Back to nature at Boskloof Eco Estate

With many South Africans becoming increasingly aware of their carbon footprint and the need to preserve the natural environment, the appeal of residential eco-estates is growing.  

These allow residents to enjoy the privacy and security of estate living, without compromising on their environmental conscience.  Such estates encourage sensitive and environmentally sound building principles, indigenous landscaping and the preservation of open spaces, flora and fauna.  One such community is the Boskloof Eco-Estate, an exclusive development on the slopes of Somerset West. Pam Golding Properties (PGP) has recently acquired the exclusive mandate to market four upmarket homes here, ranging in price from R3.295 million to R8.95 million.

PGP agent Gail Gould says the estate was established in 2001, with the first owners taking occupation the following year.  She says residents have a sense of living closely in harmony with nature.  “The estate occupies 51ha of natural fynbos and endangered Renosterveld, which is home to a number of small animals including buck, porcupines and a wealth of bird species,” she says.  “There are extensive walking and cycling trails throughout the site, allowing residents to interact closely with this environment, and to enjoy the panoramic views of False Bay and the Hottentots Holland mountains. They also have access to a beautiful clear dam with a jetty, where boating and swimming can be enjoyed, while a dedicated children’s play-park includes a wonderful jungle gym.  The estate’s immediate neighbours include renowned wine farms Vergelegen and Morgenster, so there are also opportunities to enjoy world-class food and wine, right on the doorstep.  It is an idyllic environment in which to raise a family or enjoy one’s retirement years.”

There are 73 erven in the estate, ranging in size from around 500 to 1500sqm.  Strict design guidelines have ensured that all homes blend well with the surrounding environment, and there is an emphasis on the use of natural materials and a natural colour palette.  All homes were required to utilise climate-sensitive architectural forms, making their homes as energy efficient as possible.  They are also encouraged to use only indigenous plants in their gardens, while a team of five full-time gardeners works tirelessly to eradicate alien vegetation in the communal areas, rehabilitate indigenous flora, and ensure a sustainable and diverse natural environment.

Gould says over the past two or three years, vacant plots of 500sqm to 1000sqm have sold well on the estate, fetching around R1.1 million to R1.5 million – but there are now only six vacant erven left.  “Completed homes typically sell between R3 million and R5.5 million, going up to R8 million and more for very upmarket properties,” she says.

Residents include a number of European “swallows” who spend their summers in South Africa, as well as retired couples and local families, some of whom have relocated from Gauteng for security and business reasons.  Besides the beautiful environment and good security, another appealing factor is the estate’s convenient location.  “It is just five minutes’ drive to the Somerset West CBD, a private hospital, Erinvale Golf Estate and the Strand beachfront,” says Gould.  “Cape Town International Airport is only 20 minutes away, while the Cape Town CBD can be reached within 30 to 40 minutes.”

PGP’s current mandates include a magnificent modern home with an eye-catching design of steel and glass, priced at R8.95 million.  Features of the property include an imported Italian kitchen with integrated German appliances, substantial entertainment areas, four en suite bedrooms, a billiard room, wine gallery and staff accommodation, as well as climate control.

Other properties on the market at present include a three-bedroomed home with an elevated plunge pool, priced at R3.5 million, and another three-bedroomed home with a spacious indoor braai room, priced at R3.295 million.  A brand new four-bedroomed home with a plunge pool and private braai patio is on the market at R4.2 million.

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