16 March 2007

South Africa: Get Away From It All


Johannesburg — THE northern Johannesburg suburb of Kyalami has long been a popular property investment location for those looking for a secure lifestyle in a suburb that still has that "rural feel".

The suburb is home to a grand prix racing circuit -- which is reportedly one of the country's most loved and one of Gauteng's best known landmarks. In addition, The Castle is an attraction, an imposing building set on 22 acres of beautiful indigenous gardens with 360º vistas stretching into Magaliesburg, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Kyalami is also home to the South African Lipizzaners, which have earned the honour of being the only performing Lipizzaners outside Vienna that are recognised by and affiliated to the Spanish Riding School.

Characterised by agricultural holdings, the area has become dotted with residential developments that have capitalised on the farm-like surroundings.

Within the greater Kyalami precinct rests Kyalami Heights, an area which is equidistant between Centurion and Sandton.

Our feature property is situated in this suburb and spreads over about 5000m'. It boasts a country-style home and is located in the 62 Kyalami development.

The residence is nearby to a host of amenities including sports clubs and gyms, shopping centres and an extensive selection of top-end schools, both government and private.

The selling agents, Leigh Nationlink, report that entry-level homes in the area sell for about R2,8m, while mid-level homes sell for about R4m and the most expensive home, which is located in the suburb of Intaba, is on the market for R13m.

Information sourced from Knowledge Factory's SAPTG seems to corroborate this, indicating that the average selling price of a full title home within Kyalami Heights is R1,86m. Although SAPTG shows no appreciation trends for the area, Leigh Nationlink believe that homes here have appreciated by about 15% over the last year.

Leigh Nationlink say that homes within the 62 Kyalami development sell for between R5m and R6m.

Showcasing a Highveld Manor architectural style, this home, which was designed by Andre du Preez of Andre du Preez Architects also reflects some strong Mediterranean influences.

Du Preez says: "The aim of the project was to create a farmhouse feel to fit into the rural area of Kyalami Heights. For example, the foyer has a scale reminiscent of a farm barn and connects the living areas."

He says that in order to further enhance the vernacular architecture, extra thick walls were built of broken bricks to provide texture and the roofs were constructed from hand-shaped beams finished with unwrought timber ceilings, antiqued by white washing.

"This, combined with the voluminous spaces and stone floors, creates that rustic farm ambiance that the developer sought," says the architect.

The home measures 560m' under roof and the high-volume spaces and flowing entertainment areas throughout, enhance the sense of space.

The home consists of four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a study, lounge, dining room, family room and guest toilet. There are two covered patios, three garages and staff accommodation. Special features include under-floor heating and the vaulted beamed ceilings while the definite design highlight is the antique Chinese Elm front doors.

Roy Leigh, principal of Leigh Nationlink, says the home would appeal to a family that would savour the idea of gracious, country living on a large property. And, looking at this particular property's positioning, Leigh points out that because the land slopes sufficiently, the views will always be there.




Leigh Nationlink

Karen Martin 082 903 7658


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