Set in the heart of the Garden Route, the picturesque and cosmopolitan town of Knysna with its lush forests, long stretches of pristine beaches and rocky shores, remains a sought after destination among home buyers. Renowned for its fine dining and festivals, this year the town's Oyster Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary.

With limited land available for new homes, the development of a prime 52ha tract of land at the Lake View Country Estate saw eight stands immediately snapped up on launch of the first phase comprising 63 stands. These range from 832-5248sqm and are priced between R530 000 and R1.75 million (including VAT and conveyance costs). There will be a total of 230 stands, sold in four phases, exclusively marketed by Pam Golding Properties (PGP), with 100 percent bonds granted to qualified buyers by bond originators, Ooba. Phase one will be ready for occupation in early 2009.

Ling Dobson, property consultant for PGP comments: "Conveniently and well situated off the N2 just 5km from the centre of town, this prime new residential development has been launched by the local, well known Greeff family. They have been active in the community for the past 28 years with various businesses, including their own successful brand and design of retaining walls. For this development they invited proposals from leading South African architects and landscape designers, and appointed the very best. After studying various successful residential developments countrywide, and combined with their dedication and vision, they have based their benchmark on creating an even better, unique development."

Previously farmland owned by the Greeffs, Lake View Country Estate - with its open parklands, tree lined avenues, natural dams, water features and indigenous flora and fauna - offers home buyers a peaceful country environment away from bustling city life. Attractive walkways, green belts, playing fields, tennis and squash courts and recreational clubhouse as well as prolific bird life, bushbuck and lynx provide lifestyle appeal to satisfy the most discerning buyer.

Adds Dobson: "Lake View Country Estate is the epitome of contemporary country living, with the latest modern technology merging with a wholesome and down-to-earth lifestyle. Stringent environmental assessments have been done with landscape architects, Uys & White, creating a parkland environment with open spaces, water features, greenbelts preserved and tree-lined avenues at a substantial investment of R7 million. Approximately 50 percent of the development has been dedicated to landscaping and green open spaces."

Says Piet Botha of NDA Architects: "Lake View is unique as we have integrated the green open spaces in our architectural layout and also have allowed access to other neighbouring estates in order for indigenous fauna to migrate freely." The aesthetically appealing use of natural stone, slate finishes, stainless steel and wood will create a harmonious blend of a variety of expressions while keeping constant the overall image of the estate. Pitched roofs and large glass openings onto pergolas and patios create a comfortable, spacious ambience.
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