Idyl­lic Zim­bali home re­treat

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THE Zim­bali Coastal Re­sort on the KwaZu­luNatal north coast has firmly en­trenched it­self as a pre­mium des­ti­na­tion of­fer­ing its res­i­dents ex­cel­lent se­cu­rity and a pris­tine and pri­vate nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. With easy ac­cess to the new King Shaka In­ter­na­tional Air­port, liv­ing in Zim­bali and com­mut­ing to Sand­ton or the greater Gaut­eng re­gion has be­come more man­age­able.

In ad­di­tion, the ex­ten­sive in­fra­struc­ture and the range of shop­ping, busi­ness and med­i­cal ameni­ties that have now de­vel­oped within the im­me­di­ate area have trans­formed Zim­bali into a hub for those who love the sense of liv­ing in har­mony with na­ture while still hav­ing ev­ery­thing they re­quire at their fin­ger­tips.

An­dreas Wasse­naar, prin­ci­pal of Se­eff Properties Dol­phin Coast, is mar­ket­ing this R30m Zim­bali home which boasts Ba­li­ne­sein­spired ar­chi­tec­ture and a range of top-notch fin­ishes and fit­tings. He says that the trade in Zim­bali properties has been sur­pris­ingly steady in the past four years. He points to deeds of­fice reg­is­tered trans­fers re­ported by Light­stone — a prop­erty data and statis­tics provider — that show 2009 de­liv­ered 66 sales to the value of R288.2m, 2010 pro­duced 80 sales to the value of R310m, 2011 recorded 70 sales to the value of R269.7m and last year re­sulted in 70 sales to the value of R362m.

“On aver­age Zim­bali there­fore is pro­duc­ing 72 sales to the value of R307.5m. Not bad for a gen­er­ally con­strained prop­erty mar­ket where sup­ply still ex­ceeds de­mand by a wide mar­gin, es­pe­cially for coastal properties,” he says. “Re­mark­ably the num­ber of ac­tual trans­ac­tions for 2011 and 2012 were iden­ti­cal, but the value shot up 34%. This is in­dica­tive of the re­cov­ery in de­mand at the higher end of the mar­ket.”

Wasse­naar says the high-end mar­ket in Zim­bali can be seg­mented into two groups. There is a R10m-R20m bracket which is rep­re­sented by beau­ti­fully po­si­tioned homes, with sizes rang­ing from 500m² to 800m², of­fer­ing four to five bed­rooms, all with en­suite bath­rooms and par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy fin­ishes and at­ten­tion to de­tail. Home au­to­ma­tion, heated pools, smart kitchens and de­signer me­dia/en­ter­tain­ment rooms start to make their pres­ence felt in this cat­e­gory. The very top end of the home mar­ket within Zim­bali is de­fined by a group of ap­prox­i­mately 50 homes priced within the R20m-R40m bracket.

“Each one of th­ese properties is ex­tra­or­di­nary and de­signer fin­ishes and top-end home au­to­ma­tion is stan­dard,” says Wasse­naar. “Me­dia rooms con­trolled by iPad apps are cut­ting edge, kitchens with in­te­grated ap­pli­ances are ex­pected while ex­ten­sive de­sign fea­tures such as rim­flow pools, koi ponds that flow un­derneath parts of the home and lav­ish out­door en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas of­ten char­ac­terise this group. Most im­por­tantly it comes down to po­si­tion and pri­vacy. Pri­vacy is the new lux­ury and in­di­vid­u­als … at the high end of the res­i­den­tial prop­erty spec­trum place a con­sid­er­able pre­mium on it.”

This fea­ture home, 10 Milk­wood Drive, Zim­bali, is the quin­tes­sen­tial Ba­li­nese-in­spired home. Three life-size Ba­li­nese stone stat­ues greet guests with the sooth­ing sound of flow­ing wa­ter set­ting the tone for a tran­quil ex­pe­ri­ence. “For those who have been to a spa at a Banyan Tree Re­sort in Asia or the Sey­chelles, the same ex­pe­ri­ence of bare­foot lux­ury and sen­sual ex­pe­ri­ence will be fa­mil­iar in this re­mark­able prop­erty,” says Wasse­naar.

The ground floor liv­ing spa­ces in­clude for­mal and in­for­mal din­ing ar­eas po­si­tioned close to an over­sized kitchen with dou­blevol­ume ceil­ing space. A clev­erly de­signed in­ter­nal court­yard with cen­trally lo­cated frangi­pani tree leads out to the sec­ond pool. The main pool is po­si­tioned on the seafac­ing el­e­va­tion and frames the view from the large wooden deck. Two pri­vate guest suites are lo­cated on the ground floor.

The first floor land­ing boasts an ex­cep­tional ocean view, and leads to the two mas­ter suites. This home also in­cludes four lockup garages.

Wasse­naar says that two note­wor­thy trans­ac­tions within Zim­bali have re­cently been recorded which pro­vide clear ev­i­dence of re­newed ac­tiv­ity within the higher end of the mar­ket: a new 600m² home was sold and trans­ferred in Septem­ber last year at R20m, and a 1,034m² home was sold in May this year for R20.5m with trans­fer ex­pected to be reg­is­tered in July.

“The ex­pec­ta­tions for the rest of the year is that the num­ber of trans­ac­tions should be up on last year, with more higher-value trans­ac­tions con­cluded, al­though sell­ing prices are still ex­pected to be 10% be­low gen­eral ask­ing prices,” he says. Price: R30m ex­clud­ing VAT Con­tact: Se­eff Properties An­dreas Wasse­naar 082 837 9094

Michelle Funke

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