King of my castle

Located north of Johannesburg is the popular suburb synonymous with motor racing and the magnificent Lipizzaner horses: Kyalami.

While it is difficult to think of Kyalami and separate it from motorsport, it seems that in recent years the area has become well known as a beautiful residential and commercial suburb, offering residents an exclusive, up-market lifestyle.

Dieter Harck, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX One Hundred, whose offices services the Kyalami area, says that the suburb definitely offers residents some unique and interesting features. “I’m not sure if there are any other areas in the country that can boost a world-class racing circuit, South African Lipizzaners and a castle or two,” he says. “These features, coupled with amenities such as restaurants that delight gastronomic senses, quaint coffee shops and the Kyalami Country Club for the golfing enthusiast, make the area a sought-after node among property buyers looking for something different.”

One property in the area that is of particular interest is an unusual castle on Kyalami Ridge, which was built 70 years ago from the local stone. The five-bedroom home, which is on the market in the region of R9.5 million, features 360 degree views of Gauteng, the Magalies Mountains and beyond. This spectacular residence is nestled on a 10 000m2 stand situated in a 24-hour guarded secure estate that offers a high quality lifestyle and harmonious community living for its residents. Other features include oak floors, large open plan reception areas, a typical French-style kitchen, massive fireplaces, formal lounges and dining rooms for entertaining and a stunning underground wine cellar. The home also has various balconies and patios that enjoy views of the landscaped gardens. There are also four garages, many outdoor storage rooms as well as a borehole with a fully automated irrigation system.  And what castle would be complete without a special little tower from where to hang the flag?

“This property is truly unique,” says Harck. “It is a home fit for a king with interesting design elements and it offers all of the benefits of living within a secure residential estate.” Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that properties situated within secure estates around the country have mostly retained their value well, due to the security benefits and lifestyle they offer.

According to Lightstone, a property statistics and data provider, 94.09% of property in Kyalami is situated within estates, while the remaining 5.91% consists of freehold homes. As many as 59.38% of homeowners within Kyalami Estates are between the ages of 36 and 49 years old, with 27.73% between the ages of 50 and 64 years old and 8.03% being between 18 and 35 years old.

“The area is a vibrant suburb that caters to buyers looking for an up-market urban residence within an estate yet with a rural setting. The Zulu word Kyalami means my home and it is easy to see why so many Johannesburg residents have chosen to make Kyalami just that,” Harck concludes.

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