New student accommodation for Wellington

Located just 60m from the Wellington campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the new Grand Verdeau apartment complex is being developed with students in mind.

Marelize van Rooyen, prinicipal of sole marketing agency Nationlink Plattekloof says the complex will consist of 26 one and two-bedroom apartments and four garden units, each with its own parking space. These range in size from 39,7sqm to 60,1sqm and are priced from R775 000, transfer costs included.

“And given its location, our focus will be on investors in the student accommodation market, although Grand Verdeau is also expected to appeal to young professionals or married couples. The university’s own residences on the Wellington campus can currently only accommodate a small number of the students attending the institution, and the demand for rental units nearby is rising each year.”

All Grand Verdeau apartments will have luxurious finishes such as Etimo cupboards and granite kitchen counter tops, she says, and on the technology front they will all be “internet-ready” and have PVR and HD compatibility for TV as well as access to the university’s planned wi-fi academic network.

Heinrich Mostert of Axion Architects says the buildings themselves will be a modern interpretation of the traditional Cape Dutch architecture in order to reference the typical “town” architecture originally found in Wellington.

The new complex has been named Grand Verdeau after the French Huguenot Hercule Verdeau who was granted the farm Champagne by Cape Governor Simon van der Stel in 1699. Portions of this farm became the nucleus of the Wellington town centre in 1840.

Building work on the new apartments is expected to start in February 2010, and they should be completed well before the start of the new academic year at the CPUT in January 2011.

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