The state of estate living

Private Property South Africa
Lea Jacobs

It’s not surprising that, given our high crime rate, people are choosing to live in gated estates. The adage “safety in numbers” definitely applies here and with upmarket estates offering a wealth of security services, it’s understandable that so many of our “rich and famous” – and as well as safety conscious – choose this lifestyle over the more traditional freestanding home.

Developers have clambered onto the estate construction bandwagon and there are now options situated throughout SA. When estates first started popping up, most were on golf courses. However, things have changed somewhat and although many of the country’s most exclusive estates are still situated alongside fairways, a growing number of developments, featuring a variety of amenities, has popped up. Eco-estates, for example, offer residents a more natural lifestyle; while “older folk” can choose to live in estates aimed at over-50s.

Say it again: location!

Location is everything! And so, most of South Africa’s top-end estates are situated in beautiful areas. But the privilege of living in a community that boasts unbeatable views, gorgeous homes, high-tech security, and other luxurious amenities doesn’t necessarily come cheap. However, when one looks at a property currently for sale on the Pezula Private Estate near Knysna, which was recently featured on Private Property’s Win A Home show (currently airing on SABC3 every Thursday) it certainly seems that you get what you pay for in terms of exclusive living.

On the market for R36-million, the architect-designed property boasts four en-suite bedrooms and three reception rooms – admittedly more spacious than the front-door-leading-into-the-lounge that most of us have!

Additionally this Pezula property has two studies and large, frameless glass, stacking windows that showcase the incredible views overlooking the dramatic cliffs towards the Noetzie shoreline.

Hole in one in Hillcrest

Another property that was featured on the show is situated in Cotswold Downs Estate near Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal. Billed as classy and immaculate and priced at R6.199-million, this home overlooks the 15th fairway of the well-known golf and lifestyle estate.

Those looking to truly live the high life – or who, like most of us, shop for property vicariously – may consider a property set on the Blair Atholl Estate, in Gauteng. For example, this unbelievable five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home, priced at R60-million, is in a league all of its own …

In addition to the superb features and finishes throughout, it boasts a wine bar and cellar, a resort-like spa bath, a steam room, a strong room and an indoor swimming pool.

The estate itself boasts a golf course designed by our very own Gary Player. It also offers homeowners a wellness centre, squash and gym facilities, and an on-site restaurant. Privacy is maintained by ensuring an extremely low density-quota – meaning that the number of people per square kilometre of land is very low.

These are certainly homes to get into a state over. But, if your budget is a little less stately, there are plenty of other beautiful – and secure – options listed on Private Property!

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