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Covid-19 has changed many things for us, including our view on how and where we live. We round up a few exciting developments across the country that consider these needs




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or many of us, the pleasure of enjoying certain spaces has temporarily become a thing of

the past. We no longer visit our friends and family as we once did, we don’t frequent gyms any more, and we don’t enjoy certain luxuries such as spa treatments. Instead, we’re lying low, staying safe and spending more time at home than we may have done before. As a result, our homes are becoming many things at once. They’re where we study and work, where we

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teach, where we cook and run conference calls. And, at the end of these intense and demanding days, they’re also where we relax. “After almost 18 months of the pandemic, we have learnt we have to carve out time to care for ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally,” says Corrie Stride, leader of marketing at LIXIL Africa, the company behind GROHE in SA. “One of the spaces in which we do this is our bathroom which offers a place of privacy, relaxation and revival. Without spas to enjoy, our bath time rituals have

become an essential retreat.” In an effort to ensure people have bathrooms that meet their needs and match their personal sense of style, GROHE has developed curated bathroom concepts. With years of experience creating sanitary ware of the highest quality and in line with the latest international trends, GROHE Perfect Match offers product combinations that seamlessly brings form and function together. The taps have been carefully selected to match the shape of the ceramics, and the shower systems blend beautifully with

their accessories. All you need to do is choose the Perfect Match that speaks to you, and you’ve got your dream bathroom.

FIND YOUR PERFECT MATCH “Unless you regularly design and revamp bathrooms, you’re probably not aware of how different people’s tastes in bathrooms can be,” says Stride. “Some like to keep their space simple and functional, while others like to make a bold and creative statement. Some like soft, round edges and others prefer sleek, modern lines. And

some aren’t quite sure what they want. When they look at the available options they simply feel overwhelmed.” That’s why opting for a curated and co-ordinated bathroom solution can be useful. It places the responsibility of imagining a beautifully balanced space in the hands of the experts, leaving you to simply enjoy the final result. To find out more on how to create your ideal bathroom with world-class products, designed and curated to complement each other perfectly, visit

PERFECT MATCH COMBINATIONS: 1. Cube Ceramic With its strong, minimalist lines, the Cube Ceramic collection represents cool and contemporary bathroom luxury. Every product is modelled on a cube, making it solid and stable, as well as sleek and elegant. 2. Essence Ceramic This range is for those looking for a bathroom that exemplifies refined taste. Its classic lines will transform your bathroom into a spa, with the range offering all you need for the ultimate in relaxation. 3. Bau Ceramic The versatility of this range is ideal for understated bathrooms. Soft and rounded forms and subtle lines are used in every piece, offering a holistic bathroom experience in every instance. 4. Euro Ceramic Made to keep up with your lifestyle and family, this practical and comfortable bathroom is competitively priced, allowing you to choose your style and quality without breaking the bank. Essence full bathroom



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Rarely does an opportunity arise to invest in a luxury development within one of Johannesburg’s most illustrious landmarks. Set in a beautiful parkland surrounding in the heart of Linksfield Johannesburg, Brookfield at Royal offers the very best of estate living without the lengthy commute. NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, YOU CAN CALL THIS MAGNIFICENT PIECE OF GOLFING HERITAGE YOUR HOME.

TRUST IN TRICOLT Tricolt Property Developers, who have forged a strong reputation as the luxury apartment brand in South Africa, have acquired a picturesque piece of the East Course upon which they have begun construction of their exciting new development, Brookfield at Royal.

from the key business and lifestyle hubs of Johannesburg. Each of the luxury apartments has been designed and will be completed to the high standards Tricolt has become synonymous with, and include Hansgrohe fittings, quality brand appliances and Caesarstone tops as standard.



