The top 10 residential estates in South Africa 2017

New World Wealth has released their 2017 top residential estates report, and it comes as no surprise that Val De Vie has once again taken the top spot.

Some of the trends that has emerged over the last year is that there has been a general move away from the traditional golf estate, with a rise in demand for both retirement and wildlife estates. 

Another trend that is making its way to the fore is that of developers creating small neighbourhoods within estates, moving away from the old model where houses were spaced evenly around the estate. This means that there is more space for parkland and other open spaces between neighbourhoods. 

Estates are rated according to various factors which includes:

• Design and space.
• Communal gardens and parks.
• Maintenance.
• Location.
• Security features.
• Views, scenery and wildlife.
• Activities – gym, swimming pool, golf, horse riding, polo, tennis.
• Facilities – shops, offices, parks, gathering places, children playgrounds, schools, hospitals

Now for the winners:

First Place - Val de Vie

The ultimate ‘living your best life’ estate, Val de Vie retains its position as the number one estate in South Africa.

Here emerging trends are not just talked about, but is actively implemented with a number of distinct and unique neighbourhoods which includes:

• The Polo Village - one to two bedroom apartments designed by Stef Antoni.
• Pearl Valley - houses spread along the Pearl Valley Golf Course.
• The River Club - large plots along the Berg River.
• The Reserve - large plots bordering on a Fynbos Reserve.
• Evergreen Retirement Village – new 600 unit retirement village (400 homes, 200 apartments) with full frail care facilities and recreational facilities.
• The Gentleman’s Estate – most exclusive neighborhood on Val de Vie - offers residents their own private stables, garden and vineyard. Properties on the Gentleman’s Estate range from 3 to 6 hectares each.
• Several other neighborhoods including: La Vue, the Vines and the Oaks.

All set against some of the most breathtaking scenery that the Paarl has on offer. The estate also boasts with beautiful vineyards, polo fields, an equestrian center, a highly rated golf course, natural fynbos scenery, parks, lakes and mountain backdrops. 

Second Place - Steyn City

The up-and-coming estate has moved up two spots since last year and is set on becoming the gold-standard in estate life. 

The newly built Johannesburg estate includes: an equestrian center, a golf course and over 250 hectares of landscaped parkland. 

What makes the estate truly impressive is the communal areas, vegetation and parklands which all attract some of the most impressive birdlife - which is no small feat, considering its close proximity to the city.

The parks are modeled after internationally renowned parks such as Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park in London, where residents gather to walk their dogs, catch up with the neighbours and enjoy the fresh air. The estate is also very child friendly with walking paths and underpasses under all the roads.

The estate is still at early development – there are plans to add: two private schools, offices, convenience shopping, a retirement village and a private hospital. Once fully complete, Steyn City will be the most extensive estate in the country (in terms of facilities and activities)

Third place - Zimbali

Zimbali is located next to Balito, 45kms north of Durban. It is arguably the most picturesque estate in the country, with its own natural lagoon and forest. The bird life on the estate is very impressive - it is home to several types of kingfishers, louries, bee-eaters and even the rare Crowned Eagle is a resident (the largest eagle in Africa). Notably, the estate is right on the beach.

The rest of the list

4. Fancourt
5. Waterfall Equestrian Estate
6. Steenberg
7. Mjejane
8. Whalerock Ridge
9. Waterfall Hills Retirement Estate
10. Fransche Hoek Estate

Sub-categories (alphabetical unranked):

Top 10 wildlife estates in SA:

• Gondwana Private Residences
• Hopewell Conservation Estate
• Intaba Ridge
• Kruger Park Lodge
• Mahathunzi
• Mjejane
• Raptor’s View
• Royalston Wildlife Estate
• Shandon Estate
• Zandspruit Estate

Top 10 golf estates in SA:

• Eye of Africa
• Fancourt
• Pearl Valley (part of Val de Vie)
• Pezula Golf Estate
• Pinnacle Point
• Simola
• St Francis Links Estate
• Steenberg
• Steyn City
• Zimbali

Top 10 retirement estates in SA:

• Constantia Place
• Evergreen Bergvliet
• Evergreen Noordhoek (new)
• Evergreen Val de Vie (new)
• Mount Edgecombe Retirement Estate
• Plettenberg Manor (new)
• San Sereno Bryanston
• Somerset Lifestyle & Retirement Village (new)
• Tokai Estate (new)
• Waterfall Hills Retirement Estate

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