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IN THIS ISSUE ON THE COVER Called Indian Summer, designer Gavin Rajah’s new collection of soft furnishings for homeware store @home was inspired by his travels to India. “I loved the ornate detailing on neutral surfaces and at the same time the lush garden settings of the palaces,” he says. The collection features jewel tones like emerald and contrasting neutrals; prints of exotic palm trees, flowers, birds and butterflies; and intricate embroidery and embellishments.

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Friends and business partners Melissa Oosthuizen and Sinead Turner have tackled a new design challenge

Get your outdoor spaces ready for relaxed summer entertaining with eye-catching furniture and accessories

The beauty industry is responding to a rising demand for ethical, sustainable and holistic products and practices

An enterprising couple transformed a dingy Victorian semi-detached house in Claremont into a characterful home

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Our round-up of things to see, places to be and trends to watch – including the Plascon Colour Forecast 2019

Troy Makaza is just one of the artists whose work will be exhibited at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair in February

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT 2019 forecast We look at local residential property development trends and speak to the experts

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Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sommelier at The Test Kitchen, reflects on home and work

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MY CHOICE I can’t wait for the Investec Cape Town Art Fair in February to see this work, Studio Life with Green Boxer by Norman O’Flynn, represented by WORLDART. References of the everyday meet Andy Warhol – it’s a beauty.

elcome to our Summer 2018/2019 issue. It’s been a whirlwind year, and seeing it out with the December holiday is just what’s needed to get us ready for 2019 – a busy year by the looks of things! So, to get you into a laid-back festive mood, we’ve put together a colourful outdoor-decor spread (page 26), complete with furniture and table-setting ideas, and in our luxury trends section (page 33) the focus is on the latest ecofriendly and super-luxurious beauty and spa treatments. I am especially looking forward to the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, which is on at the Cape Town International Convention Centre 15 – 17 Februrary. Turn to page 20 for details and an interview with one of our favourite artists, Medina Dugger, who is based in Lagos, Nigeria. We also show you how a small semidetached house in Claremont, Cape Town, has been fixed up all quirky and characterful (page 40) and for our property feature (page 56) we interviewed some of South Africa’s top residential-property developers to bring you the latest news and trends straight from the horse’s mouth. That’s it from me for now. Enjoy this special time with your family and friends. Debbie

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WHAT’S HOT NOW Things to see, trends to spot and places to be TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Alix-Rose Cowie, Justin Patrick, Elsa Young and supplied

1 1 NEW YEAR, NEW HUE Kansai Plascon recently revealed its Colour Forecast 2019. Four palettes and a Neutral of the Year tell the story of the mood in design at the moment. Driven by global trends such as individualisation and mindfulness, the team distilled the research into four themes: Glamour, Luxury, Minimal and Urban, each corresponding to a season and featuring eight shades. Ravine, the Neutral of the Year and part of the Luxury palette, is a soft grey. plascon.com

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2 2 INDIAN ODYSSEY Designer Gavin Rajah’s latest collection for @home, Indian Summer, celebrates his time spent in India through an opulent range of soft furnishings such as bed throws and cushions. They feature evocative motifs, rich fabrics and ornate embellishment. home.co.za

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3 NATURAL FIT With all the beauty of natural materials but none of the care and maintenance they require, large-format porcelain tiles imported by Masson Studio are the answer for design aficionados seeking style without hassles. Finishes like stone, marble, wood and concrete offer ample scope for creativity. studiomasson.co.za

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4 4 BIGGER PICTURE The new Panoramic wallpaper collection from Élitis comprises 72 large-format original designs that explore different materials and subject matter to spectacular effect. Featuring paintings, drawings, figurative motifs and engravings, the works offer a large-scale X-factor in a room. The standard-format embossed vinyl sheets measure 3 m high and 2.8 – 4 m wide, depending on the design. The brand is available at St Leger & Viney. stleger.co.za


5 WILD AND FREE Inspired by Maurice Sendak’s 1963 classic children’s book Where The Wild Things Are, Missibaba’s new accessories collection by the same name draws on the fantasy landscape of childhood where the lines between real and make-belief often blur. The pieces – leather bags, belts and earrings – capture that imaginative spirit. missibaba.com

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6 SHIP SHAPE The resilience and reliability of OMEGA Seamaster diving watches, which date back to World War II, live on in timepieces more aesthetically suited to civilian life. As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations, OMEGA is releasing the 1948 collection of four limited-edition tributes to those early timepieces: two stainless steel models and two luxury platinum editions. omegawatches.com

7 READY, SET, STOW Stow makes travel more stylish with its matching three-piece Jet Set travel collection inspired by the golden age of travel, the 1950s to the 1970s. The three retro-shaped pieces – the Monte Carlo weekend case, the Capri carry case and the Amalfi pilot bag – are handcrafted in tan leather. stowlondon.co.uk

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Q&A with Tim Warrillow, co-founder of Fever-Tree , the world’s leading premium mixer company HAS THE GROWING POPULARITY OF ARTISANAL DRINKS MADE FOR A MORE DISCERNING CONSUMER? There is no doubt consumers are becoming more interested in the provenance and quality of the ingredients, not just in the spirits but also in the mixer they use to go with them. WHY DO YOU THINK FEVERTREE HAS RECEIVED A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FROM THE TRADE? From the beginning we knew it was important to get endorsement from trade. We approached our marketing very differently and engaged with leading bartenders and chefs, showcasing the passion and lengths we went to in using the highest quality ingredients. Soon, we were being endorsed by the world’s tastemakers, like Jamie Oliver in the UK and Spanish chef Ferran Adrià, who even created a dish using our tonic water. WHY SOURCE THE INGREDIENTS AT THEIR ORIGIN? We went back into the history books to find the most authentic ingredients and then tracked them down, from the DRC, where we source our quinine, to the Ivory Coast for fresh green ginger. The result is a range of mixers that perfectly complement the variety of flavour characteristics of different spirits. fever-tree.com 14

