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Development offers beauty and gentleness of an English country village

The Upper Highway area, specifically along Inanda Road in Hillcrest, has become synonymous with residential developments. The latest addition to this growth is the upmarket Cotswold Fenns launched last week.

The R1 billion initiative, adjacent to the Cotswold Downs Golf and Lifestyle Estate development and brought to the market by developers Nico van Rooyen and Gavin Strydom, offers buyers the chance to live within 100000m² of wetlands.

Construction on the R250million phase one, including one, two and three-bedroom units, began on Monday.

The project also borders Curro Hillcrest High School, the independent co-educational school that upholds Christian values and principles in its ethos, and is situated within easy access to the multi-billion-rand Watercrest Mall.

Other schools nearby include Kearsney College, one of the oldest schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Thomas More College, St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, Curro Primary School and Highbury Preparatory School.

Strydom says the development aims to capture the beauty and gentleness of quaint English village living surrounded by 60ha of lush green hills, 10ha of rehabilitated wetlands, landscaped gardens and views overlooking the Cotswold Downs championship golf course. The Peter Matkovich-designed facility has twice been voted South Africa’s best-groomed golf course.

Van Rooyen says the wetlands will undergo vast rehabilitation and the area around them will be landscaped to allow trails for cyclists, runners and walkers. Strategically positioned bird hides and viewing decks will enable twitchers to add new species to their birding lists.

Cotswold Fenns developers Gavin Strydom, Trevor Botsis and Nico van Rooyen. Picture: Terry Haywood Photography

Facilities within the new Cotswold Fenns units include covered patios, upmarket finishes, fibre optics, a centralised digital satellite television dish and prepaid electricity meters. The surrounding wetland and ponds promise catch-and-release fishing, picnic sites, an outdoor gym, recreational park and swimming pool, a clubhouse with braai facilities, an entertainment area, ablution facilities and a lifestyle centre with a coffee shop and bar.

“The family-focused estate is ideally suited to investors wanting to be away from the hustle and bustle, yet close enough to enjoy the best things in life. The Upper Highway area is well-known for being centred around its community and their families,” Strydom says.

Phase one will feature 180 contemporary apartments comprising two-bedroom and two-bathroom units within a fully fenced, secured and pet-friendly environment. Three-bedroom, two-bathroom units are priced from R1.667m, including transfer duties, and two-bedroom units from around R1.349m.

Strydom says the plan is also for Cotswold Fenns to provide proposed future office space for businesses around the Upper Highway area easily accessible from the entrance and situated along the border of the estate. This will create opportunities for a live-work-play ethos, particularly given access to the N3 and M13.

“The business side of the Upper Highway area has already started blossoming,” he says.

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