French Inspired Bushveld Living

The launch of the La Camargue Country Estate near Hartbeespoort offers an escape from the confines of suburbia and exceptional quality of life.

Hartbeespoort and surrounding areas have become a popular tourist destination, with the development of infrastructure, accommodation and recreation facilities around the dam, and in nearby Magaliesberg and the Cradle of Humankind. The pursuit of a simple, family-orientated lifestyle has led to the popular trend of moving outside suburbia, with Hartbeespoort being a prime location, owing to its close proximity to the Sandton and Pretoria CBDs.

Families looking for a serene country lifestyle without compromising on security, quality and comfort will find it at La Camargue. The low density nature of the development offers approximately 190 residential plots varying in size from 1000 to 1800 square metres and approximately 145 cluster homes on plots averaging 500 square metres, all encompassed in a secure, access-controlled estate with scenic views.

Situated on 92-hectares of pristine bushveld land, the development is located on the north-eastern side of the dam. In close proximity to the rapidly expanding town of Hartbeespoort, quality shopping, recreation, education and healthcare facilities will provide for the needs of La Camargue's residents, while still preserving the sense of country living. The N4 toll road and R511 offer easy access to major centres with Pretoria and Brits only 20-minutes away, and Fourways a short 30-minute commute.

The architectural theme is reminiscent of the famous rural Camargue in the South of France, with homes characterised by covered verandas for al fresco dining and a country lifestyle, gently sloping Mediterranean-styled roofs, natural stone and bagged brickwork. A limited materials palette ensures cohesiveness of the design, which emulates the country villas of old, in a time when building materials were restricted to what was locally available. This ensures that the estate not only blends into its natural surroundings, but that its unique architectural features such as exposed roof beams, loft windows and stucco finishes in earth-tones create a strong combined identity and sense of place.

"Wide open spaces and the preservation of the natural environment are an important part of the overall design of La Camargue," says Alec Bates, director of Secondlifestyle Properties, "The development is extremely low density with large areas between homes being naturally landscaped with indigenous trees and grasses, by internationally recognised Landscape Architects. This means that La Camargue blends in seamlessly with the natural grassland inviting the countryside into your backyard."

A key feature of the estate will be the rehabilitation of natural lakes and streams coursing through the site, providing sanctuary for birds and wildlife. There will also be recreational areas for residents with the addition of walking trails, biking trails and bird hides. The development includes a small office component, allowing residents to conduct business 'from home', and an extensive clubhouse providing recreation such as tennis, swimming, volleyball and gym, while entertainment facilities include bars, kitchen facilities, shaded verandas and braai areas.

With a proven track record in quality residential developments, international group, 'Secondlifestyle' offers residents of La Camargue unparalleled lifestyle benefits at a price that is unattainable in the Hartbeespoort area. Their recent involvement in the development of 24 luxury golf villas, on the best new golf course of the year at Simola in Knysna and the 300 villa development, Villas Valriche in Mauritius demonstrates the quality and experience, which homeowners at La Camargue can look forward to. The combined experience of Secondlifestyle's directors also includes the developments of Dainfern, Steenberg and Atlantic Beach in Cape Town, luxury residential estates Spyglass and Sawgrass within Dainfern, the Pecanwood Golf and Residential Estate, and Fourways Crossing Retail Centre.

Stand prices start from R450,000 and over 60 stands have already been reserved by buyers to date, well ahead of the launch on 17 November 2006, when a further 80 stands will be released for sale. All planning and approval for the development of La Camargue is in place, and infrastructure construction is set to commence early in 2007.

M Squared Property Marketing have been appointed for the sales and marketing of La Camargue Lifestyle Estate and can be contacted on 012 259-0976 or visit their website at

Article by: Second Lifestyle Properties