The Pearls of Umhlanga is being developed on what was previously the Umhlanga Rocks Hotel site, situated in Lagoon Drive between the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Cabana Beach Resort. This is a prime beachfront site along the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.
The site measures 5,3 hectares with 200 meters of frontage onto the beach promenade.
Pearls of Umhlanga is a self-contained lifestyle development surrounded by magnificently landscaped grounds and exquisite sea views. It is a sectional title development made up of one to four bedroom apartments
There are seven aspects to the development:
. Pearl Reef - a complex of 23 luxury apartments.
. Pearl Breeze - approximately 102 luxury apartments.
. Pearl Dawn - approximately 89 luxury apartments.
. Pearl Tides - approximately 40 luxury apartments.
. Pearl Sky - several luxury apartments.
. Pearl Walk - a commercial boulevard of South Africa's finest boutique shops and restaurants.
. Pearl Spa - a wellness centre offering a wide range of health and fitness activities.
NOTE: Certain aspects of the development are subject to an amendment to the town planning scheme.
A project of this nature will be completed in phases over an estimated period of four years. Proposed completion dates:
December 2005 - Pearl Reef
December 2006 - Pearl Tides
December 2007 - Pearl Breeze
December 2009 - Pearl Dawn
TBA - Pearl Spa, Pearl Walk and Pearl Sky
VVE Property Group, the property arm of well known film company Videovision - directors Anant Singh, Sanjeev Singh, Sudhir Pragjee.
Global Property Group - directors Nico van Rooyen (chairman), Richard Crocker and Trevor Botsis (alternate chairman).
Wakefields Devco - director Keith Wakefield.
The site development plan has already been approved for Pearl Reef, Pearl Tides, Pearl Breeze and Pearl Dawn which all meet the current zoning requirements. Pearl Sky will be subject to an application to amend the town planning scheme, and the developers will follow the defined public process in accordance with the requirements of the eThekwini Municipality.
A choice of tasteful colourways, stylish taps and fittings, imported sanitary ware, state-of-the-art appliances, wall and floor finishes are offered. Contemporary and traditional interior design options, professionally co-ordinated by a leading South African interior design architect, Sarah M3 design, enable you to enhance your home according to your individual style.
The only exclusive garden use areas are the ground floor homes in the Pearl Tides and Pearl Reef. These garden areas are demarcated or fenced. The remainder of the landscaped garden is for common use of residents.
A comprehensive landscaping plan has been designed by the landscape architects Uys and White.
Each unit will have an average of two undercover parking bays and ample visitor parking. The parking area for most of the development will be underground.
The access of the ski-boats is under the control of the eThekwini Municipality which now requires that all ski-boats be licenced. An access route has been provided from McCausland Crescent along the lower front aspect of the development to the launch site at Granny's Pool. Only one boat will be allowed to launch and one to exit every hour and they will not be allowed to create a disturbance.
The Life Savers Clubhouse is to be renovated so that it will match the overall luxury feel of the development. Its roof will be flattened and lowered and a tea garden area created on the rooftop.
The developers will contribute to the upgrade of the beach promenade, the moving of the storm water drain that currently exits near Granny's Pool to the opposite side of the site exiting at the end of McCausland Drive and the development of a pier proposed by the municipality. In addition they will contribute to the upgrade of the main access bridge at the entrance to Umhlanga Village from four lanes to six lanes.
A new dimension of sophisticated living is at your fingertips. Exclusive-style services include state-of-the-art security, twenty four hours a day. A wellness centre will include swimming pool, gym, sauna, spa bath, massage and a range of beauty and health treatments. A commercial centre will feature top South African boutique type shops and restaurants.
Each apartment throughout the complex will have kitchen and bathroom fittings that are of the highest standard and quality. In Pearl Reef the following are included in the purchase price: Undercounter oven and hob with extractor hood; microwave; fridge/freezer; dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier. In Pearl Breeze, Pearl Dawn and Pearl Sky the following are included in the purchase price: Undercounter oven and hob with extractor hood.
Pearl Spa will provide a wide range of activities, gym, spa baths, saunas and steam rooms, as well as a spectrum of holistic, revitalising treatments including a range of massage and beauty therapies to transport you to a higher plane of relaxation.
No. Pearl Spa will be open to the public.
Yes there will be two direct access points to the beach, one through the centre of the Pearls of Umhlanga development. A lift will take residents down to the front beach entrance which will have a security check point and a kiosk. Residents will also be able to walk down the so called "Spanish Steps" to the entrance if they wish. There will be a second access at Pearl Reef.
Like the commercial centre it will be a sectional title unit and while initially owned by the developers with its management outsourced the centre could at some stage be sold to an investor or end user.
A single body corporate will look after the interests of home owners. This was formed early in 2005 as soon as the first sectional title apartment was transferred.
A board of trustees will be appointed in terms of the rules of the body corporate. Because of the size of the development the trustees will appoint a professional dedicated management team, headed by a general manager to run the complex. The management team will report to the board of trustees.
The development will be secured with electric fencing with 24-hour CCTV surveillance monitored from a central control room. Each owner will have their own access code and only owners and their guests will be allowed into the development. Privacy of each building within the development will also be secured.
No. Although Pearl Walk will be open to the public, good security will be maintained at all times with strict and controlled access to the development.
As each phase of the development is completed and ready for occupation it will be fully secured and linked into the main security system. Where possible, the construction activity for each phase will be completed outside the main security enclave. The public will not have access to the development.
Yes. Mortgage origination company, Ooba, has been briefed on the project and will assist purchasers to obtain the best financing deals from the major banks, provided the clients meet the banks' lending requirements.
To secure an apartment buyers have to enter into an agreement of sale which would require a deposit on signature and guarantees for the balance of the purchase price within 30 days.
Individual transfers will coincide with the completion of buildings and residents will only start paying the levy on occupation/registration.
The levy will cover the exterior maintenance of the buildings, swimming pool, building insurance, security, garden maintenance, the concierge and other personnel. However, each homeowner will be responsible for their light and water account and will need to have their own insurance for the contents of their home.
Apartments in the development may be rented out as long as the strict criteria of the body corporate's rules on access and length of stay are complied with.
Yes. Developers took transfer of the property during mid 2004.
The maintenance of the interior of each apartment is the responsibility of the owner while the exterior maintenance is the responsibility of the body corporate.
Yes as long as this does not interfere with the lifestyle of other residents and does not contravene council by-laws. Residents should take note that the strict access rules will hinder client access to the premises.
However the business centre facilities can be accessed off Pearl Walk, the commercial boulevard.
Staff ablution facilities will be provided.
With Body Corporate Permission.
The team who have made Pearls of Umhlanga a reality, all experts in their field, bring a wealth of experience to the development.
Architects: Creative Kingdom Incorporated, Cooper Architects, Seedat & Seedat
Civil and Structural Engineer: Arup, Becker Consulting
Geotechnical Engineer: Davies Lynn & Partners
Electrical Engineer: BFBA Consultants
Quantity Surveyors: Walters & Simpson, Letchmiah Daya Mandindi
Interior Design: Sarah M3 Design
Landscaping: Uys & White
Construction: Grinaker-LTA Sivukile, Group 5
Estate Agents: Wakefields Real Estate
Property Developers: Global Property Investments, VVE Property Development, Wakefields Devco
Project Managers: Global Property Investments
3D Rendering: André Strauss