Greening SA: Blue Rock Village developments underway

2016-10-07 14:09 - Ra-ees Moerat
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Cape Town - Swisatec announced the launch of the first phase of Blue Rock Village (labelled as, ‘Africa’s first green village’) the Giovanni Luxury Terrace Apartment. 

The apartment is said to offer comforting services, stunning views of the Hottentots mountain ranges, is home to award-winning wine farms and the golden sand beaches of Gordon’s Bay and strand, with the core offering of an exclusive ‘green’ lifestyle to its residents. 

Currently, Blu Rock Village is aiming for a 6-star Green Star Communities Rating by the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA), which will ultimately position the destination as the first village in Africa to be awarded a 6-star Green Star Communities Rating and a world-class development, acknowledeged by the World Green Building Council.

First phase specifications

The Giovanni Luxury Terrace Apartment consist of 64 apartments, with 1 to 3 bedrooms and 4 luxury Penthouses with the option of customising or combining the two units to create a bigger, 4 to 6 luxury room apartment. The partment sizes range from 117sq to 556sq, which includes the surrounding terrace, underground parking and breath-taking views.

Lukas Reichmuth, director of Swisatec, says “We’re thrilled to announce the launch of phase one of Blue Rock Village; Giovanni Luxury Terrace Apartment.  We have been planning this development for some time and are excited that it is finally underway. It will certainly be one of the most iconic residential estates in Africa and a world class development.

The village has already attracted both local and foreign interest with more than 65% of the first phase of Giovanni reserved before the announcement” 

Costs involved

The luxury apartments of Giovanni apartments ranges from R4.2 million, VAT exclusive, cash buyers for a limited time only who stand a chance to receive a financial benefit, layout and design options, price advantage and price lock. 

Supplied: Giovanni Phase One

Giovanni has been constructed on European standards, where each apartment will be well-equipped with eco-friendly and cost-saving attributes and innovations. This will include the 2.4-meter rubber-sealed thermal-break aluminium double-glazed glass windows, full insulation, LED lighting, 2.8-meter high ceilings to facilitate temperature control, water underfloor heating system to ensures a moderated room temperature (eliminates the use of air conditioning and heaters), floating floors for noise reduction, self-generated solar power, central water heating system (no apartment is equipped with geyser), non-toxic paints, irrigation systems such as the shower to sprinkler system and A++ rated appliances for energy efficiency. 

Future developments

Future add-ons to the village is the intended 5-star hotel and conferencing centre, which will be linked to the Santa Luzia Life Style Centre, the Dollar House, which is a professional office space for banks, consultants, lawyers and financial advisors, the sports and wellness centre, spa and beauty centre, academic facilities (hotel school, I.T school, graphic designing and language) as well as outdoor activities. 

Watch 'The fututure of Blue Rock Village' here:

Naturing the tourism sector

The communications office of Blue Rock Village delivered comment on the role of the village in nurturing the tourism sector of SA, “In eco-tourism, conservation is key, what we enjoy now, we need to save it for more generations to come and that is key in our design philosophy. For example the Car Free concept allows one ring road to serve the village with all cars to be parked underground therefore minimising CO2 emissions and making available up 40% open space than the normal eco-estate.”

ALSO SEE: How SA is becoming a global leader in eco-tourism

Supplied: Giovanni Phase One

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