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’m not sure why this year has whizzed by faster than others. Perhaps it was because it was filled with many challenges and fascinating experiences. Amid packed publishing schedules, I found myself eating by candlelight under ancient baobabs on Azura Quilalea in Mozambique, wandered through my old hoods in vibrant London and fell in love again with the romantic English countryside. I saw whales and a great white shark on the same day and experienced the most thrilling helicopter ride of my life. #lovemyjob, yes! In between, I could be seen navigating winter rain and mud in a hard hat and wellies at Val de Vie during the Win a Home competition and finally overcame my fear of being interviewed live on TV. I wouldn’t have missed the team experience for anything, despite late nights on deadline. But in these past few weeks, I have been particularly moved by the truly talented people around us: firstly, the awardwinning young architects and sustainable thinkers honoured for their remarkable contributions at the AfriSam SAIA awards (more on and most recently, Sir Richard Branson, who so candidly shared his thoughts on everything from politics to suspension yoga at the sexy new luxury health club, the first Virgin Active Collection in Cape Town in the Silo Precinct. Michelle Snaddon Here’s to an equally inspiring Editor, REAL ESTATE 2017 and happy holidays!

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Light relief On paper, Lume Beauty Atelier is a hair, skin and nail studio. In person, it’s an experience. Owner Jenny Kouwenhoven has created a new salon destination in Cape Town’s exclusive De Waterkant area. Designed by renowned Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, it elevates the ritual of beautification to new levels. The metallic, marble and mood lighting creates a luxury environment, where an experienced team works with the finest products to deliver a boutique experience second to none.


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It’s not just a luxury health club. The fifth in the country (hot on the heels of Menlyn Maine) but the first Collection Club for Cape Town, Virgin Active Collection Silo District has Virgin’s distinct humour written all over it: Capetonians kept asking when ‘The Fancy One’ was coming. ‘You don’t have to work out here – come and socialise, work if you like!’ quipped Sir Richard at the launch. Well, why not? There’s healthy food, speedy Wi-Fi, a bookable boardroom (non-members are welcome to meet you here), fast colour printer, shoeshine service and a travel concierge. Sore muscles? Book time with wellness experts (Chad le Clos’ physio is here, too) or try the spa pools, steam room or sauna. After suspension yoga, head for the Fox Box Finishing Bar and Groom Den. Tonic Design and Design Line were part of design team, so expect to see the work of Gregor Jenkin, James Mudge and John Vogel alongside emerging talents.

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The much-anticipated Saxon Spa is everything you’d expect from a venue of its stature. Designed by Stephen Falcke, this Sandton sanctuary combines harmonious elements of wood, copper, linen and water. Two levels over 700m2 comprise a hair salon, nail spa and dining area upstairs, and a hydro-focused area downstairs, including a wet treatment zone for the Rasul treatment; a flotation pod; unisex steam room; Himalayan salt sauna; heated outdoor plunge pool and relaxing day bed area; heated hydro pool; cold plunge pool and hammam; and a bar for fresh juices and smoothies. Special features such as a couple’s spa pavilion in the garden, special energy balancing crystal chandeliers and dishes serving vegetables from the garden illustrate the holistic approach of the spa. Try a treatment from the programme of Saxon Signature Spa Journeys – the Himalayan Signature Journey, for instance, is an invigorating salt scrub and hot and cold stone massage, which is refreshing and relaxing all at once.

BEAUTY SPOT Premium nail brand Essie’s first flagship salon in South Africa, Buff Beauty Parlour, is fun, flirty and irreverent – a dynamic candy-striped space that’s all about indulgence with an out-of-the-ordinary twist. Inspired by Betty Boop, the space is just the right mix of retro sweet and modern sexy. Owned by the dynamic sisters Tracy Gielink and Kim Davidson, along with their mother Debbie Davidson, this is a world-class salon offering all the essential grooming services (waxing, nail-care, brows) as well as a function room, American diner-style soda fountain (try the doughnuts) and even a designated men’s area.

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Ted Baker’s first South African standalone store has opened in Sandton. With no two stores alike, Johannesburg’s version is modelled on the theme of a Shakespearean garden. You can expect a lyrical shopping experience, filled with Gothic arches and references to plants found in the great playwright’s works. The store stocks mens- and womenswear, as well as accessories.

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When restaurateur Eric Bulpitt joined forces with passionate Avondale owner and winemaker Jonathan Grieve, the result was going to be magical, something that showcased the farm’s biodynamic principles and natural approach while providing a memorable cuisine experience. An extended kitchen garden (in addition to the farm’s already impressive orchards and produce) gives Eric an abundance of seasonal ingredients to work with that take inspiration from the land.

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SUITE VIEWS Petite German artist Jeannine Platz recently chose Cape Town’s Atlantic Suites guesthouse in Camps Bay as the 41st ‘Suite View’ in her series of 50 paintings done from hotel suites around the world. Her style is unique: she paints fast with her hands, scrapers and toothbrushes – but never travels with a paintbrush, only two rolls of canvas and her infectious personality. With no fine art training and a box of surgical gloves, she gets to work, mixing the colours on the back of her hand. ‘I like to feel the colour with my hands,’ she says. Her exhibition opens on 3 May in Hamburg, Germany.;

Paint guru Cream velvet fabrics dyed with Giverny Chalk Paint were one of the many surprises at Annie Sloan’s latest workshop, which celebrated her new book Annie Sloan Paints Everything and where she launched Giverny, a cool blue Chalk Paint inspired by Monet’s home. A fresh focus on workshops is in the works, where interior designers can learn the secrets of creating custom shades.

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With an eye for the eclectic and a passion for Africa, Barbara Lenhard finally has her own store at 24 Kloof Street, Cape Town. Having chosen to work with colour queen Sarah Ord on the heritage interiors, the Opulent Living Concept Store & Gallery is set to become a Cape Town landmark. No stranger to retail, German-born Barbara has combined a custom range with a hand-picked selection of global brands, including British menswear label Grays London and Resort’s colourful women’s wear with jewellery and accessories such as these Italian handbags from Save My Bag, all displayed among the work of prominent artists and photographers.

