The 1 000 hectare Sibaya Coastal Precinct on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast is well on its way to realising its vision as a mixed-use estate for every generation, with new residential and commercial developments, as well as a 2 000-learner school developed by the ADvTECH Academies Brand, in the pipeline.
Now 13 years in the making, the scope of Sibaya – which enjoys a reciprocal coexistence with the natural landscape including stunning Indian Ocean views and hectares of indigenous coastal dune forest – is something to behold. Fully realised, the Sibaya Coastal Precinct will include offices, shops, restaurants, educational institutions, recreational opportunities and more to complement its comprehensive residential offering.
Work is well under way, which includes the construction of a wide, tree-lined boulevard forming the main entrance of the precinct and linking up with the M27 North. The first phase of this boulevard is due for completion in early 2018.
There are seven nodes planned for Sibaya Coastal Precinct, which are expected to take 15 to 20 years to complete. The 2 000-learner ADvTECH school is due to commence construction in 2018, while hospitals and medical facilities, together with a tertiary education facility and more, are on the cards. Nodes will be developed as planning and approvals are finalised, with Nodes 1 and 5 currently in the market, with development rights, environmental impact assessment approvals and rezoning approvals secured.
“Node 1 is due for completion in April or May 2018, with construction on Node 5 due to commence in March 2018. Residents of the first top structure development, OceanDune, will take occupation in March next year,” says Dayalan Chetty, Tongaat Hulett Development Executive for Sibaya Coastal Precinct.
On completion, Nodes 1 and 5 will feature approximately 2 325 residential units, hotel and hospitality offerings, educational facilities and up to 100 000 square metres of commercial bulk. Planning and EIA processes for Node 4 are currently under way.
Key developments include:
Signature – Sibaya’s most exclusive residential offering – will undoubtedly set the benchmark for prime real estate development in the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast region. Boasting the precinct’s most prized ocean views, state-of-the-art security and exquisite architecture, it is destined to be the most sought-after address in the province. With just 45 sea-facing stands, each 1 000 to 2 000 square metres in size and selling for R 6 million to R 10 million, residents are afforded maximum privacy and a lifestyle par excellence.
Signature’s contemporary, organic design makes use of raw materials and precious metals that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings. The architectural guidelines are based on sustainable principles, which incorporate water and waste recycling, solar and photovoltaic water heaters, energy-saving lighting and gas stoves. Security measures include biometric access control, thermal cameras, electrified fencing and 24-hour armed patrols.
GAPP Architects and Urban Designers, in conjunction with Iyer Urban Design Studio, are the appointed architects and urban designers, while Garlicke and Bousfield are the conveyancing attorneys.
Situated at the southernmost apex of Node 1, OceanDune was the first residential opportunity within the Sibaya Coastal Precinct. Like the precinct’s other residential developments, more than half of OceanDune was sold on the day of launch, and the rest soon thereafter.
Most of its 260 luxury units – all with direct beach access and unobstructed sea views – hit the market in one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom options. The close connection with nature that residents enjoy here is enhanced by access to hiking trails and one of the last remaining coastal dune forests teeming with indigenous vegetation and wildlife. A retail and commercial hub within the development offers amenities such as a swimming pool, kiddies’ play park, restaurant and gym. “We believe that affordability and value were key in the quick uptake of OceanDune. We had studio apartments starting from R 1 million all the way up to penthouses selling for R 17.5 million,” says developer Charles Thompson of Construction ID.
Pebble Beach, which was released at the end of November, is the second development headed by Construction ID. The four-storey urban village will comprise 160 units made up of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. And the views are magnificiant. The developers have very strategically set up a multistorey container viewing point that allows investors to get a better understanding of what this development will offer them.
Swimming pools and a variety of facilities like climbing walls and a putting area will keep the children entertained. The mixeduse aspect of the development will offer retail space, ensuring that residents are within walking distance of shops. With units selling from R 950 000 to R 7.9 million for a three-bedroom penthouse, the price range will cater for what Charles believes will be their largest pool of potential investors.
Independent property development company Africa Rising has an ambitious mixed-use offering that has yet to be released into the market. The Sterling will consist of a 100-key hotel and conference facility, retail space, luxury car show floor and residential node. The Sterling focuses on a premier lifestyle, offering an investment opportunity and a letting management team.
