Set on a working historic wine farm, in the shadows of the imposing Simonsberg mountain, this land presented possibly the last opportunity for the development of an up-market estate on the Northern edge of Stellenbosch. After thorough market research it was decided to redesign the original development proposals to meet the growing demand for up-market residential property in Stellenbosch. The development went through a revised urban design and philosophical approach and the 10 boutique smallholdings made way for a quaint village consisting of 50 contemporary homes set amongst the vineyards with unparalleled panoramic views of the Stellenbosch mountain ranges. The result is a far more qualitative and sustainable living environment that delivers on every level.
The Architectural language of Weltevreden Hills is based on Cape Vernacular and remains true to the architectural roots of the region. The use of natural stone, timber boarding and coloured plaster on the elevations, make the designs more contemporary and help to create a cohesiveness harmonious feel to the estate as a whole. Due to the challenges that the site represents in terms of the slope, views and orientation and to ensure that the correct urban design qualities are achieved, 26 Primary house types were designed on carefully selected erven. The remaining 24 erven use the primary house types, adjusted to specifically suit the relevant site characteristics. A range alternatives have also been designed with regards to the size of the houses.
The slope of the site, the urban design layout and the importance of uninterrupted views, let to 2 types of house entry conditions, namely, top entry and bottom entry. This is determined by the relationship of your erf to the road. Houses located on axis or focal areas, will have specific roof types or landscape elements like fountains to create orientation and sense of place, rooted in the urban design of the layout.
Open plan living is encouraged to embrace both the mountain side of the erf (also north facing) with a courtyard as well as the views to the south. Houses are 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 – 3 bathrooms with lounge, dining, guest toilet and in some cases also studies and family rooms.