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Bushveld estate living in Johannesburg

13 Aug 2015

As the only golf estate in Johannesburg’s southern suburbs, Eye of Africa has distinguished itself as a unique and prestigious development.

As the only golf estate in Johannesburg’s southern suburbs, Eye of Africa has distinguished itself as a unique and prestigious development. Buyers are able to choose from several stand sizes, positions and elevations on which to build their own home, or they can select a ready-built townhouse or cluster unit.

The highlight of the estate, and its prime drawcard, is a Greg Norman-designed golf course, but, as developers prepare to invest over R100 million in infrastructure development this year, residents and investors can look forward to even more exciting features.

This is according to Kent Gush, a residential property specialist from Kent Gush Properties, and one of the estate’s new investors.

He says the year has already proved a busy one for the residential and golf estate, located in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg, with 100 sales recorded in the past five months alone.

Gush says he attributes the upswing in sales to the estate’s marketing strategies, which have been made possible by the fact that the business model is not dependent on bank finance; nor has it relied on pre-sales in order for construction on infrastructure to begin.

This trajectory is set to continue as new investors look to improve the facilities and infrastructure available on the estate.

Going forward, he says potential buyers will be able to see the finished product and make an informed decision when purchasing at the Eye of Africa.

Buyers are able to choose from several stand sizes, positions and elevations on which to build their own home, or they can select a ready-built townhouse or cluster unit.

Although there is a list of preferred builders, Gush says homeowners can appoint their own builder and architect.

The highlight of the estate, and its prime drawcard, is a Greg Norman-designed golf course, but, as developers prepare to invest over R100 million in infrastructure development this year, residents and investors can look forward to even more exciting features.

There are currently 175 completed homes at the Eye of Africa, with a further 111 homes under construction.

Stone Quarter, a cluster development priced from R2.19 million is attracting young families and professionals wishing to live in a gated and secure golf estate.

St Georges, The Belvedere and Beaconsfield are three of the recently released freehold villages where the bulk of the services are already complete. These new releases comprise 246 stands with sizes ranging from 700sqm to 1 700sqm.

Gush says they afford homeowners magnificent north-facing views of the ridge, and as far as the Sandton skyline.

Smaller stands are priced from R675 000, and a number of purchasers have already taken transfer of their stands and are about to commence with the construction of their homes.

Views of the mountains, valleys and internal lakes from inside the estate are truly spectacular, says Gush. Careful landscaping has ensured that the indigenous veld and grasses have been retained, and naturally occurring rock has been used as part of construction wherever possible.

“The result is an authentic bushveld experience, enhanced by the presence of small game species.”

Eye of Africa is just one of the developments which are breathing new life into the southern suburbs. Residents of the area are looking forward to the completion of the Mall of the South, expected to open its doors during spring, which will feature an array of much-loved local and international brands.

Views of the mountains, valleys and internal lakes from inside the estate are truly spectacular, says Gush. Careful landscaping has ensured that the indigenous veld and grasses have been retained, and naturally occurring rock has been used as part of construction wherever possible.

The shopping centre will also offer a restaurant promenade; a destination for food lovers featuring a walkway with a variety of new culinary experiences, he says. The Mall of the South has already exceeded its planned size of 70 000 square meters, and is set to become one of Johannesburg’s most sought-after shopping experiences.

Gush says Eye of Africa residents will undoubtedly value their proximity to the new mall. In the meantime, the estate is also close to other key shopping centres in the area, including The Glen and Southgate, as well as major business centres.

The growing interest in other residential estates in the area, such as Meyersdal Eco Estate, Nature Estate and Aspen, all of which are fully occupied, points to the desirability of estate living in the south, and is a sign that demand for secure properties in these suburbs is on the rise.

As such, Eye of Africa’s infrastructure development couldn’t have come at a better time, he says.

With a number of new features planned for the estate, including a new restaurant, a luxurious clubhouse and resort pool, it will continue to offer golf estate living with a difference, bringing together convenience, country living and exclusivity in one distinctive residential offering, says Gush.

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