Ground has just been broken on the latest and one of last available developments within one of the largest and most active development nodes in the Western Cape, between the N2 and the R102 just outside Somerset West. Unlike its very large neighbours, Acorn Creek offers a pocket of exclusivity, security and energy-efficient living, with two large oak trees standing sentinel at the entrance, and a river, the Moddergatspruit, running the entire length of it.
Says Riaan Roos, CEO of MSP, multiple award-winning company behind Acorn Creek: “It is exciting to have now broken ground on Acorn Creek. The civil implementation will now take place, and then we will see it start coming out of the ground and creating its own very beautiful, sustainable and eco-friendly village environment”.
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 320 homes, and phases seven and eight offering 180 village apartments. Phase one has 37 homes on offer, of which 17 have already been sold, prior to launch.
Phase one has 17 different house styles to choose from, half of which have been customized for their specific plots. The average house size is 172 m2, and the majority 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 save residents up to R500 a month off their electricity bill. Acorn Creek also offers fibre-optic internet.
The village design layout and architecture at corn Creek is by the award-winning Dennis Moss Partnership. Spatial arrangements have been extremely carefully considered, with use of cobblestones and archways through buildings (known as coachman’s entrances) providing clear lines of sight to custom-designed focal points, parks and water features.
Says Dennis Moss: “The history and heritage of this area is very interesting – and here, supported by MSP, we are still busy telling the story and creating history, as layer upon layer is laid down. For example, not many people are aware that these surrounding mountains are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or that Stellenbosch is part of the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve, member of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and its border is just across the road”.
“We have a great responsibility to ensure that the layer we are laying down on the history is the best that we can make it – because it is very robust, and once we lay it down it will be here for a long time. Sometime in the future perhaps MSP’s name will be mixed with that of Van der Stel as part of the group of people that created this area. We are looking forward to walking the path together with MSP in seeing Acorn Creek through to fruition.”
Acorn Creek includes many public open spaces together with the creek, orchards and water features, as well as ample cycling and walking tracks and 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.
Prices start from R2 049 900 and buyers need only pay their bond registration costs. This development is supported by all four major financial institutions and up to 100% bonds are available for approved buyers. A fully refundable R25 000 deposit secures your dream home, and this will be used towards the purchase price. Acorn Creek, being a turnkey (zero interim interest) product, is ideal for young professionals, couples, small families and those looking to scale down into retirement.