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Plots available in Upper Constantia private estate through Knight Frank Residential SA

The entrance to Sillery Private Estate, where Knight Frank Residential SA are marketing 16 plots on behalf of developers, Richard Horton and Hein Badenhorst.

“Sillery Private Estate is set to be a much sought-after address as the developers, Richard Horton and Hein Badenhorst have given much thought and attention to detail to ensure that the homes fit in with the heritage-sensitive area as well as appealing to those who are looking for a contemporary style home to live in,” says Caryn Gillman, the Knight Frank Residential SA agent marketing plots in this estate.

The development has 24 hour security and comprises 26 plots in all. With ten plots already sold, Knight Frank are marketing the sixteen remaining. The plots vary in size from 1 200m² to 1 400m², and are priced from R4,6 million to R5,9 million (excluding VAT). Double storey homes are permitted on a certain number of plots (according to the site plan) and the remainder will be single storey homes, with some of these having the option to terrace as well. Currently, only the plots are being marketed; however, plot-and-plan options will be made available within the next month.

Strict architectural guidelines have been set in place, and homes are to be built in a Cape Vernacular style with allowances for a combination of pitched, lean-to and flat roof structures. Roof coverings will be silver blue slate, or charcoal or grey metal sheeting. Façades of buildings will be plastered and painted in various shades of light grey.

Living spaces within the homes should, according to the design guidelines, maximise on open plan living areas with floor to eave sliding doors and timber shutters. Simple rectangular shapes interlinked to create the typical Cape “H”, “U” or “T” floor plans are encouraged and architects are asked to work with the existing topography and planting on the erven (all existing trees must be incorporated into the new designs).

Construction of homes must start within 24 months of the plot being transferred into the new owner’s name and must be completed within 36 months of the transfer date. This has been set to ensure that homes are built timeously and that the estate will reach a “completed” state within a reasonable amount of time, so that residents do not live in a perpetual construction zone, said Gillman.

The landscaping of the 5,3 ha estate will be sensitive to the surroundings. An additional 1ha of wetlands includes a large retention pond surrounded by indigenous flora, ensuring that the bird life in the area flourishes. This will be surrounded by a boardwalk in a circular route where residents will be able to enjoy leisurely walks within the safety of the estate.

“The plot sizes in this estate are very generous and if you add this to the close proximity to all the amenities one could ask for literally down the road, such as sports clubs, shopping centres, and excellent schools, there couldn’t be a better opportunity to buy into an estate right now,” said Gillman. “Values in Constantia will continue to increase as supply cannot meet demand in certain price brackets and it has been shown that homes in estates are that much more sought after.”