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must start with a confession: I have never possessed an Alfa Romeo, nor have I ever had the desire to do so. Gasp! One of the 10 commandments for true petrolheads states that thou shalt own an Alfa at least once. The origin of the adage is disputed but the meaning is clear: Alfas, with their illustrious racing legacy, are beautiful to look at and scintillating to drive. But Alfas also leak oil and self-combust and creak and … Only true petrolheads could love them. It’s all rubbish of course, both in the insinuation that your credentials as an enthusiast are so closely connected to the wares of the Italian carmaker – and in the implication that they have patchy reliability. These days, Alfas are as sturdy as their more stoic German competitors. But what’s indisputable is that they are beautiful. For a prime example, just look at the new R1.34-million 4C Spider on these pages. All sinewy curves, mesh air vents and bulbous haunches. Paint it in Giallo Prototipo yellow to contrast the black cloth roof, give the wheel arch-filling alloys a lick of graphite-hued paint and nothing this side of a Barbie-pink supercar will attract so many admiring glances. Of course, those eyes were ready to scan the road for the 4C, seeing as seconds earlier it would have set off car alarms and had dogs barking with its boisterous exhaust note. This part of the act isn’t exactly elegant – the two pipes emit a cacophony of pops and bangs – but, my word, the racket does an effective job of hiding the size of the tiny (by sports car standards) 1.75-litre turbocharged engine behind the occupants’ shoulders. Workmanlike in its sound the 177kW fourcylinder may be, but it grants the lither-than-atonne 4C Spider an incredible turn of pace, which in turn allows the committed pilot opportunity to exploit the grippy, rock-solid chassis and unassisted steering. It’s a wild ride, be in no doubt, but the 4C has an addictively analogue quality that so many modern cars with their electronic nannies and assisted-everything lack. It’s also spectacularly tiring. After an hour, your senses are frazzled from the assault, your back pummelled into submission by the firm ride and your arms tired from guiding the steering wheel into bends. I still don’t want to own an Alfa Romeo – and, as such, I’m content to terminate my membership to the Petrolhead Club – but, after driving the 4C Spider, I can clearly see why others would.

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TAILORED TRIBAL A NOD TO CRAFT WITH A POLISHED TWIST, THESE PIECES ARE ABOUT NATURAL SOPHISTICATION 01 Brass bowls R135 (small) and R155 (medium), hand-forged cutlery R395 for four pieces, Weylandts | Mali table runner R580 (58cm x 150cm), Mungo 02 Cream frayed Mimi espadrilles R700, Espadril | Leather-detailed cushions R750 (60cm x 60cm with corners) and R580 (50cm x 50cm with piping), Anatomy Design | Vetiver spring water mist R193.50, Vetiver body lotion R387, both Africology | Let it Breathe cashmere-and-silk scarf R4 000, Trebene 03 Rolled leather and silver wrap R1 500, plaited leather bracelets with silver clasp R650 each, horn bangles with hand-rendered silver R1 200 each, Adawnment Jewellery | Retro Super Future Giaguaro Puma sunglasses R3 250, The Cosmopolitan Store 04 Fan earrings R800, Henriette Botha

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MONOCHROME MINIMALISM BLACK AND WHITE IS EVEN MORE TIMELESS WHEN EXECUTED WITH SLEEK SIMPLICITY 01 Aldus dipped carafe R229, Rialheim | David Brits’ Snake Abstract series R1 300 (6in x 6in print), Hazard Gallery | Concrete letters R700 each, Anatomy Design 02 Adia maxi dress R3 900, Mille Collines | Bopha Black Conduit necklace R300, Shauna Neill 03 The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams R636, Exclusive Books | Preto side plate R225, cast-iron gratin dish R1 295, both Weylandts 04 Luuks tee R390, Mevrou & Co | No5 L’Eau fragrance R2 270, Chanel | IWC Big Pilot’s watch (preowned) R190 000, The Vault | Serenity sandals R449, Saint & Summer | Downtown Grid shoe bag R150, Aureum Design

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URBAN LUXE EDGY DESIGN FOR THE GLAMOROUS URBAN AESTHETE 01 Beoplay H6 headphones R7 399, Bang & Olufsen | Limited-edition gold Breitling Navitimer watch (one of 200 pieces) R372 000, The Vault | Retro Super Future Tuttolente W sunglasses in gold R3 500, The Cosmopolitan Store | Power Speed women’s running tights R1 399.95, Nike 02 Ultimate leather tote bag R5 531.18, Jaguar 03 SD V0.3 lamp R1 800, Sachs Design | Advanced Style: Older & Wiser by Ari Seth Cohen R630, Exclusive Books | Chanel sunglasses R3 690, Luxottica | Aldus potplant holder R659, Rialheim 04 Charcoal woven pyjamas with black piping R850, Woodstock Laundry | Bamboo reusable takeaway cup R230, Ecoffee Cup | City Roast Collection coffee capsules From R149 for 15 capsules, Coco Safar

