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Three bedrooms and more in Hillcrest's 'Old World' village

Ian Wyles Auctioneers will call for bids for a spacious duplex residence in the La Piazza section of the Plantations estate in Hillcrest at its auction at 11am on March 14 at the Durban Country Club.

The upmarket sectional title residence features:

* Open-plan lounge/dining room and kitchen with access to a patio.

* Three upstairs bedrooms (main en suite), all opening on to balconies.

* Full guest bathroom downstairs.

* Extra bedroom or study.

* Small, manageable private garden.

* Two covered parking bays.

Auctioneer Andrew Giddy says Unit 83, La Piazza, in Fiore Road is in a 24-hour secure area.

“Plantations offers on-site amenities including a hair and beauty salon, day spa, coffee shop, children’s play area and Montessori preschool. There are trails through the conservancy area within the secure boundaries of the estate. The estate is centrally located with easy access to Shongweni Road and the M13 highway to Durban and Pietermaritzburg.”

Popular with families, Plantations Estate is set on 86 hectares of prime real estate, just behind Hillcrest’s Heritage Market, with shops ranging from jewellery, health, beauty, clothing, sporting and convenience stores to specialist outlets.

Also close to Plantations are larger shopping centres, and 14 primary and high schools – all in a 10km radius from the estate. Hillcrest Private Hospital is just 7.5km away, and the estate is situated 56km from King Shaka International Airport.

Hill Crest (as the town’s name was spelt until 1969) was founded on a rise in the main road from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in 1895 as a farming or “weekend” village, then a good distance from what was the emerging port of Durban.

The original farms in the Upper Highway area were once owned by the well-known Gillitt family, and as time went on these farms were subdivided and sold off. One beautiful piece of land remained and after it was owned by the Gillitt family for more than 130 years, the sugar estate was finally sold to a developer who created Plantations’ appealing “Old World” village.

Giddy says: “Plantations – a town-within-a-town – is regarded as one of the most beautiful lifestyle estates in South Africa. Hundreds of families have made their home there and enjoy the beauty and security of this magnificent Tuscan style estate.

“Since it was launched in 2002, it has played a major part in the growth of the thriving Hillcrest area.”

He says the fact that the property in Plantations on auction forms part of a divorce action means prospective buyers will know there is a “genuine intention” to sell on the day.

“The buyers themselves then determine what the property is worth and the auction is the best way to determine the actual market-related price,” Giddy says.

For more details call Andrew Giddy on 0826019278 or 0315794403, email or see

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