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8 IN GOOD SPIRITS Tokara has released its first 10-year old pot-still brandy. A dream long held by owners GT and Anne-Marie Ferreira, it’s a natural progression from Tokara’s acclaimed five-year old brandy, first released in 2004. Made in a Pruhlo alembic pot still, considered to be one of the world’s finest stills for producing quality spirits, it’s available at the cellar door and fine wine purveyors. tokara.com

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9 FYN DINING Renowned chef Peter Templehoff’s new venture FYN in the Cape Town CBD is a dream years in the making. He has teamed up with his former executive chef of Greenhouse, Ashley Moss, and Jennifer Hugé to deliver an exciting and engaging experience inspired by South Africa’s cultural heritage within the framework of contemporary fine dining. fynrestaurant.com reallifemagazine.co.za

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10 THE XX FACTOR Culinaryexperience designer Hannerie Visser and her Studio H team have launched FOOD XX, a movement aimed at celebrating and empowering women in South African food. This will take the form of an annual conference and awards ceremony honouring trailblazers from all food fields in early 2019, and will exist online throughout the year as digital content. Send an email to fxxdxx@studio-h.co.za to nominate a worthy woman. studio-h.co.za/2018/11/11/food-xx

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11 GLASS HALF FULL Whisky brand Scottish Leader has launched limited-edition festive season gift packs featuring Innocent Mukheli and Vuyo Mpantsha of the creative collective I See A Different You. The duo was asked to collaborate with the brand for its Afro-optimist outlook and to signify Scottish Leader’s forwardthinking outlook. The gift packs are available in three Scottish Leader blended whisky variants, Original, Signature and 12 Year Old, and each comes with two whisky glasses. iseeadifferentyou.co.za, scottishleader.co.za


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12 FARM FRESH The five Vineyard Suites at La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek have always enjoyed prime position and optimum privacy, but the recent refurbishment by Clinton Savage has taken them from charming to world-class. Referencing their setting but in a contemporary way, the suites feature panelled ceilings, traditional Dutch Klompie-brick tiling and lowkey palettes. Each one has a private terrace and plunge pool. lapetititeferme.co.za

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13 MILES OF STYLE The Regency Group recently opened the The Regency Apartment Hotel in Menlyn, Pretoria, in partnership with MD Siyanda Dlamini’s new hotel management company. The hotel is designed to serve leisure and business travellers in the busy Menlyn node. One- and two-bedroom apartment-style suites offer options for longand short-term travellers. 30keyes.co.za

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14 15 RESORT IN THE CITY The Capital’s new business resort, Capital On The Park in Sandton, is a 300-room hotel offering everything from luxury accommodation to conference facilities and fitness classes. By stripping the frills guests don’t want and focusing on the things they do, the hotel has filled a much-needed niche for luxury executive accommodation in a central business location. The hybrid model also appeals to investors who opted to buy into the venture. thecapital.co.za

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14 ON THE CORNER The AfriSamSAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation recognises sustainable innovation in design. One of the winners, the mixed-use Fulham Heights in Brixton, is designed to promote passive surveillance in what is known to be a high-crime zone. The sensitive regeneration by Local Studio respects the building’s heritage as a corner shop. localstudio.co.za, sustainabledesign.co.za

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The seventh Investec Cape Town Art Fair happens at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15 to 17 February 2019; here’s a peek at some of the highlights here else in South Africa but at the annual Investec Cape Town Art Fair can you view artworks presented by more than 100 galleries and exhibitors from around Africa and the world? From the most promising emerging artists to those exploring the digital world’s influence on realit , t e sub ect of art is all covered. er ear, t e popular al s programme unpacks a variety o rele ant topics, wit t e line-up another exciting prospect. Ever imagined investing in the di ital arts, or wondered about the current state of exhibition making? A panel of esteemed local and international scholars and curators lead the discussion in uratin in t e st entur 00

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LEFT Forever Neverland by Troy Makaza, with First Floor Gallery Harare. OPPOSITE Whirl and Conflict by Jake Michael Singer, with Matter Gallery.

Participants include Renaud Proch, executive director of Independent Curators International in New York; Khwezi Gule, curator of the Johannesburg Art Gallery; and Claudio Cravero, head of content and curation at GSM Projects in Dubai. For those eager to brave the investment waters, look out for Tomorrows/Today, a curated cross-section of the most exciting emerging and underrated artists from Africa and around the world selected by Art Fair curator Tumelo Mosaka. “For visitors who intend investing in the future,

or invest their time in exploring the present, it’s important that the Investec Cape Town Art Fair sets the bar while ushering in a new crop of artists annually,” he says. The ongoing SOLO section will see young artists explorin t e e ects o t e di ital world on our li ed realities on rmed artists here include Kyu Sang Lee, represented by Eclectica Contemporary in Cape Town; Ibrahim Mahama with A Palazzo Gallery in Brescia, Italy; Sitaara Stodel with SMITH Studio in Cape Town; and Regina José Galindo with Prometeo Gallery in Milan, Italy. Other African galleries that will be involved are Afriart Gallery in Kampala; Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi; Espaço Luanda Arte and This is not a White Cube, both in Luanda; First Floor Gallery Harare; Louis Simone Guirandou Gallery in Abidjan; and Omenka Gallery in Lagos. investeccapetownartfair.co.za

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COLOUR PRACTICE INTERVIEW Debbie Loots, PHOTOGRAPH Supplied

We chat to Medina Dugger, a Californian photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria, whose work will be shown at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair by Art Twenty One TELL US ABOUT YOUR SERIES ENSHROUD. When I first arrived in Lagos seven years ago, I was amazed by all the colourful patterned hijabs. From my limited experience, I previously understood them to be mostly black or neutral. But fashion in Lagos is colourful in general. I suppose the series potentially reimagines traditional perceptions for people not living in Lagos (or other countries where similar hijab styles may be prevalent), but for Lagosians this dress is quite conventional.

