Smaller security estates will become more popular

Cape Town seems to be moving in the same direction as Johannesburg in that security estates are becoming more popular, says Lanice Steward, managing director of Knight Frank Anne Porter. The type that are becoming more and more evident, she said, are the smaller estates, where there are three to six units in all, instead of the estates with larger numbers of units.

One that has recently been built by developer Adrian de Hutton, on Pinehurst Road, Constantia, is an upmarket three house security estate, with south entry north-facing homes with mountain views.

Knight Frank Anne Porter's agents, Marianne Price and Fleur Lee are marketing a five bedroom, five bathroom home here that is brand new, with state of the art security and upmarket finishes.

The 670m² home is double storey on a 1 447m² plot. In addition to the five bedrooms, it has spacious open plan living areas, a study, a swimming pool, staff accommodation, three garages and parking for four additional cars.

"The finishes in this home are superb," says Price. "There is white pearl marble on the floors in the entrance hall and the main bathroom. The flooring downstairs is 10mm engineered solid oak. In the bathrooms the developer has used 600mm x 600mm ceramic glazed or porcelain tiles.

"The kitchen and bathroom attachments are Hansgrohe, with stainless steel heated towel rails fitted in the bathrooms. The showers are frameless and there are marble cast baths in two of the bathrooms," she said.

The kitchen cabinets are from Germany and they have Vicostone countertops.

There are solar geysers fitted to all the homes in this estate and the gardens have computerised irrigation systems.

The patio and pool area has been paved with granite and there is a Zimbabwean teak deck.

The security is a state of the art system with Verifier off-site management. There is a guardhouse at the gate, CCTV cameras monitoring all the homes, full perimeter beams, electric fencing security monitors in the homes upstairs and downstairs, said Price.

"Nothing has been skimped on in this home," said Price. "All the comforts that are needed are here, from a slow burning wood stove in the lounge to TV points and Wifi points in all the rooms to assist in today's technologically driven lifestyles."

This estate is in the heart of Constantia, a couple of minutes from Constantia Village, the M3 highway, within ten minutes of many good schools and internationally acclaimed golf courses.

"There isn't a better location to live in, and add to the fact that the home is in a security estate, the value is of the property is likely to increase much faster than its freestanding counterparts," said Steward. "At a price of R12 900 000, this is an investment where you cannot go wrong."

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