The relaxed and secure ambience of the Northern Cape platteland, combined with the striking scenery along the banks of the Orange River have seen an overwhelming response to a new residential development, Belle Rio, located near Upington in the 'Green' Kalahari and opposite Kanon Eiland. The bulk of units have been purchased by South Africans, mainly local - from the Northern Cape Region, with those from Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg making up the balance of buyers.

Launched at the end of last year (2007), only 30 of the total of 104 opportunities remain, comment Pam Golding Properties Upington area principals Filon Smit and Elzet Myburgh. "Belle Rio is a uniquely South African development and the first of its kind situated right on the banks of the Orange River in an area which is the largest export grape producing area in Southern Africa and rapidly becoming the 'fruit basket' of the country," says Smit.

"The estate incorporates two kilometres of magnificent Orange River frontage and is well situated close to the Augrabies Falls National Park and en route to the Kgalaghadi Transfrontier National Park and Namibia. Upington, or the 'River City' as it is locally called, is a beautiful city with irrigation canals flowing through," adds Myburgh. With uninterrupted views across the Orange River as well as the sweeping plains, the estate provides for exclusive, secure living in a village context with architecturally designed houses in both a townhouse concept as well as freehold stands.

Victoria Lane, the townhouse development within the estate, comprises a total of 43 exclusive units, each offering investors the choice of four master plans, with the dwellings ranging in size from 135sqm and 215sqm. These include simplex as well as duplex units, designed to ensure a relaxed indoor and outdoor living experience. Exclusive high quality fittings and finishes set the standard for the contemporary style. These units are priced from R1.1 million.

The 61 spacious freehold stands in the Belle Rio Lifestyle Estate range from 790-1440sqm, carefully positioned in order to provide home owners with views of either the Orange River or the adjacent eco-estate. The stands are priced from R373 000, and buyers can choose between four architecturally designed plans ranging from 200-280sqm. Designed to enhance the relaxed country lifestyle of the estate, the unique and contemporary South African farmhouse style will be visible throughout the estate, and the appointed architectural design consultant will be able to customise the plans to cater for the specific, individual needs of each investor.

Says Smit: "This development offers the discerning property investor the rare opportunity to acquire a property in a secure environment set amid the unspoilt natural beauty of the Northern Cape Province, yet near all the necessary amenities."

A golf course and medical centre are planned as well as a conservation area adjacent to the estate where rare and endangered plants will be preserved in their natural habitat. Within just kilometres the area offers activities which include safe hiking trails, a hunting farm, 4x4 trails, mountain bike trails and water sports on the river. Adjoining the estate is the well known resort, Oranje Rus with a restaurant, catering venue, swimming pools and deck entertainment area which overlooks the river and is ideal for enjoying a drink while watching the abundant birdlife such as Fish Eagles.

Installation of services on site is well under way and nearing completion, while construction of the entrance gate has commenced. Construction of the simplex / duplex complexes will commence in April 2008.
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