Second phase of Robyndale forges ahead

One of Kenilworth’s most iconic blocks – Robyndale in Upper Kenilworth – is undergoing further renovations and upgrades as the new developers join the urban renewal wave that is making the suburb a favourite for new home owners.

After exceeding expectations when sales opened in November 2012, Signatura has now embarked on the second phase of Robyndale’s major renovation. A new block of five units with its own lift is being planned, a swimming pool and gazebo are being installed for residents and the ground-floor units are being given private landscaped gardens.

“In addition,” says Signatura project manager Bradley Parker, “the existing lift is being replaced with a new high-tech one, all units are getting new front doors and the old steel windows - which needed lots of maintenance – are being replaced with modern aluminium ones. Security is being improved with the installation of a state-of-the-art Mercom intercom system so that residents have complete control over who can enter the premises. The entire façade of the building is being uplifted – we’re working hard to modernise this beautiful old lady!”

Unlike other developments where buyers have no choice about the state of their apartment, Signatura is offering home-owners the option of buying a completely renovated unit or, for a slightly lower cost, an unrenovated flat.

“Many buyers are not keen to go through the hassle of dealing with contractors and builders and so are choosing to have us undertake all the renovations on their behalf. This means brand new kitchens and bathrooms when they move in, as well fresh coats of paint and enlarged living areas,” says Parker.

In the first phase of the upgrading of Robyndale, the foyer was modernised for the first time in decades, with designer lamps, finishes and a concierge service being installed.
“Buyers are looking for an open-plan lifestyle with light and space in their living areas,” says John Rabie, founder of Signatura.
“Working with architect Juan Bernicchi, we are able to change the layouts of apartments to suit the modern way of living, for example, by adding sliding doors to bedrooms so that they open onto balconies and opening up kitchens so that they flow seamlessly into dining and entertainment areas.

“Because we are not building from scratch, we are able to offer excellent value for money. Where else can you an apartment with parking for under R1-million in the Southern Suburbs? Robyndale is close to UCT, malls, Maynardville, good schools and excellent shopping and restaurant hubs. Upper Kenilworth is one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets for young, professional buyers.”
More than 50% of available apartments have been sold since November, a gold rush that shows Cape Town’s property market is on the upswing.
Robyndale has fully renovated and furnished two- and three-bedroom flats available for viewing.

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