Hous­ing pro­ject to cre­ate a life­style haven

New phase launched at Scotts­dene af­ford­able hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in Kraai­fontein

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

CALGRO M3, a Gaut­eng-based prop­erty de­vel­op­ment com­pany that has built more than 40 000 houses in 18 years, re­cently an­nounced that it is re­leas­ing the next phase of the Scotts­dene af­ford­able hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in Kraai­fontein.

The North Pine Meadow phase is part of the larger in­te­grated Scotts­dene de­vel­op­ment, which con­sists of var­i­ous pock­ets of hous­ing from RDP to so­cial hous­ing and bonded stock. Scotts­dene is just off the Old Paarl Road (R101) and is bounded by Bot­fontein Road (M15).

“The in­te­gra­tion of the dif­fer­ent types of hous­ing is im­por­tant as it fol­lows the national govern­ment direc­tive to cre­ate life­style havens for fam­i­lies and not just build hous­ing projects,” says Charl Cor­nelis­sen, divi­sional mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor at Calgro M3.

“This type of de­vel­op­ment is de­signed to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to up­grade their lives. They can start in RDP units and can even­tu­ally move to bonded units, which will then help them to cre­ate wealth.”

When com­plete, the Scotts­dene pro­ject will have 2 200 units in all, con­sist­ing of 1 100 gap, so­cial hous­ing and rental units, 340 com­mu­nity res­i­den­tial units which are sub­sidised rental units owned by the City of Cape Town, 550 sub­sidised RDP/ BNG ( break­ing new ground) units and 210 free­hold af­ford­able houses.

Scotts­dene is Calgro M3’s first in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment pro­ject out­side of Gaut­eng. The f our- year- old R554 mil­lion pro­ject was awarded by the City of Cape Town in Novem­ber 2010 and Calgro M3 ex­pects it to be com­pleted in early 2015.

“The bonded units here are split into sec­tional ti­tle units and free- stand­ing free­hold homes, al­though the bulk of th­ese will be sec­tional ti­tle units to den­sify ar­eas and not con­trib­ute to an ur­ban sprawl”, says Cor­nelis­sen.

“This type of de­vel­op­ment must be done in such a way that the banks will find value to grant bonds and the res­i­dents main­tain pride in their units. Se­cu­rity is of ut­most im­por­tance, as this nor­malises res­i­dents’ lives and keeps out the ele­ments that they are try­ing to get away from.”

Calgro’s other ob­jec­tive is to train the Scotts­dene prop­erty own­ers how to run the body cor­po­rate and a man­ag­ing agent is em­ployed to man­age the scheme.

“The sec­tional ti­tle own­ers could choose whether to have lower levies with­out se­cu­rity or a higher levy with 24-hour se­cu­rity. It’s in­ter­est­ing that they opted for the higher fee, be­cause of the strong need to move away from the ef­fects of crime.”

North Pine Meadow is a free­hold phase with 81 units, in three sizes – 43m², 52m² and 70m² (which has a garage). The larger units will be semide­tached, dou­ble-storey units with two bed­rooms and one full bath­room with a guest toi­let down­stairs.

The units will be priced from R390 000 with op­tional ex­tras avail­able to up­grade. Buy­ers of homes in this price bracket need to earn more than R12 000 a month, but no de­posits are re­quired.

“Calgro M3 de­vel­ops on such a large scale that it needs full con­trol and con­sis­tency in the sys­tems used to man­age the de­vel­op­ments, and this is where RED- i’s ( Real Es­tate De­vel­op­ment In­ter­ac­tive) SIMS ( Sales in­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tem) has helped tremen­dously.

“We use var­i­ous agents to sell units across all our de­vel­op­ments and SIMS makes in­for­ma­tion avail­able on­line in real time so that ev­ery­one in­volved is kept in­formed. Calgro M3 ad­min­is­tra­tors go through leads and vet buy­ers to see if they qual­ify for fi­nance, use the SIMS sys­tem, and then pass in­for­ma­tion from one di­vi­sion to the next. The Notes com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem al­lows di­rect and im­me­di­ate com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween all the staff in­volved,” says Cor­nelis­sen.

“With the ac­cu­rate up-to­date data we can ar­range meet­ings with banks or stake­hold­ers and con­fi­dently give ac­cu­rate feed­back on sales and fi­nan­cial as­pects.

“This cre­ates a faster cash con­ver­sion cy­cle be­cause time is not spent un­nec­es­sar­ily wad­ing through data and re­ports. The agents work­ing on our de­vel­op­ments have now em­braced SIMS as their in­come-earn­ing po­ten­tial has in­creased by ex­pend­ing en­ergy on the cor­rect deals and ar­eas rather than fol­low­ing up on re­dun­dant in­for­ma­tion.”

“Calgro M3 is a fairly large com­pany and all the var­i­ous di­vi­sions are kept in the loop via SIMS on fi­nan­cial, le­gal, bond orig­i­na­tion and other trans­ac­tion data on­line. This, in turn, saves time and costs and cre­ates a seam­less, ef­fi­cient sys­tem.

“As with all af­ford­able hous­ing de­vel­op­ments, costs need to be kept un­der tight con­trol, to be able to pro­vide the prod­ucts at the cor­rect prices. Sav­ings in one area trans­late to sav­ings in other ar­eas and be­cause we op­er­ate a turnkey de­vel­op­ment com­pany, with our own ar­chi­tects, sur­vey­ors, and other build­ing pro­fes­sion­als, sav­ings in all ar­eas helps down the line to pro­vide de­cent hous­ing at af­ford­able prices,” says Cor­nelis­sen.

Call Charl Cor­nelis­sen on 011 300 7500 or e-mail charl@cal­grom3.com

EAR­MARKED: An aerial view of the North­pine Meadow site at Scotts­dene, just off the Old Paarl Road (R101). This is the next phase of the Scotts­dene af­ford­able hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in Kraai­fontein.

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