Royalston Coastal Wildlife Estate5th Apr 2017
Conservation Enthusiast’s Most Inner Soul
There are not many places in South Africa and even the world that offer the element of ocean, un-spoilt nature and wildlife in one convenient and scenic location.
These three incredible components offer a serene escape that brings one as close to the wonder of nature as possible. Now imagine experiencing this everyday, in your home and in your lifestyle – this is what the Royalston Residential Estate and Game Reserve www.royalston.co.za provides effortlessly.
Located in the Eastern Cape on the southern boundary of Kragga Kamma Road extending south towards the glistening Indian Ocean, Royalston is close enough to Port Elizabeth and its airport to be convenient yet far enough to escape the grind of everyday living. The Royalston Residential Estate and Game Reserve exudes a completely unique experience that caters for a wildlife and conservation enthusiast’s most inner soul.
The Royalston Estate is located on a 1000-hectare nature and game reserve. Envision rolling hills, golden grasslands, dense forest vegetation, freshwater streams and unique fauna and flora, all encased in the scent of the Indian Ocean. It’s difficult to properly describe Royalston as it’s a striking postcard setting, encompassing all the magnificent things in life. The Estate is comprised of five villages – Salisbury, Kipling, Winchester, Canterbury and Livingstone consisting of 310 plots, which have all been specifically designed and constructed to make use of, and blend into, the natural environment.
At the architectural heart of Royalston is a characteristic Colonial theme fused with the African landscape. Aesthetic guidelines at the Estate aim to promote harmony in design and maintain its superiour standards. However, the architectural guidelines additionally provide an opportunity for the homeowner to have their own interpretation and design of their home, ensuring that individuality is prevalent. Homes are decorated in sandstone or earthy and neutral paint finishes or a combination of both. They are topped with roofs that fit with these colours and the Colonial style, be it thatch, Victorian sheeting or Marley tile. Homes boast large openings such as colonial sash windows and wooden concertina doors, which catch the sea breeze and present spectacular panoramas of the ocean, nature reserve and wildlife. This extends to their functional outside entertainment areas, patios, decks and balconies. The Colonial mood is completed with elegant high ceilings and grand pillars. Sustainability and ethical design elements are prominent at the Estate and homes can only utilise natural materials and textures.
Investors who want to live the alluring Royalston life are able to purchase plots priced from R 469 000 to R 500 000 all inclusive, which form freehold stands of 820m² to 1800m². From the initial return on capital evident at Royalston with prices going from R 400 000 to R 600 000 and R 700 000 to R 900 000, buyers have the opportunity of watching their investment grow each year as the Estate develops further to include various additions.
Plot, plan and build options are available and purchase discounts are still on offer. Apart from all of the elements that make the Estate such an attracive investment, state-of-the-art security completes the vision.
The environmental awareness of the Royalston Residential Estate and Game Reserve offers a solace for its wildlife and endangered fauna and flora, with an aim of sustaining, maintaining and protecting it. 90% of the Royalston Estate has been put aside as a nature reserve, the majority of which is now a national gazetted reserve – this creates harmonious living between residents and nature. All grey water on the Estate, around 300 000 litres per day, will undergo bio-reactor treatment and will be re-used for irrigation on the Estate. Homeowners are encouraged to utilise solar panels, grey water systems, rain harvesting and eco-sensitive techniques for ethical building.
Being a game reserve, there is an extremely strong element of wildlife – another vital element which makes it so attractive to investors. There is a large variety of game that meander through the Royalston Estate, which can be found literally on your doorstep or in your backyard. Wildlife includes many endangered species including the intelligent honey badger, Kynsna woodpecker, fish eagle and Cape eagle owl. Large game such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, sable antelope waterbuck, springbuck, bushpigs and even giraffes are found on the Estate. To contribute to the already extensive wildlife at Royalston, the black backed jackal, the Lynx and the Gennet Cat form the predator component of the Estate.
Located on the Estate, the Lake de la Vie wedding and conference facility provides visitors and homeowners with an intimate wedding and function venue. Seating up to 250 people with its own quaint -chapel and bridal suite, Lake de la Vie diversifies the offering of Royalston even more. Upon completion of the development, a retirement village and boutique lodge style hotel will addtionally be located on the Estate. This will allow homeowners the opportunity to make use of the bar and dining options, as well as game drives which will be run from the lodge. An innovative wildlife education centre is in the pipeline for the future and this will offer homeowners and visitors an interactive learning experience, targeted mainly towards the younger generations.
For outdoor and active pursuits, there are four hiking and cycling adventure trails ranging from 1.9 to the 10km. Each trail is unique, offering an insight into the exquisiteness of the Estate. The trails are located in the most picturesque areas of Royalston and lookout points, and picnic spots are located along these routes. Sweeping vistas of the ocean and wildlife can be relished around every bend of the adventure trails. Park benches are located along the trails perfect for taking a breath and immersing yourself in the surrounding nature. A park just for dogs is being created where they are able to run off their leashes and quench their thirsts at the unique dog bar.
A mere 14km from the Royalston Estate, the exciting Baywest Mall is being developed. This new R6 billion development will become one of the most iconic developments in South Africa, boasting office parks, private schools, an industrial element, parklands and entertainment section.
The Royalston Residential Estate and Game Reserve truly has it all. This breathtaking development blurs the line between a holiday getaway and everyday living in the loveliest way.