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17 Nov 2008

Set amidst large open spaces, Bardale Village in Cape Town's Kuils River is a one-of-a-kind residential security estate offering incomparable lifestyle benefits.

Bardale Village is a first-of-its kind, secure, medium-cost residential development that's ideally suited to first-time-home owners. The expansive estate offers 'lock-up and go' convenience, alongside lifestyle and social amenities such as sprawling lawns, children's playgrounds, an informal grassed amphitheatre, cycle-paths and a mini-soccer pitch. There's also a planned crèche, nursery-school and after-school care facility, as well as a retail element anchored by a national supermarket.

Bardale Village is centrally located in Kuilsriver South, with easy access to the R300, N1 and N2, bus and taxi ranks, and world class shopping malls.

The developers behind Bardale Village, Integrated Housing Development (Pty) Ltd (IHD), based the Bardale Village design and philosophy on the German concept of a garden city or "Gartenstadt"; offering secure, quality living in a unique green and healthy environment. In a bid to create a greener environment, IHD has lined all roads and public spaces within Bardale Village with trees and strategically placed park benches.

Phase One of Bardale Village, which consists of 516 units, has seen annual capital growth of 23% against a backdrop of diminishing returns in a volatile property market. Phase One homes are now priced from R285 990 to R524 590, meaning that the highest-priced homes at Bardale Village are still priced well below the national average of R683 088 and the Western Cape average of R 814 707 for small (80 square metres to 140 square metres) houses in the middle segment - as set out by ABSA in their latest Home Loans Housing Review for the third quarter of 2008. (Jacques Du Toit, ABSA Home Loans Housing Review, Third Quarter 2008)

Bardale Village offers one to four-bedroomed houses with a mix of double and single storeys, all of which are architecturally designed according to classic aesthetic guidelines to ensure the village retains its unique charm. This 'village' feel is further complemented by the tree-lined sidewalks, neatly trimmed grass verges and pedestrian-friendly roads.

What sets Bardale Village apart from any other medium-cost residential development, is the power of design, specifically with regards to architectural design and the overall town planning. The moment you have front doors and windows opening onto the street, without high walls and visual barriers, security in that street is increased. The design of the planned retail element at the entrance node also encourages safety with the mixed-use nature of the offices and businesses, in close proximity to the homes.

Each home within Bardale Village is finished to exacting standards, with good quality finishes, and comes with a burglar alarm which is connected to the security centre via a radio signal. The houses are also finished with additional features such as quality light fittings, plaster cornices, wooden skirting boards, and additional tiling in the bathrooms. A further indication of the high standards set by the developers is that each home also features a letter box and house number, further contributing to a harmonious streetscape within the estate.

The village is well protected with a 2.1m high composite block wall and palisade fence, with electrified fencing, and is manned around the clock by security guards. There is also CCTV surveillance, and 24 hour access control. This level of security offers unprecedented lifestyle benefits to those who live within Bardale Village. Parents have peace of mind that their children are safe when playing outside and home owners feel more secure.

IHD was nominated for the Govan Mbeki Housing award by the NHBRC and were runners-up in the non–subsidised builder of the year category in 2008.

IHD's focus on using only quality materials, as well as their patience with investment returns, ensures homes within Bardale Village remain competitively priced.

Levies to the home owners at Bardale Village are kept low and are currently only R255 a month, which covers the upkeep of the security system, any institutional maintenance, and the landscape maintenance.

For more information on Phase Two of Bardale Village, please contact 021 9090301 or send an email. Click here to visit the website.

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