New lifestyle development in Hermanus

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07 Jan 2013

Whale Bay Cascades is a unique and secure lifestyle development in Hermanus with construction set to start at the beginning of 2013. 

Whale Bay Cascades aims to combine comfort, luxury, safety, environmental awareness and social upliftment into one superior lifestyle development.

This one-of-a-kind private estate is earmarked to be developed on the last remaining seafront development site in Hermanus Proper and aims to offer prospective residents the opportunity to invest in both their future as well as the environment. 

The development aims to combine comfort, luxury, safety, environmental awareness and social upliftment into one superior lifestyle development.

Whale Bay Cascades will feature a seawater lagoon situated 13 metres above sea-level. 

Approximately three million litres of seawater (sourced from nearby abalone farms) will be transferred via the lagoon, streams and waterfalls back to the sea every hour ensuring the development of the lagoon’s own marine eco-system over a period of three years – making this, according to leading marine biologists, the first lagoon of its kind in the world and offering a study opportunity never imagined before. 

All residence design specifications feature a high standard of quality finishes and these are DSTV, intercom and Internet enabled and cater for oven, hob and extractor, fridge, microwave and dishwasher features.

One of South Africa’s well known marine biologists will be using this opportunity to make a study of the development of the marine eco-system and will then publish the results as a record of this historic event. 

Apart from the natural eco development, the lagoon will also be stocked with sport fish and residents will be entitled to catch fish on a catch-and-release basis.

Developers have ensured that original site resources are secured so that they can be use in the development of Whale Bay Cascades. 

Keeping the potential effects of global warming in mind, the developers not only raised the recently serviced 12 seafront plot by 1.25 metre but are also constructing a unique Sea-Erosion Protection Wall on the seafront making use of previously secured excavated boulders, some weighing in excess of four tons.

This one-of-a-kind private estate is earmarked to be developed on the last remaining seafront development site in Hermanus Proper and aims to offer prospective residents the opportunity to invest in both their future as well as the environment.

Five thousand plants were harvested from the site before excavation was started and are being cultivated at the Groot Bos Nature Reserve nursery to be returned to the site once it has been established. Water from the roofs of residential units will be secured in below-ground containers and will be used to irrigate the gardens.

Whale Bay Cascades’ plans have advanced security methods making it the most secure site in Hermanus. It is situated between two secure developments, the Whale Rock Estate and Hermanus Beach Club, and is surrounded by three metre high Brick Frame external concrete security walling. 

Sea-front access is virtually impossible due to the four metre high Sea-Erosion Protection Wall that secures the complete front sea-facing access area. There is only one general and one private access point from the sea-frontage, making any other access points virtually impossible. 

The seafront access area will be protected by infrared Flir Cameras, which are also used by the Navy Seals, which can detect and follow movement of intruders in the darkest night irrespective of mist, rain or hail. 

Whale Bay Cascades’ plans have advanced security methods making it the most secure site in Hermanus. It is situated between two secure developments, the Whale Rock Estate and Hermanus Beach Club, and is surrounded by three metre high Brick Frame external concrete security walling.

All of the architect designed homes have unobstructed views of the ocean, the lagoon, or both. 

There are three rows of strategically stepped Ocean Villas, ensuring unobstructed sea views from the first level floors; all Ocean Terraces have sea views, mountain views and partial lagoon views; and the Lagoon Villas and Lagoon Terraces have 200 metres of unobstructed Lagoon views.

All residence design specifications feature a high standard of quality finishes and these are DSTV, intercom and Internet enabled and cater for oven, hob and extractor, fridge, microwave and dishwasher features.

Most homes have a unique, elegantly designed, 360 degree view, imported Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator features. The elevator has one of the highest safety ratings in the world and it can transport an occupied wheelchair plus one person or three to four people. It does not use electricity on descent and uses five small turbine engines to ‘suck’ the elevator to the desired level. The elevators have no pulleys, chains, shafts, pits or any of the standard maintenance hassles.

Each unit is supplied with three-phase electricity and not single phase as per normal developments, while provision is made for gas so as to cater for power outages and a gas stove/fridge preference over electricity. 

Fibre optic cabling ensures maximum service speed of Internet, security, and intercom systems and access control to the site is via biometric security access and all street and common-area lights are solar-driven with a lighting capacity of 14 hours of night time.

From a recreational perspective, residents of Whale Bay Cascades are privy to a multitude of accessible activities and benefits, including approximately one kilometre of wheelchair-friendly walking/jogging walkway along the banks of the lagoon; highly secure 2.7 metre high boat garaging facilities for boat owners; car wash; catch-and-release sport-fishing in the exclusive lagoon; private swimming pool; outdoor trail hikes in the surrounding reserves; harbour boat trips; whale watching from the balcony and a 27 hole golf course at the neighbouring Hermanus Golf Club.

WBC developer, Willem van Zyl, says one of the core principles used during the conceptualisation process was to remain conscious of their environmental responsibilities and to make use of, and to re-use where possible, every natural resource and opportunity that the site had on offer.

This they believe has been achieved in their design, he says.  

“With certain changes in South Africa’s future lifestyle being a given, we deemed it essential to protect the residents as far as possible from risks such as power outages, global warming, escalating crime, electricity and municipal costs, and the resulting non-sustainable levies. We like to believe that we have built in measures to address all of these.”

Van Zyl says as he and some of his fellow partners intend retiring at Whale Bay Cascades. They have also investigated the opportunity of having a section of the development designed as a retirement element and to make certain benefits that come along with such a section available to the remainder of the development. 

For more information visit www.WhaleBayCascades.co.za

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