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bush lodge is a refuge by its very nature – the sense of solitude and the sounds of the veld are restorative on a soul level. So when you add to this an injection of orth African exoticism, the e ect is exponential – an escape within an escape, an Eastern sanctuary in the African veld. An interior designer and travel expert by trade, owner and property developer Sue Lederle is a clear case for making what you love doing your day job. She’s poured both these passions into this beautiful self-catering lodge, located in the Elephant Point private reserve. A luxury estate developed by the Legacy Group on 290ha bordering the Kruger National Park and neighbouring Sabi Sands, on the banks of the Sabie River, it’s an area known for its concentration of big game. Only 65 lodges are planned for the estate, making the opportunities for owning a piece of it finite. Sue’s skill as a designer and vast experience as a traveller show up on a macro and micro level from the ow of the space to the minutest decor detail. Seeing the vision for the property through required site visits every two weeks, and together with architect Jack Andrew, Sue was on hand to steer the process in the right direction. It was important to strike exactly the right note: ‘I fell in love with the Moroccan style on my trips – there, the buildings themselves are beautiful and mysterious, with generous volume and interesting detailing, and don’t need much adornment to come alive. That’s what I was aiming to achieve here,’ comments Sue on the design of the 480m2 space. While modelling it on Moroccan architecture, Sue also drew on bush motifs – the beautiful arches and pavilions married with thatch and rietdak roofing in a hybrid of bush camp and city riad. So while the in uence is apparent, it hasn’t been administered without discretion. Instead, Sue has cleverly and subtly woven other in uences through French antiques, oral fabrics, velvet-upholstered chaises, carved Indian four-posters to give it a layered e ect. Colour is a key element, too, with rich vibrant splashes of red, orange, pink and teal making a bright splash against the taupe walls and sun-bleached bush backdrop. Colour is a big thing in my life and it’s integral to the style,’ adds Sue. The e ect is eclectic, without a whi of the usual colour-by-numbers game-lodge look. Another aspect that sets it apart, aside from a complete lack of safari cliches, is its capacity to be run as a lodge. Sue and her late husband John had looked for years for the ideal location in the bush – most properties like this cannot be let independently and can only be used by the owners. So this was a rare find: an investment that also earns an income. ‘It was a wonderful project to put my energy into after losing my soulmate,’ comments Sue. A self-described serial renovator Sue loves the thrill of taking on a new project, especially lifestyle investments that she can enjoy with family and friends. ‘Once we have had some fun and the property is commercially successful I like to sell and get on to the next project,’ she adds. The layout of the public areas was designed with entertaining as a focus, something Sue does as second nature the house is at its best filled with people. Inside, the huge kitchen dining living area is totally open. pstairs a game-viewing deck cum bar looks out onto the river. The 395m2 of outdoor living space navigates di erent levels and purposes. A sofa-filled pavilion centred on the pool invites lounging, an elevated roof deck is perfect for star-gazing or sundowners, and the pizza oven and braai boma on the outdoor dining deck keep dinner interesting from night to night. But all focus is on the spectacular setting and the idea of enjoying being social in the bush. The four river-facing suites branch o in pairs to each side of the house. Each has its own identity and special features – one with an outdoor bath, one with an open-air shower, all with beautiful fabrics, black-and-white Moroccan tiles, unique furniture and a perfectly shaped slipper bath. You can leave your door open courtesy of a mosquito net screen or keep cool in the air-con when the temperature spikes. Sue has achieved a fine line between lodge and home. Its little luxurious touches remind you you’re on holiday, while the warmth of the interiors makes you feel at ease. Everything has been thought through, from everyday necessities such as i-Fi and a co ee station complete with espresso, to nice-to-haves such as asks for game drives, umbrellas by the door and solar lanterns outside. This is someone who knows what people want and expect from a luxury bush experience.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT A walled courtyard with potted trees and a trickling water feature is a cool, lush contrast to the bush beyond the doors; throughout the lodge, decorative and architectural details speak to the Moroccan influence; comfortable places to sit are key at Lodge 23, but never at the expense of aesthetics and always oriented towards the setting. You’ll find roses in every room, one of the owner’s signatures; a reed-roofed raised deck offers a great vantage point for game spotting or star viewing. The existing trees on the site were kept, offering welcome shade, with the deck built around them OPPOSITE The spacious, fully equipped kitchen is the star of the open-plan living area. It’s a social space leading onto the courtyard and the lounge and dining zones. Sue made a point of using interesting light fittings throughout the house OPENING SPREAD The huge deck area is designed with numerous areas to eat, read and tan. The covered pavilion looks over the pool and into the bush and is a comfortable, colourful refuge from the heat, should you need one

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT At sunset, solar Consol Glass jars come in handy, hung in trees or placed around the deck; Sue has mixed African craft with the Moroccan and European influences for an eclectic global blend; the magnificent front door is a restored Moroccan original OPPOSITE Game viewing from the pool is the best way to keep cool in the summer heat. Pairs of loungers are positioned around the deck for different viewpoints

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GETTING THERE From Johannesburg Drive Elephant Point is a five-hour drive from Johannesburg. Fly It’s a 45-minute flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, followed by a 60-minute drive or a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Skukuza Airport, followed by a 40-minute drive to the lodge. From Cape Town Fly It’s a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, followed by a 60-minute drive, or a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Skukuza Airport, followed by a 40-minute drive to the lodge.

FOR SALE Lodge 23 is being sold fully furnished, price on application. Although it is currently run by the owner as a self-catering lodge, it can be added to the rental pool of the estate. Any enquiries should be directed to

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THROUGH THE LOOKING TEXT Genevieve Putter and Michelle Snaddon PHOTOGRAPHS Shannon McGrath, Bomax Architects and supplied

GLASS IS THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION FOR NATURE LOVERS IN URBAN AND RURAL SETTINGS. BUT THERE’S MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE OPENING IMAGE Danish product design company Vipp ( has ventured into the prefab home market with their contemporary structures, geared towards compact luxury living. This home can be ordered with everything inside included and is ideally suited to sites with water and electricity outlets. Aside from its undeniably Scandi aesthetic, what gives this Danish design added clout is the extensive use of glass throughout. Sliding doors connect seamlessly with the forest from both sides, while the bedrooms on the second level feature skylights for added privacy. In South Africa, all homeowners need to comply with new glass regulations but the good news is that PG Building Glass now produces PG SmartGlass X2 (pgsmartglass., a double-glazed product intelligent enough to control and enhance the comfort levels of your home while doubling its energy efficiency

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erformance glass is now the norm as the insulation and thermal performance of a home radically ups the comfort factor. But what’s all the fuss about? Every homeowner now has to comply with new legislation for glass set out by the National Building Regulations. ‘When you’re buying a house and want to renovate or are planning a new build, your dream views might cost you more than you think,’ says Dion Walters, director of Bomax Architects ( ‘But the purpose of what’s called the SANS 204 legislation is to reduce energy consumption, so it is in everybody’s interest. The only problem is that this glazing increases your building budget.’ Safety regulations involving thickness and size of glass panes have changed and energy considerations are now required to prove that a new home design or extension falls within acceptable glazing standards. ‘There are four considerations for glass choice,’ says Dion. ‘It’s become standard practice to select different products for different windows, depending on whether they face north, south, east or west, as sunlight transmits differently from each of these directions.’ There are four variations of PG SmartGlass available suited

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to each of these orientations: Standard, Plus, Elite and Superior. These are SANS 10400 XA compliant to avoid compromising on aesthetics, views and comfort. GLASS CONSIDERATIONS

n Watch out for south-facing, cold views. Large-format windows installed for the view are largely responsible for heat loss. Double glazing or low emissivity insulating glass is best here. n Beware the hot, west-facing view. Heat gain from this direction can be uncomfortable in the afternoons: the further south from the equator you are, the lower the sun. Solve this by installing smaller windows, vertical-shading devices and spectrally selective PG SmartGlass X2 for low, late-afternoon sun. n North-facing glazing is best. It’s easy to control heat from the north with shading pergolas as the sun is high on the north side. Depending on where you are located, allow some direct light to penetrate and warm the house. Bear in mind that concrete stores heat in the day and releases it slowly at night when you need it. n East light is great for morning sunlight in bedrooms. East-facing windows or doors are always good in a kitchen. South-facing bedrooms are not a great option.

