Do you live in South Africa’s top estate?
What makes a top-rated estate? Is it the location, the golf course or the facilities on offer? Well, it’s all of this and much more, according to New World Wealth’s 2016 Estate Ratings.
Val de Vie Estate is New World Wealth’s (NWW) top estate for 2016. It is located in Paarl in the Western Cape and recently merged with Pearl Valley – NWW’s top-rated estate last year. Highlights of the combined estate include: vineyards, polo fields, an equestrian centre, a highly rated golf course, natural fynbos scenery, parks, lakes and mountain backdrops. House prices on the estate range from R5m to R40m. Val die Vie contains the exclusive Gentleman’s Estate, which offers residents their own private stables, garden and vineyard. Properties on the Gentleman’s Estate range from 3ha to 6ha each.
Zimbali Coastal Resort is located next to Ballito, 45km north of Durban. It is arguably the most picturesque estate in the country, with its own natural lagoon and forest. The bird life on the estate is very impressive, being home to several types of kingfishers, bee-eaters and even Africa’s largest eagle, the rare Crowned Eagle is a resident. House prices on the estate range from R5m to R50m.
Fancourt is located in George on the Garden Route and is undoubtedly South Africa’s top estate for golfers, with three highly rated courses on one estate. The two original courses (the Montagu and the Outeniqua) were built in the early 1990s, while the world-famous Fancourt Links was added in 2000. There are several different residential areas on the estate including: Links Ridge, Links Avenue, Cape Dutch Village, Oakland’s Village and Montagu Ridge. House prices on the estate range from R3m to R50m.
Steyn City Parkland Residence is a new estate located in Fourways, Johannesburg. The 900ha estate offers apartments and houses and is the largest estate in the country in terms of land size. It currently includes an equestrian centre, a golf course and over 250ha of landscaped parkland. The communal areas, vegetation and parklands on the estate are particularly impressive, as is the bird life. While it is still in early development, there are plans to add two private schools, offices, convenience shopping, a retirement village and a private hospital. Once fully complete, Steyn City will be the most extensive estate in the country (in terms of facilities and activities). House/apartment prices on the estate range from R2m to R30m.
Pezula Golf Estate is located in Knysna on the Garden Route. House prices on the estate range from R5m to R40m and includes two sub-estates, namely Pezula Golf Estate and Pezula Private Estate.
#6 Whale Rock Ridge
Whale Rock Ridge is located in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. The 100ha estate offers residents impressive views over Robberg Beach, while the bottom gate of the estate is located approximately 100m from the beach. Notably, Whalerock Ridge is the only estate in NWW’s top 10 that does not have a golf course. House prices on the estate range from R3m to R35m.
De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate is located in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. The 300ha estate is also a working farm, comprising 120ha of vineyards, citrus orchards and olive groves. It is home to a particularly scenic golf course and three top restaurants. House prices on the estate range from R5m to R20m.
Atlantic Beach Estate is the “hidden gem” of South African golf estates, according to NWW. Located between Blouberg and Melkbosstrand in Cape Town, it is home to some of the most spectacular houses in the country. The estate also operates as a wildlife sanctuary, with several wild animals such as antelope living on the property. It is relatively well priced compared to other estates in NWW’s top 10 – house prices on the estate range from R2m to R15m.
Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate is a newly built estate located in the Steenkampsberg mountain range near Dullstroom, Mpumalanga. It features an Ernie Els-designed golf course, fly-fishing and hiking trails. House prices on the estate range from R2m to R10m.
Located on the Bot River Lagoon in Kleinmond, west of Hermanus, Arabella Country Estate is a hotspot for wealthy second-home owners. Only a few of the golf course’s holes have houses on them and, as a result, stands are limited with only 236 houses on the estate. House prices range from R3m to R15m.
How estates are rated
Security – access gate, private security personnel
Activities – gym, swimming pool, golf, horse riding, polo, tennis
Facilities – shops, offices, parks, gathering places, children’s playgrounds, schools, hospitals
Quality and design of houses
Space – average stand size and placing / spacing of houses
Views, scenery and wildlife
Appeal to wealthy buyers
Resale and price growth potential