Waterfall estate caters to all tastes

Waterfall estate caters to all tastes

This house in Waterfall Estate was recently sold for R22.5 million.

The lifestyle development, Waterfall Estate, midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria on a 2 200ha tract of land triangulated by Woodmead, Kyalami and Midrand, consists of various sub-estates and a host of amenities, offering a broad range of properties from smaller units to larger homes.

“Families are keen buyers in the estate, but there is something for everyone – from singles to couples and retirees, and for all different budgets,” says Corlia Reuter, of Jawitz Properties Midrand. “All walks of life are catered for.”

Properties vary in size in the various sub-estates, such as in Waterfall Country Village, where stands on average are 600m2 with homes between 300m2 and 550m2 and prices between R5.5 million and R8m, while in Waterfall Country Estate stands are more in the region of 1 100m2 with homes sized between 450m2 and 850m2 and priced from R8.5m to R17m.

Waterfall Equestrian Estate, has much larger stands of around 8 500m2 and prices can range from R18m to R55m.

Recently in Waterfall Equestrian Estate, Jawitz Properties Midrand sold a home for R22.5m, which was very close to the listing price, according to John Conradie of Jawitz Properties Midrand.

“Waterfall estate is still growing, with empty stands still available. Once stands are purchased, owners have three years to build,” Conradie says. “Estate living is becoming increasingly appealing for prospective buyers. More and more people want a gated community-feel with all the necessary amenities on site.”

Facilities at Waterfall Estate include 17km of walking and jogging trails and mountain bike tracks that ribbon through the estate’s 600 acres of indigenous green belt, with bird hides, park benches and drinking fountains along the way.

“The Highveld climate is considered one of the best in the world, and the intention here is to facilitate outdoor living. The outcome is a superb quality of life that takes away concerns for safety and instead incorporates a sense of well-being within naturally beautiful landscaped surroundings – all in the heart of Gauteng,” says Reuter.

Top schools including Reddam House and Curro – the high school is currently being built – are in Waterfall Country Estate, providing parents with peace of mind for their children to get between school and home. As the estate continues to develop, more schools will be built, says Reuter.

Also on site are a Netcare hospital and a large clubhouse with a gym, as well as Mall of Africa and the Waterfall Wilds Centre, both of which opened last year.

Forming part of Waterfall Estate is Waterfall Hills Mature Lifestyle Estate, which consists of one to three bedroom homes priced from R2.5m to R6m, with access to an indoor heated pool, a gym, a hairdresser, various sport facilities, a restaurant and a deli. Apartments are available as part of the clubhouse, and there is a frail care facility on site.

Waterfall Valley Retirement Estate is a second retirement estate with homes price from R3.5m to R6m. There is a clubhouse with various facilities, but no frail care or apartments available.

“Security systems in Waterfall estate are integrated into the lifestyle of residents, so as not to be intrusive while being highly effective. The perimeter of the estate is secured by a 4m high reinforced concrete wall, topped with an electric fence. CCTV cameras are in place and on-site security personnel employed,” says Conradie.

“Waterfall Estate is just a stone’s throw from Waterfall City, which is home to many businesses. You also have easy access via Allandale Road to the N1, and OR Tambo and Lanseria Airports are 37km and 28km away. The two closest Gautrain stations to the estate are Midrand, on the old Pretoria-Johannesburg throughway, next to Grand Central Airport (a small privately-owned airfield), as well as Marlboro, which is next to the N3 Marlboro Drive interchange.

“Large business parks are in the process of being built in Waterfall estate, which will accommodate large companies such as Group Five, Novartis and PWC, among others.

“You don’t just get a central location living here. Another, and perhaps one of the biggest advantages of buying in Waterfall Estate, is the fact that there is a 99-year lease hold, attracting no transfer duty for buyers. This is a very appealing saving,” Conradie concludes.