New secure development for Tokai

The Sherwood, a stylish new four-home development in Tokai, was launched on 30 January.

Artist’s impression of The Sherwood, a new gated four-home development in Tokai, where homes are priced from R7.41 including VAT.

Each of the north-facing homes will occupy its own 500m² stand on land at the end of two parallel cul de sacs. Greeff Properties Christie’s International Real Estate has a sole mandate to market The Sherwood, which is being developed by Royal Africa Projects, whose previous developments include The Curzon, The Radisson, Tinga Lodge and Caribbean Estates in KwaZulu-Natal.

“Buyers may choose from architectural styles that include either elegant Georgian references or modern clean lines. There will be ample opportunity to customise interiors, finishes and fixtures to suit personal requirements, since these homes are designed with lifestyle as the point of departure,” says Mike Greeff, chief executive of Greeff Properties.

“A particularly appealing feature is the supersize double garage, which provides more than enough space for cars, tools, gardening equipment, bicycles and surfboards, and offers direct access to the home through the scullery.”

The open plan ground floor kitchen has a gas hob, an electric oven and engineered stone counter tops. The adjoining living area has a wood-burning fireplace and the area opens onto an entertainment patio. There is also a guest cloakroom on this level, and upstairs accommodation comprises three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large pyjama lounge.

“Gardens will have enough space for a pool and will also house a tank to store water from a well point,” says Greeff.

“Solar panels will also be specified, and the energy efficient elements plus the manageable-sized garden will keep service costs down and there will not be levies.”

He says the homes are designed for a niche market defined by buyers who want the space of a luxury home, but not the maintenance issues associated with huge grounds. In addition to the double garage, there are two secure parking spaces, and buyers have the option to build a third garage which is ideal for families with kids who drive, or for enthusiastic car collectors.

Security features include a perimeter wall, off-site security camera monitoring and state-of-the-art alarm systems.

“It’s perfect for families with school-going children or young adults still living at home, as well as older, but still active couples who want to scale down but not slow down and shrink their households drastically to squeeze into a retirement home,” says Greeff.

“There is strong demand for property in Tokai, and Propstats sales statistics support this. The average selling price of Tokai properties increased by 14.2 percent in 2015 compared to 2014, and average listing days dropped from 99 in 2014 to 52 in 2015.

“Secure and gated communities or estates tend to outperform single dwelling properties, and prices tend to escalate as soon as interest in the development builds. The Sherwood is in a prime position in Tokai with numerous walking, cycling and equestrian trails along greenbelts and in the Tokai Forest as well as easy access to mountain-hiking trails.

“Nearby shopping amenities include the recently revamped Blue Route Mall and Steenberg Village Lifestyle Centre. Fine dining restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and take-away outlets are plentiful, and organic and artisanal food enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with the Saturday morning Porter House market and the Wednesday evening Earthfare market at The Palms. The nearby Steenberg Winery and other estates on the Constantia Wine Route cater for wine lovers.

“Reddam House School provides private education for children from pre-school to matric, and various excellent public schools are easily accessible. The beaches of False Bay are a short drive away, and quick access to the M3 takes motorists directly to the city,” says Greeff.

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