Brookfield at Royal offers one-, two- and three2 bedroom configurations which range from 45m up 2 to the signature 154m penthouses. The development features superior finishes, expansive open-plan kitchens, patios with braai areas, balconies and gardens. Penthouse apartments feature an optional loft with en-suite bathroom, where each resident can create their own unique living spaces. High ceilings, strategically placed glass doors and large windows will invite in plenty of natural light to complete your unrivalled living experience, providing lavish countryside-like tranquillity while remaining just a short commute

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A community that stood its ground Sky City Mall south of Alberton was saved from recent looting attempts thanks to the strong sense of community this development offers WORDS AND PHOTOS: SUPPLIED


hile the recent unrest in SA has seen many communities’ businesses and malls vandalised, we have also seen communities unite against the looters to protect their businesses and livelihoods. One such example is Sky City, a world-class integrated housing development situated south of Alberton. Sky City Mall, a regional shopping mall that opened in 2019, was protected from looters through a huge twoweek team effort which saw SAPS and the metro police join forces with private security companies, the local community policing forums, business forums, the local taxi association, councillors and the Sky City community.

Thanks to their combined effort the mall was the only one in the surrounding areas left unharmed and was able to re-open its doors a week after the looting started. Despite being less than four years old, this dynamic community is now stronger than ever – and it would not have been possible without the help of its residents.

A NEW TAKE ON INTEGRATED HOUSING Since Cosmopolitan Projects started developing Sky City in 2017, it has been breaking the mould of housing in SA. Not only is it the largest privately funded housing development in SA, but it is also the first affordable smart city in SA, offering fibre internet connectivity to every house with free Wi-Fi zones at its mall and various parks

and recreational areas. It is also a prime example of a truly integrated development offering its residents a variety of amenities other than just housing - for example, an independent school with 1,100 learners. With about 5,000 houses and apartments out of 17,500 completed, this micro-city has every convenience that a luxury development would have. However, it is the best value-for-money property available to people earning from just R17,000 per month as a freestanding full-title house with a private garden is very modestly priced from R600,000 (or R5,500 per month). Full-title ownership means that the owner fully owns the house and the stand and has the freedom to make changes to the house and garden, without having

to obtain permission from a homeowner’s association or body corporate.

STEP ONTO THE PROPERTY LADDER The fact that an unprecedented 1,250 units have been built and occupied at Sky City every year shows the depth of this market and how strong the demand is. As a result, the value of Sky City’s houses has been increasing by 15% annually. The same house that sold for R370,000 in 2017 is now selling for R603,000 making it one of the best residential property investments available. Buying a house in Sky City could not be easier. Cosmopolitan Projects offers a turn-key solution. Each client can select their preferred floor plan and stand

from 15 options ranging from a 40m² single storey to 126m² double-storey house. Clients are assisted with bond applications at all the major banks and, if needed, with applying for a finance linked individual subsidy programme(FLISP) government subsidy as well. After getting the finance in place, their house is built, and the client is further guided through the legal process of taking ownership and finally occupying their house. Throughout this process the client has access to the Cosmopolitan Projects and Central Development Property Group’s expertise of delivering about 70,000 houses over the past 30 years.

RENTAL OPTIONS For those who prefer to rent rather than buy a property, The Bronx @ Sky City, conveniently situated across the road from the mall, offers bachelor, oneand two-bedroom rental apartments from as little as R3,200 per month. It has 24-hour security, biometric access control and Wi-Fi internet access, as well as a dedicated play area with a shaded jungle gym, mini cycle track and mini soccer field for the young ones. Sky City is truly in a class of its own. It sets the benchmark for the industry, offering all its residents a dignified lifestyle in a vibrant and safe community, with the convenience of a beautiful shopping mall, an independent school, a church, preschools and day-care centres, a community centre and parks right on their doorsteps, as well as a multi-sports facility soon to come.

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Covid-19 has changed many things for us, including our view on how and where we live. We round up a few exciting developments across the country that consider these needs WORDS: ATLEHANG RAMATHESELE :: PHOTOS: SUPPLIED


espite disruptions caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns, the property market continues to evolve and energise firsttime buyers and property investors alike. These developers are heeding the call with dynamic projects on the cards.

