Take your fun on the rocks

Michelle Funke looks at a new de­vel­op­ment sell­ing in the pop­u­lar KwaZulu-Natal north coast sea­side town of Umh­langa Rocks

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HIS­TOR­I­CALLY Umh­langa Rocks vil­lage, with its beau­ti­ful beach­front, pave­ment cafes, open air pubs and restau­rants and more tra­di­tional feel, was far away — lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively — from its more chic cousin over the hill, the Gate­way The­atre of Shop­ping.

“The Vil­lage”, as it is fondly known lo­cally, is an eclec­tic mix of old and new, with the glam­orous Pearls and Bea­con Rock res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments stand­ing side by side with older apart­ment blocks, just a stone’s throw from two iconic five-star ho­tels.

“Qui­eter out of sea­son, the vil­lage’s more than 100 pubs and restau­rants buzz with ex­cite­ment dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­ri­ods. Fun, sun and sea is what it’s all about,” says El­wyn Schenk, area prin­ci­pal in Umh­langa and Umd­loti for Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties.

Less than 2km up Umh­langa Rocks Drive stands the Gate­way The­atre of Shop­ping with a wide va­ri­ety of 350 shops, in­clud­ing global brands such as Top­shop, Zara and La Senza. More than just a shop­ping cen­tre, Gate­way of­fers fash­ion, fun and en­ter­tain­ment.

Says Schenk: “Set be­tween and con­nect­ing th­ese two precincts is Rid­ge­side, a fast de­vel­op­ing node which, be­cause of its cen­tral po­si­tion, has ap­peal for own­ers and visi­tors alike. With its com­mand­ing views up and down the coast, Rid­ge­side is a four precinct site of new in­ter­na­tional ho­tels, of­fice parks and mixed-use de­vel­op­ments — Dur­ban’s an­swer to Sand­ton, only bet­ter, some say.”

Plan­ning of the Rid­ge­side precinct is closely aligned to a com­pre­hen­sive en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment pro­gramme with a buf­fer zone set aside to pro­tect the re­main­ing coastal for­est bor­der­ing the de­vel­op­ment area. The south­ern and western as­pects al­ready in­cor­po­rate a num­ber of cor­po­rate of­fices, in­clud­ing the Ned­bank build­ing with its fourstar en­vi­ron­men­tal green sta­tus, an in­ter­na­tional ho­tel and other of­fice blocks.

“The Rid­ge­side area, with its spec­tac­u­lar sea views, will also em­brace green parks, tree-lined boule­vards, pi­az­zas and a net­work of walk­ing and cy­cling trails in­ter­spersed with ar­eas of nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion,” says Schenk.

A mixed-use de­vel­op­ment named Rock­ridge is planned on an el­e­vated site with sweep­ing ocean views which will have a strong em­pha­sis on the res­i­den­tial com­po­nent. The block will con­sist of a ground floor of 2,200m2 to ac­com­mo­date up­mar­ket com­mer­cial space and 79 res­i­den­tial apart­ments on 10 floors, in­clud­ing four lux­ury pent­houses.

Now sell­ing off-plan through Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties Umh­langa, who have been awarded the ex­clu­sive man­date, Rock­ridge will fea­ture drive-up ac­cess via ramps to all apart­ments, sweep­ing 180° sea views in most in­stances and a high stan­dard of fin­ishes.

“The mar­ket­place is show­ing sub­stan­tial in­ter­est in this well lo­cated de­vel­op­ment and we have seen an en­cour­ag­ing take-up with nu­mer­ous units al­ready re­served. The apart­ments will be sub­stan­tially larger than av­er­age for the area, with large stack­able doors which open out onto bal­conies. A range of op­tions in­cludes 83m2 one-bed­room, one-bath­room apart­ments sell­ing at R1.75m, twobed­room, two-bath­room units of 144m2 priced from R3.7m and three-bed­room units of 155m2 with two or three bath­rooms priced from R3.8m. Pent­houses are a spa­cious 261m2 and are priced from R8.75m and in­cor­po­rate ei­ther three bed­rooms and two bath­rooms or four bed­rooms and three bath­rooms. A 10% de­posit se­cures a lux­ury apart­ment in this de­vel­op­ment.”

Schenk says a key fea­ture is the fact that large lock-up garages are at­tached to each unit, plus there is am­ple vis­i­tor’s park­ing. The com­plex will have 24-hour se­cu­rity, CCTV cam­eras in­ter­com and high-speed con­nec­tiv­ity.

The project is sched­uled for com­ple­tion in early 2016.

Price: From R1.75m Con­tact: Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties El­wyn Schenk 083 325 1606 Of­fice 031 561 5300

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