New development phase in Africa’s premier bushveld golf estate

Estate living has seen a steady growth in demand since these type of homes were first introduced to the South African market, says Loua Boshoff, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Bushveld, whose offices service the Bela Bela, Modimolle and the surrounding areas. He notes that there are several reasons for this, such as the security and lifestyle offering that estate living provides.

“Not only do estates provide residents with the peace of mind that they are living in a safe environment, but also often provide those who live there with the opportunity to enjoy a common interest such as golf, a love of wildlife or a combination of both. A prime example of this is the Zebula Country Club and Golf Estate, which is located on 1600 hectares of pristine bushveld in the shadow of the Waterberg Mountains. Residents are able to enjoy estate living within a unique bushveld setting with a variety of wildlife at their doorstep,” says Boshoff. “It’s these kinds of draw cards that have made estate living so popular and assisted in the excellent capital appreciation that these types of properties enjoy.”

Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, agrees saying that buyers are prepared to pay higher prices for homes that are located in estates because of the lifestyle benefits. “Security is a top priority for the majority of South African homebuyers, so combining security aspects with lifestyle features such as a golf course, equestrian centre or a spa is a winning combination that ensures an excellent return on investment over the long term,” says Goslett.

Boshoff says that as with all property purchases, location is also an important aspect for buyers to consider as this has a major influence over appreciation. “An estate’s location also adds to the overall experience of living there. Zebula is located just two hours’ drive north of Johannesburg in the Limpopo Province. The area boasts indigenous tree-covered hills, open grasslands, dams and waterholes, and of course, the views of the mountains. This unique location provides residents with a tranquil, out-of-town setting without being too far removed from a major metropolitan hub,” says Boshoff.

He notes that the upmarket homes in Zebula have been designed and positioned so that they blend in and do not impose on the natural surroundings of the area. “It was extremely important to the estate developers to maintain the integrity of the terrain and naturally combine the exclusive homes into the indigenous bush and landscape. This same design guideline was used by golf course designer Peter Matkovich when laying out the 18-hole course, which follows the natural contours of the terrain,” says Boshoff, who notes that Zebula has received a five star golf experience award from Complete Golfer Magazine since 2011.

Apart from the wildlife and golf course, another feature that has made Zebula a popular estate among buyers is the fact that it has a spa. “Regardless of whether residents golf or not, the spa is a haven for them to relax and take in the beauty of the natural surroundings. The spa features an indoor heated splash pool, relaxation garden and health bar,” says Boshoff.

He adds that the Zebula currently has a new development phase underway that consists of 40 home sites situated on 262 hectares in the north-west section of the estate. Each of the home sites will be one hectare in size, with a traversing area accounting for a further 250 hectares of undeveloped land for residents to enjoy.  Homeowners can walk down to a large dam on which picnic sites have been laid out.  According to Boshoff, both areas are contained within the existing 1478 hectare Kareefontein game farm on which a large number and variety of game have existed for many years, including giraffe, wildebeest, kudu, zebra, and hartebeest.

Boshoff says that the home sites are individually priced depending on views, privacy, rock formations and tree coverage. “To secure a site, the buyer will be required to pay a 30% deposit directly to the attorneys. The deposits will be held in the attorney’s trust account on which interest will accrue for the benefit of the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price will be payable on date of registration,” he says. “The new phase of the development will provide buyers with the opportunity to enjoy all the Zebula estate has to offer.” 

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