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This gated estate is close to Cradle of Humankind, a world heritage site, and boasts views of the majestic Magaliesberg and homes inspired by nature and designed by 10 architects.

Take two calming, soothing words and together they form the perfect name for a nature estate situated away from the bustle of the city. Featherbrooke is a well-appointed estate with individual homes which that have made the most of the captivating natural surrounds, complete with waterfalls and pathways through indigenous landscapes.

The gated estate was the brainchild of Faan Hartzer in the early 1990s. He was the original owner of what was previously an ostrich farm. His wife, Locia, suggested the name, taken from the feathers of the black eagles nesting in neighbouring gardens and the river that borders the estate. Featherbrooke was officially opened in 1996.

In 1998, The Star Homes Expo was held at Featherbrooke Estate.  Ten architects could each design and build a show home that would reflect the idea around the nature-inspired estate. An additional 20 spec homes were also built for the show. 

Located beside the beautiful Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens (WSNBG) on the undulating Roodekrans Ridge, this lush neighbourhood has 1 042 stands and although far from the central business districts of Sandton and Joburg, it enjoys the advantages of natural surroundings and a country lifestyle.

The upper area was gifted to the gardens WSNBG and residents enjoy direct access to trails as well as 25km of walkways. Featherbrooke is also near the Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein Caves.

Sterkfontein (Afrikaans for sStrong sSpring) is a set of limestone caves of special interest to paleo-anthropologists and a world heritage site due thanks to some notable finds.

Property in the West Rand has seen excellent growth over the past few years, according to Brian Franklin, licensee Seeff Featherbrooke. He says although a range of property solutions is available, Featherbrooke offers high-end family accommodation.

“In addition to many excellent private and public schools close by, the Roodepoort suburbs have superb panoramic views of the majestic Magaliesberg. 
“It is well situated to provide easy access to major highways and excellent facilities include shopping malls, entertainment, sporting and medical facilities,” says Franklin. “PIt currently boasts a median valuation of R3.3m, but – Sue we had to take this part of the quote out roperties range in price up from around R5.5m to about R21 million for a magnificent 1 200m² architectural home with all the bells and whistles that you can want for.”

The LSM of current owners is high and the monthly household income particularly high.

Resident Neriva Raschel has lived there for almost four years with her son Aidan, German Shepherd Eva and Jack Russell-cross Kipper.

“Featherbrooke is an estate with beautiful views and parks to explore. We have a great clubhouse with restaurant, bar and lapa area and a great play area for the children,” says Raschel.

She and her son enjoy hiking in the botanical gardens WSNBG and also visiting Sterkfontein caves. She says they are spoilt for choice when it comes to good restaurants.

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