An artist’s impression of Milner Gatehouse.
A luxury, energy-efficient sectional title development set in gorgeous parkland is being launched to market in the exclusive district of St Andrew’s in the East Rand’s most desirable suburb, Bedfordview.
Charlene Leibman, Area Specialist for Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, which has the sole mandate for the elite enclave, says: “Milner Grove is unlike any other residential development in the area and offers residents much more than just an upmarket urban estate lifestyle”.
“Set on 20 000m² of tranquil parkland, the emphasis is on creating a serene natural haven where residents can enjoy a relaxed lifestyle in an ultra-secure environment and be lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of the Jukskei River.”
Currently for sale off plan and due to break ground in early 2016 with completion scheduled for early 2017, Milner Grove offers investors a choice of 18 garden townhouses as well as five apartments in the iconic, elegant double storey heritage home that anchors the entire development.
The spacious three and four-bedroomed townhouses all feature private gardens and double garages, with thirteen units also offering staff quarters. Swimming pools and an additional garage are optional extras.
The apartments range from studio to three-bedroomed units and offer buyers low maintenance urban lock-up-and-go convenience in a spectacular park setting.
Liebman says: “In an area of diverse property options where investors can spend anything from R700 000 to R30 million, the price point at Milner Grove is very accessible and comfortably positioned at the upper end of the mid-market segment.”
The estate in Milner Avenue will be set around the heritage home that housed the Robertson family for many years and the apartments are a fusion of modern eclectic design and classic echoes of yesteryear.
“The townhouses range from R3.86m for a 185m² unit with three bedrooms, to R4.4m for a spacious 220m² four-bedroom home with additional staff quarters. The apartments in the converted Heritage Home are priced between R1.75m and R3.07m.”
“The conversion of the elegant homestead into separate apartments was centred on retaining the integrity of the building as well as incorporating the classic features like the beautiful natural stonework and character sash windows,” says Liebman.
All the homes will be equipped with Miele gas hobs and ovens and superb quality finishes throughout, with optional upgrades available on request.
Lew Geffen, Chairman of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty says: “Bedfordview’s property landscape has changed considerably over the past decade, with sectional title units now rivalling the number of single title properties in the area”.
“Spurred by substantial investment in the surrounding commercial and industrial nodes, the burgeoning demand and dwindling available land has transformed a once sleepy semi-rural suburb into a well-developed and popular residential area and thriving business centre.”
However, the growth and prosperity experienced in the area over the past two decades has also resulted in a busy, urbanised suburb with little open land and few remaining green spaces for families to enjoy other than Gilloolly’s Farm.
“Not only does the incorporation of urban greenery and open spaces in residential developments such as Milner Grove increase the aesthetic appeal; it offers residents a respite from the bustle of city life and the developers have set aside a substantial budget for the establishment of the garden and park areas,” says Geffen.
Aside from its excellent location and the convenience of proximity to a selection of first rate shopping malls and entertainment centres as well as easy access to the airport and other business nodes, Bedfordview is becoming increasingly popular with families who are attracted to the top class facilities and excellent schools in the area.
Liebman says: “Bedfordview boasts several of the top private schools, which are all renowned for their excellent pass rates, and Milner Grove Falls in the catchment areas of Saheti High School, St Andrew’s and King David as well as into the wider catchment area of St Benedict’s and Reddam House.”
Geffen concludes: “I have no doubt that an exclusive development with so much green space and green energy will be snapped up extremely quickly, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the entire development is sold out before they even break ground.”