Colin Kisten from Africa Rising has an extensive footprint in property development in the uMhlanga area, with Marina Bay, The Madison and Park Avenue all under construction and an exciting multigenerational development on the cards.
Coral Point is a prime seafront development offering studios, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. From its vantage point at the apex of Sibaya Coastal Precinct, this exclusive residential development offers sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and the pristine coastal dune forests that lie within the precinct’s borders. Coral Point residents will benefit from its proximity to shops, restaurants, offices and the King Shaka International Airport, ultimately combining the convenience of a veritable urban experience with the unmatched KwaZulu-Natal North Coast lifestyle.
Gold Coast Estate
Another quality development by Construction ID, the exceptional Gold Coast Estate is the precinct’s largest residential development poised to set the benchmark for estate living on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Offering 202 freestanding homes and 105 executive beach pad apartments, it is situated on the development’s coastal side, within walking distance of the New Town Centre and the new paths down to the beach and uMdloti town. Homes range from three to six bedrooms. Gold Coast Estate is already 80% sold.
Responding to a huge demand for quality schooling in the area, Sibaya Coastal Precinct will be home to a 2 000-learner school developed by the ADvTECH Academies Brand. The ADvTECH Group Properties division has more than 14 years’ experience in school design, development, construction and facilities management. The group successfully owns and operates more than 80 schools across South Africa and Africa. Children in respective communities will benefit from qualified teachers, ensuring a world-class education in a safe, modern and friendly community close to their homes.
For retirees – Shoreline Sibaya
This pet-friendly retirement estate, developed by Carmel Properties, a division of Carmel Care, is focused on four critical pillars: lifestyle, security, care and sustainability. It aims to create a more affordable product that does not compromise on quality or lifestyle. The MyCare Centre, under the supervision of a registered nurse during office hours, and with 24- hour telephonic support, forms the heart of the estate and guarantees that residents are provided with tailored care aimed at supporting independence and ensuring optimum quality of life.
The estate features modern single-level sectional title apartments that consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom options, all of which are surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. There is a heated swimming pool, gym and coffee shop as well as consulting rooms, laundry and kitchen facilities and a six-bed sick bay for those residents requiring temporary frail care following illness or surgery. In addition, there are 10 easy living suites, which are owned by the developers and can be rented out to residents who require round-the-clock care. Once completed, there will be 400 units, built over two phases, with phase one consisting of 223 properties and occupancy taking place in early 2019. Upon ownership, each resident will receive a full medical assessment and personalised wellness or health plan that is repeated and amended annually.
Management of Sibaya
All body corporates and individual homeowners’ associations will belong to the Sibaya Management Association (SMA), which is yet to be established. It will be responsible for participation in the conservation trust, overseeing the design review process, security, landscaping and maintenance, as well as the implementation and management of the operational management plan. These entities will be run by Tongaat Hulett Developments for the full duration of the development period, after which residents will take over their management.
Because Sibaya is essentially a suburb or small town, there is a thoroughfare of traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular. Careful planning between Vumani and Rob Anderson & Associates Consulting Security Engineers will enable all open areas and boulevards to be monitored by a control room housing stateof- the-art security equipment. Access to the various residential developments and commercial enterprises in the precinct is controlled by the respective bodies corporate.
A conservation trust will be established to ensure the management, maintenance and rehabilitation of ecologically sensitive areas. The environmental management programme will provide further oversight of construction activities and ensure sound management once builders have left the site.
Developers are encouraged to make use of energy-saving and water-harvesting features, as well as natural lighting and ventilation, in response to the overarching architectural vision. Infrastructural installations will not only serve Sibaya, but also enhance services to neighbouring communities.
A design review process will be implemented for all development undertakings and will involve the establishment of a design review panel, together with appropriate design guidelines and a development manual, which will include the approved environmental management programme designed to preserve and protect natural areas and indigenous vegetation.
Architectural guidelines, to be administered by the Sibaya Management Association through the design review process, will ensure the maintenance of a high-quality, value-maximising urban space. Purchasers will, however, be able to modify their plans as long as these alterations are deemed by the SMA to be compatible with their investment objectives.