Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate8th Feb 2017
Turning Dreams into Realty
Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate was conceptualised 17 years ago and initially intended as a golf estate, however the developer decided to adopt the idea of a wildlife estate instead, much to the delight of its residents today.
The first secure residential estate of its kind in the Free State, perfectly marries luxurious estate living with the natural environment. The popularity of the estate is perfectly illustrated through its statistics; stands first went on sale on 20 October 2003 and by Christmas of the same year there were already 100 stands sold.
There are many different living options available at this estate; 24 different sectional title complexes, each with its own unique style, offers housing for the smaller family. Hillandale Lifestyle Village, named after the farm Hillandate on which the Estate was developed, offers 146 live-in units and facilities for the over 50 age bracket which includes a heated swimming pool, clubhouse and bowling greens. A privately-owned hospital directly adjacent to the estate, open to residents and the public, provides health and frail care as well as rehabilitation services. An additional 712 full title free standing erven complete the offering, with only a handful of stands still available for development. Stands vary in size from approximately 800m2 to 1600m2 with home sizes ranging between 240m² and 1000m².
Despite having to adhere to stringent aesthetic guidelines regarding the external design elements, homeowners still retain creative freedom in creating a home that suits their specific lifestyle and taste. Owners are encouraged to establish gardens that adhere to specific minimum requirements to ensure a well-manicured look throughout the estate. The planting of trees, especially indigenous trees, are of highest priority, and the communal gardens are irrigated with grey water from an onsite sewerage plant. The estate still boasts a windmill, which is iconic to the Free State.
Water and electricity supply to the estate is managed by means of a pre-paid system. A water reservoir holds municipal water from where households are supplied. This facility has proven invaluable in times of water shortages experienced by the Municipality. The estate falls under the Municipality of Mangaung, Sesotho for the place of cheetahs, the reason why the provinces’ much-loved rugby team is dubbed, the Cheetahs.
Spread over 1000 hectares of fertile farmland, residents of Woodland Hills share their land with 18 different species of game including giraffe, sable antelope and springbuck, to name but a few, which can be found roaming freely, drinking water from one of many dams, grazing under a tree or nibbling away at a rose bush. For the bird lover there are over 180 species to enjoy. Horse stables are available to home owners for stabling of their horses and horse riding lessons are also on offer. Other facilities at the estate that residents can make use of are tennis courts, an outdoor gym, game drives, catch-and-release fishing and many play areas for children. Mountain biking and walking trails are hugely popular with many of the residents that enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. The estate hosts its very own annual bike challenge, the ‘Gerhard van Heerden Mountain Bike Challenge’(mtb.woodlandhills.co.za), named after the late Mr. Gerhard van Heerden, previous General Manager of the estate. A large portion of the 45km route runs over estate land and bikers can enter different race lengths depending on their fitness level.
The estate boasts a Community Centre that includes a function hall, fitted kitchen and ablution facilities, as well as a lapa complete with built-in braai and nearby jungle gym. These facilities are popularly used by residents for small functions, and houses the annual general meeting of the Homeowners Association.
Safety and security is of utmost importance and residents can rest assured that a sound security plan is in place. Strategic points within the estate as well as the 13kms perimeter fence are fitted with 115 thermal cameras, while an upgraded electric perimeter fence, biometric access control, 24hour guard patrols, click-on communications and a state of the art control room, which is fondly referred to by staff as ‘NASA’, gives residents extra peace of mind.
The estate boasts a fibre optic connection plan with Vodacom which ensures high speed broadband for each home whilst a recent upgrade in mobile network means the +/- 4500 residents can now make use of a 4G signal capability.
As the sole judicial capital of the country and seat of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Bloemfontein enjoys universal appeal. This city, with the heart of a small town, offers excellent primary, secondary and tertiary education and as such attracts residents from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Bloemfontein is known for its many outstanding local schools and makes for a sought-after location for families. Woodland Hills proudly caters for the requirements of its culturally diverse residents, which includes South African, Asian and European citizens.
Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate endeavours to cater for the lifestyle needs of its residents and employees. As such, the estate has entered an agreement with Interstate Bus Lines to provide transport to domestic workers and gardeners inside the estate. Comprising of vast green areas, fire hazards potentially offer a threat to the safety of residents and wildlife. To address this need, the Homeowners Association acquired a fire truck to ensure a quick response. The Tempe airport, a stone’s throw away, caters for small private aircraft and the local Woodland Hills Village convenience, boasts a supermarket, restaurants, hardware store, hair salon, optometrist, doctor’s rooms, pharmacy and several specialty stores.
Located in a city steeped in history, it is obvious why so many people want to make Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate their home. The estate offers a blissful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, and is overflowing with added value. With a visit to the bush literally a few metres away, this estate proudly represents the ‘City of Roses’ in all its glory and is certainly the preferred residence in Bloemfontein.