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ROOM WITH A VIEW 01 This striking house for all seasons (continued from previous page) maximises the power of designing with glass. Floor-to-ceiling double glazing provides

magnificent views into the forest and over the lake all year round. It also offers a light-management solution, keeping the interiors cool in summer and warm in winter, maintaining energy efficiency and comfort – all of which are prerequisites in our new glass legislation 02 Bomax Architects ( designed this home in Oranjezicht, Cape Town with glazing orientation, insulation and thermal performance in mind. The double glazing in the northfacing living areas, for instance, is set back from the eaves, which assists in providing shade when the sun is high. Low emissivity coating on the glass, too, keeps the building warmer at night when the structure naturally cools down. Glazing is minimsed on the east-facing facade to prevent too much heat gain, while, on the western side, tall trees screen the harsh light from the west and provide privacy. The combination of low-emissivity glass, double glazing, SolarVue single glazing and some clear glass make this an affordable solution that also satisfies the SANS energy regulations 03 This home in Hyde Park, Johannesburg by Daffonchio and Associates ( features a 16m long, motorised and frameless, glass sliding door. When opened, it disappears into cavity walls and the living area effectively becomes an open, covered patio. The glass is single glazed as the roof overhangs are deep, which protects the glass from solar heat gain 04 Gass Architecture Studios ( recently completed this home on the slopes of Signal Hill in Cape Town. The rectangular living space is glazed on both sides with large doors so that either side can be opened, allowing manipulation of the legendary Cape winds

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SAFETY MATTERS Laminated, intrusion-resistant glass is produced from two layers permanently bonded together under pressure and heated with one or more layers of high-strength polyvinyl butyral (PVB). The result is laminated safety glass, Intruderprufe, which can withstand multiple blows from a would-be intruder and is up to five times stronger than ordinary glass. If laminated glass is broken, it sticks to the strong PVB interlayer and stays in the frame, preventing splintering or ying shards. This solution has proven to be such an e ective barrier to intruders that many insurance companies now insist on the installation of laminated glass in penetrable areas.

IN THE CLEAR 05 In a collaborative project between design firm Made by Cohen ( and Robson Rak Architects (, the defining feature

of this quaint home in Melbourne, Sydney is its 3.4m high ‘window wall’ of single-glazed, low emissivity Comfort Plus glass looking out onto a courtyard with a vertical herb garden. Despite extensive use of glass, the house is warm in winter and cool in summer 06 Olson Kundig Architects’ ( glass farmhouse in Eastern Oregon, USA was designed with Philip Johnson’s The Glass House ( in mind. Three sides consist of high efficiency triple-glazed glass framed with steel, which works in tandem with the orientation of the house to save energy and to insulate it. The light shelf on the south side deflects midday summer sun yet admits low-angle winter sunlight

WHAT IS DOUBLE GLAZING? Double glazing is the process in which a window is manufactured from two panes of glass, with the space in between filled with dehydrated air or a gas such as xenon or argon. It’s this air or gas that forms the critical layer of insulation against icy cold as well as blazing hot weather. It keeps homes cooler in summer by re ecting direct sunlight and reducing heat transfer while allowing maximum light transmission. How does this light management system work? Spectrally selective coated glass allows in more than 70% of visible light, while rejecting more than half of the solar heat that would normally enter a building. PG SmartGlass X2, for example, can eliminate up to 86% of the sun’s heat while allowing in natural light. This keeps the interior cooler and therefore saves on air-conditioning. Aside from insulation, PG SmartGlass X2 also acts as an efficient sound barrier. Glass controls noise by re ecting it back towards the source and absorbing the noise energy within the glass. Sound insulation can be further improved, if necessary, by increasing the thickness of the pane, using laminated glass on its own or within a doubleglazed unit., 0860 695 695



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The first phase of the Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront launched in Muscat on 16 November. Ambitious waterfront plans, of a similar scale to the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, are part of the strategic development of Oman, offering a distinctive tourist experience with the potential to create more than 100 000 jobs by 2024. Omran, Oman’s master developer for tourism and urban communities, aims to create a gateway to Muscat and connect the authentic history and cultural heritage of Oman with a new world of five-star hotels and luxury brands. It’s no surprise, either, that international Vogue editor Suzy Menkes has chosen Muscat as the host destination for the next Condé Nast International Luxury Conference themed ‘Mindful Luxury: navigating the new silk routes’ in 2017. In addition, Anantara’s Al Jabal Al Akhdar resort recently opened on the rocky contours of Oman’s Green Mountain, making it the highest five-star resort in the Middle East.;

FOLLOWING FASHION If models can become actresses and actresses philanthropists then surely fashion designers can become hoteliers. Versace did just that with the Palazzo Versace Luxury Hotels – and now Karl Lagerfeld (pictured here in the Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo, where Odyssey members enjoy a heated seawater pool) has announced that he will be launching a chain of hotels under Karl Lagerfeld Hotels & Resorts, with the first set to open in the Chinese gambling hub of Macau in 2018. Watch this space…

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BRIGHTER, LIGHTER, BETTER There’s no doubt about it: the better the quality of light in your home, the better it appears. Good-quality light reveals your furniture, your decor and your art at its best. A light room is also uplifting – it brightens your mood and improves your sense of wellbeing. The spectrally selective coatings on PG SmartGlass X2 (also known as double glazing) allow in more than 70% of natural light, while rejecting more than half of solar heat. That translates into light and clarity without the heat and discomfort. It also means you save energy on artificial lighting. It’ll also cheer you to know that PG SmartGlass X2 filters out 99% of damaging ultraviolet rays, which in turn is responsible for up to 92% of the fading and degradation of the fabrics in your home, such as your furniture and curtains. It’ll also help to save electronic equipment and even keep your indoor plants happier. PG SmartGlass X2 complies with SANS 10400 XA energy efficiency legislation and comes with a 10-year warrantee.

COUNTRY AIR With more golf and lifestyle estates than any other country in the world, it’s not surprising that we’re spoilt for choice. Some tick more boxes than others, though, and even die-hard urbanites would consider Clara Anna Fontein’s Durbanville location because it offers the best of country living while enjoying proximity to Cape Town’s beaches, restaurants and nightlife. Imagine living in a secure private game reserve, with protected wetlands and a plethora of outdoor trails, while biometric fingerprint identification, electrified perimeter fencing with anti-dig barriers and CCTV cameras offer peace of mind. School lifts become a thing of the past with Reddam House on the estate, while work-from-home parents benefit from high-speed fibre in their Vernon Viljoendesigned townhouses. Freestanding plots are also available to build your dream home.

MIAMI DEVELOPMENT MACHINE Tennis star Gaël Monfils and DJ David Guetta have one thing in common: both have bought units in one of Miami’s most sought-after developments, Gran Paraiso. And, if the tenants read like an A-list of superstars, then so do the creatives involved in the project, including Piero Lissoni and Karim Rashid. Located in East Edgewater, near South Beach, Gran Paraiso is currently under construction. When complete, it will consist of four towers of more than 50 floors each.



