Estate living for tennis enthusiasts

Private Property South Africa
Taryn Isaac

Take a tour of these luxury estates that are perfectly suited to those that enjoy an active lifestyle.

If you are one for outdoor living, then you will feel right at home in these gated communities, set across the country. These breathtaking estates are home to some of the best tennis courts and offer active lifestyles to keep you on your toes.

1. Pearl Valley:

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Situated in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, with less than an hour’s drive to Cape Town, Pearl Valley is an established 5-star residential and leisure resort which forms part of Val de Vie Estate.

The estate is arguably the epitome of luxury living, with its safe, well designed homes and a host of outdoor facilities that allow for an unforgettable living experience.

The gated community has everything an active family requires along with majestic views of the Simonsberg and Drakenstein mountains.

For tennis enthusiasts, the estate offers two floodlit modern courts which will satisfy even the most discerning player. A resident tennis professional is also available to help teach the basics of the game and fine tune the skills for those still at beginner level.

On the property front, the estate is considered well managed and financially secure and offers a variety of large and well-spaced houses to suit one’s lifestyle and needs.

Pearl Valley is perfectly located for business, education and safety. The gated estate is only a few minutes away from Paarl and Franschhoek which will ensure you are always easily connected to the rest of the world. It provides the perfect balance between urban and country living and acts as a resort away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town.

2. Zimbali Coastal Resort:

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The Zimbali Coastal Resort is considered one of the finest coastal residential estates in South Africa and offers a unique and secure environment which is ideal for the everyday on-the-go individual.

This sought after gated community on the North coast of KwaZulu-Natal, exists as an oasis of stylish living and comprises of two estates; namely the Coastal Forest Estate (which includes the Beach Estate) and the Golf Course Estate.

The estate offers a wonderful mix of relaxation and outdoor facilities such as taking a long walk on the beach, bike rides through the forest, horse riding out on the field or a sensational game of squash and tennis.

Zimbali boasts a total of six tennis courts, two of which are situated close to the Country Club and the remaining four which are positioned at the Bushbuck Club. Both locations offer everything you and your tennis partner would need to hit the courts in style.

Many movers and shakers have opted to live in this spacious estate because of the tailored and unique lifestyle, accompanied by a dynamic environment. It’s the active coastal life which makes Zimbali most desirable.

3. Fancourt:

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The Fancourt estate is the idyllic destination for those who seek a tranquil place to call home after a busy day out and about. The estate is located next to George on the Garden route which boasts spectacular views of the Indian ocean.

There are several distinctive residential areas on the estate including: Links Ridge, Links Avenue, Cape Dutch Village, Oakland’s Village and Montagu Ridge. Fancourt is known best for being a premier golfing destination for the super-rich and has three highly rated courses on the estate.

It is also an ideal retreat for the everyday tennis-loving individual. The estate offers four beautiful mountain facing tennis courts that are always available to use at one’s leisure. Two of the four courts are floodlit which means you can still enjoy a match or two even after sun has set.

Fancourt is an overall fusion of travel, business and lifestyle and provides ample room for a balanced and secure lifestyle. The estate offers a mixture of luxury and stillness while still maintaining an adventurous environment for those who love to explore the outdoors.

4. Blair Atholl:

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Blair Atholl is the perfect blend of old-world country and contemporary estate living. It is considered one of the nation’s wealthiest gated communities and is located a mere fifteen minutes from Fourways and five from Lanseria.

Blair Atholl boasts a perfect balance between natural and suburban with a beautiful setting close to the Magaliesberg mountain range.

The estate offers everything a regular adventure junkie would enjoy, from mountain biking trails, stables and paddocks, luxury clubhouse, gym centre, golf course, swimming pool, spa and wellness centre and a few tennis courts to perfect your game.

The most remarkable thing about Blair Atholl is its diversity of natural habitats and its blue-green blanket of the distant dappled mountains that surround the gated-community. The atmosphere certainly strikes a chord as the ideal place to come home to, and makes it hard to believe that such an undisturbed natural gem could be within striking distance of the concrete jungle.

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