While Val de Vie has reached a number of milestones in the past year, including having been host to Prince Harry at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, its acquisition of Pearl Valley and having had Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital make a significant investment in the estate, it will note August 2016 as one of the most significant moments in its history as it has been named the top residential estate in South Africa by New World Wealth.
New World Wealth is an esteemed “global wealth intelligence and market research company”. The company rates the top 10 residential estates in South Africa annually, based on criteria including:
· Security (access gate, private security personnel).
· Activities (gym, swimming pool, golf, horse riding, polo, tennis).
· Facilities (shops, offices, parks, gathering places, children’s playgrounds, schools, hospitals).
· Quality and design of houses.
· Space (average stand size and placing/ spacing of houses).
· Views, scenery and wildlife.
· Appeal to wealthy buyers.
· Resale and price growth potential.
Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate, Ryk Neethling, shares his thoughts and insights. Comments Neethling: “We are extremely honoured to be recognised by New World Wealth as the leading residential estate in South Africa, and keep it our aim to be rated as the top estate in the world. This accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible without support from the Drakenstein Municipality, the Western Cape Government and all our partners.”
“Having joined forces with Pearl Valley, Val de Vie certainly has an offering like no other estate in the country, or on the continent. Our residents and guests are able to experience the finest that the Cape has to offer in terms of natural beauty, spaciousness and an array of sporting activities from polo to golf, cultural events and fine dining, all at one location. The estate is also conveniently located, only a 35 minute drive from Cape Town and Cape Town International Airport, and in proximity to good schools, as well as the University of Stellenbosch.”
From desolate land to South Africa’s leading residential estate
Since its inception in 2006, Val de Vie has transformed the ground on which it is located from a desolate state to a stunning piece of land that now lives up to its name, meaning “Valley of Life”.
Neethling continues: “Val de Vie is led by a strong management team, and was founded and developed based on a set of core principles including passion, purpose, excellence and a pioneering spirit, to name a few. We continuously remind ourselves of these values as we strive to offer Val de Vie residents an incomparable way of life. In everything we do, from property development to the hosting of events, we give our best and I believe that this method of operation has allowed us to achieve all that we have in the past year.”
“We not only feel strongly about offering our residents the best, but we are extremely passionate about the surrounding communities and as we grow from strength to strength as an estate, we will remain committed to ensuring that those who reside in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley enjoy a better quality of life, as part of the recently launched Val de Vie Foundation’s ongoing efforts.”
An accomplishment worth noting
Comments New World Wealth analyst, Andrew Amoils: “Val de Vie’s extensive activities and facilities boost its rating, along with the fantastic scenery and backdrops on the estate. The estate’s security is excellent and there is strong interest from wealthy buyers. Val die Vie additionally offers various types and styles of units, which are all designed and built to a high specification. The fact that it has an equestrian centre, polo fields, vineyards and a golf course also help its rating.”
Neethling concludes: “While we have received a number of international awards, including being named the Safest House in Africa, receiving the title as South Africa’s leading residential estate truly resonates with us. It is an achievement that is definitely for the books.”