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THE WALKABILITY TREND Walking is part of Sea Point’s culture. And 14 St Johns, the latest boutique sectional title development from The Shutters Group, plays into that – it is, after all, situated within strolling distance of Piazza St John and the promenade. Designed by KMH Architects with the interior fit-out by Source Interiors, the 10 apartments range in size from 78m2 to 173m2, with prices starting at R3.15 million. Each apartment includes fibre-optic connectivity, DStv, LED lighting and air-conditioning.

‘ART’-ITECTURE Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London, is this year’s winner of Britain’s most prestigious architectural award, the RIBA Stirling Prize. The 3 000m2 gallery, designed by Caruso St Johns Architects, houses the personal collection of Damien Hirst and spans five buildings, three of which are listed Victorian structures.;

AREA SPOTLIGHT>SALT ROCK This provides a current snapshot of the Salt Rock residential property market

DEMAND INDICATOR METRICS n Sale listings Properties listed for sale in Salt Rock comprise approximately 5% of the total sale listings in the Ballito area. Approximately 5% of the interest (views) in properties for sale in the Ballito area is attributable to properties listed for sale in Salt Rock. n Rental listings Properties listed for rent in Salt Rock comprise about 8% of the total rental listings in the Ballito area. About 7% of the interest (views) in properties for rent in the Ballito area is attributable to properties listed for rent in Salt Rock.

PROPERTY TYPES n Sale listings A typical property for sale in Salt Rock is a four-bedroom house, currently with a median asking price of R4 700 000. n Rental listing A typical property for rent in Salt Rock is a two-bedroom flat, currently with a monthly median asking price of R7 375.

MEDIAN ASKING PRICES n Sale listing The median asking prices for residential property are R2.68 million for a complex, R2.26 million for a flat and R3.43 million for a house. n Rental listings The median asking prices for residential property are R10 000 for a complex, R9 250 for a flat and R19 670 for a house. n Sales R998 485 000 n Rental R341 000

BUYING VS RENTING The monthly bond repayment to purchase a typical property in Salt Rock, namely a fourbedroom house, with the median asking price of R4 700 000 is R46 924 per month over 20 years at prime of 10.5% with no deposit. The monthly median rental asking price for a four-bedroom house is R22 000 per month.

These findings represent a current snapshot of properties available on the Private Property portal. The house-type complex consists of townhouses, clusters, duplexes and simplexes.

FOUR-STAR GREEN LANDMARK At the recent launch of Citadel’s head office in Claremont, CEO Andrew Möller explains that ‘Cape Town is part of the 100 Resilient Cities challenge so contributing towards climate and city resilience was an important element of the building design.’ This was certainly not at the expense of architect Robert Silke’s design, however: the 6 000m2 architectural style moderne landmark is clad in pale Namibian granite, a first for the Cape, and Envirosol Solar Control laminated glass allows for external views with glare control.

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When Alessandro and Caterina Biachi visited South Africa while on honeymoon in 2014, the Karoo was on their bucket list of local destinations. ‘We promptly fell in love with the scenery, which was the complete opposite of our hometown of Lecce, Italy,’ says Alessandro. While Alessandro grew up in the family’s restaurant business before moving into law, this semi-desert area

of the Western Cape was a draw for the couple to move into farming. ‘We are situated 30km from Laingsburg along the R323 southbound towards Floriskraal Dam,’ says Alessandro. ‘The beauty in this long valley is a little unconventional, but no less breathtaking and impressive. It’s in a fairly arid area, littered with fleshy succulents and dwarf baobab trees.’

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or most, it’s a complex decision. Stay on South African soil and semigrate to the numerous secure enclaves along the country’s beautiful coastlines? Or head o to Australia, New Zealand, Europe or America – perhaps into the blue beyond of the Indian Ocean islands? Setting aside emotional ties, the decision on where to go is based on numerous, often shifting, variables from residency and citizenship to the financial implications of just about everything, including entry requirements, job opportunities, education and medical care facilities, especially if you’re a retiree. The most difficult aspect of emigration, however, is to predict the quality of lifestyle in a new country. Decisions are often based on what you’re giving up compared with what you’re gaining. Returns are usually weighed up by a strong desire to keep family together. Trends show that many buyers are still choosing to semigrate, largely due to the pull of the diverse range of superb gated estates along our coastline. But the parallel trend is to downscale in South Africa and invest the rest o shore. Within South Africa, the estate options in the Western Cape, Garden Route and KwaZulu-Natal score highly when it comes to security, multigenerational living and private schooling. For those semigrating to the Western Cape in particular, the province’s proven track record for service delivery is an added bonus. According to the September 2016 Pam Golding Properties Residential Property Review, as of January 2016 the Western Cape was the destination of choice for 33% of South Africans who were looking to relocate. The report concludes that house price in ation in the Western Cape remains higher than other provinces, despite the economic

downturn. This attests to the steady demand for properties in this province. The average house price in ation for South Africa for the period anuary to September 2016 was 5.59%, compared with the Western Cape’s robust 10.35%. In KwaZuluNatal, it was 6.69%.’ THE WESTERN CAPE: BEACHES, WINELANDS AND MORE Along the Western Cape coastline, gated estates are literally springing up everywhere – then add the sea, beaches, wine farms and whales. Increasingly, it’s the extreme beauty of the natural locations and security o ered that draws urbanites who are so weary of the crime and grime associated with the city. While the estate living trend is not new, with some having been popular for years, Tierboskloof ature Estate in Hout Bay (first image overleaf) is a case in point. olan ood of See Properties in Hout Bay and Llandudno shares its history: The land on which the estate is located was bought at an auction in 1928 by internationally renowned entomologist Dr Sydney Skaife, who built a cottage for quiet weekends here. He later made it his permanent home because he was so enchanted. Today, Tierboskloof’s success is largely due to sensitive planning: each house is surrounded by indigenous vegetation and has unobstructed mountain and sea views.’ Entry level prices range from R5.5 million to R7 million and top o between R15 million and R17 million. Security here is a priority as it is for the new Constantia Nek Estate nearby, where prices start at R2.793 million and architectural guidelines aim to recapture the local farm vernacular. Somerset West, one of the country’s most vibrant development nodes, sets itself apart with its innovative schooling solutions. Recently, Somerset Lakes lifestyle estate

