The flagship estate, Waterfall Equestrian Estate lives up to its name

What was once thousands of hectares of open land between Woodmead and Kyalami is now the envy of many homeowners as they slowly navigate the afternoon traffic past the expansive Waterfall Estate conveniently located in Midrand just 10km north of the Sandton CBD.

Described as an “upmarket residential village” despite its proximity to several suburbs and the main arterial highways that connect Johannesburg and Pretoria, Waterfall Estate is the modern answer to the eternal question: “Where can I find some peace and quiet?” With an emphasis on outdoor living and a focus on “green” design, the highly secure Estate achieves an alluring balance between modern and natural, complete with jogging trails, park benches and a sparkling lake located within kilometres of retail, office and residential spaces.

Rumoured to be the largest property development in South Africa’s history, Waterfall Estate will have an estimated positive economic impact valued at about R106 billion by the time it is completed in 2023 said Willie Vos, the chief executive of the Waterfall Management and Operating Company in a recent interview. More than 17 years in the making, Century Property Developments is the driving force behind the impressive residential growth of the Waterfall Estate.

What was once thousands of hectares of open land between Woodmead and Kyalami is now the envy of many homeowners as they slowly navigate the afternoon traffic past the expansive Waterfall Estate conveniently located in Midrand just 10km north of the Sandton CBD.

Comprising of six residential estates: Waterfall Country Estate and Waterfall Country Village; Waterfall Equestrian Estate; Waterfall Hills Mature Lifestyle Estate; Waterfall Valley Mature Lifestyle Estate, and Waterfall View. The all-encompassing Waterfall Estate is actually located in Waterfall – “the latest growth node of Gauteng, the economic hub of the African continent.” However, saying it’s located “in Midrand” will suffice until the rest of Gauteng plays catch-up to this growing urban escape.

Waterfall Country Estate VS Waterfall Country Village: The average stand at Waterfall Country Estate is approximately 1200 metres squared while Waterfall Country Village stands are generally 600 metres squared.

Living in Waterfall Estate

Prospective residents of Waterfall Estate can build their own homes, or select an environmentally-friendly design from the developer’s range of Top Billing worthy homes. Geared towards families, Waterfall residents enjoy the benefit of having Reddam House - a pre-primary, primary and high school right on their doorstep, thus giving new meaning to the early morning school run. Promoting a healthy lifestyle while providing exclusive health care, Waterfall Estate’s holistic approach is manifest in the Waterfall City Park, a 1.2 hectare “inner-city green zone” designed to integrate the benefits of nature into the daily routines of the Estate’s residents and business people. Like something out of a build-a-city game, Waterfall Estate also includes a Netcare Hospital providing a much-needed alternative to Sunninghill Hospital and the Life Carstenhof Hospital.

The flagship estate, Waterfall Equestrian Estate lives up to its name with facilities including stables, paddocks, a training track, veterinary and tack rooms, a jumping arena, a lunging ring and dressage arenas. The ideal home for equine enthusiasts, the scenic bridle path along the embankments of the Jukskei River has convinced many a prospective buyer to seal the deal.

A haven for horses and all animals alike, the Estate has also embarked on a project that involves the creation of a “poison-free” zone, which includes the installation of 12 owl and eight bat boxes, to encourage bats and owls to return to the area.

While the extensive list of amenities, a five-star hotel, modern security and ideal location is well-suited to families and commuters, retirees are invited to experience the three mature lifestyle developments in Waterfall Estate. Inspired by nature and in keeping with the eco-friendly philosophy of the Estate, the pride of Waterfall’s mature lifestyle developments is the horticultural centre allowing residents the gift of “taking time to smell the roses” literally and figuratively!

Grow your own green thumb. The horticultural centre also presents regular talks by specialists, who introduce residents to a variety of new and specialised plant species while providing expert advice and assistance on all things green and growing.

It wouldn’t be a retirement estate without a bit of golf and Waterfall Estate doesn’t disappoint. The professionally designed chip and putt provide hours of entertainment (and potential frustration) for golfers of all levels and a PGA-affiliated professional is also available by arrangement for private lessons and bragging rights. After an afternoon of on the greens, the Vista Restaurant on the highest point of the Estate is the perfect spot for a sundowner or a relaxing dinner with friends. As to be expected, the mature lifestyle developments also offer specialised medical attention and a comprehensive frail care facility.

Designed to be an inspirational environment that honours the work-life balance, it is only natural that Waterfall Estate appeals to young professional with grand aspirations. Waterfall View is the Estate’s affordable housing solution offering all of the benefits of Estate living at a fraction of the cost. Starting from R600 000, it should come as no surprise that Phase One is already sold out.

Playing in Waterfall Estate

A man is not an island, and neither is a home. Nowadays it’s not enough to offer tree-lined streets, innovative design and secure living – the surrounding comforts are just as important as the interior comforts. Accepting this challenge wholeheartedly, Waterfall Estate’s list of amenities notably boasts the Mall of Africa – South Africa’s biggest single-phase shopping mall, which will include over 300 stores when it opens in April 2016. The tenants list reads like a fashionista’s dream mall with H&M, Zara, Cotton On and Forever 21, Forever New, River Island, Mango and Versace opening stores.

If cruising the mall doesn’t get your heart racing then maybe you should Bounce…! Home to “The Great Wall of Jozi” Bounce Waterfall is an indoor trampoline park that gives gravity the middle finger while giving kids and adults an adrenaline thrill. As if the developers had the perfect afternoon in mind, Bounce, which is located opposite Waterfall Corner also offers a range of dining options and even a Wakaberry store in its immediate surrounds.

Besides offering prime real estate for homes and businesses, Waterfall Estate also invites tourists and business travellers to experience the Estate as a guest of Tintswalo at Waterfall, a five-star boutique hotel. Promising the serenity of nature only a quick drive away from O.R. Tambo International Airport, Tintswalo at Waterfall and its Waterfall Spa, have already won rave reviews and loyal guests.

Fast facts:

·       R400 million invested in road upgrades.

·       27189 jobs created in the initial development phase.

·       7 commercial developments to be completed this year.

Literally paving the way for a new way of living, Waterfall Estate prides itself on its unique ambition. Boasting a “lake bigger than Emmarentia dam” and a “shopping centre bigger than Sandton City” amongst other achievements – Waterfall Estate’s distinction is its inability to be compared – there is simply no competition in the same sphere of residential, retail, office and industrial space.