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Nooitgedacht Village Mixed use development in Stellenbosch breaks ground

Posted On Tuesday, 23 October 2012 11:55 Published by eProp@News
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Construction has started on an unusual new residential and commercial property venture shortly to be launched in Stellenbosch.  It is, say the developers, wrapped in the legend and history of the founders of the Cape winelands’ cultural heritage, and surrounded by some of the most famous estates in the South African wine industry today.

The project, which will offer opportunities for homeowners in a pristine setting, revolves around the spectacular 17th century estate Nooitgedacht with its links to Groot Constantia and the Cape’s founding legacy through Simon van der Stel, Hendrik Cloete and Cecil John Rhodes.
 
The development will be launched on November 15, when a selective few of the properties will be released for sale.
 
A wide variety of accommodation is planned and already under construction in the village.   Apartments, ranging in size from bachelor, through one, two and three bedrooms will be built in the Village Square quarter of the development. Village Walk is a collection of 113 plot and plan houses of 140m2, while Village Manor comprises 35 exclusive vineyard plots of 500m2. Village Close, which will overlook the development’s Village Park, a 2.3ha landscaped area with cascading watercourses and a maze, will consist of 43 plots of 400m2 each. For over-55s, the developers will provide 171 homes in an enclave called Village Retreat. The establishment of a private school is also planned.
 
The Wirth family, which has owned the estate for nearly a century, is undertaking the project in joint venture partnership with national development company Prosperito.  
 
In addition to strong historic ties, the character of the development, will also be derived from the artistic establishment revolving around the Bronze Studio and Foundry, bought by the Wirth family and which has cast some of the most prominent and valuable bronze sculptures in South Africa. These have included the celebrated work of Dylan Lewis, and others. In this creative environment art lovers will be able to witness the genesis of some of South Africa’s most iconic works.
 
Nooitgedacht is an active participant in the Boland wineland community, with its spectacularly popular wedding venue in the gracious buildings and gardens surrounding the manor house, built in 1774. Its neighbouring hallmark estates include Beyerskloof, Simonsig, Devonvale and LeBonheur.

Eldest of the Wirth sons and a prime mover in the development of Nooitgedacht Village, Werner Wirth said the new development was founded on the culture that has been nurtured at Nooitgedacht for well over three centuries.  It has been a gathering place for Cape nobility and the hub of social events right up to the present day.
 
Gerhardt Jooste, CEO of Prosperito, said the development was based on the impeccable provenance of Nooitgedacht  and it is fame for the products of its vineyards and the legendary names of those who have had a hand in its preservation.  
 
Part of the life in the estate will be village music concerts and a vintage festival, that will include pressing the grapes and the issue of limited edition wine labels.  The bronze foundry will increasingly become an art hub, and in the gardens of the village, heritage vegetables and fruit will be grown reminiscent of what was produced in the VOC’s gardens to feed the crews of passing ships travelling the sea route from Europe to the East. Sports fields and an equestrian facility are also planned.
 
Coinciding with the development of the village, The Nooitgedacht Trust has been established to provide community assistance and it has already started with the building of 100 new community houses. Part of the focus of the trust will also be skills training and the creation of job opportunities within Nooitgedacht Village.

Last modified on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 11:59

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