithi Simbithi is a golf estate in Ballito. It offers residents lovely birdlife and forest vegetation. It also operates as a wildlife sanctuary, with several wild animals such as antelope living on the property. House/apartment prices there range from R2 million to R40 million.

Steenberg Steenberg is one of the pioneer estates of South Africa. Originally a vineyard, Steenberg was redeveloped by JCI in 1990 to include a golf course, hotel, spa and housing estate. The estate still contains a large winery and vineyard to this day. There are relatively few houses at Steenberg, when one considers the size of the estate. House prices on the estate range from R10 million to R40 million.

Steyn City Steyn City is located near Broadacres in Johannesburg. It is probably the best designed estate in South Africa, with large amounts of beautiful parkland between the various distinct residential neighborhoods. It offers a nice mix of houses, townhouses and apartments. The vegetation, rivers, dams and parklands on the estate are particularly impressive, as is the bird life - wild finches, owls, hornbills and bee-eaters are all common on the estate. House/apartment prices on the estate range from R2 million to R40 million.

Val de Vie Val de Vie is located in the Cape Winelands between Paarl and Franschhoek. Highlights of this estate include: beautiful vineyards, polo fields, an equestrian center, a highly rated golf course (Pearl Valley), natural fynbos scenery, parks, lakes and mountain backdrops.

Val de Vie contains a number of district and unique neighborhoods, including: Pearl Valley, the Polo Village, the Gentleman’s Estate, the River Club, the Reserve, the Vines, the Acres and several others. It is also home to a new retirement village (Evergreen Val de Vie). House/apartment prices on the estate range from R3 million to R50 million.

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NWWealth Whalerock Ridge Whalerock Ridge is located in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. The 100 hectare estate offers residents impressive views over the bay. The bottom gate of the estate is located approximately 100 meters from the beach. House prices on the estate range from R3 million to R35 million.

Zimbali Zimbali is located next to Ballito and about 15 miles north of Umhlanga. The forest and bird life on the estate is very impressive - it is home to several types of kingfishers, louries, bee-eaters and even the rare Crowned Eagle is a resident. Notably, the estate is right on the beach. House prices on the estate range from R5 million to R75 million.

Our top estates in each category include:     

Top residential estate in South Africa: Val de Vie Top residential estate in Gauteng: Steyn City Top residential estate in the Western Cape: Val de Vie Top residential estate on the Garden Route: Fancourt* Top residential estate in Kwazulu Natal: Zimbali

*For our purposes, the Garden Route stretches from Mossell Bay to Storms River on the South Coast. Notable towns on the route include: George, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Wilderness, Natures Valley and Mossell Bay.

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NWWealth Sub-categories (in alphabetical order):

Top 5 retirement villages in SA for 2019: 

Clé du Cap

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Evergreen Val de Vie (new) Helderberg Village Onrus Manor Waterfall Hills

Note: ‘Retirement villages’ generally refer to estates that cater to over 60s and they normally have onsite healthcare facilities. Most of them offer independent living (cottages and apartments) plus assisted living and frail care units.

Top 5 wildlife estates in SA for 2019:     

Gondwana Private Residences (also a game reserve) Leopard Creek Mjejane Royalston Welgevonden (also a game reserve)

Note: All of the above estates/reserves offer a great wildlife and birdlife experience for private owners which is why they are included in this list. Wildlife estates are also sometimes referred to as eco-estates.

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NWWealth The top luxury apartment complexes in SA:

Apartment complexes are sometimes also considered to be residential estates in their own right. Notably, luxury apartments have been the best performing residential segment in SA over the past decade (2009 to 2019) as many buyers have moved away from houses.

Our top 10 luxury apartment complexes in SA for 2019 are (in alphabetical order):  

De Meermin - Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route. Embassy Towers - Sandton, Johannesburg.

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Melrose Arch - Sandton, Johannesburg. Raphael Suites - Sandton, Johannesburg.

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San Michele - Clifton, CT. The Bantry - Bantry Bay, CT.

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The Houghton - Houghton, Johannesburg. The Pearls - Umhlanga, Natal. V&A Marina Apartments - Waterfront, CT. Whitehall Court - Killarney, Johannesburg.

Recent trends in the luxury apartments’ space: 

There has been a rise in demand for apartments that are linked to shopping centers as this allows residents to walk to the shops without having to walk across dangerous roads (examples: Melrose Arch, the Pearls in Umhlanga and the Raphael Suites in Sandton City).

A large number of lifestyle & golf estates have started to add luxury apartments onto their offerings. Previously, most estates had focused only on houses. There has been a rise in demand for hotel residences and serviced apartments. ‘Hotel residences’ refer to apartments in existing hotels that can be purchased. They essentially allow

owners to live in a hotel permanently and enjoy the same services as normal guests do (i.e. room service, dining, cleaning etc.). The Raphael Suites in Sandton is one such example.

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NWWealth Which residential estates have the best golf courses?

As a follow up to these ratings, New World Wealth has rated the top golf courses in the country for the first time based on the following criteria:    

Condition of course. Memorability of course. Clubhouse, change rooms and halfway house facilities. Location, views and scenery.

Based on these criteria, our top 10 golf course picks for 2019 include (in alphabetical order):   

Arabella Fancourt Links Highland Gate

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Leopard Creek Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Pezula Pinnacle Point Steyn City St Francis Links Zimbali

Note: the above top 10 only includes golf courses situated within residential estates.

There are ofcourse a number of top SA golf courses situated outside of residential estates. Notables include:    

Durban CC Lost City GC Riverclub GC Sun City (Gary Player CC)

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