Outeniquasbosch Wildlife Village

Ref # 1408474 : Outeniquasbosch, Hartenbos, Western Cape

R 2,995,000

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New building project - Price includes VAT - no transfer duty.

BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

Outeniquasbosch is an eco-estate located on the outskirts of the coastal town Mossel Bay,

between the Hartenbos and Brandwag rivers. This area is known as the Garden Route, a

popular holiday destination which stretches along the Southern Cape coast from Mossel Bay

in the west to Natures Valley in the east.

The closest town is Hartenbos to the south-east, conveniently within easy reach of the

development. Both George and Mossel Bay, two major towns in the Garden Route, are

accessible along the N2 motorway and are both not more than 30 minutes’ drive away by

car.

Outeniquasbosch will be developed on an undulating terrain with prominent ridges and

valleys rich in indigenous vegetation.

A number of game species was introduced more than 30 years ago and these roam freely

along the slopes and valley thicket. The entire property is game fenced along its perimeter.

It is within this natural habitat that approval has been granted by the authorities for the

development of the Estate.

1.2 THE ECO ESTATE CONCEPT

The eco estate concept is distinctly different from that which is commonly referred to as

suburban security or walled estates. The main focus of eco-village living is primarily the

experience of being in a built environment responsive to its natural setting.

This type of development encourages a lifestyle of embracing nature and being sensitive to

an environment where both the homeowners and the wild animals share the same domain.

In order to create the framework for the development of such an eco-village on the

property, a number of detailed studies were commissioned to inform the planners on the

most suitable approach to follow on this challenging terrain. These recommendations by

various specialists were adopted in the final approvals issued by both local and provincial

authorities. It is imperative that these recommendations be adopted as the foundation on

and spirit in which all development of Outeniquasbosch will take place.

The town planners adopted the concept of creating clusters or pockets of erven where the

houses are to be developed. These developed areas will be surrounded by natural areas that

will result in a whole network of grouped houses and natural corridors. These corridors are

important to allow the free movement of game throughout the entire development.

The most important challenge proved to be the way in which built structures or a modified

landscape would impact on the natural landscape. It was clear that any intervention on

certain areas of the site would be highly visible from outside the development. The impact

on neighbouring clusters within the village also had to be considered.

A whole host of “visual mitigations” were suggested and approved and these have been

incorporated in the Outeniquasbosch Design Manual (ODM).


Property Features

  • Property Type House
  • Beds 3
  • Bath 2
  • Garages 2
  • Building Size 214m²
  • Stand Size 433.000 m2
  • Living Area 1

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