The upmarket suburb of Constantia, just outside Cape Town is synonymous with luxury. Since 2021, the Mother City has been experiencing a residential property boom with semigrators from Gauteng and KZN, as well as international buyers driving much of the demand. Wealthy boomers and millennials are also snapping up properties but with this market their appears to be a global trend that sees buyers moving away from over-sized houses with sprawling lawns or older properties that require updating. Buyers are wanting move-in-ready homes.
According to the Coldwell Banker Luxury Report 2022 the global affluent are opting for newly constructed homes that are modern and fully kitted with appliances, and sometimes even with furniture and it appears the trend has caught on here too. There is very little tolerance for outdated designs and features, even in situations where the construction is relatively new.
“Having worked with international film crews and some of the world’s top photographers through my locations company, Amazing Spaces, I have 22 years’ worth of experience knowing what people want in the high-end luxury property sector. And while we are spoilt for choice here in Cape Town, I can see that properties are becoming outdated. The demand for new builds is increasing so it made perfect sense for me to launch Amazing Spaces Developments and seek out beautiful properties upon which we can build brand new homes. What started out as a passion for me has turned into a business venture I plan to grow. Having grown up in Constantia, I also know the suburb incredibly well and will continue to look for opportunities here, but I do hope to expand into neighbouring suburbs down the line.” Says Julia Finnis-Bedford, founder of Amazing Spaces Developments.
Finnis-Bedford is a self-confessed closet interior designer and loves the design process but feels that the current developments in Constantia are a little too ‘safe’ in terms of their architecture and design or what she calls ‘vanilla’. “I think there is room for very carefully curated and designed spaces. I care too much about how a space presents and feels and would rather spend more and be proud of what we have created than cut corners because we are worried about the bottom line. I also understand the importance of light, what people are attracted to in terms of lifestyle, and what will work in terms of creating an income-producing asset,” she says.
Amazing Spaces Developments recently launched their first residential property development, calling it Sillery Oaks. The 406m2 double storey home is built on an 850m2 erf, and consists of 3 or 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with a separate one bedroom flat above the garage. The style is contemporary farmhouse incorporating a classic mix of old and new with a modern twist and is selling for R 13,995,000 ex VAT.
The interior design for Sillery Oaks incorporates textures like stone cladding, lots of wood, hand-made tiles, oak flooring for warmth and different metals such as brass and black to add contrast. “I love to create feelings of calm when you are in a space, without being too vanilla,” she says.
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