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announced that it has collaborated with Reddam House to include the price of one full year’s tuition for one child per family at Reddam House Somerset with each property purchased from October 2016. On the east coast, Hermanus has long been a high-growth village, in particular for retirees, both local and global. The shortage of retiree-specific accommodation (at idbrooke Place in nearby Onrus, for example, the waiting list is more than 10 years) has prospective new residents expressing interest in the various gated complexes, says Peter Greyling, Rawson Property Group franchisee for Hermanus. ‘Hemel en Aarde Estate is the only residential complex in Hermanus to o er leisure facilities such as a bar and clubhouse, tennis and squash courts, a gym with a sauna and steam rooms, a swimming pool and extensive walking trails,’ he says. ‘There are about 360 properties, with the last few vacant stands being developed. Not many of the properties are on the market.’ The estate is located about 5km from the centre of Hermanus on the Cape Town side and is close to shopping centres, with the Hemel en Aarde Village within walking distance. Says Greyling: Prices range from less than R3 million for homes on smaller plots to more than R15 million for the more luxurious properties.’ Surrounding the Hermanus Golf Club are the separate precincts or villages, which comprise Fernkloof Estate. Vacant stands start at R4 million, with houses ranging from R4.8 million to more than R8 million. Then there’s Arabella Country Estate, a luxurious golf development situated about 25km from Hermanus. Says Terry wyer, See Properties’ resident agent at the estate: It’s billed as one of the safest, most secure estates in the area not a single incident of crime has been reported in the last 20 years – and it’s surrounded by a Peter Matkovich-designed golf course. Major drawcards are the course, recently voted fifth in South Africa, and the four-star Arabella Hotel Spa. Property sales here have increased dramatically over the past few years, especially considering there’s good schooling in the area.’ Curro Hermanus in particular is an attraction for families investing in both Arabella Country Estate and Benguela Cove Lagoon ine Estate



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(located on the Bot River lagoon near Onrus, see opening image), plus there are good medical facilities in the area. Prices start at about R3.5 million, up to R10 million. Nicola Lloyd, Pam Golding Properties’ area manager for Hermanus, Onrus and Elgin, considers Benguela Cove the most highly sought-after estate in the region. ‘It’s one of South Africa’s lowest density security estates, mainly populated by permanent residents or those who plan to be,’ she says. ‘It’s an extraordinarily beautiful estate, with secure access, helipads, a boat house and jetty, vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields.’ Stands range from 1 500m2 to more than 4 000m2 and are priced from about R2.3 million (including VAT, no transfer duty). A fourbedroom luxury home here starts from about R15 million. itsand, just over three and-a-half hours’ drive from Cape Town, is billed as one of the last unexploited places on the South African coastline. It was once a bustling town with a port, where steamboats docked to load goods destined for the Cape Town market. Today, limited infrastructure has restricted further development, which means that it’s likely to retain its village atmosphere. The downside? As with characterful villages such as McGregor and Greyton, it has no medical care facility. Witsand residents, however, are able to access Telecare Solutions, a comprehensive medical and security response system for the coastal region. o Attenborough, agent for See Country, has concluded sales in the itsand Port Beaufort area to buyers as far afield as Canada and ubai. Most emanate from Gauteng, Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal, Hermanus, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, however. Attenborough describes Witsand as ‘the ultimate in safe country living for about 450 residents. Situated at the Breede River mouth, it o ers views over the estuary, St Sebastian Bay and the Potberg and Langeberg.’ Oysterbeds Estate, with only 32 erven, is one of the small gated estates here, located on the banks of the tidal estuary. It features the only exclusive-use harbour o ering a permanent boat mooring to each homeowner. ‘Homes, when they do become available for sale here, range from between R2.8 million and R6 million,’ says Attenborough.

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RENTAL RETURN TRENDS Swallows should note: ‘In the popular coastal resorts on the Garden Route, you’ll generally find that you can cover a fair percentage of your expenses by renting the property out as a holiday home for as little as 18 weeks a year, which means you also have plenty of time to enjoy your home with friends and family,’ says Ling Dobson, area principal for Pam Golding Properties in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. In KwaZulu-Natal, Gareth Bailey, principal of Tyson Properties in Umhlanga, reports that ‘although there is still a level of interest in purchasing holiday homes or investments, this has lessened.’ However, Myles Wakefield, CEO of Wakefields Estate Agents, believes that ‘new coastal developments coming off the drawing board are undoubtedly energising the North Coast market, with keen interest from local, national and international buyers. This will no doubt boost the opportunities for the holiday rental market.’

Project manager Hugo la Grange (previously of eco-friendly Touwsberg) was asked to describe his vision for Breedezicht Estate, which relaunched in 201 : I want to be part of a development that uplifts this special town while adding value to its character,’ he explained. Cost-price building packages are saving up to 30% on the price and include a choice of house design and green elements such as underground water tanks, gas stoves and solar heating. Further up the coast, the sea, nature and lifestyle enclaves of George, Plettenberg Bay and Knysna have always had massive appeal. Increasingly, this is moving beyond holidaymaking. Peter Southey, estate agent at Rawson Property Group in Knysna confirms that Thesen Islands (see middle image above) is the jewel in the local crown. ‘Mostly, homeowners are drawn to the water,’ says Southey. ‘The island is made up of smaller islands with canals running between them, all connected to the lagoon. The famous Knysna Seahorse has also been discovered to be breeding here.’ Prices begin at about R3.5 million. Suzi Bilyard, principal for See Properties in nysna, is finding significant activity at Pezula Golf Estate, a unique feature of which is the Sparrebos, a 45ha Afromontane forest with numerous animal and bird species, located at the southeastern corner of the estate in a steep fan-shaped gorge. ‘It’s one of South Africa’s premier residential developments, limited to a maximum of 500 sites on 250ha,’ says Bilyard. ‘Built around the magnificent Pezula Championship Golf Course, the estate looks across the course to the Knysna lagoon and Indian Ocean. Prices start from an average of R2.4 million, up to R10 million.’ And then there’s Pezula Private Estate on 612ha, with nearly 4km of coastline, of which only 15% of the property is used. Noetzie Beach and Sinclair Nature Reserve border the environmentally aware development, with indigenous forests and fynbos landscapes a feature. It’s also close to the Pezula Championship Golf Course and Conrad Resort Hotel Spa, with homeowners enjoying access to the facilities at the resort. Prices average between R8 million and R45 million. KWAZULU-NATAL: TROPICAL AND TOPICAL This glorious stretch of coastline, with its subtropical weather, easy access to an international airport, high-end retail, far less traffic than other property hot spots, natural surrounds, sea views and gated estates, is becoming a serious semigration option. Carol Reynolds, principal of Pam Golding Properties on the North Coast, confirms the pent-up demand in mhlanga. ew estates such as Izinga, Hawaan Forest and beachfront complexes such as Oceans Umhlanga and The Pearls of Umhlanga are extremely popular,’ she says. From Mount Edgecombe Country Club to Zimbali Coastal Resort, gated estates o er an unparalleled lifestyle. Currently, the once-upon-a-time village of mdloti

