Residential Estate Industry Journal 3 - Page 29

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY REVIEWS PAGE 27 Part of Gekco (the Greater Kyalami Conservancy), the estate is committed to preserving the open space, rural nature and unique flora and fauna of the area. With the large size of residential stands, and a number of undeveloped ridges and wetlands traversing Kyalami, there are sufficient corridors to allow free movement to the surprisingly many indigenous animals that have managed to survive in this peri-urban environment. The Highveld grassland is such an underrated biome. With a floral biodiversity second only to fynbos, it is home to many interesting, beautiful and useful plants. And, while it’s not possible to recreate the historical conditions under which large herds of antelope moved across the grasslands, it is possible to preserve enough land to ensure the continued existence of a range of plants, birds, insects and mammals. So estates like Saddlebrook, with large properties and corridors of undeveloped land, can contribute to maintaining the integrity of our sadly neglected Highveld grassland. The integration of the natural surroundings, contemporary architectural style and equestrian facilities gives you a definite country feel. The architectural guidelines, overseen by John McKenzie Architecture, give homeowners stylistic freedom without jeopardising the overall look of the estate or the Saddlebrook brand. The ethos of Saddlebrook Estate, says trustee Edwin Roberts, is “courteous, respectful and harmonious living”. With further plans to renovate the main gates, so that they are not only impressive but functional as well, homeowners, residents and visitors can rest easy in the knowledge that they and their assets are protected. Although you don’t need to own a horse, or even ride, to live in Saddlebrook Estate, you will have to like horses, because you will probably be living next door to one. Starting at one hectare, the residential stands are big enough to include a few four-hoofed family members, so most residents keep their horses “in their backyards”. The estate has extensive bridle paths, and it’s conveniently close to Inanda Country Base, so you don’t even need to box your horse to events. The board of trustees are the driving force behind the evolution of the estate and the continual development of the equestrian facilities. What makes this idyllic enclave so special is that it is just a short commute to Sandon’s business and shopping hub. The Midrand Gautrain station makes getting to OR Tambo a breeze, and Lanseria is less than half an hour’s drive. And, with some great schools close by, Saddlebrook Estate is a world apart – but so close to everything. www.saddlebrookestate.com RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY REVIEWS PAGE 27 Part of Gekco (the Greater Kyalami Conservancy), and harmonious living”. With further plans to the estate is committed to preserving the open renovate the main gates, so that they are space, rural nature and unique flora and fauna not only impressive but functional as well, of the area. With the large size of residential homeowners, residents and visitors can rest stands, and a number of undeveloped ridges easy in the knowledge that they and their assets and wetlands traversing Kyalami, there are are protected. sufficient corridors to allow free movement to the surprisingly many indigenous animals that Although you don’t need to own a horse, or have managed to survive in this peri-urban even ride, to live in Saddlebrook Estate, you will environment. The Highveld grassland is such have to like horses, because you will probably an underrated biome. With a floral biodiversity be living next door to one. Starting at one second only to fynbos, it is home to many hectare, the residential stands are big enough interesting, beautiful and useful plants. And, to include a few four-hoofed family members, while it’s not possible to recreate the historical so most residents keep their horses “in their conditions under which large herds of antelope backyards”. The estate has extensive bridle moved across the grasslands, it is possible to paths, and it’s conveniently close to Inanda preserve enough land to ensure the continued Country Base, so you don’t even need to box existence of a range of plants, birds, insects your horse to events. The board of trustees and mammals. So estates like Saddlebrook, with are the driving force behind the evolution of large properties and corridors of undeveloped the estate and the continual development of land, can contribute to maintaining the integrity the equestrian facilities. of our sadly neglected Highveld grassland. What makes this idyllic enclave so special is that it is just a short []]H[۸&\•H[Yܘ][ۈوH]\[\[[\[\[[XHZY[۝[\ܘ\H\]X\[[H[\]Y\X[]]Z[][ۈXZ\][Ԉ[XBX[]Y\]\[HHY[]H[HY[ Y^K[[\XH\\[[[\&\‚H\]X\[ZY[[\ݙ\Y[B]K[ ]YHܙX]HKX[YH\]X\K]HY[ۙ\‚YX\]H\Hܛ\\8$]‚[\XYYH]][\\[BH]\][˂ݙ\[وH\]H܈HYX˜[ H]وYX\]K^\\YHY[ؙ\\8'\[\\X[˜YX\]KB