Upgrade enhances experience at Intaba Ridge Private Game Estate

At an investment of over R1 million, the new management of Intaba Ridge Private Game Estate has recently funded, designed and completed the upgrade of a three kilometre section of Bisley Road, which provides access to the residential estate from the key arterial routes of Gladys Manzi Road (formerly Murray Road) and Alexandra Road.

Comments Barbara Becker, area principal of Pam Golding Properties in Pietermaritzburg and the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, marketers of stands at Intaba Ridge Private Game Estate: “The upgrading of the road from gravel to a tar surface by the developer has significantly reduced dust en route through the Bisley Valley Nature Reserve and provided a superior driving surface into town for Intaba Ridge residents. The road was fully funded by Sign Power Investments, the developer of Intaba Ridge, who took over management of the estate in mid-2011.

“Gladys Manzi Road is the ring road that links Richmond Road (south) and the adjacent residential areas to the industrial areas of Mkondeni and Shortt’s Retreat as well as the N3 which leads to Durban, while Alexandra Road is the main road out of Pietermaritzburg to the south. As a result, the upgrading of Bisley Road provides residents with easier access to town, Durban, the local airport, Richmond and major industrial areas. Importantly for families residing in Intaba Ridge Private Game Estate, it makes for easy travel to schools such as Girls’ High School which is in Alexandra Road, and Maritzburg College in nearby College Road,” she says.

The developer’s engineers designed the road with the consent and approval of both the Msunduzi Municipality and the KZN Department of Transport – each of which own about half (1.5km) of the upgraded section. Designed by Martin & Associates of Westville and constructed by Ascon Surfacing of Pietermaritzburg, the road has a five to seven year design life and a one-year contractor’s warranty. The road design also incorporated four speed humps as traffic calming measures, to ensure that the 40km speed limit through the nature reserve is adhered to, as it is common to see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala crossing the road. The upgrade of the road took three weeks to complete.

Situated overlooking Pietermaritzburg and the area’s own ‘Table Mountain’, and positioned just south of Bisley Valley Nature Reserve, Intaba Ridge is a privately developed game estate just 10-15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Pietermaritzburg. “While its convenient location provides easy access to the province’s capital city, educational facilities, shopping facilities and places of work, it is a peaceful and tranquil haven close to nature, offering quality family life with a host of leisure activities,” says Becker.

“It’s easy to see why the estate appeals to business owners in the nearby industrial areas because it is an upmarket, low density residential estate with security that has easy access to really good schools and their businesses. While today’s home buyers still value location as a top priority, the meaning has changed slightly with security and convenience playing as large a role as the prestige of the location.

“Comprising a total of 100 stands – each about 2500sqm in size, seven homes have already been completed and occupied, six are currently under construction, and plans have been submitted for a further four homes. At present 59 stands are available for purchase, of which nine have been selected for plot and plan. Prices for the vacant stands range from R490 000 to R675 000 and plot and plan homes in three different design styles range from R1.7 million to R1.9 million (for the stand and completed home),” says Becker. No transfer duty is payable on the erven or plot and plan packages. The design style of the homes is distinctly Natal Colonial Verandah with a Game Lodge influence – ideally suited to the climate and environment.

The gatehouse, swimming pool, jungle gym and gazebo/braai area with kitchen area and ablution facilities have already been completed. Adds Becker: “As this is predominantly a primary home development, most of the buyers who have purchased to date are already living permanently on the estate. These are mainly local business people or retirees and those who work from home with children attending nearby private schools.  Intaba Ridge is within a few kilometres of Epworth School, St Charles College, St John’s Diocesan School for Girls, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High and Maritzburg College.

“Home owners enjoy the great open space for walking and cycling in a secure and convenient location which is within easy reach of the N3, Pietermaritzburg Airport – with its flights to Johannesburg, and the business area of Mkondeni. The estate’s perimeter is secured by an electric fence and surveillance equipment and there are security patrols throughout the development. Access is controlled. The property also includes three dams,” she adds.

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