Hang 10! The beach washes up in Jacaranda city

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THE Pre­to­ria prop­erty mar­ket is heat­ing up as it grows its rep­u­ta­tion as a hip place to live, at­tract­ing more young pro­fes­sion­als and fam­i­lies.

The Jacaranda city has shrugged off its con­ser­va­tive im­age, and in­vestors and those look­ing to buy an af­ford­able home are in­creas­ingly look­ing at Pre­to­ria’s eastern sub­urbs. And this is where the first Crys­tal La­goon in sub­Sa­ha­ran Africa will be built, bring­ing the beach in­land.

Multi­na­tional wa­ter in­no­va­tion com­pany Crys­tal La­goons has part­nered with Bal­win Prop­er­ties for the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of South Africa’s first Crys­tal La­goon, the world’s top amenity that will see a se­lect few thou­sand homes hav­ing ac­cess to a beach on their doorstep.

Bal­win Prop­er­ties’ new R4.2 bil­lion res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, The Blyde, at River­walk Es­tate, lo­cated in Pre­to­ria East, Gaut­eng, will show­case Crys­tal La­goons’ unique tech­nol­ogy, bring­ing a Crys­tal Clear la­goon for swim­ming, kayak­ing, pad­dle board­ing and sail­ing, all with a real beach feel.

The Crys­tal La­goon at The Blyde at River­walk Es­tate joins the ranks of over 600 projects – in dif­fer­ent stages of de­vel­op­ment and ne­go­ti­a­tion world­wide – in more than 60 coun­tries.

“At 1.5 hectares (which is equiv­a­lent to just over two rugby fields), the Crys­tal La­goon will be a key sell­ing-point to the de­vel­op­ment, and be the first la­goon to fea­ture our game-chang­ing tech­nol­ogy and unique con­cept in Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa,” says Alas­tair Sin­clair, re­gional di­rec­tor for Africa at Crys­tal La­goons.

Steve Brookes, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bal­win Prop­er­ties, said: “We are very ex­cited about our part­ner­ship with Crys­tal La­goons and fore­see this as the first of at least six in South Africa com­bined with the brand.

“Bal­win de­vel op­ments ap­peal to cou­ples in­vest­ing in their first home, re­tired peo­ple look­ing for safe lock-up-and-go flats, fam­i­lies who can let their chil­dren be chil­dren, as well as in­vestors who are at­tracted by the re­turn on in­vest­ment the de­vel­op­ments of­fer.”

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