Sol Kerzner Develops An Eco-Aware Luxury Estate

Sun City founder and hotel magnate Sol Kerzner is on a mission and has just unveiled his latest creation, alongside his daughter, Andrea. The newest project comprises a stunning luxury security estate in Leeukoppie, Cape Town.

The 10 ha estate is located high on the slopes of Leeukoppie, just off Victoria Road with stunning views towards Chapman’s Peak, the bay, valley and mountain. The estate offers 48 luxury houses with three, four and five bedrooms, priced from just over R20 million inclusive of VAT with no transfer duty payable. Ross Levin, Seeff Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl developments director, says that Seeff has enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with the Kerzner family again. Given that this is the Kerzner’s home here in South Africa, this is a project close to their hearts, so much so that this is the first development ever to carry the Kerzner family name.

Kerzner, 81, is one of South Africa’s most successful business people, known for building luxury hotels and resorts around the world. These include the likes of Sun City, the Lost City, Sandton Sun, the Beverley Hills Hotel, and the Elangeni.
Since leaving the hotel business, Kerzner revealed in a 2017 interview that he was looking to get into the residential property space, leveraging the 10 hectares of land he owned between Hout Bay and Llandudno. Known for luxury hospitality, the new Kerzner-branded estate in Leeukoppie will offer unique, resort-style services such as horse riding lessons, catering services, housekeeping options and airport transfers. The estate features 48 luxury homes, built with the design brief to be as economical and environmentally friendly as possible. Developed as an eco-estate, each plot is around 1500sqm. The luxury houses feature unique designs with greening elements and the use of natural building materials such as wood and stone, tailored to suit each individual site, all under the careful eye of Sol Kerzner and his daughter, Andrea, says Levin.

In typical Kerzner style, six architectural firms are involved in designing the homes of the first release. These include Dennis Fabian from Fabian Architects, who has a long-standing history with Sol Kerzner along with Stefan Antoni from ARRCC, Sean Mahoney from studioMAS, Jonathan Jacobs from Metropolis, Sally Tsiliyiannis from Gapp and Ian Gray from COA (Craft of Architecture). Each home is designed in a manner that it cannot be picked up and placed on any other plot, because the architecture of each home is tailored to the site like a great suit. This means that every home maximises on the unique features that the particular site has to offer. All houses enjoy air conditioning, fireplaces in the living areas, en-suite bathrooms to every bedroom, provision for grey and rain water harvesting and top of the line finishes.

According to the developer’s site, the estate has been designed to be ‘eco-aware’, with measures taken to maintain and enhance the natural beauty of the surrounds. “Where alien vegetation has been removed, indigenous fynbos has been replanted,” it said. The houses are being designed by an array of architects, with prices ranging from R20.5 million for a 374 sqm house on a 1060sqm property, to R30.5 million for a 738sqm home on a 1487sqm property.

Think luxury homes that ooze modern, sophisticated style!


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