Buyers have snapped up 33 of the 57 townhouses in the first phase of the exclusive Clara Anna Fontein lifestyle estate in Durbanville in the past couple of weeks since its launch.
Mariska Auret, project manager at Rabie Property Group, which is undertaking the development of Clara Anna Fontein in a joint venture with the landowners, said the 33 homes with a total sales value of R135million had been sold to date in The Village which will eventually comprise 126 townhouses.
These sales are over and above the 309 single residential erven that have been sold to date for a total value of R635 million and only 35 single residential erven in the 128ha estate now remain to be sold. Townhouses in the first phase of The Village are priced between R3,2million and R5,5million, with buyers having a choice of seven different layouts – four single storey and three double storey with one configuration allowing a choice of two or three bedrooms. All the others will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage while some will also have a laundry/utility room or scullery.
Auret says the townhouses will be separate title and will be free-standing with private, landscaped gardens with automated irrigation systems. Clara Anna Fontein estate borders a private game reserve and is destined to become the most sought-after address in the northern suburbs. When completed it will also include a Reddam House private school, construction of which is expected to start shortly and which is due to open in January 2017, and 176 retirement homes which are to be released during 2017.
The design of the townhouses by Vernon Viljoen Architects incorporates a number of exciting upmarket architectural features including stone cladding, timber and large expanses of glazing. Construction of the townhouses is anticipated to start in June this year with handover and transfers from March to October 2017.
The estate will also include a range of recreational and sports facilities including two tennis courts, one squash court, a fully equipped gym and a 25m lap pool as well as entertainment and function venues in the existing buildings.
The original 18 th Century Manor House on the estate is to be restored and extended to provide a lifestyle centre where residents will be able to enjoy a meal or meet friends for a drink.
Clara Anna Fontein is being developed as a high security estate with an extensive network of CCTV cameras on the perimeter and throughout, biometric access control, electric fencing and anti-dig barriers as well as 24 hour manned security.
The construction of roads and services is currently underway while the Gatehouse, which will provide a dramatic sense of arrival, is expected to be completed towards the end of this year.
A portion of Vissershoek Road adjacent to Clara Anna Fontein is to be upgraded and a stop go facility will be in operation on this section of the road from mid-June to 15 December.