Coastal style, tran­quil­ity

Business Day - Home Front - - FRONT PAGE - Michelle Swart

This home in Umh­langa’s Izinga Ridge of­fers a warm, tran­quil and se­cure liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment

IZINGA Ridge in Umh­langa, near Dur­ban, con­sists of four unique, gated cul-de-sac vil­lages. The ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign hints at Ba­li­nese with a touch of African/Mediter­ranean, blend­ing com­fort­ably with the at­trac­tively land­scaped prop­erty. Each vil­lage ac­com­mo­dates ap­prox­i­mately 40 home­own­ers, and is pro­tected by 24-hour cam­era sur­veil­lance, elec­tric fenc­ing and emer­gency armed re­sponse.

The name “Izinga”, drawn from Zulu, sig­ni­fies as­pi­ra­tion and achieve­ment and the homes in this es­tate live up to the name.

Izinga Ridge is an eco-es­tate where pur­chasers are buy­ing into a se­cure life­style. While there are some homes with sea views, most have ex­cel­lent in­land views.

The devel­op­ment is close to all ma­jor ameni­ties in­clud­ing hos­pi­tals, good schools, Gate­way The­atre of Shop­ping, La Lu­cia Mall and La Lu­cia Ridge Of­fice Park. It also en­joys easy ac­cess to the M4 and N2 high­ways as well as the new King Shaka Air­port which opens next month.

The one-year-old home is on a 1 252m² stand. It is de­scribed as a lux­u­ri­ous Bali-in­spired home that of­fers its res­i­dents lux­ury and serene liv­ing. Tran­quil­lity and safety were cru­cial in its de­sign and the at­ten­tion to de­tail is ev­i­dent in the end re­sult.

The earthy African colours, glass, wood and stone fea­tures are in keep­ing with the ar­chi­tec­tural code for the es­tate. The 680m² home fea­tures top qual­ity fin­ishes through­out, with open-plan re­cep­tion rooms that flow out to a deep cov­ered wrap-around ve­randa. In ad­di­tion there is a pub gazebo which over­looks the quartzite pool and land­scaped gar­den.

In true Ba­li­nese style the en­trance to the home with its dou­ble vol­ume en­trance hall is strik­ing and in­cludes wa­ter fea­tures at the door and a fea­ture wall with pots. Op­u­lent chan­de­liers add a touch of glam­our.

There are four dou­ble en-suite bed­rooms — three up­stairs that open onto an up­stairs bal­cony that of­fers lovely in­land views. Also up­stairs is a spa­cious fit­ted study or den. One guest suite is down­stairs. The dark wood kitchen is a chef’s dream with top of the range ap­pli­ances and Cae­sarS­tone fin­ishes and a sep­a­rate scullery and laun­dry room.

Aside from am­ple park­ing this home boasts a triple auto garage with di­rect ac­cess to the house.

The own­ers’ favourite fea­ture of this home is the open-plan in­te­rior lay­out that al­lows for the ef­fort­less en­ter­tain­ing, and the large stack­ing doors that fold back to re­veal var­i­ous ve­ran­das and most promi­nently, an ex­pan­sive cov­ered pa­tio that is per­fect for lin­ger­ing sum­mer lunches and out­door fun. “Each room has been given a unique feel, and an abun­dance of tex­tures found in el­e­ments such as car­pet­ing, fabrics, wall fea­tures make this home a haven of re­lax­ation and har­mony,” the own­ers say.

In the past year this es­tate has seen a lot of sales ac­tiv­ity with a num­ber of prop­er­ties priced up to R5m chang­ing hands, said Keith Wake­field, CEO of Wake­fields Es­tate Agents.

House prices at Izinga Ridge vary from en­try level of around R3,2m for a du­plex “duet” with three bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, pos­si­bly a study, dou­ble garage and some with pools. A du­plex duet is a semide­tached prop­erty, where de­vel­op­ers have been al­lowed to build a duet, or two prop­er­ties, on one stand that is less than 1 000m². These units are de­signed to give the ap­pear­ance of one house but have sep­a­rate en­trances.

“Prices es­ca­late to R5m, which is the en­try-level amount for a free­stand­ing home. Cur­rently the top-priced home is on the mar­ket for R16m and it is on a dou­ble plot of 2 000m² with in­land and some sea views,” said Wake­field.

He says that due to the fact that the ma­jor­ity of buy­ers at­tend­ing show houses are look­ing in the R3m-R4m price range, the du­plex duets are sell­ing well and Wake­fields has four units for sale, di­rect from the de­vel­op­ers with no trans­fer duty payable.

Knowl­edge Fac­tory’s SAPTG statis­tics show that the mar­ket per­for­mance of full ti­tle prop­er­ties within Umh­langa Rocks has been tak­ing a bit of strain.

Only 19 trans­fers have been recorded for the 2009-10 pe­riod com­pared to the 42 trans­fers recorded in 2008-09, and the av­er­age price has de­creased from just over R3,5m in 2008-09 to R3,038m in 2009-10.

How­ever, prop­erty is con­sid­ered to be a long-term in­vest­ment and the five-year ap­pre­ci­a­tion trend for full-ti­tle prop­er­ties in Umh­langa rep­re­sents a 5,48% value growth, which is in line with the av­er­age prop­erty growth ex­pec­ta­tions for the year. R7,2m with cer­tain fur­ni­ture ne­go­tiable Wake­fields Es­tate Agents Lynn Slogrove 082 452 4100 Of­fice 031 561 1286

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