ABOVE Medina Dugger. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Dots and

Spots, Veil in Peach, Bows, Stars and Stripes and Keys and Latticework from Medina’s new series Enshroud. These digital collages feature the veil primarily in an abstract sense, observing its forms, patterns, colours and contribution to identity and self-expression. Medina is exhibiting another series, Chroma: An Ode to J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere, at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair in February. Chroma represents a contemporary interpretation of Nigerian photographer J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere’s documentation of women’s hairstyles.

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WHAT’S IT LIKE FOR AN AMERICAN ARTIST TO INTERPRET THE CUSTOMS OF AN ADOPTED COUNTRY? I think it depends how open and unbiased one is in learning about the customs. The length of time one spends in a new country also plays a role. For even the most impartial outsider, understanding a culture other than one’s own is still not to fully know it, which is why my work involves collaboration. HOW DOES YOUR WORK TOUCH ON TRADITIONAL PRACTICES AND CONSTRAINTS ON WOMEN? For both my series Chroma and Enshroud I used photography as a means to express a somewhat alternate view of practices both traditional and controversial. Some of the practices and traditions I photograph are unique, but they also embody greater universal themes. I try to capture nuances that reflect our similarities and linked humanity. WHAT’S IT LIKE LIVING IN LAGOS? It’s like knowing you’re in on a best-kept secret! One can never be bored in Lagos. medinadugger.com


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Raise the design bar outside with a statement piece. Chairs and loungers lend themselves particularly well to interesting shapes.

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For an outdoor living space that facilitates entertaining, don’t limit your thinking to just a table and chairs – use the lawn, take cooking outdoors and elevate the experience with accessories.

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CONSIDERING SUBDIVISION? KEEP A TAB ON THESE PREREQUISITES

Property owners often consider subdivision in order to benefit financially from selling off portions of their land. In this context the term “subdivision” refers to the process to subdivide an existing piece of land into two or more portions and is a necessary step before such portion can be transferred to a new owner.

THERE ARE A FEW “MUST DO” STEPS IN THE PROCESS, INCLUDING: 1. Instructing a land surveyor to frame a diagram of the envisaged subdivision. 2. Depending on the complexity of the subdivision, the services of an engineering fi rm may also be required to perform a site inspection and provide a services report. 3. The land surveyor diagram is then submitted to the Surveyor General’s offi ce for approval. 4. In order to register the subdivision in the Deeds Office so that they can update their records relating to the relevant piece of land (and before the subdivided portion can be transferred to a purchaser), it is crucial to obtain: (i) municipal consent if the property is situated in the boundaries of a municipality. Approval will only be granted if the relevant provincial and local authority laws and bylaws have been complied with, including zoning provisions. The location of the land is therefore an important consideration as well as the minimum size of a subdivided portion, the number of portions, availability of services, access to roads and the like. It may involve an application for re-zoning if

the intended new use of the property is not aligned with current zoning. A town planner or architect can assist further in this process. Your conveyancer will also play a crucial role and will, in addition, attend to notifi cations to neighbours and the like, as may be required. (ii) consent of the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs, if it is agricultural land, must be obtained. 5. Once the consents are in place and the diagram has been approved by the Surveyor General, the conveyancer will lodge an application in the deeds offi ce for the “registration of the subdivision”. This will ensure that the formal deeds offi ce records pertaining to that property are updated to refl ect that the relevant land no longer exists as a single piece of immovable property, but as separate, smaller parts with different erf numbers and descriptions. 6. If the property is bonded, the holder of the mortgage bond must be approached for consent to the subdivision. This consent must be lodged in the deeds offi ce when the application for the registration of the subdivision is made. Contact the property law experts for assistance on www.stbb.co.za.

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FACE VALUE Key trends in the beauty industry reflect the influence of savvy consumers making mindful choices

he beauty industry’s simultaneous advances in science and a return to natural resources have yielded divergent but occasionally complementary trends that speak to a growing awareness among consumers of the options available to them.


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As non-surgical treatments become more e ecti e, people are increasingly seeking aesthetic enhancement that doesn’t involve going under the knife. That said, cosmetic surgeon Dr Clare Neser stresses the importance of consulting someone with varied and in-depth expertise. “Going to a surgeon even if you’re not planning to have surgery gives you the breadth of their knowledge in order to recommend the best possible ran e o treatments t e bene t of a correct diagnosis and tailored options,” she says. Treatments like Dermapen, llers and otox, w ic impro e one’s appearance in a myriad ways (the Dermapen can improve male-pattern baldness and scarring) but demand less commitment than surgery are ndin a our wit a oun er clientele loo in or xes t at aren’t permanent, perhaps indicative of the consumer desire to keep their options open. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The tranquil setting of the Spa at Leeu Estates is complemented by high-end product ranges. | International luxury hotel group Aman Resorts has just proved the power of the beauty industry by launching an inhouse spa range. | Offering everything from targeted anti-ageing to luxurious relaxing treatments, the Saxon Spa is a full-spectrum establishment. | Started by Nicole Sherwin, the Eco Diva range is an all-natural organic range for skin of all ages.