and its new Sibaya Coastal Precinct (a R50 billion injection into the local economy, see image directly above) could be deemed wa ulu- atal’s property sweet spot. For Tongaat Hulett, the Sibaya area is in its infancy. The vision is big, the coastal location is world class and the lifestyle on o er is superb. Within Sibaya, Signature Estate comprises only 45 exclusive stands in a prime residential security estate, with panoramic sea views and direct beach access. The stands here are selling from between R4.95 million and R10.5 million. hile Coral Point has sold out, Pebble Beach Sibaya has just launched, o ering apartment living from R950 000. Reynolds describes it as having a distinctly resort feel, with 75km of paths, cycle lanes and hiking trails to be constructed, along with boardwalks leading down to the beach and 6.5km of coastline. It’s not unlike being on holiday while at home. Timberland at Brettenwood Coastal Estate has also just launched with luxury homes starting at R3.974 million each. hether it’s the Cape’s coastline or that of wa ulu- atal, a major driver for all prospective semigrators is not just the landscape but developers’ and homeowners’ sensitivity to it, along with a strong desire to spend time in nature with family. However, for some, South African lifestyle estates – secure and beautiful as they might be – do not meet all the requirements. We’ve rounded up seven international destinations where investors will find a comparative coastal lifestyle on the next page. Be sure to read our annual special report on citizenship and residency in our upcoming February 2017 issue.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK Arabella Country Estate Benguela Cove • Breedezicht • Constantia Nek Estate • Hawaan Forest • Helmel en Aarde Estate • Fernkloof Estate • Izinga • Mount Edgecombe • Oceans Umhlanga • Pam Golding Properties • Pearls Umhlanga • Pebble Beach Sibaya • Pezula Golf Estate pezulagolfestate. com • Rawson Property Group • Seeff Properties • Sibaya • Signature • Somerset Lakes • Fernkloof Estate • Thesen Islands • Tierboskloof • Timberland • Tyson Properties• Wakefields Estate Agents • Zimbali Coastal Resort

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CYPRUS Cyprus has recently enhanced both the second citizenship and the permanent residency programmes to make the country the best in Europe, explains Jenny Ellinas, founder and managing director of Cypriot Realty. ‘The citizenship through investment amount has been decreased by €500 000,’ she says. ‘The permanent residency programme now includes three generations as well as parents and parents-in-law on the same property investment. With foreign investment pouring into Cyprus, the economy is booming. Growth is predicted to be 2.8% this year. The country is on a massive infrastructural drive, with new marinas, a casino and golf courses being built. Paphos, the province to the west of the island similar to the Western Cape, is the Capital of Culture for 2017. Cyprus o ers an appealing lifestyle and investment destination because of the solid fiscal policies, o ering tangible benefits for investors. Besides, it’s the perfect East-meet-West location.’

PORTUGAL ‘I’ve been to Portugal 12 times and without a shadow of a doubt, it o ers the best value and lifestyle by far for South Africans,’ says Chris Immelman, MD of Pam Golding Properties’ international and projects division. ‘Cascais, in particular, is sublime. It’s clean and close to Lisbon, so you get the best of both worlds: a comparable coastal lifestyle with easy access to a vibrant city.’ At Cascais – known as one of the richest municipalities in Portugal you find a cosmopolitan vibe, luxurious villas, and chic shops and restaurants. As an investment town, Cascais shines; it’s at the centre of Portugal, with a good balance of infrastructure and natural assets such as protected parks and 30km of coastline. Education is prioritised, English commonly spoken and heard, and foreign homeowners are welcomed by the community. Pam Golding Properties is currently marketing Santa Marta Residences (above) in the centre of Cascais. The 10 apartments range between 191m2 and 351m2 with superb finishes. These are due to be completed by the end of 2017. They’re also close to the Cascais Marina and the Guincho beaches, as well as local shops and amenities, all less than 20 minutes from the town of Sintra, Cabo da Roca and the international airport of Lisbon. Prices start at about €1 030 000.



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MAURITIUS elly d’Argent, See Properties consultant in Mauritius, cites why the country is so popular with South Africans. ‘Over the years, Mauritius has built a strong reputation as a safe, reliable and secure jurisdiction with best practices in terms of transparency, good governance and ethics,’ she says. Importantly, Mauritius o ers a favourable taxation system: no inheritance tax; 15% tax on company profits and personal income valueadded tax at 15 (refundable) and no tax on dividends.’ However, Mauritius has considerably more to o er South Africans than its coastal life. Its time zone is convenient and it’s easy for travel purposes. In recent years, the quality and variety of education possibilities has grown exponentially, including satellite campuses of international tertiary institutions. See Properties ( mauritius.html) is marketing two top coastal resorts: i Villas (above) and Ki Residences, both minutes away from Grand Baie and o ering rental management. Apartments start from €379 000 and villas from €737 000. St Antoine Private Residence is 10 minutes east of Grand Baie on an unspoilt coastline with mooring facilities. Prices for entry level apartments start from €528 987.

SPAIN ‘While it’s not new, there are more exciting opportunities in Spain now,’ says Chris Immelman of Pam Golding Properties. ‘The restriction of having to visit the country for 30 days a year to retain residency has been abolished. For €500 000, you can purchase a property, become a resident and live and work as an owner. The main area of interest has always been Barcelona, followed by Ibiza and Majorca islands, then Costa Brava. Buyers have burnt their fingers in Costa del Sol.’ For the first time in many years, new developments are happening. Investment opportunities used to be older buildings – sometimes in a poor state of repair – and lacking modern facilities. It’s been tricky to underpin European residency opportunities with sound property investment opportunities. ‘Now, we have new builds with amenities such as parking and lifts – all way more desirable and giving better rental yields,’ Chris says. ‘Barcelona is one of those standout cities with a cosmopolitan lifestyle, Mediterranean climate, golfing and excellent cuisine. There’s easy access to Europe and it’s close to the Costa Brava’s exclusive beaches. Mountain biking trails can be found everywhere and skiing is two-and-a-half hours away. The time is right. It’s early stages so pricing is competitive.’ Entry level apartments are about €450 000.

