Ultra-luxury comes to Sheffield Beach KZN
There are very few places to live where the idyllic charm and balmy atmosphere of a sub-tropical holiday haven combines comfortably with the sophistication and convenience usually associated with a major metropolis.
But the Dolphin Coast north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal is one such place – and specifically the stretch of coast between Ballito and Sheffield Beach, which is currently a major focus of new development and rapidly becoming a location of choice for affluent property buyers from both SA and abroad.
"So says Jorge Santoro of the Chas Everitt International Luxury Portfolio® division, who is currently marketing the newest development in the area, the Montcalm boutique estate. This is the first coastal project undertaken by the Ciocca Property Group and EM Architects, who are renowned for their exclusive, ultra-luxury residential developments in Hyde Park, Hurlingham, Sandhurst and Bedfordview.
Working closely with Ironwood Ventures, which is the developer of Montcalm, Ciocca is creating several high-end luxury homes as part of the development going forward. These homes are completely turn-key and offer the discerning buyer access to a finished product that boasts unparalleled contemporary design with high-end fixtures and fittings.
“With prices starting at R11,9m including VAT, Montcalm overlooks Christmas Bay, which is the most sought-after location in Sheffield Beach and already boasts many beachfront mansions that change hands at prices between R15m and R20m,” he says.
“The new estate is just 50km from Durban and only a few minutes’ drive from the shopping malls, schools, entertainment venues and medical facilities in the burgeoning town of Ballito. It is also less than 30km from the King Shaka International airport, Dube Tradeport and Umhlanga Ridge - the new financial heart of the Ethekweni metro - which makes it the perfect family base for those who commute daily to a local office, or weekly to businesses in Gauteng or further afield.
“In fact, it has already attracted the attention of many high-end buyers from Johannesburg as well as investors and business owners from several of the Indian Ocean Rim countries, including India, Malaysia, Mauritius and the UAE.”
Santoro says Montcalm also boasts top-grade security provisions, high-speed internet and, in an area dominated by Balinese architecture, “something different” in the form of sleek modern designs with a timeless and international appeal. Fully-intelligent (smart) homes, the finest bespoke finishes and spectacular, 360-degree ocean and inland views complete the picture and add much to the value proposition.
“The pricing at Montcalm is extremely competitive, and we expect the homes to sell quickly. In other Dolphin Coast estates, buyers are being asked to pay up to R6m per 1000sqm just for an empty stand, while built homes often sell for up to R30m and more.”
Shopping centres close to Montcalm include Tiffany’s in Salt Rock, the Ballito Bay Mall and the Ballito Lifestyle Centre, and there is a cornucopia of local and national chain restaurants to choose from. Ballito has a medical centre and well as the Netcare Alberlito Hospital. Schools in close proximity include Umhali Preparatory, Curro Mount Richmore, Ashton International College and Crawford College North Coast.
The most popular outdoor activities in the area include birding, horse riding and mountain biking, although the pristine beaches are of course the major attraction, offering great scuba, snorkelling and fishing opportunities as well as safe bathing and many rock pools to explore. For golfers, there are also four top-notch courses within a 10km radius of Montcalm.
Issued by Chas Everitt International, an Affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International®
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Author: Barry Davies