Above and beyond the safety and security offered by estate living in Johannesburg, it has become a welcoming addition to many lifestyles. From golfers to eco-living, there's an estate in the city's boundaries that's set to cater to your needs. The latest trend with estate living in Johannesburg is that these residential offerings are no longer reserved for the top 1% of society. Recent developments have brought highly affordable cluster and apartment offerings within these gated communities, offering residents all the facilities of the lifestyle estate but within reach of a young professional’s budget.
Types Of Estate Living in Johannesburg
Residential Estates By Region
We've all heard the term 'lifestyle estate' before. But what does it mean? Perhaps the answer to this debate lies in the very first word of the term; “lifestyle”. This refers to the manner in which one lives within the property and the overall quality of day-to-day life. To some people, having a wide range of facilities, within the perimeter of the development, is an indication of an unmatched lifestyle. To others, it is the proximity of the overall development to amenities like shops, schools and work. That would be our starting point; deciding whether or not an estate suits our desired lifestyle.
Estate living in Johannesburg has become more affordable in recent years with many of these estates adding apartment development to their plates. Looking at the success of The Village at the Eye Of Africa Estate in the south of Johannesburg, which comprises of 12 apartment blocks, with eight two- or three-bedroom apartments in each block. Sales have gone exceptionally well. Within weeks of Phase 1 of the launch, 80% of the first apartment block was sold.
With their world-class, professionally designed golf courses and varied amenities, golf estate living in Johannesburg has become quite the buzz among local and international property funds and investors. Mostly located a stone's throw away from prime locations such as business hubs and major roads, golf estates not only allows residents privacy and exclusivity, but also convenient community.
An estate such as the Eye of Africa Golf & Residential Estate on the fringes of the south offers large expanses of greenery and indigenous gardens, a river and lakes interspersed with walking/jogging and cycling trails along with a Greg Norman golf course with a driving range and Pro-shop.
Eco Estates are housing developments that have a sustainable lifestyle focus and have been built around some form of nature conservation. Many of these estates have popped up along the north-eastern border of Johannesburg. All of the estates embody a ‘green’ ethos with a particular focus on reducing the impact we have on our natural resources. Architects working within these estates aim to design energy-efficient homes that reduce the homeowner’s carbon footprint. There is also a big demand for estates to develop around our environmental assets, such as our coastal forests, for example. These resources then act as the drawing card and present an attractive lifestyle element to potential buyers. Some of the major estates have become very creative in what they offer in terms of lifestyle: from fishing dams to mountain bike trails, horseback riding, and clubhouses targeted at various age groups.
A good example of such an estate is the Meyersdal Eco Estate. Forming part of the larger 1080ha Meyersdal Nature Area, the 480ha Meyersdal Eco Estate offers a safe and secure environment on 343 large stands - ranging from 750m² to 3600m². Less than 15% of the nature area is developed. Only 10 minutes south of Johannesburg – an environmental paradise with wide open unspoiled natural areas. Meyersdal Eco Estate creates a lifestyle that enhances the relationship between man and nature while preserving and protecting endangered fauna and flora species. With its 450ha of unspoiled undulating hills and scenic beauty, Meyersdal Eco Estate is one of the largest and most exclusive estates in Gauteng.
Eye of Africa Golf & Residential Estate
Set in the lush surroundings of the pristine Eye of Africa, the stands, apartments, cluster and luxury homes available offer the very best in contemporary modern living. Fully customisable to each individual owner’s taste, these breathtaking new properties have been specifically conceptualised to embody attractive, low maintenance, lock-up-and-go living. The estate brags with a beautiful golf course and clubhouse. Designed by Greg Norman, this course spans over 7 212 metres. The course was designed to challenge experienced and amateur golfers alike with its wide fairways and beautiful greens. Amateur golfers can also get lessons. The course also has a clubhouse, halfway house, driving range, grill house, central park and deli. Eye Of Africa is the epitome of estate living in Johannesburg with its beautiful views and relaxed atmosphere.
Meyersdal Nature Estate
Just south of the city centre lies the 300ha Meyersdal Nature Estate, offering a safe and secure environment on 272 large stands – ranging from 900m² to 2000m². With its walking and mountain bike trails, Meyersdal Nature Estate affords nature lovers close contact with the natural environment and creates a lifestyle that enhances the relationship between man and nature while preserving and protecting endangered fauna and flora species of the larger 1080ha nature area. With its unspoiled undulating hills and scenic beauty Meyersdal Nature Estate promise to be one of the most sought-after eco- and nature estates in South Africa. Living amongst wildlife in a true nature estate is a lifestyle dream for residents supporting a philosophy whereby man lives in harmony with nature.
