The first high school at the Bardale Village development is nearing completion and it is anticipated that construction will be fully complete by January 2014.
The school will be ready for their first intake of students for January next year and it is expected that it will be able to accommodate approximately 800 students.
“This new building is impressive: it has a modern, well designed aesthetic,” says Michael Bauer, managing director of the estate agency, IHPC.
Following this development, said Bauer, it is anticipated that the Government will be building another new high school and two new primary schools as they have already purchased the land. They have now surveyed the sites, which could mean that they are in their planning phases for those schools, said Bauer.
In addition to the primary and high schools, said Bauer, the new crèche facility (which will be run by a private operator) will also, it is expected, be able to enrol its first intake of children in January 2014. They will be able to accommodate 140 children between the ages of two and grade R.
“The fact that the overall plan for an integrated estate at Bardale Village is now falling into place, bodes very well for property values here. The safe, family orientated lifestyle that we have worked hard to create is now coming together and this will go towards increasing property values even further in the area.
“For many parents living here, knowing that their children can walk to school and will be inside the security estate and back home within a matter of minutes will make a huge difference and we believe this will make Bardale Village homes even more popular,” said Bauer.
Demand for homes should increase here because of the schools being added to the infrastructure and, because this estate is geared towards family living, with homes ranging from two to four bedrooms, at prices from R455 000 to R745 000, families can find the space they need at affordable prices, said Bauer.
“We have also found that banks have been approving more bonds recently and that there are more young professionals buying property at Bardale Village,” he said.
“The family orientated lifestyle and the way that the buyers in the scheme have been controlled, have attributed to the success of the development. At present the majority of the occupants here are owners, there is only less than 25% owned by buy to let investors.”