Le Jardin at Avianto Estate in Muldersdrift is well on its way to becoming one of Johannesburg’s premier green estates thanks to the fact that all homes are to be built according to environmentally friendly guidelines.
Following in the wake of its initial success as a European inspired wedding venue, Avianto branched out into a mixed use development, complete with residential component at the beginning of 2010.
The Avianto Hotel and surrounding amenities essentially forms the epicenter of the estate with Le Jardin encompassing 90 freehold stands and 24 luxury cluster units. Le Jardin will form but one segment of the proposed lifestyle development , which, upon completion will measure approximately 250 hectares. The estate offers the best of both worlds in that residents can live a secure, country-like lifestyle without compromising on safety or access to major amenities.
Residents will be able to make use of the estate’s indigenous forests and parklands and, if they feel so inclined, go for a walk or run or enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Crocodile River which intersects part of Avianto. Residents will also be able to utilize the estate’s mountain bike trails, qolf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, clubhouse, coffee shop and restaurant.
Adding to the appeal of the estate is its central locality with Fourways, The Cradle of Humankind, the North and West Rand, Pretoria and Lanseria all within close proximity. Nearby weekend attractions are plentiful as are popular local country restaurants.
Avianto’s green stance appealed greatly to TV personalities Riaan and Michelle Garforth - Venter who decided to build a house at the estate, the construction of which was documented in a television series in 2010. The pair incorporated a number of environmentally friendly protocols into the construction of their home including natural lighting, solar paneling and energy efficient light bulbs. Insulation, various water saving strategies, overall site management and vermiculture was also employed.
Michelle was reported as saying the following on the project: “With some extra effort on our part our homes can provide us with a space that connects us to the pleasures of the natural world, keeping us in touch with the seasons and providing our families with a buffer against our fast paced lives.
“Eco-friendly homes are cleaner, more cost effective and more fun. They use less, do more, last longer, support your local community and help you to connect with the natural world.”
All Le Jardin properties will be built along similar environmentally friendly lines and will be fashioned in such a way as to tie in with the overall look and feel of the existing estate infrastructure which is European in nature. Natural stone, true colour plaster, flush plastered clay brick and dark and neutral timber are just a few of the elements which will feature.
La Jardin stands measure between 800sqm’s and 1, 650sqm’s and are currently priced from R795 000 to R2, 4 million.