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it t e spa industr also realisin t e bene t o ubi uit t rou a ordable da salons and franchises) in order to really stand out as a special experience now, establishments are upping the ante with ultra-luxe treatments that push the boat out with X-factor ingredients, special rituals and complementary services. The Saxon in Johannesburg, arguably one of the country’s most indul ent spas, o ers a treatment menu peppered with precious ingredients, like its La Prairie facials, which feature caviar, rose quartz and platinum. Treatments take place in an oasis-like space, with a tranquil private garden and access to the whole gamut of facilities, from a hammam and juice bar to nail lounges and a hair salon. Likewise, the newly relaunched spa at Delaire ra near tellenbosc as similarl opulent treatments, like Black Pearl Body Illumination Therapy – with gold face mask, 24-karat body butter and Tahitian pearl powder. This, along wit a spectacular settin metre in nit pool, panoramic mountainscape views) and newly rejigged healthy-but-haute lunch menu make the experience that much more memorable. Leeu takes setting seriously too – mountain views, lily ponds and an ultra-chic relaxation area. The spa champions Africa’s rich heritage with treatments inspired by traditional rituals using natural and organic premium products like TheraNaka and Esse. So crucial to hospitality is the spa culture that the luxury hotel group Aman Resorts has even created its own skin-care and beauty range of all-natural bath and body products.


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e mo e towards natural in redients and eco riendl production in t e i end se ment is de nitel on t e up, w et er it s products t at are inspired by nature in their identity and ingredients li e o alone, w ose la erin o nature inspired scents allows you to customise fragrance – or those that are fully organic in process as well, like local brand Eco Diva Natural Products. Raised as a vegetarian with an awareness of homeopathy and naturopathy, Nicole Sherwin founded Eco Diva a few years ago. “I wanted to create a brand I could really be proud of,” she says, “and that meant it had to tick all the right boxes: 100% natural, unisex, for all skin types, containing certi ed or anic in redients, no c emical nasties, cruelt ree, e an, eco riendl and proudl out African, down to the packaging.” apan s rst or anic ran e, u a u, distributed locally through Deluxe Spa, contains the Japanese erb ettou and is t e rst cocert certi ed anti a ein s in care brand rom inawa t e island known for the longevity of its inhabitants). Africology advocates that beauty starts with nutritional awareness – what we eat and drink as well as what we put on our skin. Prompted by scienti c researc on t e tan ible e ects s in care as on our p sical and mental wellbein , and founder Renchia Droganis has done a thorough analysis of the role of skin care in biohacking. “At Africology, researching and staying on top of the latest health news and trends are part and parcel of ow we ul l our promise and commitment to o er t e most carin s in care ran e wit a conscience, sa s director liana ani OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Jo Malone is known for its personalised approach to scents and celebration of the variety found in nature. | Ingredients like caviar and platinum give the La Prairie facials at Saxon Spa an indulgent edge. | The first certified organic range from Japan, Ruhaku contains the herb gettou, which has a strong antioxidant effect. | Mathahle Stofile started The Matte Project to fill a much-needed gap for a reliable beauty resource for women of colour.

ALL TYPES

A more holistic and representative approach in cosmetics has historically been lacking, with the beauty industry neglecting its diverse audience and o erin a one si e ts all approach largely skewed to a Caucasian consumer. Former beaut editor at a le to le became acutely aware of this lack of representation on her travels to conferences internationally and when looking for products herself. “I remember thinking, why are black women reading about ne lines and wrin les as signs of ageing while dealing with uneven skin tone and loss of volume as ageing concerns?” she says. “Who was advising black women on unique beauty concerns like traction alopecia due to a lifetime of tight braids and weaves?” This was the impetus behind the creation o e atte ro ect, a multi platform conversation about beauty geared to providing expertise and advice to women of colour. “Today, our content defaults to the point of view of the black woman. We edit beauty products that work well for our skin and hair and introduce brands we love to an audience of women who have previously felt marginalised by the industry.” reallifemagazine.co.za

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Bringing together all of these elements in one establishment, Santé Wellness has embraced numerous current trends to create a cuttin ed e o erin t at encompasses olistic wellness, natural products and a luxurious experience recent complete reno ation and a lon standin pro ressi e approac t at mer es wellness and beaut reflect t e current eit eist e are de nitel ndin t at uests are becomin more ealt conscious and are more in ormed, sa s spa mana er immie ancaster ant s use o onl natural products, or example, is pro in to be er important to our uests ot in at ant is super cial we use onl natural products t rou out t e etreat and a pa e trans ormed establis ment o ers cuttin ed e tec nolo based non in asi e olistic ealin a ailable in t e ealt ptimi in o al etreat and io ener entre, w ic o er clients a combination o t e latest in inno ati e products and de ices to ac ie e e ecti e ealt and olistic wellness

BELOW LEFT The recently relaunched Delaire Graff Spa has a holistic approach to beauty, relaxation and wellness, which includes new product ranges and a revamped spa menu. Guests making use of the half-day and full-day packages have full use of facilities like the sauna, steam room and infinity pool. BELOW RIGHT Africology’s harnessing of natural processes extends to the way its products work – like its Rx serums, which harness the body’s natural circadian and biorhythms.

