New estate offers families a home in Burgersfort

The ugly-duckling little town that was Burgersfort is steadily being transformed into a residential swan as developers pour millions of rands into new infrastructure as well as lifestyle estates and other local property projects.
The overall plan, says Hoffman Prinsloo, MD of Cranbrook Property Projects, is to make the town more attractive to the employees and executives of the scores of platinum and chrome mines in the vicinity, many of whom currently choose rather to live in Lydenburg, 60km away, or in the neighbouring towns of Steelpoort and Orighstad.
And a vital part of this plan, he says, is the creation of beautiful new residential areas such as the Spekboom River Estate located just east of the old town centre on the R37 Lydenburg road, which will ultimately contain more than 1800 of the 7500 new homes it is estimated that the town will need in the short to medium-term.
Phase 1 of this eco-friendly estate has just been proclaimed, making 312 stands ranging in size from 500sqm to 1100sqm available at prices from R285 000. In future stands of up to 7000sqm will also be available.
Meanwhile, Cranbrook is also offering building packages (stand and home included) starting at R870 000. Various home designs are currently available, ranging from two-bedroom, one-bathroom units up to four-bedroom, three-bathroom units. Buyers can also build homes of their own design, once these have been approved in terms of the Home Owners’ Association guidelines, which have been developed to encourage creativity while also protecting and maintaining the special environmental and physical attributes of the estate.
Although the whole 520ha Spekboom site will be secured, notes Prinsloo, a large percentage of it will be left undeveloped or in greenbelts which will enable residents to enjoy the tranquility of the bushveld surroundings – and the company of a large number of birds and animals including otters, bushbabies, warthogs, impala and even the occasional hippo in the Spekboom River. 
“However, probably the biggest draw card will be the new Curro school to be established on the doorstep of the estate, which is currently in the design and  planning process. This will offer parallel-medium classes from pre-primary right up to secondary level, opening the way for buyers with families to make Burgersfort their permanent home.
“In addition, residents of the estate will shortly also have a brand new shopping centre close to home, as well as a new private hospital. These facilities will also go a long way towards helping Burgersfort realise its vision of becoming the “Platinum City”.”

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