CANADA Canada is still one of the few places where South Africans can make a meaningful property investment for a decent return, explains Lew Ge en, chairman of Lew Ge en Sotheby’s International Realty. ‘The market is hot right now and the exchange rate is not nearly as crippling as it is against the US dollar, euro or pound.’ Christo Lourantos, Sotheby’s sales representative based in Canada, believes Ontario’s high appreciation is as a result of a continued low interest rate environment, strong employment and GDP growth. In Toronto and Vancouver particularly, a stable political environment, steady immigration, low Canadian dollar valuation and the limited supply of ground-related homes are all contributing factors. ‘Our average selling price across the greater Toronto area is up 20.4% since September 2015, which has led to changes to the rules around mortgages,’ Christo says. ‘Our rates are still among the lowest: 2.4 is becoming common for a variable mortgage. But the down payment and stress tests have changed. Homes priced at more than CAD$500 000 require a 10% down payment and mortgagees need to pass a stress test of mortgage rates increasing to the banks’ posted fixed rate (around 4.5 ). This has limited buyer’s options but it protects our market.’

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AUSTRALIA In the most recent Knight Frank World Wealth Report’s PIRI 100, Sydney and Melbourne rated highly in the world’s leading prime residential property. Sydney came in at number two and Melbourne in sixth place. According to the report, Sydney and Melbourne recorded double-digit annual price growth, up 15% and 12% respectively. Sydney has experienced unprecedented growth over the last year, with price rises and sales rates hitting alltime highs. Average unit price reached AU$688 500 at the end of 2015. In the first half of 201 , Sydney’s price growth plateaued, although demand is predicted to remain constant. Melbourne was recently awarded the world’s most liveable city for the fifth consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit. It was also voted the second best city for international students in the world by the QS Partners Network Best Student Cities index for 2015, which has brought on a massive demand for

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APPOINTING A CONVEYANCER: WHY A SELLER MUST TAKE CARE In sale agreements it is generally the property seller that has the right to nominate the conveyancing attorney that will attend to the registration of the transaction in the deeds office. Sellers, however, often take little interest in who is appointed as conveyancer because the purchaser pays the conveyancer’s fee. Even though the purchaser finances the transaction costs, the election to nominate the conveyancer rests with the seller to ensure that the process is driven by the party who has the least interest in delaying transfer. A late transfer costs a seller money in lost interest and opportunity cost and, if transfer of the property sold was intended to occur simultaneously with property that the seller has purchased, delays can also cause much anxiety and embarrassment.

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ith its open and green spaces, exclusive sports club and a variety of amenities for families, active retirees or serious investors, Rondesbosch Oval is for everyone who aims to live life to the fullest. Rondebosch itself is a stable suburb with a thriving population – good property price growth has been experienced over the years.

SECURITY TO MAKE YOU FEEL SAFE Security at Rondebosch Oval includes topnotch systems at the perimeter, inside the estate and within each home. Behind-thescenes technology keeps you and your visitors safe 24/7. All of these are backed by personnel who will provide a physical security presence, control access and conduct patrols – discretely and ensuring maximum privacy.

A TOUCH OF GREEN Rondebosch Oval is built on virgin soil on the grounds of an active suburban sports club. Strict design parameters makes the healthy outdoor environment the number one priority – the estate includes paved streets, mature trees in abundance and indigenous landscaping. Wherever you are on the estate, Table Mountain looms in the west with the memorial and university at its base. The distant purpleblue of the Helderberg and the Winelands are visible in the east.

COCOON IN LUXURY Features include exclusive sport club membership, with its premier league cricket side, club facilities, gym, swimming pool and bowls. The Rondebosch Sports Club, with its historical roots dating back to the Marist schools established in the 1860s, will be revitalised by way of a new clubhouse, renovated cricket oval, bowling green, swimming pool and a viewing deck. You also have access to fibre optic high speed internet connectivity. In addition, every element of your new home is designer-finished to the highest standards when it comes to quality, detail and material – and there are several optional upgrades available. Each unit has a secure double garage behind a cobble stone apron. Ample visitors’ parking is available at a central location.



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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Venture away from the estate and you can find almost anything you may want within a five- to 10-minute walk or drive, with the airport is a quick 14km drive away. These include: n Schools – some of the finest in the country – and the University of Cape Town n Restaurants n Shops n Sports stadia n Clubs n Footpaths and cycling tracks

GREEN LIVING Rondebosch Oval minimises its environmental footprint via intelligent sustainability features that include: n Optimal use of natural light indoors, minimising electricity consumption for lighting and appropriate orientation of buildings for the southern latitudes. n Energy-efficient features, including LED lights, LED street lighting outside and insulated geysers. n Well-insulated interiors keep the occupant cool in summer and warm in winter n Optional double-glazed windows save energy, keep interiors cool in summer and warm in winter, and also reduce noise from outside. n The water conserving fittings include low-flow and water-sensitive gardens to save money and the environment. n Water-wise landscaping and plant life n Recycling

FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit Phone Candice Viljoen on 073 815 4800

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WHAT TO EXPECT n Round-the-clock security with access control, 24-hour patrol, CCTV cameras and electric fencing n A health care centre with qualified medical personnel n A clubhouse including a coffee shop, gym, library, dining room, workstations for business people and a boardroom with conference facilities



ocated in a pristine part of protected coastal environment and the first lifestyle estate bordering the Mcantsi River, Kidd’s Beach Lifestyle Estate is a place to work, live and make friends in a beautiful natural environment. Residents can choose between full-title houses with different plan types, one-, two- and three-bedroom units with single or double garages, or apartments if you don’t fancy garden maintenance. Round-the-clock health care will also be available. In addition, all the houses will be fitted with high-tech alarm systems that can be activated

to alert estate personnel if there is ever a personal, home security or medical emergency. You can also enjoy walks to the open-air entertainment areas next to the river, which in turn provides access to the beach by canoe and rowboats. Fish eagles and other bird species will be viewed from environmentally friendly huts once built along the waterfront. And, for the health conscious, the clubhouse, with its well-equipped gym, will offer numerous options to stay fit. It’s here you can live your best life in a secure, beautiful environment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Office: 082 558 0416

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Why buy the villa when you can get the whole island? The private haven of Wadigi is a space for some time out, a place where you can soak up the sun on one of two exclusive beaches, snorkel, swim or dive in the clear water, or enjoy use of the infinity pool, located on the cliffside. The villa comprises three suites, all connected by decks (which also leads to a central lounge area). If you’re in the mood for entertaining, the open-air pavillion provides the space to do so – or, if you’d rather be completely by yourself, you can unwind on your private deck with its views of the ocean and island. This, in essence, is unadulterated luxury. Wadigi is located in Fiji’s Mamanuca islands, 10 minutes by helicopter from Nadi International Airport and also accessible by seaplane, water taxi or catamaran. The island is on the market through Knight Frank (price on request).


USEFUL CONTACTS n Knight Frank, +64 9 377 3700 n Wadigi Island n Property investment advice n Fiji’s Department of Immigration n Travel + Leisure guide to Fiji n Official tourism website

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