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fter living in the US for many years and taking time out to travel to 35 countries, Jari and Jasper Esterhuizen had little doubt left that settling in South Africa was the natural next step. The couple has since completed a few ambitious renovation projects, the most recent of which is the revamp of a semidetached house in Claremont, Cape Town. The couple’s passion for transforming homes has led them to take advantage of the property market’s newfound understanding of the value of home staging. Forming their company The J Factor Development Restoration Design, Jari and Jasper have combined their experience in real estate and interior design to incorporate every stage of

Jari and Jasper Esterhuizen have turned a Claremont semi with an odd layout and dark rooms into a bright, characterful home

OPPOSITE New windows, a flower box and a modern shade of grey paint transformed the facade of the house.

a transformation into their business model: They buy the house, do the extensive renovations, then move in and add t e nis in touc es t at ma e a ome feel loved and lived-in. “We tend to gravitate towards older houses,” says asper e a e t e c arm, t e wooden floors, the high ceilings.” Those features were present when they bought the house, but it took some imagination to make them look their best. Built in the 1930s, the house had undergone some heavy remodelling in the 1970s that had even changed its layout: Jari tells the stor o ow t e were surprised to nd doors t at had been plastered over where they’d expected to nd ori inal bric wall “Nothing made sense,” Jari says. There was a support column in the middle of the kitchen, and a bathroom that led, in a less-than-appetising touch, o t e same area ut disco erin and urin things out as they went along were part of the fun. reallifemagazine.co.za

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REAL home “The house was very dark,” asper sa s e wooden floors were here, but they were red. We wanted to bring the original character of the house back, but also bring it into the 21st century: make it a bit more modern, more open.” What was once a patch of weeds is now a charming outdoor dining area. In an example of preparing for the worst while hoping for the best, Jasper and Jari made the water-wise decision during a time of drought in the Cape to la arti cial rass, but ensured the dining area was entirely covered so it’ll be a prime spot to enjoy dinner even in case of a downpour. In an industry like theirs, getting started in a new country with virtually no contacts is a daunting prospect that might deter most. But not Jasper and Jari. “Our passion has always been, wherever we go, to source things in out-of-the-way places,” Jasper says. “It was a natural process: We were new anyway, and wanted to familiarise ourselves with it.” Pieces found at markets and antique shops are put on display, or, in the case of the screws dating back to the 1920s that have been installed as towel oo s, made part o t e bre o the house.

They go even further in reclaiming and reusing material – Jari says whenever they remove itc en and bat room ttin s in a house they’re renovating, they tr to nd t em new omes rat er than see them discarded. For custom pieces that they design, working with local artisans and vendors to bring their creative vision to life is a highlight for both of them. The couple have found craftspeople to expertly assist with even the most niche of needs, rom wire li t ttin s in the bedroom to new burglar bars repurposed from the obtrusive ttin s t at were on t e windows when they moved in. Their dream project? Renovating a ruin in Greece. In the interim, they’ve got plenty of plans in mind: a piece of land that they bought in the Karoo, for instance, is calling out for a home built from the ground up. Wherever the next adventure takes them, Jasper and Jari are certain to make a home of any house… or apartment, or castle. Jasper and Jari’s house is for sale. jasperandjari@gmail.com thejfactor.co.za

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Working with local artisans, Jasper and Jari have had a hand in the creation of pieces like the bedroom’s distinctive wire light fittings.

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An outdoor dining area allows for shaded lunches on warm days and cosy dinners sheltered from rain.

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We wanted to bring the original character of the house back, but also bring it into the 21st century: make it

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ABOVE LEFT Jari and Jasper have enjoyed pulling together second-hand finds to create a warm, eclectic interior. ABOVE RIGHT The bathroom-off-the-kitchen conundrum – not unusual in homes built soon after the advent of indoor plumbing – was neatly solved by sectioning off the bathroom area and adding a sliding door.

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Stacking doors allow for the kitchen to be opened to the back garden, letting in light and improving the indoor-outdoor flow.

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In an Overberg valley inland from Hermanus lies a superb foodie destination in an idyllic setting: Stanford Valley Guest Farm TEXT Debbie Loots PHOTOGRAPHS Supplied

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t’s impossible not to fall in love with Stanford Valley Guest Farm. If not for the charming whitewashed guest cottages set against the mountainous backdrop of the Klein River valley then for the tempting menu of Manor House Restaurant. Here, you do things at a slower pace, take time to reconnect with nature and experience a certain kind of unspoilt beauty authors and poets write lengthy essays about. Yes, it’s that beautiful. And it ticks all the important boxes of a guest farm, too, like luxurious accommodation, brilliant food (it’s worth mentioning at least twice) and superior service. And then there is the decor. Owners Reinder and Elsabé Nauta went all out, making full use of their amazing art collection and vintage and modern furnishings to decorate the manor house. It’s so eclectic and interesting that it calls for its own story – to be told another day. or now, su ce it to sa , Stanford Valley Guest Farm is food for the soul and… Have I mentioned the acclaimed menu yet? stanfordvalley.co.za

Stanford Valley Guest Farm offers accommodation in six self-catering cottages (of which three are family cottages) and 10 large en-suite rooms. Enjoy a glass of the region’s wine on your patio while watching the sun set over the mountains.

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INTERVIEW Debbie Loots PHOTOGRAPH Supplied

Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sommelier at The Test Kitchen, reflects on ome and work

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? I was born in Nyanga and grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe (not Harare, Khayelitsha!) WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW? I live in Milnerton, Cape Town. DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO IN ONE SENTENCE. At work, I advise diners on the best wine to enjoy with their meal, and outside of work I’m the guy offering free wine advice to friends and family. NAME ONE OF YOUR FAVOURITE DISHES, AND TELL US WHY? I’d take mealie pap and beef stew with fried green vegetable leaf on the side. It personifies my upbringing and is a symbol of most African cultures. It’s very filling and fulfilling. WHAT OR WHO HAS IMPACTED YOUR LIFE? Wine. It’s made me understand and express myself with confidence. And Luke DaleRoberts has had a major impact om my life. He’s a boss, a mentor and a father figure. WHAT DOES THE WORD “HOME” MEAN TO YOU? Kumusha in Shona, my mother tongue, means home. It means a lot to me that I got to bottle a Kumusha wine. Kumusha is my rootedness, a place of reflection and peace. A place you long to be when other households reject you. @tnashenyamudoka

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However you choose to kick back, The Polofields sectional title development in the Waterfall precinct caters to your leisure needs For residents of The Polofields, everything that a laid-back lifestyle requires is on their doorstep. Looking for a bite to eat? There’s a comfortable restaurant for that. Want to see what’s on the big or small screen? An indoor cinema and a lounge with TV and fireplace mean that your movie can be enjoyed in the cosiest of atmospheres. Free Wi-Fi, laundromat and car wash are a few more amenities that make living at The Polofields enjoyable, and excellent schools, favourite shopping spots and enticing entertainment nearby are more of what puts it on the map as an ideal place to call home.

