Areas and Places

Green opportunities offered by Helderberg development

One of the largest and most active development nodes in the Western Cape currently is that set in the rural surrounds of the Helderberg basin, around 5 km from Somerset West, between the N2 and the R102. “Acorn Creek offers a pocket of exclusivity, security and energy-efficient living,”says Riaan Roos, CEO of MSP Developments, multiple award-winning developer of Acorn Creek.

There is a lot of activity on site with the upgrade of the river corridor that runs the entire length of the development having already commenced. Gabion walls and ponds along its length, called forebays, will collect sediment and filter the water, cleaning the creek as it goes. Any storm water collected on site from the roads and gutters is cleaned first, according to Acorn Creek’s Stormwater Management Plan, before it goes back into the creek. Many trees, including fruit trees, water-wise plants and fynbos are to be planted throughout the development.

Roos describes the development: “Acorn Creek is a true village – which you don’t get at the other estates nearby – and is unique in terms of the village design layout and architecture by the award-winning Dennis Moss Partnership team. The spatial arrangements have been extremely carefully considered, with use of cobblestones and archways through buildings (coachman’s entrances) that provide clear lines of sight to custom-designed focal points, parks and water features. Some homes have been specially designed as custom units on specific erfs to provide such focal points.”

With activity under way on the civils, building of the first house in phase one is set to commence in February 2017, with completion of the first homes around October 2017. There will be eight phases in all, phases one to six comprising 380 homes, and phases seven and eight offering 180 village apartments.

Phase one has just launched with 37 homes on offer, of which 7 have already been sold. Phase one has 17 different house styles to choose from, half of which have been customised for their specific plots. The average house size is 172 m2; all have 3 beds, 2½ baths, single garages with additional carports (pergolas over) and patios, and allow for extension over time. The architecture is contemporary Cape vernacular, with walls kept low for the village feel.

Grohe taps, granite kitchen tops, a gas hob with electric oven and cooker hood and built-in braais are standard. Some home designs include a fireplace, where the buyer can select between a gas or wood-burning option. A wide selection of carpets and tiles is available.

A solar geyser system and panels are standard on every roof, with a hybrid power back-up solar system that will allow residents to live up to 95% off grid. Acorn Creek also offers fibre-optic internet.

There are numerous public open spaces in conjunction with the creek, orchards and water features. The estate offers ample cycling and walking tracks with play areas for the kids.

Combined with this modern country village lifestyle is top-end access control, including thermal imaging cameras, biometric identification, professional guards and state of the art perimeter securing by Fang, an industry leader.

Acorn Creek is well located approximately a 30-minute drive from Cape Town, 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and just 5 km from Somerset West. World-renowned wine estates or the University of Stellenbosch are just a 10-minute journey away, as are nearby beaches, golf courses, weekend markets and various mountain bike trails for outdoor enthusiasts.

There is easy access to educational and commercial amenities in the immediate surrounding area, as Acorn Creek is situated adjacent to the new Curro Sitari Private School that opened its doors in January 2016. A brand new flagship Checkers will also be opening close by, while access to public transport and major traffic arterials is very easy.