Southdowns Estate - clusters on the market

Hot on the heels of another successful round of sales which saw virtually all of its last vacant freehold stands sell out, Southdowns Estate has made available a select collection of full title, plot and plan clusters. 

That’s the news from Jack Prentice, MD of Southdowns Management Services (SMS) who explains that the release of the clusters represents a new era in Southdowns’s success story which began in 2004.  

Situated in Irene, Centurion, Southdowns Estate occupies land which originally formed part of the neighbouring 118 year old Irene Dairy Farm. Pockets of the original dairy farm were preserved and incorporated into the estate. The farm also served as inspiration for the estate’s farm-style architectural palette which set it apart from the contemporary golf estates which were so much in vogue at the time.
Notes Prentice: “I think it’s safe to say Southdowns pioneered the shift towards country-style living in Pretoria. We offered something truly unique which made people sit up and take notice. Now, through the sale of our clusters, we aim to cement our reputation as market leaders and entice a new generation into the fold.”

In a bid to provide a ‘taste’ of Southdowns’ cluster offering, Southdowns has released plans for several luxury clusters named ‘The Paddocks’. Paddocks residences typically measure between 260 and 400sqm’s and occupy stands measuring between 1000 and 2200sqm’s. Construction on two Paddocks residences is already well underway. According to Prentice there has been a lot of interest in the clusters which occupy prime space opposite Southdowns’ emerald green pasture circles. Prices range from R3.5 to R5m per cluster.    

Approximately 20 clusters located along Southdowns’ Bakwena Avenue will also be brought to market alongside the Paddocks in due course. Owners will be entitled to construct architecturally designed homes measuring between 200 and 400sqm’s on stands measuring between 500 and 1,200sqm’s. Prices start at R3.5m. The clusters represent the first of several batches which will be released over the next few years.   

The release of the clusters forms but one of Southdowns’ many phases. Over the years batches of stands and units have been released with great success. Prices for the estate’s sectional title units start at R1.8m and completed freehold properties now sell for around R5m on average. The highest price achieved to date for a freehold home stands at R10.5m.  Upon completion, Prentice explains that Southdowns will feature around 730 residences in total.   

Of course there is more to Southdowns than just an excellent address and appealing architectural style. In addition to the charming dairy farm and restaurant which can be accessed directly by residents, Southdowns offers a number of other convenient amenities including 13km’s of walking/hiking/cycling trails which bisect the estate, play parks and a fitness centre. 

Residents can also make use of the adjoining Irene Country Club, Irene Lodge and ‘Camdeboo Spa’. A Gautrain bus stop, the Southdowns office park and shopping centre (which features a state-of-the-art medical centre) all lie within walking distance of the estate.   

Southdowns also boasts a private, external educational node where budding students can attend a pre-school or Southdowns College which offers comprehensive academic, sports and boarding facilities. The college has proven particularly popular since inception and currently plays host to approximately 1460 students.

A fully equipped theatre which doubles as a conference and events space has also been established at the educational node along with the Open Window School of Visual Communication which offers high-tech production studios, a research centre, creative labs, spacious lecture halls, a fully-equipped gym and cafeteria. 

Other Southdowns ‘value-adds’ include a one-of-a-kind natural gas pipeline which has proven a major boon in the wake of escalating electricity costs and load shedding, a fibre-optic backbone which is now being fed to all the estate’s homes and top notch security protocols backed by military grade security cameras. 
Taking all of these elements into account, it’s not surprising that the estate was named the best performing luxury estate in Pretoria by the Financial Mail in 2012 and 2013. 

Notes Prentice: “We are exceptionally proud of what we have achieved at Southdowns and look forward to building on this unique lifestyle offering for many years to come.”      

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