An aerial view of the Gentlemen’s Estates at Val de Vie.
Those with a keen eye for property investments, with a love for the Cape Winelands or simply a yearning to “live the good life” in a secure environment, will be pleased to know that one of the country’s most esteemed residential, lifestyle and polo estates, Val de Vie Estate, has officially launched the second phase of its greater development. Val de Vie will expand its borders to encompass 300 hectares of land, which it has purchased from Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate.
Comments Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie’s Marketing Director: “Val de Vie has been an extremely popular choice for families from all corners of the country, as well as for expats wanting to invest in South African property. Home to the ‘Safest House in Africa’, Val de Vie truly has something rare to offer in terms of security, as well as lifestyle and location. We’re very excited that, with the current expansions, even more people will now have the opportunity to embrace this.”
Since its inception in 2006, Val de Vie has transformed the ground on which it is located in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley from a desolate state to a stunning piece of land that now lives up to its name, meaning “Valley of Life”.
Comments Dr Andrew Golding, Chief Executive of the Pam Golding Property Group: “Val de Vie has taken an innovative and holistic approach to the development of this sought after estate, catering for a diverse range of home buyers with stylish, modern homes offering the ultimate in secure, country living with a host of amenities – all this less than 15 minutes from Stellenbosch and under 30 minutes from Cape Town.”
Building on the success it has seen over the years and based on its core values that promote sustainability, Val de Vie’s second phase will entail the development of smallholding properties, including:
Ranging from 1,2 hectares to 3,53 hectares, the Gentlemen’s Estates will allow buyers the opportunity to cultivate vineyards, olive groves, organic vegetables and the like, or to keep horses or certain breeds of livestock. Thus, these estates cater perfectly to those looking to enjoy all the perks of farm life, without the stresses of commercial farming and with the added benefit of the estate’s outstanding security.
“These new Gentlemen’s Estates will have huge appeal for families who want to enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, farm-type lifestyle,” continues Dr Golding. “This is already a highly successful farming area. Back in the 1600s and 1700s fresh fruit and vegetables were cultivated and traded with passing ships and now today’s residents at Val de Vie can reap the rewards and satisfaction of tilling the land while enjoying an idyllic lifestyle on one of South Africa’s most successful estates, without any security concerns.”
Based on a similar concept, Val de Vie’s four River Reserves will range in size from 2,56 hectares to 5,83 hectares and will be classed as eco-estates, where indigenous buck such as the grysbok and steenbok will be free to roam amidst rehabilitated fynbos and nature at its best. Furthermore, buyers of River Reserves will be allowed to keep select game species on their property in conjunction with Cape Nature. These estates will be ideal for those seeking the best of both worlds – expansive outdoor surroundings as well as proximity to the city and other amenities.
The purchase of both Gentlemen’s Estates and River Reserves includes allocated water from the estate’s existing water rights, irrigation installation as well as a complete landscaping plan which will be devised together with a professional landscaper. Furthermore, each buyer will receive two complimentary concept design meetings with one of South Africa’s most esteemed architects, Stefan Antoni of Antoni Associates in order to create their dream home on one of these estates. Owners of these estates will be charged the same levies as other Val de Vie homeowners.
“We believe that the limited number and unique offering of Gentlemen’s Estates and River Reserves have the potential for sound investment returns as capital values increase, and will also help boost the value of other properties on the estate,” adds Dr Golding. “Already renowned for its fine wines, world-class polo grounds, exceptional health club with gym, squash and tennis courts plus heated indoor pool and top quality restaurant, Val de Vie has now added a highly attractive new element with this agricultural offering.”
Another of the most noteworthy developments to take place at Val de Vie, set to be completed by the year 2017, will be the addition of a bridge which will extend across the Berg River to connect with the R45, thus bringing access to excellent schools, the University of Stellenbosch and Cape Town International Airport that much closer to Val de Vie.
“The essence of these properties reiterates that which we’ve poured our hearts into prioritising as an estate – life lived close to nature, with a range of excellent amenities on one’s doorstep, world-class security and the freedom to enjoy one’s surroundings – ‘life worth living’, as we like to say,” concludes Neethling.