An unusual 41-home estate from Rawson Developers has opened new opportunities for families who want to enjoy the many advantages of living in Cape Town’s southern suburbs – with a historic cricket club that was founded almost 120 years ago on their doorstep
Cricket, goes the meme, is life: everything else is just a game. So the members of Alma Marist Cricket Club, soon after celebrating the club’s centenary, took a long hard look at the future – and how best to ensure that they could continue to play on their historic oval on Park Road.
They knew the club had one thing going for it: an incredibly desirable location, 600 metres from Rondebosch Common, five minutes from some of Cape Town’s best schools (Rustenburg Girls’, Bishops, St Joseph’s, Rondebosch Boys), 10 minutes from the University of Cape Town’s main campus, literally around the corner from the Rondebosch and King David Mowbray golf clubs – and close enough to the M5 and M3 to make the daily battle into the city almost bearable for commuters. So they realised they had an opportunity to create something truly unique.
And that’s where Rawson Developers stepped in. Beginning all that time ago, the company proposed a townhouse development that would retain the club’s oval and bowling green, provide the vital cash injection needed to upgrade the clubhouse, and that would meet the needs of some of the growing number of families looking to relocate to one of Cape Town’s most attractive destinations.
Despite numerous setbacks (changes like these take time!), the development – now known as Rondebosch Oval Secure Lifestyle Estate – eventually found favour both with the neighbours and with the authorities. Permission was granted, services were installed, and building on Phases One and Two began (with Phase Three expected to open in 2019).
And, judging by the interest in the market – the development has attracted mostly families with young kids who love the sense of community – Rondebosch Oval is now hitting sixes all the way.