Phase 2 of Dur­banville es­tate to be re­leased

Clara Anna Fon­tein Es­tate plots start at R1.5m

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

WITH R500 mil­lion in sales al­ready in the bag and only 11 plots re­main­ing to be sold in the first phase of the pres­ti­gious Clara Anna Fon­tein Es­tate in Dur­banville, phase two is set to be re­leased to the mar­ket.

Colin Green, a di­rec­tor of Ra­bie Prop­erty Group, which is un­der­tak­ing the de­vel­op­ment in a joint ven­ture with landown­ers, the AFM Louw Fam­ily Trust, said more than 95 per­cent of the 259 sin­gle- res­i­den­tial er­ven in phase one had been sold and the 85 plots in phase two would be re­leased shortly.

Plots vary in size from 830m² to 2 600m² with an av­er­age size of around 1 200m² and are priced be­tween R1.5m and R4.2m, in­clud­ing VAT.

He said these stands, most of which en­joy spec­tac­u­lar north­fac­ing views, are all suited to ex­ec­u­tive-size lux­ury homes.

“Ar­chi­tec­tural guide­lines will en­sure an un­com­pro­mis­ing stan­dard of design through­out. The end re­sult will be an eclec­tic mix of styles from tra­di­tional to clean and con­tem­po­rary builds in­cor­po­rat­ing glass, tim­ber, steel and stone fin­ishes,” said Green.

The com­pleted Clara Anna Fon­tein de­vel­op­ment, which will cover 127 hectares and which bor­ders a pri­vate game re­serve, will con­sist of 344 sin­gle res­i­den­tial stands, 126 group hous­ing stands, 176 re­tire­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and a Red­dam pri­vate school.

In ad­di­tion it will have a num­ber of recre­ational and sports fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a gym, a lap pool, ten­nis courts and a squash court as well as var­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment venues in re­vamped build­ings for par­ties and func­tions.

Green said the orig­i­nal 18th cen­tury manor house on the es­tate will be fully re­stored and rein­vented to pro­vide a mod­ern lux­ury life­style cen­tre where res­i­dents will be able to en­joy meals or meet friends for drinks.

The high-se­cu­rity es­tate will have fi­bre to the home and in­clude CCTV cam­eras on the perime­ter and through­out, bio­met­ric ac­cess con­trol, elec­tric fenc­ing and anti-dig bar­ri­ers as well as 24-hour manned se­cu­rity.

Green said the civils con­tract had been awarded to Power Con­struc­tion and work was ex­pected to start shortly. First trans­fers are sched­uled for Septem­ber and phase two in 2017.

The launch of phase two fol­lows the re­cent rul­ing by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court in favour of the de­vel­oper on the ba­sis that the ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal by the Dur­banville Com­mu­nity Fo­rum (DCF), which has op­posed the de­vel­op­ment in court for many years, “had no prospect of suc­cess”.

Fran­cois Louw of Louw & Coet­zee At­tor­neys said the rul­ing ef­fec­tively ended the DCF’s op­po­si­tion against the en­vi­ron­men­tal au­tho­ri­sa­tion is­sued by the pro­vin­cial min­is­ter of lo­cal govern­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs and de­vel­op­ment plan­ning in 2013.

“In spite of los­ing var­i­ous ob­jec­tions, ap­peals and court cases and hav­ing le­gal costs awarded against them on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, the DCF con­tin­ued on a path of lit­i­ga­tion. The DCF has now lost in the Cape High Court, the Supreme Court of Ap­peal in Bloem­fontein as well as in the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, paving the way for the de­vel­op­ment to pro­ceed as planned,” said Louw.

For de­tails, call Jo­han de Bruyn on 082 881 2011.

WIN­NING TEAM: Colin Green and Mariska Auret of the Ra­bie Prop­erty Group, with Berti Louw of AFM Fam­ily Trust and Al­wyn Laub­scher of Al­wyn Laub­scher & As­so­ciates, in front of the manor house at Clara Anna Fon­tein.

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