New “Rockridge” development now selling in uMhlanga Ridgeside

Historically uMhlanga Village, with its beautiful beachfront, pavement cafes, open air pubs and restaurants and more traditional feel, was far away – both literally and figuratively, from its more chic cousin over the hill, the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, says Elwyn Schenk, area principal in uMhlanga and uMdloti for Pam Golding Properties.

Artist's impression showing the exterior of Rockridge

‘The Village’, as it is fondly known locally, is an eclectic mix of old and new, with the glamorous Pearls and Beacon Rock residential developments standing side by side with older apartment blocks, just a stone’s throw from two iconic 5-Star hotels.  “Quieter out of season, the village’s over 100 pubs and restaurants buzz with excitement during the holiday periods. Fun, sun and sea is what it’s all about,” says Schenk.

Less than two kilometres up uMhlanga Rocks Drive stands the Gateway Theatre of Shopping with a wide variety of 350 shops, including world brands such as Topstop, Zaras and La Senza. More than just a shopping centre, Gateway offers fashion, variety, fun and entertainment.

Says Schenk: “Plumb centre between and connecting these two precincts is Ridgeside, a fast developing node which, because of its central position, has appeal for resident owners and visitors alike. With its commanding views up and down the coast, Ridgeside is a four precinct site of new international hotels, office parks and mixed use developments – Durban’s answer to Sandton, only better, some say.”

Artist's impression of aerial view of Rockridge

Planning of the Ridgeside precinct is closely aligned to a comprehensive environmental management programme with a buffer zone set aside to protect the remaining coastal forest bordering the development area. The southern and western aspects already incorporate a number of corporate offices, including the Nedbank building with its 4-Star environmental ‘green’ status, an international hotel and other office blocks.

Adds Schenk: “The Ridgeside area, with its spectacular sea views, will also embrace lush green parks, tree-lined boulevards, beautiful piazzas and a network of walking and cycling trails interspersed with areas of natural vegetation.”

Artist's impression showing the living space and view from the balcony in an apartment in Rockridge

On an elevated site with sweeping ocean views is planned a mixed-use development named Rockridge, which will have a strong emphasis on the residential component. The block will comprise a ground floor comprising 2 200 square metres of upmarket commercial space and 79 residential apartments on 10 floors, including four luxury penthouses.

Now selling off-plan through Pam Golding Properties uMhlanga, who have been awarded the exclusive mandate, Rockridge will feature drive-up access via ramps to all apartments, sweeping 180 degree sea views in most instances and a high standard of finishes.

Artist's impression showing the living room and kitchen of an apartment in Rockridge

Comments Schenk: “The marketplace is showing substantial interest in this prime-located development and we have seen an encouraging take-up with numerous units already reserved. The apartments will be substantially larger than average for the area, with large stackable doors which open out onto the balconies. A range of options includes 83 square metre one bedroom, one bathroom apartments selling at R1.75 million, two bedroom, two bathroom units of 144 square metres priced from R3.7 million and three bedroom units of 155 square metres with two or three bathrooms priced from R3.8 million. Penthouses are a spacious 261 square metres and are priced from R8.75 million and incorporate either three bedrooms and two bathrooms or four bedrooms and three bathrooms. A 10 percent deposit secures your brand new, luxury apartment in this development.”

Schenk says a key feature is the fact that large lock-up garages are attached to each unit, plus there is ample visitor parking on the apartment levels. The complex will have 24 hour security, CCTV cameras intercom and high-speed connectivity. There is easy access to major highways while King Shaka International Airport is just 15 minutes’ drive.

Architecture is by Elphick Proome and the development team includes Grid Construction as builders of the project, which is scheduled for completion in early 2016.

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