Astute investors have voted, with their ZAR, Serengeti Estates‘ Whistling Thorns apartments as among eastern Johannesburg’s most desirable investments. All 188 units have sold out, with the first 90 units took transfer in December 2018, three months ahead of the complete scheme being handed over, at the end of March.
Rental options are now available, says director of sales John Hart, starting at R13,500 per month for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit, and R17,000 per month for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit. ‘The apartments are ideal for singles and professionals as well as young families. For investors, our goal is to ensure that they are able to realise excellent returns,’ says Hart.
Launched in 2017, with prices starting at R1.69 million, The Whistling Thorns is laid out over three different types of units, located on the second fairway of the new 18-hole par 3 Championship golf course at the idyllic Serengeti Estates in upmarket Kempton Park.
The latest apartment scheme offering launched at Serengeti Estates, also overlooking the same golf course, is The Lakes, superior north-facing apartments that have been designed and finished to the highest standard, including imported tiles, Smeg appliances and white Caesarstone tops.
In this apartment development there are three property selections, including the option of buying a freestanding garage. The two-bedroom units measure up to 117 square metres, and offer a full mirrored option, while the larger three-bedroom apartments boast up to 187 square metres of living space. Prices here start at R1.79 million, and out of 108 units launched in November 2018, 41 have already been sold.
Completing the stunning mix of properties at Serengeti Estates are The Signature Residences clusters, comprising 154 lock-up-and-go homes that are ideal for both professionals and retirees seeking the golf estate lifestyle. Buyers have a choice of four unit types, including single- and double-storey options measuring between 218 square metres and 320 square metres. All have double garages, plus space to park a golf cart.
To optimise the spectacular vistas, all living areas within these units are open plan, with large sliding doors opening out to invite nature inside, dissolving the boundaries between the internal and external, and enhancing the connection with nature. Prices start at around R3.69 million, and 50% of these homes have already been sold since launching in June 2018.
Serengeti Estates was designed to incorporate wide open spaces to give residents and visitors a feeling of being in the countryside. The environs include seven kilometres of wetlands, and a variety of birdlife. The golf course’s indigenous landscaping is a spectacular reminder of its African context.
Homes and apartments are all in close proximity to the clubhouse and Mozzafiato, an open-air piazza and Serengeti Estates’ food and entertainment epicentre. Creating a buzz recently was the soft opening of its principle restaurant, the gourmet Italian Culaccino, to the estate’s residents. Mozzafiato’s amphitheatre design makes it a popular destination for big outdoor events, from music concerts to gourmet markets.
The other dining option at Serengeti is The Deck, overlooking the golf course. This is an all-round family eatery that includes both indoor and outdoor seating, a lounge area as well as a bar. The menu offers a wide variety of tasty and affordable meals with the Serengeti trademark burger being particularly popular. The Jacks Bar – overlooking the 18th green – is popular with golfers and is a buzz on corporate days.
Rounding off Serengeti’s dining options is The Tancardi – an Asian fusion restaurant overlooking the 1st & 10th tee boxes.
Another great value to Serengeti Estates is its four state-of-the-art banqueting and conferencing venues, as well as an executive boardroom for events of 25 or fewer delegates.
There is a pro shop and a golf academy, and also a wellness centre. The newly revamped gym includes equipment with au courant technology for all fitness levels. The on-site co-educational Curro school offers classes from primary to matric.
‘The future of Serengeti looks bright, and we are confident that the success achieved so far has stimulated an increase in value,’ says Hart.
Freehold stands are also available at Serengeti Estates. They range from 1,006 square metres to 6,174 square metres, and can be purchased directly from Serengeti’s developers. They are priced between R1,3 million and R5,9 million.