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A RELAXED OUTLOOK For scenery that inspires feelings of tranquillity and wellbeing, the north-east views over the Waterfall area have a lot to offer. We’d suggest that they’re best enjoyed with the waters of the Lifestyle Centre’s expansive swimming pool in the foreground and your refreshing drink of choice in hand. IT’S WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE… Not to be outdone by the splendour of its surroundings, the architecture and decor of The Polofields hold their own – and are getting noticed accordingly. At the 2018 International Property Awards, The Polofields garnered five stars for Best Leisure Interior for the Lifestyle Centre. Making use of high ceilings, polished surfaces and luxe jewel tones to create an atmosphere evocative of Old Hollywood hotels, the space provides opportunities for relaxation and celebration alike.

A HEALTHY BALANCE All work and no play makes for a dull living experience, so the two are combined at The Polofields, with a range of health and wellness options that allow for plenty of enjoyment as you improve your health and fitness. Whether you’re heading to the Camelot Spa or yoga deck, hitting the mini sports field or making use of the outdoor gym, playing squash or working up a sweat in the Vitalityapproved Training Science Gym, getting active has never been so accessible. SO, THAT’S SETTLED THEN If you’re looking for a place to get comfortable, explore the options at The Polofields: there are two-bedroom/two-bathroom and threebedroom/two-bathroom apartments available. Kitchens are fitted with Smeg appliances and the interiors feature beautifully appointed modern finishes.

CONTACT Kim Brookes Tel: +27 11 450 2818 Cell: +27 83 775 9055 Email: kim@balwin.co.za


OASIS LIFE IS SET TO CHANGE

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Rabie Property Group is planning a national footprint of retirement villages under a new brand, Oasis Life

Rabie is launching three new retirement villages in Cape Town within the next eight months and planning a national footprint of villages in the next 10 years. The villages, under the brand Oasis Life, will all be based on the life right concept. Rabie CEO Leon Cohen says they believe there is huge potential in this market for superior products that offer a really great lifestyle for residents. “The first three villages in Cape Town [all part of Rabie’s existing mixed-use developments Clara Anna Fontein, Burgundy Estate and Century City] are just the start. We are also exploring opportunities in other major centres and plan to roll these out in the not-too-distant future.” Cohen says Rabie has a 40-year track record of delivery. “Our focus has always been on delivering more than just bricks and mortar; it has been on developing large-scale estates and well-integrated mixed-use developments designed to enhance the quality of life of those who live, work and play there.”


AN OASIS IN DURBANVILLE The first village now being launched is Oasis Life Clara Anna Fontein, which will comprise 125 homes and a clubhouse consisting of a dining room, coffee bar, lounge, activities room, meeting room, library and primary health-care facilities. Phase 1 includes 56 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. As it forms part of the prestigious Clara Anna Fontein estate, residents in the first Oasis Life village will also have access to the Lifestyle Centre with its dining room and coffee bar, lounges, meeting rooms, fully equipped gym, two tennis courts, a squash court and a solar-heated swimming pool. Homes will vary in size between 101 m2 and 273 m2, including garages and under-cover patios, with prices ranging from R2.3 million to R5.5 million. The first handovers are scheduled to take place early 2020.

WHY LIFE RIGHTS? CEO Leon Cohen says they investigated different financial models and believe the life right scheme, which provides the buyer and their nominated partner or spouse with the legal right to occupy the home for life, offers the greatest benefits and financial flexibility. “One of the biggest pros for buyers is the fact that it guarantees professional management, taking away many of the day-to-day hassles, such as security, landscaping and maintenance,” says Cohen. “Buyers also have certainty about levies. “Also, very importantly, the developer is in it for the long haul. By retaining ownership of all homes as well as the common property, it is in the developer’s interest to maintain the village to a very high standard. As such, the interests of residents and the developer are aligned.” CONTACT Johan de Bruyn of agents Louw & Coetzee Tel: +27 82 881 2011 Email: johan@louwcoetzee.co.za


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Ellipse Waterfall, jointly developed by Attacq and Tricolt, is a new high-rise luxury apartment development in Waterfall City.

A look at South African residential property investment trends, with the focus on 2019 igh-end residential estates have outperformed the general housing market over the past year. A large number of lifestyle and golf estates are adding luxur apartments to t eir o erin , creatin small nei bour oods wit in t e estates, and introducin par s, birdli e and wal in trails e loo at these and other residential development trends. 56

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The appetite for sectional title property in South Africa is growing faster than the demand for freehold homes. Sectional title purchases in South Africa have grown by up to 5% per year since 2003, a recent Lightstone Property report shows. The demand for freehold property, on the other hand, has shrunk year on year: in Q3 2018 alone, the number of freehold transactions dropped 6.9%, whereas sectional title sales rose 0.3%. Jessica Hofmeyr, head of operations, sales and marketing at Century Property Developments, is not surprised. First, it is easier to source nance or sectional title property. “One can have bonds of up to 100% approved provided the property is located in a desirable area,” she says. “This ma es a pro ect more nanciall easible Craft Homes marketing manager Jessica Cabanita agrees. “Sectional title homes are usually less expensive and provide less assle because one t picall bu s o plan s an example, andton ate o ers open plan units that start from R2.95 million for a two bedroom apartment t at comes wit home automation and Miele appliances. Bryanston is also showing a healthy sectional title demand. Two projects that will launch soon are Porchester Road, which features 29 sectional title duplex homes, and Central Park — both developed by Zotos Property Group. The appetite for sectional title property is also rising outside the city and its suburbs. Take The Lakes at Whistling Thorns at Serengeti Estates in Kempton Park, where phase 2 was launched earlier this year. In the Winelands, Sitari Country Estate near Somerset West is drawing a lot of attention. “We sell about nine sectional

title apartments a month,” says Claudius Combrinck, MD of AdLab, the marketing agent for the estate. “Sitari has seven bouti ue sc emes a ailable ese o er one , two and t ree bedroom apartments from R975 000,” he says. “This includes transfer duty. Most come with two covered parking bays.”

