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Upper Claremont's new exclusive development

This contemporary upmarket development centred around an historical homestead offers the discerning buyer the ultimate urban lifestyle in a tranquil and secure setting. Properties are priced between R11.745 million and R22.995 million including VAT.

The pressing demand for residential property in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs is increasingly spurring densification in the most sought-after areas, with compact upmarket gated developments becoming an emergent trend.

The latest exclusive development is due to launch in sought-after Claremont Upper on 13 February 2016.

Brendan O’ Brien of Urban Space Property Group says: “Hoogeind is a contemporary development consisting of only nine freestanding designer homes; essentially a secure ‘village-within-a-village’ which offers residents both peace of mind and the ultimate urbane lifestyle”.

“It has been a 10 year journey to actualize our vision to harness the grace and character of a period home, and blend it with twenty-first century contemporary homes and we are proud to see that vision finally become a reality.”

At the heart of the development is the original Manor House of the same name which will be remodelled into a luxury, modern home whilst retaining its architectural integrity and Victorian and Edwardian influences.

O’Brien says: “Architecturally, the eight new homes to be constructed around the original homestead are a unique blend of traditional familiarity and elegant modernity. They also vary in size, appealing to a cross-section of buyers from families and young professionals to couples downsizing after their children have flown the next.”

However, regardless of size, the design of each spacious home incorporates direct access double garaging, open-plan kitchen-dining-living flow which opens out to private gardens with swimming pools and a choice of three or four en suite bedrooms including sumptuous master suites with walk-in-closets.

“Another integral feature enjoyed by all residents is the reassurance of top-of-the-range security.” says O’Brien.

“A 24-hour manned gatehouse, analytical cameras, electric fencing around the entire perimeter, and monitored security cameras ensure the safety of the estate while each home is secured with independent alarm systems with external infra-red beams and “IntruderPrufe” glass in all doors and windows.”

Barbara Manning, Area Specialist for Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty in Bishops Court and Upper Claremont says that the developers have also incorporated eco-sustainability as a key design element.

“Each unit has been fitted with several key energy and resource-saving systems, such as efficient water heating systems, dual-flush cisterns, and hardwood floors sourced from sustainable resources.”

There are contemporary finishes throughout, with buyers having a choice of two colour palettes and all the kitchens are fitted with Smeg stoves with gas tops and extractor hoods,

With five of the nine units already sold before going to market, O’Brien says that this is testament to the investment value of such properties.

“Premium homes in exclusive and highly sought-after areas like Claremont Upper rarely become available for purchase and, when they do, they tend to sell quickly”.

“When demand outweighs supply in desirable upmarket suburbs, investment almost always yields exceptional returns, irrespective of market conditions with properties in secure estates being especially receptive to significant capital growth.”

Lew Geffen, Chairman of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, says: “Claremont Upper is especially attractive to investors as it offers residents a multitude of appeal factors that few other areas can match”.

“Everything they could possibly need is virtually on their doorsteps; from a choice of top class retail centres, popular eateries and first rate medical facilities to a variety of outdoor activities and sports facilities”.

“Families are especially drawn by Claremont Upper’s proximity to several of the country’s top schools and the University of Cape Town as well as the tranquil atmosphere of this established historical suburb.”

The centrality of Claremont also allows for easy access to major freeways and many main routes, allowing residents easy access to a wide variety of amenities, from a choice of beaches and wine farms to botanical gardens, cycling and hiking trails with the city centre less than 20 minutes away.