DEVMARK PROPERTY GROUP In an ever-changing world, co-living is a trendy antidote to limited affordable housing and is on the rise. Co-living is about creating one shared living space for many people with the view of interacting and working together. This has been readily adopted by young people around the world in cities such as New York, London and Tokyo. Devmark Property Group is bringing the movement to SA by launching its first YUCO co-living development in Cape Town. With occupation expected in the middle of 2023, YUCO will offer 380 serviced and fully furnished studios with communal kitchens on each floor. There will be an array of work and play areas and it will also feature a wide variety of other communal areas including a gym, bar, swimming pool and volleyball court. Marketing manager at Devmark Property Group Dejane Styl says that while sales were initially affected by the lockdown, it has since picked up with many units being sold to local and international buyers. “An added advantage for

investors is that they can enter into a property management agreement with YUCO management, rendering YUCO responsible for furnishing the apartment and the day-to-day running of the rental property, besides the management of all shared facilities. The units also form part of a preapproved rental pool, making it easier to find good tenants,” she says. Another upcoming project is De Zwartland Werf, a mixed-use development in Malmesbury in the Swartland region. It includes residential apartments, office space and a retail centre. The development even features a motor showroom. While elements of it operate like a commercial and convenience hub, it is also being designed to foster a farm and village atmosphere. Development director of Devmark Property Group, Jean-Pierre Nortier, says the buildings will reflect an interpretation of the town’s architecture and history. He believes high property values in the metro and a desire for a quieter lifestyle is motivating more people to move to the countryside and commute to Cape Town, putting Malmesburg in a prime position. Phase one of the development is set to be completed in late 2022 and offers an assortment of commercial, retail (including restaurants and entertainment) and residential space. Nortier is also optimistic about its sales performance. “We’re bullish about the future of De Zwartland Werf commercial

precinct. We’ve already signed leasing agreements with both Clicks and Shoprite Checkers and are in the process of negotiating with other major retailers. All in all, we’re confident all the commercial space will be taken up in the near future,” he says. Styl remains positive about the outlook of the property market and expects it to see more growth despite the pandemic, due to the interest rate lowering last year. “It’s the perfect scenario for first-time homebuyers as well as property investors. Also, the pandemic has forced some into early retirement, which means they need to make decisions regarding where they want to retire sooner, as well as the lifestyle they’re after,” she says.

SUMMERCON Summercon sales director Peter Blanckenberg is encouraged by the sales of new apartments even in the midst of the compromised trading conditions caused by the pandemic. He believes that the property market in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg has been static over the past few years due to a variety of reasons, including the added impact of the pandemic. “This usually results in bulk buying which often leads to a bull market once confidence in the market returns. While we are not necessarily experiencing a strong bull market, over the next year or so considerable improvements are expected to take place,” he says. He projects there will be an

escalation in residential developments to meet this demand. With current developments nearing completion and dotted across the northern suburbs, Summercon is poised to participate. Some of these projects include The River Club in Beverley and Ventura in Broadacres. “Each of these developments offers excellent value as they are affordable and guarantee great returns on investment in prime locations in Fourways, which is the fastest growing residential and commercial hub in the greater Sandton region,” he says. Summercon also has some exciting upcoming launches including Key West, an estate in Bryanston with 63 apartments fitted with premium appliances. Blanckenberg believes its location lends itself to

Lifestyles People are increasingly seeking holistic lifestyles within secure estates in Gauteng’s finest locations. It is vital developers deliver on these needs. State-of-the-art apartments, beautifully landscaped gardens, cutting-edge clubhouses with free and stable WI-FI and ergonomically designed office furniture for ideal workspaces, all nestled within secure and pristinely maintained estates, will ensure people get what they seek.

De Zwartland, Devmark Property Group success. “Bryanston is a prime location and there is anticipated demand with the limited supply to the area of late,” he says.

Another development set to launch at the end of 2021 is Tocara in Chartwell. This is a large development with 261 apartments and includes a

clubhouse, gym and extensive pool area. Tocara’s entry to the market is set to accommodate an affordable price point.

Location When buying property, location is the key driver of growth. The greater Sandton area, including Fourways, is prime real estate and offers exceptional returns for investors, if capitalised now. Fourways has a plethora of vibrant eateries and bars, retail stores, premium schools and hospitals, as well as idyllic venues for outdoor activities. Working from home In the past 15 months we have seen an exponential increase in people working from home. It is now the norm to spend more than 80% of one’s time at home, which ultimately changes people’s perceptions of where they live. They place far more emphasis on the quality of their living environment and it is important that, as developers, we create spaces that will ultimately appeal to these needs.

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