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14 Sep 2012

Buyers looking for affordable lifestyle homes in the Cape should look no further than the new De Velde Somerset West Lifestyle Estate.

One bedroom units at De Velde Somerset West Lifestyle Estate are priced at R499 990, R795 900 for two bedroom units and three bedroom units are R899 900.

It is located alongside the Strand Golf Course, across the road from the Paarde Vlei wetlands close to the Somerset Mall.

The estate will have 1 118 units in total and is developed by Balwin Properties – their first development in the Western Cape.

Balwin Properties has an impressive portfolio of Gauteng developments spanning over more than two decades.

One bedroom units in this development are priced at R499 990, R795 900 for two bedroom units and three bedroom units at R899 900.

Each of the homes has access to the De Velde Lifestyle Centre which offers a fitness centre, squash court, cinema room, library, function room, wine cellar, two swimming pools, braais, gazebos and much more.

The Lifestyle Centre ensures that each home is extended in a way that adds real value to the homeowners’ lifestyle - creating as many leisure opportunities within the estate as there are in the surrounding area - all with the assurance of De Velde’s 24/7 electronic and physical security, according to the developer.

Construction on the development has begun and the first phase is scheduled for completion in November.

Each of the homes has access to the De Velde Lifestyle Centre which offers a fitness centre, squash court, cinema room, library, function room, wine cellar, two swimming pools, braais, gazebos and much more.

Steve Brookes, chief executive officer of Balwin Properties explains that De Velde Somerset West Lifestyle Estate has a rich history and its name - De Velde is derived from the fact that the site was originally the De Beers Football Club’s fields.

The design of the Estate pays homage to the original Cape Dutch architecture and cultural heritage of the Somerset West area.

Derrick Henstra of dhk Architects who designed De Velde was inspired by the site’s natural beauty and significant historical value of the site. 

“The tree line on De Beers Avenue was part of the original approach to the farm Vergelegen that belonged to Simon van der Stel.”

Henstra says the other established trees on the site were planted as wind breaks to the football fields of De Beers AFC, established in 1903.

“We wanted to incorporate as many of the existing trees to preserve the historical integrity.”

The preservation of the wind breaks set up a strong design principle, becoming a ‘green belt’ that flows through the development.

Unique features such as a herb garden, green wall and many landscaped green areas further complement this ‘green belt’, he explains.

Balwin focuses on producing eco-friendly products and facilities in each of their developments, to inspire homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint and adopt a green lifestyle. – Denise Mhlanga

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