Steyn City: A lifestyle benchmark
The only thing missing is the sea. Other than that, Steyn City will have it all: residences, shopping centres, schools, medical facilities, parks, outdoor and i ndoor gyms, a skatepark, 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, cycling tracks and hop-on hop-off buses, the list is endless. You name it; the chances are Steyn Cit y has it, and it sets t he benchmark for the l ive, work, play concept.
As far as the eye can see stretches the vast 809-hectare mixed-use estate that is Steyn City, which is located north of Fourways.
Conceived by the estate’s visionary and former-insurance magnate Douw Steyn and Giuseppe Plumari, CEO of Steyn City Properties, their vision was to develop a city based on the pedestrianised, community-orientated cities of old where people, not cars, were at the centre of all activities ensuring an unprecedented quality of life.
“There is no development on the continent that I know of that compares in size and infrastructure to Steyn City. This will allow residents to enjoy an unparalleled array of leisure activities and create a unique quality of life that has long been out of the reach of most South Africans, due to high walls, the need to commute and security concerns,” Plumari said at Steyn City’s official launch.
With infrastructure and a number of residential and resort facilities complete, the f irst phase of their vision to turn this once sprawling squatter camp into a premier lifestyle estate is now becoming a reality.
That reality begins on the upgraded roads leading to the estate where an imposing gatehouse forms the entrance to the mammoth resort set on undulating and extensive parklands with its network of pathways, forests and wetlands.
The estate boasts a 15km promenade, a driving range, tennis courts, swimming pools, a rugby/soccer field, an equestrian centre, fishing, as well as a deli, heliport and fuel station.
Steyn City has planning approval for up to 10 000 residences. To date, 93 apartments and 19 clusters have been completed, with a further 45 clusters to be built off plan. In addition, six show homes are complete and 220 freehold stands have been released onto the market. Priced from R1.650m up to R3.9m, the one-, two- and three-bedroom “village feel” apartments follow a contemporary barn architectural style and range in size from 74m² to 149m².
But for those with deeper pockets and willing to wait around 18 months, R13.9m will buy them 350m² of sumptuous living that includes a plunge pool and interiors designed by renowned interior designer Stephen Falcke.
Although some units have already been sold, the launch to the public proper happens on 12 March. “Granted, homeowners are going to pay what might be perceived as a premium price as compared to other residential developments, but this is not like other residential developments due to its size and unparalleled lifestyle, so it’s vital to factor in the intangible/‘ hidden’ value attached to the properties on offer,” says sales and marketing manager Seamus