In August 2016, New World Wealth (NWH) released their annual list of the top 10 South African residential estates. Graded according to security, design, activities around the golf course and space, seven out of those 10 estates happen to be in the Cape (six in the Western Cape, one in Hermanus and another in KwaZulu Natal). Only one estate from Johannesburg was named, and that’s Steyn City. But the City of Gold has some fine living spaces. As Head of Research at New World Wealth, Andrew Amolis, told Property24, “South Africa is a global pioneer in residential estate living – it has more golf and lifestyle estates than any other country in the world.”
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Ranked number four in NWH’s list of the top 10 SA residential estates, Steyn City is still in its early stages – construction only started in 2009 – but it’s already representing Joburg in terms of golf estate living in the country. “Our philosophy has always been to provide the very best of everything,” says the estate’s Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe Plumari. With a golf course built to USGA specifications, the residents get to enjoy views of the Juskei River from the greens. Situated between Fourways and Lanseria, Steyn City is the largest estate in SA in terms of the size of the land. If you’re the sporty type then you’ll be pleased to know the estate has a 60km mountain bike track and 20kms of road cycling lanes. In 2018 Steyn City will open its first school, Steyn City School, set to have 23 classrooms that will accommodate about 25 learners in each class “It is vital to us that the school is a reflection of our values, which are rooted in family, community and relationships. Although the school is to be non-denominational, it will have a very firm ethical foundation,” explains Plumari.
Recently awarded the Gold (special mention) in the John Collier 2015 environmental and governance awards, Pretoria’s Woodhill Residential Estate and Country Club is rich with natural resources. Ranked in the top 100 courses in SA, the 18-hole Peter Matkovich course was developed in the 1990s. With unparalleled views of the capital city, Woodhill’s clubhouse has venues suitable for corporate events and seminars as well as weddings and other functions. The estate’s also in close proximity of a private hospital, shopping centres and Woodhill College (a private school that is adjacent the estate) that offers classes from Grade 0-12. Recently appointed to operate the Woodhill Driving Range Academy, Wanna Be A Champion offers the services of PGA professionals to coach golf. Once a dairy farm, Woodhill is in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria and has been voted as one of the best addresses in the country – an amazing feat considering they were pitted against 800 other upmarket residences.
For people who work between Joburg and Pretoria, or frequently find themselves travelling between the two areas, the Waterfall development is a great location because it triangulates Woodmead, Midrand and Kyalami. It offers six different estates: Waterfall Equestrian, Country Village, Country and Waterfall View as well as two other mature living residences. Catering to varied income brackets, the 2 200-hectare estate has houses that start at R3 million. “The purpose of the variety of estates on offer is to give consumers and property owners – no matter what stage of life they are in – the opportunity to experience the extraordinary benefits of estate living,” explains Waterfall management and operating company CEO, Willie Vos. Whether you’re looking for office space or to be closer to amenities (the estate is situated within minutes of Mall of Africa) or a place where you and your extended family can be around each other without having to live in the same house (it offers frail care facilities for the elderly, plus the estate has its own Netcare hospital). Parking spaces have deliberately been made wider than usual to make it easy for the elderly and parents with pushchairs. Waterfall Estate will make you feel like you’re not even living in one of Africa’s biggest metropolises.
Eye of Africa
The proud owner of the title of the only golf and residential estate that’s located in Johannesburg’s southern suburbs, Eye of Africa has the privilege of being host to one of South Africa’s oldest golfing events. For the next five years, the PGA Championships will be held at the par-72 course designed by Greg Norman. Delivering on world-class golf course ecological standards, the grass on the course requires minimum watering which invariably means it requires little maintenance because of it being drought-resistant indigenous grass. The estate’s Greens Grill House restaurant celebrated its first birthday in October, and the kitchen runs under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Alex Kolmayr. With the addition of two new villages, an impressive clubhouse and more development plans, Eye of Africa continues to be the pride of the south. www.eyeofafrica.co.za <subhead>Blair Atholl <body>Only 15 minutes away from Fourways, Blair Atholl is a haven that overlooks the Crocodile River which, as the website says: “Walk through the meadows that flank the 10th hole, sweeping down and over the valley, framed by mountains hazy in the distance, and you could be on the Garden Route”. After the original Blair Atholl farm was acquired from Gary Player, other farms were also purchased so the Crocodile River could run across the estate and not form a boundary to it. With a classic and traditional architectural aesthetic, Blair Atholl has within its grounds a spa and wellness centre, a members-only equestrian centre and, impressively, 40 000 extra-large trees planted on the 600 hectares. And if a secure home is what you’re after without being robbed of an active lifestyle, 6kms of Crocodile River running through the estate means you’re free to enjoy cycling, walking and biking trails whenever you want. Blair Atholl also has fibre optic capabilities.