Described as the Agusta of South Africa, the Steyn City golf course brags with an award-winning clubhouse, a well-kept fairway and even a gym. The course is just over 7 000 metres from the back tees, which will cater to the professional and single handicapped golfer. Each hole has its own nook and cranny, and players will encounter a variety of playing experiences, including elevation changes with a number of vantage points.
Blue Valley Golf Course & Estate
Blue Valley is a favourite of golfers in the city. Situated in Midrand, Blue Valley Golf Course & Estate should be on every golfer's bucket list. Named for the blue skies and open country of its surroundings, the Gary Player-designed Blue Valley is a perfect blend of hospitality, sport and nature. Situated conveniently between northern Johannesburg and Pretoria, this residential golf estate offers a location second to none in the Gauteng area.
Fourways Gardens Estate
Since 1984, Fourways Gardens Estate has been a sought-after development in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. The first of its kind in South Africa, FGE offers large property stands, inviting communal areas, and easy access to excellent schools, medical facilities and shopping malls. Fourways Gardens offers an unparalleled family lifestyle, where neighbours know each other and children are able to play safely in open places, with amenities and activities to keep every member of the family happy. The 943 characterful homes are mostly freestanding houses on stands between 900 – 1700ms, but the estate also includes smaller homes in Sunbird Estate (own title townhouses) and Mopane Lodge, a sectional title complex.
Embrace country living at Kyalami Estates. It combines the benefits of urban convenience with the tranquility and space of a rural environment. Featuring ample park -and wetland, Kyalami Estates brings nature to your doorstep. Kyalami Estates is a secure residential estate with 1006 houses and extensive facilities with 24-hour controlled access. Within Kyalami Estates many sporting and social clubs and societies have been established for a broad spectrum of interests and age groups.
Ideally located between Johannesburg and Pretoria on a 2 200 hectare piece of land, Waterfall Estate is in the perfect position to cater for the huge demand for offices, shops, restaurants, homes and logistics space caused by the massive growth in the area. Waterfall Access Networks (WAN) implements and manages the open-access fibre optic network for Waterfall. There is currently more than 330km of installed duct infrastructure on the development and the network is fully redundant. With two of the country’s busiest highways intersecting on the property, more than R1-billion has been spent on upgrading the road network to improve access to Waterfall.
Dainfern is by far one of the most well-known when it comes to estate living in Johannesburg. A stone's throw from Fourways, Dainfern has grown from a small estate in 1992 to a massive housing development that is home to over 1 200 stands. Its 18-hole golf course was designed by the legendary Gary Player and has become a course frequented by residents and outsiders. The property at the estate ranges from R3.5 mil up to R25 mil and above. Dainfern Golf Estate boasts a clubhouse stocked with good food and great drinks. There is a Pro Shop as well that'll sort out all your golfing needs.
Just past Clearwater Mall, and before Northgate, Eagle Canyon lies sleeping in Roodepoort. This ultra-luxurious golf estate owns an 18-hole course that will challenge even the most seasoned player. The course plays along the Canyon cliffs, along and over beautiful water features, with the clubhouse perched on the highest point with a full view of all the holes.
With a modern twist, Jackal Creek can prove Mark Twain wrong when he said that golf is "a good walk wasted." The tees on this course have been praised but a handful of players have noted that there are massive backspins on balls when swinging from the green. All in all, it is a fun course and even though the ball misbehaves, it adds a challenge to an already fun course.
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La Como Lifestyle Estate
Living in luxury, La Como Lifestyle Estate is located in Boksburg. This lifestyle estate offers fine living, nature and exciting building packages. Surrounded by lavish flora, the estate is set in a greenbelt and boasting a 9-hectare wetland area that is nestled in the heart of the 80-hectare secure lifestyle development, La Como is an aesthetic delight and the most desirable and trendy place of living. Perfect for starting a family, expanding your family and an ideal location for ex-pats wanting to keep in close proximity to major transport nodes, including the Gautrain terminal and O.R. Tambo International Airport, La Como Lifestyle Estate offers it all.
Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate
A stone's throw from OR Tambo International Airport, the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate is the pride of Kempton Park. Set in the lush surroundings of the pristine Serengeti Estates, the freehold stands, apartments and cluster homes available offer the very best in contemporary modern living. Fully customisable to each individual owner’s taste, these breathtaking new properties have been specifically conceptualised to embody attractive, low maintenance, lock-up-and-go living. Amenities in close proximity are East Rand Mall, upmarket private and public schools, churches, medical facilities, and office parks.