Steyn City: A life­style bench­mark

Finweek English Edition - - INSIDE - BY GLENDA WIL­LIAMS

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

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