Eco Estate living in Sedgefield

Situated along the Garden Route between George and Knysna is the coastal town of Sedgefield. Originally a farm, Sedgefield has become a popular holiday destination and prime real estate for those looking for a laid-back, rustic village atmosphere.

Chris van der Merwe, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Lakes, says: “Sedgefield is the ideal location for buyers who want a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of major metropolitan areas. The town’s motto is a place where ‘the tortoise sets the pace’ and locals have truly taken this motto to heart.”

According to van der Merwe there are homes in the area to suit buyers from all walks of life as property in the area is made up of 60.81% freehold homes, 11.84% sectional title units and 27.35% estates. He notes that buyers in the area have followed the trend of purchasing homes within estates due to the security benefits these types of properties provide.

Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that estate living has become a global trend that has been particularly popular among South African consumers over the past decade or so. “Many South African’s want to live in homes that provide them with both a great lifestyle offering and security – and more often than not, estate living provides both. Statistics show no sign of this changing in the near future and it is likely that more emphasis will be placed on lifestyle and quality of living over time,” he says.

Van der Merwe says that one estate in Sedgefield that takes the concept of estate living to a new level is the Sandpiper Nature Reserve and Beach Estate. He adds that this unique, exclusive beach estate, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the Sedgefield River Mouth consists of 24 vacant stands that can be purchased directly from the developer. The new homebuyers will then be able to design their own full-title property within the specified architectural guidelines.

“The vision was to integrate a residential estate into this beautiful environment with minimal impact on the surroundings, which is why the homes need to be built in accordance with certain criteria. Each home will be individually designed to meet the homeowner’s requirements, however each architectural plan will need to aesthetically blend in with the estate’s design style,” says van der Merwe. “An analysis of the property and its surroundings such as the steep dunes, proximity to the ocean and winds were all assessed and applied to the design principles to ensure a sense of harmony within the development. The homes in the estate will be built using locally sourced natural materials to ensure the buildings blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. Care will also be taken to ensure that during the building process there will be minimal impact on the environment.”

He adds that the development is spread over nearly 14 hectares of which a major portion will be left undisturbed and registered as a nature reserve. Essentially emphasis is on the ecology and preservation of nature with as little environmental disturbance as possible. Each property will be around 600m2 in size, with a stand costing R1.2 million and upwards depending on its location within the estate. As the stands are purchased directly from the developer there are no transfer duties payable. Four of the stands have already been purchased with the estate.

Van der Merwe says that from a security perspective, the entire estate is enclosed with palisade fencing with one access point via a central guarded gatehouse. Homeowners also have the option of a beam and alarm system being integrated into the design of the home, which will be linked to a security company.

“Buyers looking for a sound investment that offers them a secure coastal lifestyle need look no further. Sandpiper Nature Reserve and Beach Estate will allow homeowners to enjoy the peaceful, laid-back Sedgefield surroundings, while living within a sought-after, upmarket security estate,” Van der Merwe concludes.

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