Various major milestones have been reached at Bardale Village, where the developers, Integrated Housing Developers’ (IHD) plan for a fully integrated area is coming to fruition.
The first major milestone is that IHD has received the go-ahead from the City of Cape Town and has begun construction on the next section of Saxdown Road, which will connect with Nooiensfontein and opens out directly onto the Stellenbosch Arterial route.
Up to now, residents of Bardale Village and the immediate surrounds have either had to enter or leave the suburb via the congested Nooiensfontein route or via Hindle Road.
“The opening of this section of Saxdown Road will shorten the time spent commuting in and out of this area dramatically, not just for residents of Bardale Village but those who live in any of the surrounding suburbs”, says IHD managing director, Neill Snape.
“Many residents here spend a lot of time either waiting at the congested Nooiensfontein intersection or cutting through back roads of Bardale to leave the area in peak traffic times. In approximately six months, this will be a thing of the past. and those whose houses will now be bypassed will be happy that the traffic flows on their roads will decrease,” said Snape.
The building of the new section of Saxdown Road (worth approximately R13,5 million) has largely been paid for by bulk infrastructure levy costs from the first three phases at Bardale Village and will also run directly past the site where a commercial centre will be built soon. This centre will have a retail segment, a much-needed medical centre and pharmacy, a gymnasium, and various fast food and restaurant outlets, all of which will complement one major retail anchor tenant.
It is envisaged that the road will eventually be opened all the way to Hindle Road, creating a thoroughfare that will improve commuting times immensely – thus also making allowance for a MyCiti bus route and other public transport systems.
“We are hoping that the City will see how important it is to approve the building of the subsequent section of Saxdown Road (which joins Hindle Road), as this is a vital connection for the area as whole,” said Snape.
Another major milestone reached is that phase three (De Hoop) is almost sold out, and there are only 70 homes still to be built in this phase.
To date IHD has delivered two villages with 516 and 423 houses respectively. The third phase is not, however, within the gated community development and has 400 properties, with a mix of freestanding houses (180) and townhouses (220) in varying sizes.
“A new double storey townhouse option has been released that has a smart, urban European style and will have above average finished homes in mini-villages. These homes will be around 50m2 in size. The townhouses will be in two completely private estates with 60 and 55 units respectively, and the roads and services will be fully owned by the estates – giving full control to owners on how they will be dealt with in the future. The estates will be built with a sustainable plan in place on handover, whether residents choose a gated estate or non-gated is up to them” said Snape.
In addition, these two bedroom, one bathroom townhouses will come with fully monitored burglar alarms and solar water heaters.
With primary and high schools, and a fully operational crèche within the greater estate, homes at Bardale Village are ideal for families of every shape and size. There are two further schools planned for the area, which will boost demand for properties at Bardale and will, in turn, aid in establishing a thriving commercial hub (due to number of families in the area increasing).
Property values at Bardale, according to a Lightstone report (which, interestingly, now lists Bardale as a suburb in its own right) have increased steadily over the last ten years. The median price of homes in Bardale in 2006 is listed as R275 000 and this median value has more than doubled in ten years to R570 000 in 2016.
“If one compares this suburb to other older established suburbs in Cape Town, one can safely assume that property values will increase on an upward trend due to the value-adds that are built (such as schools) and being built (the commercial node and medical centre) as these create demand for the area, which creates demand for more infrastructure, and so the cycle continues” said Snape.