THE RISE OF MULTIGENERATIONAL LIVING

Families of two or more generations of adults living under one roof is a rising trend globally. According to Statistics South Africa, 32.2% of South African households are multigenerational. This can be attributed to higher cost of living, rising unemployment rates and cultural custom. Lifestyle estates are increasingly embracin oun , old and e er one in between in sectional title homes as well as rental apartments, providing facilities that cater to children, working adults and those in their golden years, and providing convenience and security. Lifestyle estates such as Sibaya Coastal recinct in wa ulu atal and al de ie in the Western Cape have all gone this route, o erin an en iable li est le replete with nearby schools, shops, medical and care facilities, and every manner of sport and leisure activity. As they evolve, these multigenerational estates are embracing more investment brac ets, o erin a mix o apartments, townhouses and freestanding units of one to e bedrooms, priced an w ere rom R1 million to R20 million and beyond. Steyn City is a prime example of a multigenerational estate, with its huge diversity of owners and tenants and range of properties priced from about R2.2 million to more than R25 million. reallifemagazine.co.za

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“We cater for everyone — from first-time buyers and small families to empty-nesters who don’t yet want to move into a retirement village,” says MD Clifford Oosthuizen of Westbrook Estate in Port Elizabeth.

The Yacht Club, a development by the Amdec Group – which is at the forefront of designing people-friendly precincts – will connect the V&A Waterfront to the Foreshore. It is modelled on the trend for walkable precincts like London’s Canary Wharf.

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te n it is one o o annesbur s fla s ip countr li est le estates ntil recentl homeowners have had two choices, says Steyn City Properties CEO Giuseppe lumari ma e do wit cit rit, con estion hassles and the threat of crime in the suburbs, or escape for a peaceful life in the

We specifically adopted this approach as a strategic hedge within the ever-fluctuating South African housing market Philip van der Berg, residential funds director at Uvest

board is dotted wit multi enerational estates iba a oastal recinct in m lan a includes oreline iba a, w ic comprises modern sin le le el sectional title apartments for over-55s in a w eelc air riendl en ironment In the Western Cape there is De Plattekloof Lifestyle Estate, aimed at over-50s, which includes homes, apartments and t e i er ic t assisted li in suites to be launc ed t is ear li ord ost ui en, mana in director o estbroo in ort li abet , sa s li in in the same zone and not necessarily in the same home comes with its own set o bene ts e eloped b t e mdec Group, Westbrook comprises nine residential illa es caterin to multiple enerations wit a town s uare set to feature a variety of commercial and retail space ltimatel , it will be a sa e, secure, wal able precinct t e rst estate o its ind in ort li abet

countr t at ma also be a little dull e believes that parkland resort Steyn City as sol ed t e conundrum b o erin t e best of both worlds: an idyllic retreat with all t e con eniences o an urban ub “This has been made possible by Steyn it roperties si ni cant in estment in acilities e eral ilometres o trails tra erse t is area utdoor exercise nodes and kids’ play areas further enhance this outdoor li est le e estate also as its own restaurants, s ops and a sc ool The Waterfall development in Midrand, between o annesbur and retoria, occupies a, wit abundant reen spaces between nodes o de elopment is sprawlin area is desirable or residents wantin to et awa rom it all, yet have access to jobs and amenities in the cit e en t ou ater all now as its own bur eonin Much of the purchase and rental accommodation in the estate is developed reallifemagazine.co.za

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Renishaw Hills near Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal is situated in the Mpambanyoni Conservation Development, which will be made up of several interconnected residential and commercial villages.

A lounge in the beautifully restored 18th-century manor house on Clara Anna Fontein in Durbanville, a development by the Rabie Property Group that will soon have a retirement village, too.

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REAL developments by Century Property Developments. This includes the exclusive Waterfall Equestrian Estate and the Waterfall Country Estate. The largest residential area in Waterfall, the latter incorporates rental units The Sheds @ Waterfall, and cluster housing at Waterfall Crescent. “On the whole we have found that investors who choose to live in remote areas do so in an attempt to escape the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the city,” says Jessica Hofmeyr, Century executive in charge of sales, rentals, marketing and operations.

