One of the more unusual things about The Rest Nature Estate is its name. Those familiar with the area of Nelspruit (now Mbombela) will know that it is named after the three Nel brothers who, back in the 19th century, used to graze their cattle around the valley and came across an exceptional piece of land during their explorations.
This land was set high in the hills overlooking the valley and boasted a year-long subtropical climate with soothing breezes and spectacular uninterrupted views across the valley. It was in this peaceful, temperate sanctuary that the brothers decided to establish their family homestead, calling it The Rest, and their descendants still own homes on what is now The Rest Nature Estate.
Having recently been awarded a 5-star grading and voted The Best Residential Development in South Africa 2017/2018 in The International Africa & Arabia Property Awards, the estate is currently in phase two of a four-phase development. Once completed, the estate will consist of 1 200 homes with stands ranging in size from 900 square metres to 16 000 square metres. Phase one, called the Carissa and Combretum villages, incorporated a total of 380 stands and sold out extremely fast. Phase two is the Albizia Village and has an additional 300 stands ranging from 850 square metres to 2 200 square metres, with prices starting at R 595 000 including VAT.
Despite being on the market for only a year, phase two is already 70 percent sold, and the development of phases three and four, the Gordenia and Eugenia villages, is currently in the planning process. Buyers have the option of choosing from a selection of impressively designed and individually crafted home styles that offer views of the water, hillside or woodlands, or designing their own home, in accordance with the estate’s architectural guidelines. Over 50 architectural design options are available and these have been designed to complement the beautiful granite koppies and natural surroundings synonymous with this region and ensure that the homes blend in with the contours of the land.
Each home is surrounded by private gardens and offers spacious and comfortable modern living. The safe, convenient and restful lifestyle offers all the ingredients needed by both young and established families as well as working professionals and foreign investors wishing to experience life in the Lowveld.
Situated on 320 tranquil hectares of subtropical bushveld vegetation, yet only a short drive from the city’s shopping centres, hospitals and other amenities, The Rest Nature Estate has quickly become one of Mbombela’s most sought-after residential addresses.
Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy over 100 hectares of natural habitat and a private bird sanctuary that has been created in partnership with BirdLife South Africa.
All alien vegetation has been removed from the land to allow natural grasses and iconic bushveld trees such as paperbark, bushwillow, fever tree, coral tree and stamvrug to flourish. The ongoing landscaping and maintenance is handled by a dedicated team to ensure that biodiversity is preserved whilst creating an attractive living environment. In addition to the secluded wooden bird hides at the reed-fringed dams, residents may also encounter red and grey duiker, bushbuck, klipspringer, mongoose species, porcupine, serval and caracal.
There are more than 40km of walking, cycling and jogging tracks on the estate, and homeowners have free access to the tennis courts at the 1 200-scholar Curro Private School that sits on the boundary of the estate.
As with any estate of this size, security is paramount, and in this case has been outsourced to Thorburn Security, who ensure that the entrance gates are permanently manned and protected by CCTV cameras and access booms. The boundaries of the property are surrounded by