Wellington Student Accommodation for 2011

Celebrate the history of Wellington with the purchase of a luxuriously appointed Grand Verdeau Apartment - aptly named after the French Huguenot Hercule Verdeau who received the land from Simon van der Stel in 1699.

This farm, Champagne, belonged for most of the 18th century to prominent Huguenot families. After the land was bought by the Church Commission, a large portion of the original farm was subdivided when the town Wellington was proclaimed in 1840 to form the town centre. A section of the property was used for the church which was consecrated in the same year, with Reverend AF du Toit as the first minister. The rest of the land was subdivided into plots which became the nucleus of the town as we know it today.

According to Heinrich Mostert of Axion Architects, the new buildings to be built between Fontein and Short Streets, are a modern interpretation of the traditional Cape Dutch architecture which references the typical "town" architecture originally found in Wellington. The unique surrounds and the existing buildings were interpreted and enhanced with a touch of modernity in co-operation with the Heritage Council.

The traditional design proportions and principles inherent in Grand Verdeau proves that a modern architectural aesthetic can co-exist with 17th and 18th century architecture. It references the past, but is undeniably part of the present. A modern architecture that will be proudly recognizable as belonging to today, says Mostert. On the technological front the modern trends are also incorporated as units will be internet ready, with PVR and HD compatibility for televisions, as well as access to the universities planned Wi-Fi Academic Network.

Grand Verdeau will comprise of 4 Garden Apartments and 26 Apartments, each with their own allocated parking in the secured parking garage. Marelize van Rooyen, Prinicipal of Sole Marketing Agents Nationlink Plattekloof, says that the main marketing focus will be on investors for the student accommodation market as the Wellington Campus of the acclaimed Cape Peninsula University of Technology which is a mere 60 metres down the road. The Garden Apartments, consisting of three 2 Bedroom and a 1 Bedroom unit, will however also be suitable for young professionals or married couples - enhanced by their own private gardens and beautiful mountain views. Units will be fitted with luxurious finishes such as Etimo Cupboards and Granite tops in the kitchen, and all bathrooms are en-suite says van Rooyen.

Building work is expected to commence in February 2010, with the completion date well in advance of the start of the new academic year at the CPUT in January 2011.

For more information, contact Nationlink Plattekloof on 021 911 1043 or visit the website www.grandverdeau.co.za .

Article by: Marelize van Rooyen - www.nationlinkplattekloof.com