Coastal style, tranquility
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