DEVELOPERS TURN TO RENTALS The rental market is slowing or in some cases in decline, but developers have realised t e can o er rentals at a lower cost and a wider margin than estate agents. In Q2 2018, the national rental growth rate has trended downward, with a yearon-year increase of just 3.27% for June, according to the PayProp Rental Index. The Western Cape lost its spot at the top of the provincial growth ratings, with growth of only 6.97% in the quarter. The Free State, with rental growth of more than 8%, now occupies the top growth spot. KwaZuluNatal has also trumped the Western Cape, with 7.31% growth (albeit in Q1). In 2017, Balwin Properties announced it had formed a strategic alliance with Transcend Residential Property Fund to brin to mar et a ordable rental apartments over six years, worth an estimated billion, across e developments in key Gauteng nodes. Renprop, another developer that t picall sells de elopments o plan, as a residential rentals division to handle rentals on behalf of the apartments’ investor-buyers. It has also developed

two pure rental scheme apartment buildings to cater to the demand for rental apartments in the Sunninghill and Rivonia areas of northern Johannesburg. The developer is in the early planning stages for two additional pure rental sc eme de elopments ere is a de nite need, and therefore a larger demand in the market, for rental units,” says Renprop MD Chris Renecle. The Uvest Property Group develops large-scale housing complexes for sale to the open market, but a major component of its business model is to develop rental stock, which it reserves for placement in its a ordable rental ousin und e speci call adopted t is approac as a ‘strategic hedge’ within the everfluctuatin out rican ousin market,” says Philip van der Berg, residential funds director at Uvest. “We develop for sale at the top end of the market, and we develop to rent out in the a ordable or middle mar et se ment The recipe for success entails the basic principles of property management: build a quality product but at a reasonable cost, and once complete and ready for occupation ensure that your tenant-vetting process is meticulous. Then, once let and occupied, maintain the strictest hands-on management control.

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Some of South Africa’s foremost developers talk about their latest projects and predictions for 2019

CHARLES THOMPSON, DEPARTMENT LEAD: PROJECT COORDINATION, DEVMCO “The market has responded well in 2018 to prices being significantly lower on the KwaZuluNatal coast than on the Atlantic Seaboard in the Cape. We handed over phases one and two of Ocean Dune Sibaya, and phase three is on schedule for December. We also handed over the first phase of Pebble Beach Sibaya. The first phase of Gold Coast Estate Sibaya has the green light, so we’re ploughing away into civils infrastructure. Umhlanga Arch is progressing nicely; we’re starting to build the hotel and residential floors.

LEON COHEN, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF RABIE PROPERTY GROUP “We believe once the uncertainty of the 2019 elections is over, business and consumer confidence will improve and the economy will be on a firmer footing.

“Despite local and international politics causing markets to be quite stagnant over the past four to five months, security estates are and will continue to be in demand into 2019. Coastal estates will also flourish. I’m expecting to see economic growth from Quarter 2 onwards, after the national elections.” devmco.co.za

“For us, it is business as usual. We are continuing with our three major Cape Town mixeduse developments: Century City, Burgundy Estate and Clara Anna Fontein in Durbanville – where we have additional projects under way or on the drawing board. “Our main focus going forward will be on retirement housing; within the next eight months we will be launching three new retirement villages – one in each of these three estates – under a new brand, Oasis Life. We intend to expand this concept, which has a very strong lifestyle element, to other major centres in the country over the next five to 10 years.”

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there’s never been a better place to retire well Phil Barker, MD of Renishaw Property Developments

PHIL BARKER, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF RENISHAW PROPERTY DEVELOPMENTS “The notion of an old-age home is fast becoming outdated. Thanks to lower running costs, reduced maintenance and flexible living associated with mature lifestyle villages, downscaling has never looked this good. Retiring happily is now as easy as investing in a secure, respected and well-run estate. With more and more of them emerging, it’s vital to make the right choice. “The demand for mature lifestyle villages fit for active retirees has risen over the past year. Although some developments meet the brief, few offer the affordable value, facilities, quality and sustainability of Renishaw Hills in Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal.” “With no signs of a changing curve, we predict that sectional title, lock-up-and-go homes are the future. It’s why we’ve added onebedroom apartments to our already extensive offering. Our latest addition to Renishaw Hills also includes our ever-popular two-bedroom maisonettes. “With something for everyone, there’s never been a better place to retire well.” renishawhills.co.za

Renishaw Hills is gated mature lifestyle village near Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal, with 350 freestanding houses and 170 apartments. A number of designs and a personal choice of fittings allow everyone to make their home their own.

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catered to

on their doorstep David Nagle, developer of The Houghton

MICHELE BROOKES, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LEGARO

DAVID NAGLE, DEVELOPER OF THE HOUGHTON “The Houghton will soon celebrate the muchanticipated completion and launch of The Houghton Hotel. With the final phase of apartments also done, the hype around owning a property at The Houghton address has only increased enthusiasm among international investors as well as local families seeking a secure, convenient, luxurious lifestyle with the amenities of a five-star hotel at their disposal. “As regards residential developments for the next few years, I anticipate seeing large-scale mixed-use developments come to fruition, as the spread of urban living has become too costly for the average person. People want an easy life, convenience, and the majority of their needs catered to on their doorstep. These mixed-use developments make secure investments, and showcase state-of-the-art security and exclusive amenity services to residents.” thehoughton.com

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“Legaro is working on two special residential developments in Hyde Park: The Emerald and 38 Morsim Road, designed by Daffonchio & Associates Architects. The Emerald is a 300-apartment development with kitchen and bathroom detail designed in collaboration with Legaro. The more exclusive Morsim Road project comprises 12 units in a high-security, access-controlled street. Both developments will have an EDGE rating (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies). “Following the successful completion of the Legaro head office at 78 Corlett Drive, winner of the highest green rating award for 2018, the company will develop a second phase at 76 Corlett Drive, aiming at the highest possible green rating to set the benchmark in sustainable development. “Looking ahead to 2019, the live, work and play trend continues in response to people’s willingness to adapt to smaller homes and gardens in exchange for convenience and time saving.” legaro.co.za


Roger Brookes Projects Director, Enrico Daffonchio Architect, Michele Brookes Managing Director of Legaro

Congratulations Legaro WINNER OF THE HIGHEST RATED BUILDING 2017-2018

Legaro Property Development is passionate about creating the highest value and lifestyle for homeowners and investors. And we do this without compromising the environment. This award affirms our commitment to eco-friendly and sustainable building practices as we aim for zero carbon, waste, water and zero impact on the ecology. For us and for Earth

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