Inside the new ‘Botanica at Hohenhort’ boutique development in sought-after Upper Constantia

Ensconced in one of the most sought-after pockets of Upper Constantia in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs, ‘Botanica at Hohenhort’ is an exclusive boutique estate that combines contemporary design with smart living. Offering a novel departure from the traditional architecture usually seen in this upmarket suburb, Botanica has been designed with finesse and a nod to the natural environment that makes it unlike any other development in the area, says Arie Kadé, Pam Golding Properties agent for Upper Constantia.

Over the past year, Pam Golding Properties reports a high demand for properties in the area, including high-end, exclusive homes priced above the R20 million mark.

Designed by SquareTurn Developments, a collaboration of two Belgian property development companies, Botanica comprises four freehold residences, Arca, Ash, Ava and Aria, each offering privacy, sanctuary and seamless integration with the environment.

Set on plots ranging from 1 884m² to 2 107m², the homes vary in size from 571m² to 572m² under roof priced between R32 947 500 and R35 535 000. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom homes include double garages, while the entire development is secured via an electrified fence, automated security gate and high-definition CCTV cameras to enable facial and number plate registration.

“Each of the homes makes a sophisticated use of form and design to incorporate aspects of their surroundings,” says Kim Tresfon, also an agent for Pam Golding Properties Upper Constantia.

“A deft use of volume and light allows for the harmonious flow between the interiors and surroundings of each architectural tour de force - akin to Scandinavian homes with their integration of wood and natural materials to merge with the environment,” says Tresfon.

Set on four generous erven connected by a country lane, the homes are surrounded by mature trees and lush foliage. Arca, for example, is designed around a mature oak tree, while a planted courtyard introduces a greenbelt into the heart of the home. Each property has a mountain view.

Adds Kadé: “Attention to detail is paramount, and each L-shaped, north-facing home has been designed using European best-quality practices. SquareTurn Developments is an established player in the European property market. Botanica at Hohenhort is its flagship residential development in South Africa, and one that will undoubtedly become one of Constantia’s most prestigious property offerings.”

Designed not only for aesthetic appeal, the fully-automated homes with smart technology throughout allow for easy living. Everything - from turning on the lights to choosing which movie to watch - can be done digitally, says Tresfron. “As the homes have been designed to encompass the natural elements, Botanica also embraces sustainable living with insulated roofs and water-based underfloor heating, intelligent lighting, rainwater harvesting, waterwise gardens and integrated water heating systems. Peace of mind is assured with 24-hour, state-of-the-art security.”

Located opposite the Hohenhort Hotel in the heart of the Constantia Valley, Botanica offers easy access to the many attractions in the area, including wine farms, restaurants, walking trails and other recreational pursuits, and is easily accessible to central Cape Town and Cape Town International Airport.

“Future-forward in design, but sensitive to the exquisite natural beauty of this verdant area, these homes will appeal to the discerning homeowner looking for an incomparable way of living,” says Kadé.

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