Es­tate liv­ing at its best

New lux­ury se­cu­rity devel­op­ment of­fers a rare op­por­tu­nity to own a con­tem­po­rary clas­sic in the highly cov­eted Con­stan­tia vine­yard val­ley, writes Michelle Funke

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CON­STRUC­TION is well un­der way at Nieuwe Steen­berg, a lux­ury, se­cure es­tate set in the south-west cor­ner of the pres­ti­gious Steen­berg Golf Es­tate. Here, land­mark Cape ver­nac­u­lar homes with state-of-the-art se­cu­rity features and guarded perime­ters, perch on an el­e­vated site with gen­tle slopes be­neath the Steen­berg and Con­stan­tiaberg moun­tains.

The es­tate is sur­rounded by vine­yards and is only min­utes away from some of the most il­lus­tri­ous wine farms in the Con­stan­tia Val­ley, such as Steen­berg, Con­stan­tia Uit­sig, Groot Con­stan­tia and Buiten­ver­wagt­ing.

Com­pris­ing 30 dou­ble-storey units, de­signed by dhk Ar­chi­tects in a mod­ern style, the es­tate is set to be­come a con­tem­po­rary clas­sic, says Mike Gre­eff, CEO of Gre­eff Prop­er­ties, an af­fil­i­ate of Christie’s In­ter­na­tional Real Es­tate.

“The vi­sion was to de­sign and de­velop a lux­ury coun­try es­tate that was mod­ern and ele­gant yet ap­pro­pri­ate in its set­ting, re­spond­ing to the her­itage of the area, with­out be­ing pas­tiche,” says Peter Fehrsen, di­rec­tor of dhk Group. “Im­por­tantly, the build­ings re­flect a con­tem­po­rary Cape ver­nac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture, which takes ad­van­tage of the prox­im­ity to the well-known Steen­berg Wine Es­tate. We also wanted to in­still a sense of com­mu­nity within a vil­lage-like set­ting. Over­all, the am­bi­tion was to en­sure that res­i­dents got the sense of be­ing part of a liv­ing land­scape of moun­tains and vine­yards,” says Fehrsen,

He says each house will have, de­pend­ing on its po­si­tion, com­mand­ing vine­yard or moun­tain views as well as the more in­ti­mate views of the treed and land­scaped ac­cess streets, vine­yards and plant­ing of the es­tate it­self.

White-walled ar­chi­tec­ture with Vic­to­rian pro­file, cor­ru­gated roofs and “werf” walls sur­round the prop­erty. Gen­er­ous win­dows, tim­ber per­go­las and beau­ti­ful, large French doors that open onto the ter­races of­fer func­tional bal­ance be­tween the tra­di­tional and mod­ern. Garages are tucked away un­der the build­ings.

“The guid­ing prin­ci­ples of the lay­outs was to of­fer ground-floor, open-plan liv­ing, spa­cious din­ing ar­eas with gen­er­ous ac­cess to open ter­races and out­side liv­ing spa­ces. The dwellings boast gen­er­ous up­stairs bed­rooms — each with their own en-suite bath- rooms and bal­cony,” he says.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion com­prises two- and three-bed­room units, all en-suite with spa­cious, dou­ble or triple di­rect ac­cess garages. A wine cel­lar/play­room/home the­atre room/store­room will be for the pur­chaser’s choice.

Other features in­clude pri­vate gar­dens with op­tional pool, tree­lined in­ter­nal roads and land­scaped pave­ments.

“The ex­cep­tional se­cu­rity of­fered at Nieuwe Steen­berg which in­cludes pal­isade fences with ex­tra height elec­tric fenc­ing, as well as a wide-sweep­ing cam­era cur­tain, makes it a per­fect lo­ca­tion not just for fam­i­lies who seek a safe com­mu­nity life­style, but also for sin­gle pro­fes­sion­als who travel and re­quire a se­cure lock-up-andgo home, but want to en­joy all that the Nieuwe Steen­berg life­style has to of­fer when they’re stay­ing there,” says Gre­eff.

He says that moun­tain trails and the beaches of False Bay are all within min­utes of the devel­op­ment, as are shop­ping cen­tres, and a plethora of fine eater­ies. In fact, the Con­stan­tia Val­ley has an abun­dance of pro­tected green­belts and numer­ous hik­ing and eques­trian trails that of­fer walks and climbs for en­thu­si­asts of all fit­ness lev­els. Nieuwe Steen­berg is also lo­cated across the road from qual­ity pri­vate school Red­dam House, which of­fers co-ed­u­ca­tional non-de­nom­i­na­tional tuition from preschool to ma­tric.

“The cherry on the top is that Nieuwe Steen­berg neigh­bours Steen­berg Golf Es­tate, one of the most pres­ti­gious ad­dresses on the Cape penin­sula. It is home to vine­yards, a wine tast­ing cen­tre, two award win­ning restau­rants, a ho­tel, spa, 18-hole golf course and a lux­ury res­i­den­tial es­tate. Pur­chasers at Nieuwe Steen­berg will en­joy ac­cess to the Steen­berg win­ery and ho­tel fa­cil­i­ties on the same ba­sis as reg­u­lar Steen­berg Es­tate own­ers, in that they will en­joy the same dis­counts and will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for mem­ber­ship at Steen­berg Golf Club,” says Gre­eff. “I firmly be­lieve that Nieuwe Steen­berg pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in one of the very finest life­styles on of­fer.” Price: Three bed­room units from R4.99m in­clud­ing VAT Con­tact: Gre­eff Prop­er­ties Bruce Durham 082 380 1880

Wine cel­lars, su­per-large garages, up­stairs bal­conies and pri­vate gar­dens are stan­dard features at Nieuwe Steen­berg, lo­cated on the Con­stan­tia Wine Route. This three-bed­room, three-bath­room show house is priced at R8.29m.

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