A new luxury security estate has been launched in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. The recent winner of an award for the development’s spectacular indigenous landscaping, Steenberg Green is a two-hectare ultra-exclusive boutique estate that will feature ten homes once completed.
Each home will offer exclusive privacy with large private gardens, sweeping views over the neighbouring mountains and access to the expansive communal gardens with meandering pathways and picnic areas. The communal gardens at Steenberg Green keep with the floral splendour found at the nearby Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Created by Peninsula Landscaping, the rambling indigenous gardens won an award at the South African Landscapers Institute Awards of Excellence.
The estate’s location sets it apart. Nestled beneath the Steenberg Mountains next to Tokai Forest and under the watchful eye of the Elephants Eye Cave, the site on which Steenberg Green is being developed (opposite the Steenberg Golf Estate) enjoys panoramic views looking North over the Tokai Conservation Corridor towards Devil’s peak and west towards Constantiaberg. Pieter Malan of award-winning architects Malan Vorster says that the homes have all been designed to blend into the landscape with clean geometric lines softened by natural materials:
“Contrasting textures and materials – such as expansive curtain glass walls – are offset against natural stone walls, slatted timber and beautifully delivered exposed off shutter concrete. The architectural design aims to heighten the living experience of being immersed in such a beautiful natural landscape, with its indigenous gardens and surrounding mountains.”
“Features such as floor to ceiling sliding doors and windows open up the interior spaces to nature – allowing natural light to flood the spaces. The layouts of the homes are centred around large living areas that flow out onto covered patios and pool decks,” says Malan.
Alexa Horne, MD of Dogon Group Properties, marketing and sales agents for Steenberg Green advises that once completed, the interiors of the homes on the estate will boast features such as walk-in closets in oak and glass, state-of-the-art kitchen cabinets and premium fitted appliances, built-in close combustion fireplaces, heated towel rails and underfloor heating in the bathrooms, the option of automated lighting control systems, electrical provision for automated blinds, data and satellite TV reticulation, as well as private swimming pools. Several homes feature their own wine cellars.
“The addition of natural elements includes attention to interior details, and all the homes enjoy custom designed 2.4m tall timber doors, oak door frames throughout, solid oak skirtings and engineered oak floorboards in all the living spaces and bedrooms,” she says.
In addition to the communal landscaping being 100% indigenous, and irrigated via a borehole water supply, the homes themselves have been designed with eco-friendly features such as rain water collection tanks, low flow water-saving shower heads and taps, water heating by means of heat pumps, and energy efficient LED lighting throughout. In addition to this, all the homes will be conduits for solar PV installations should owners wish to install this at a later stage.
Horne advises that security estates are limited in Cape Town and purchasers are increasingly looking for the peace of mind offered through reliable state-of-the-art security.
“The estate has an outer perimeter palisade and electric fence which is monitored 24 hours by CCTV cameras with video analytics. Entry to Steenberg Green is through remote controlled gates flanked by a permanently manned guardhouse, whilst staff and pedestrians require uniquely programmed tags to gain entry. All homes feature video intercoms with a dedicated server and security equipment room, as well as alarm system with touchscreen panels and a video surveillance camera systems for each home, with display options to include certain cameras situated on the estate.”
Steenberg Green is a passion project and the culmination of six years of careful planning and thought, says HCI’s Rob Nicolella, who explains that the layout of the new residential estate pays homage to the location’s recent history through the retention of a central arena, which now forms the focus of the communal gardens and serves as a beautiful grassed area – perfect for families to enjoy picnics, kick a ball around and relax in park like surrounds.
“A project such as this can only come to fruition through the extraordinary vision and courage of developer clients such as Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), who dare to innovate and realize a concept of such magnitude,” says Paul Upton, head of developments at Dogon. “Owning a home at Steenberg Green, with its sprawling communal indigenous gardens and spectacular views, will be like owning your own piece of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Dogon are very excited to be involved in this ground-breaking and unique estate. It is not often that a development such as this comes along and Steenberg Green is poised to become the premier gated estate, and ultimate aspirational residential address.”
“This is possibly one of the last chances to own such prime unique real estate in the Southern Suburbs – with golf courses, horse stabling, restaurants, wine estates, sports and shopping facilities right on your doorstep – not forgetting easy access to some of the best schools in South Africa.”
The houses at Steenberg Green range in size from 370 to 575 square metres and range in price from R 16.5 million up to R 26.5 million and, subject to compliance with the architectural guidelines, buyers are able to work with Malan Vorster to tailor their homes to meet their specific requirements and tastes.