A new community in the Eastern Cape offers a life off the grid

Emulating the benefits of life on a farm while maintaining a modern lifestyle with access to urban amenities and the latest technology, Crossways Farm Village is an independent new rural town offering its residents a different way of life.

Situated in the Eastern Cape countryside, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Jeffrey’s Bay, Crossways Farm Village is nestled in the foothills of the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve – a world heritage site – close to the prestigious Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve. It is also proximate to the Baywest Mall, which will become the Eastern Cape’s greatest shopping and entertainment experience when completed in 2015, as well as the Port Elizabeth airport and a range of other amenities, schools and facilities.

RE/MAX Independent Properties, which services Walmer, Lorraine and the surrounding areas in the Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth, has been awarded the mandate to market and sell the range of homes within this mixed-use community.

Kobie Potgieter, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Independent Properties, says that Crossways Farm Village has been designed over various walkable neighbourhoods which are integrated between the prime agricultural land and the conservation areas. “Each neighbourhood is uniquely designed and consists of small, medium and large stands, accommodating a wide range of income levels and specific needs for various age groups,” she says.

Some of the properties available within the estate include stands within The Castle, so named due to its design containing references to a medieval castle. The outer walls of The Castle units form an enclosure for a large, private and central interior park for its residents and their children.
Christo Slabbert, team leader at RE/MAX Independent Properties Lorraine who is marketing homes within Crossways Farm Village explains that The Castle offers smaller, more affordable mid-block units, with the latter also offering mixed-use commercial opportunities. Measuring between 180m2 and 1 555m2, the units include secure parking for two cars. Prices start from R250 000 and range up to R1.29 million. The Castle Villas offer larger stands of around 503m2 and are available from R502 000.

Buildings in the Castle Ridge neighbourhood are based on traditional forms and structures of sheltered farmyards found throughout the Eastern Cape, providing a unique interpretation of a modern country lifestyle. General outside living spaces, usable courtyards and ‘edible gardens’ allow residents the opportunity to grow their own fresh produce and enjoy the outdoors. Castle Ridge borders the Crossways Flower Reserve and offers home owners various choices of stands.

Slabbert says that several large properties are situated along the agricultural edges of Castle Ridge, which offer residents a small farming opportunity. “The buildings envisioned for these stands are based on the traditional forms and structures of sheltered farmyards found throughout the Eastern Cape. The earthy building design will include simple barn-like forms with usable courtyards and generous outside living spaces.” The stand sizes are roughly 1 692m2 and are priced at R1.1 million

The Castle Ridge Kloof Edge stands are spacious and border on pristine fynbos, with uninterrupted views over the Van Stadens River Gorge. “This is as private as it gets within a secure neighbourhood community,” says Slabbert, who notes that stands range from 1 042m2 to 3 587m2 with prices ranging from R760 000 to R1.6 million.

Measuring between 488m2 and 879m2, the Castle Ridge Village stands are located towards the outside edge of Castle Ridge and allow for secure, free-standing family homes that are priced between R450 000 and R685 000.

North Rocks features old style living for the contemporary lifestyle and introduces a new house design plan for phase 2 – the Bailey House. This neighbourhood also allows for the design of the Agri-Terrace House, Village House, and one Mixed-Use stand for a commercial opportunity and the popular Farmstead House. These neighbourhoods include stands ranging in size from 222m2 to 3 566m2 with prices starting at 285 000 ranging up to R1.5million.

Slabbert points out that the unique setting of Crossways Farm Village promotes an outdoor lifestyle where residents interact with nature on a daily basis and where a variety of outdoor activities are easily accessible.  “The combination of a country lifestyle and easy access to the urban world of business and technology gives Crossways Farm Village residents the best of both worlds,” he says.

Slabbert explains that the Crossways Farm Village residential areas radiate from the centre of the property, purposefully designed to create shared community spaces. Some of the communal facilities residents can enjoy include the clubhouse which offers a relaxed space for leisure activities including a swimming pool. Sport facilities will include tennis courts, a rugby and cricket field as well as running paths. The Village Centre will incorporate shops and restaurants, as well as entertainment facilities and services, while additional amenities will include frail care and medical facilities to ensure close monitoring and professional medical attention.

Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that lifestyle benefits and security features are top considerations for buyers who look at purchasing properties within residential estates.

“Crossways Village caters for these requirements through providing an environment in which residents can enjoy a country lifestyle with their family, while knowing that their home is surrounded and protected by nature in the form of mountains and ravines while more traditional security measures close the loop to ensure absolute peace of mind,” says Slabbert.

Crossways Village will include a range of safety technologies to maintain secure living including perimeter fencing with electronic security and surveillance, as well as identity and access control cards for home owners, contractors and employees.

Slabbert notes that a large portion of the development has been set aside for nature conservation and together with prime agricultural land, the total green space makes up almost 70% of the Crossways Farm Village development. “Sustainable practices are integrated into the service offering to ensure minimal impact on the environment utilising solar power, harvesting rain water, optimizing energy consumption via smart meters and the recycling of refuse and waste water.”

Slabbert concludes by saying that those who are looking for a change of pace and a living environment that functions off the grid – in terms of sustainable energy practices as well as being away from the hustle and bustle of city life – should look no further than this unique development.

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