Green Leadership

Building thriving communities

Founded in 1919 with a vision to uplift communities through the building of quality affordable homes in harmony with nature, Garden Cities is both the Western Cape’s oldest residential property developer and a pioneer of sustainable development in South Africa. For almost 100 years Garden Cities has been building groundbreaking homes for all people in safe healthy environments that strive to protect nature’s inherent ability to sustain life. 

Garden Cities has always taken the lead in developing communities in the broadest sense, providing the infrastructure that its thousands of residents need for their daily lives. Its high quality houses and apartments are set in finely planned townscapes with open green spaces and recreational areas. There are sports fields and clubs, crèches, schools, commercial centres, healthcare facilities, community initiative, and even dog parks. The suburbs it develops are in prime areas in the Cape Peninsula and to the north with residential and commercial layouts and road systems designed primarily with safety and convenience in mind. From gated communities to single residential homes and even retirement villages, Garden Cities houses and apartments are in high demand for rental or ownership. 

The founding project Garden Cities undertook in 1920 was to develop Cape Town’s first outlying residential suburb, Pinelands, to combat overcrowding in the city centre. Pinelands was also the first garden city to be established in South Africa and one of the first worldwide outside of England. Thereafter in the 1950s Garden Cities helped reintegrate society after World War II by opening its second garden city, Meadowridge in the South Peninsula, to accommodate returning service men and women and their families. Around this time Garden Cities also developed the nearby community estates of Elfindale and Square Hill. Then, as the metropolitan area of Cape Town began to expand in the 1970s and 1980s, Garden Cities established further leafy suburbs at Edgemead and Northpine to meet growing accommodation needs in the northern areas. 

More recent developments include the modern housing estate of Pinehurst near Durbanville and the major suburb of Sunningdale along the fast-growing west coast corridor. Running in parallel to these developments is Garden Cities’ very latest project, the whole new town of Greenville at Fisantekraal. Ratified by the City of Cape Town in 2014 after 8 years of planning, Greenville Garden City is a model public-private sector partnership that is setting the standard in South Africa for integrated sustainable human settlements. The development is aligned with the South African government’s Comprehensive Housing Plan and the Western Cape Provincial Government’s Green Economy initiatives, and includes Breaking New Ground (BNG) housing that aims to eradicate informal settlements in the shortest possible time. 

Garden Cities has also become widely acclaimed for its social investment programme, the Archway Foundation, funding and building school halls and providing other assistance to children in underprivileged communities.

Pinehurst success continues unabated

Pinehurst success continues unabated

Likely to be completed within the next seven years, Pinehurst, flagship of Garden Cities’ Northern areas, has had a 15-year run of success.  Now less than one third of the homes are still to be built, of the just over 2 662 that were planned when it was launched within sight of the Durbanville Hills and the Simonsberg.   
 The maturity of the suburb is reflected in the infrastructure that has been established there, including the first phase development of a 6 868m2 retail hub on the corner of Brackenfell Boulevard and Pinehurst Drive.  The mall has a mix of national and local shopping and service options and also will include lifestyle and office components as well as opportunities for alternative uses.
 Aside from this very visible evidence of infrastructural development, there are major inputs such as a school, sport and community centres in the pipeline, and a domestic storage facility.
 Built and planned to the exacting standards set by Garden Cities over the past 95 years, the beautiful houses, broad, landscaped boulevards, open spaces, profuse vegetation, and a high level of luxury at affordable prices have proved a strong attraction for families.
 The whole of Pinehurst’s prime over-50s village, Rochefort, has been sold out with all of the residents having moved in already and enjoying the amenities and lifestyle. Ashworth grouped housing village has been sold out, as has Chelmsford with Chapmans Close launching soon to a waiting list.

At Oakwood, where 660 homes where scheduled, the last 25 are being developed and are sold out.  Following the completion of Oakwood, the first 40 homes at Hillwood, its replacement, have already been sold. Specification has been upgraded throughout and all homes are fitted with an alarm system linked to a dedicated guardhouse and patrol car. Prices range from R1 850 000 to R3 000 000.

For more information on other progress at Pinehurst phone:
Brenda - 073 040 5574
Julina - 082 739 4957



Garden Cities completes homes in first stage of Phase 12 Sunningdale, with further stages and phases on schedule 

With bulk services and infrastructural capacity sufficient for the next 15 to 20 years of expansion at Sunningdale, the Garden Cities’ suburb on the West Coast just north of Table View, development of Phase 12 is well under way. 

It comprises the first of three further phases in the suburb, on land totaling 264 hectares in extent. The new phases will accommodate the mix of residential, commercial and community facility development that has been established in the suburb since it came into being 17 years ago. Houses in Phase 12C (173 single residential erven) have been completed and house construction is now starting on Phase 12D (129 single residential erven). 

Phases 12 A1, B1 and B2 (244 single residential erven) have been serviced and development will follow on completion of Phase 12D. 

Phase 12A2, a group housing development called Maple Creek, consisting of 127 units, will be developed as soon as services are completed, in conjunction with Phases 12 A1 and B1 and B2’s single residential erven 

Phases 12 E2 (117 single residential erven) will follow after Phase 12 A1, B1 and B2 have been completed. On completion, Phase 12 will comprise 663 single residential homes and about 414 group houses, on 109ha. 

In addition to the housing development, the stretch of Berkshire Boulevard fronting these phases provides sites to accommodate sports facilities, a school or college, offices, retail outlets and general business. 

Garden Cities’ philosophy of providing extensive infrastructural and community features for its developments, makes them largely independent in terms of retail, sporting, educational and healthcare considerations. 

As part of the new extension to the suburb, Berkshire Boulevard will eventually intersect with Wood Drive, providing access to the major internal artery, Sandown Road, and the West Coast Road, when progress on the bulk infrastructure reaches a crucial stage, and the road extension becomes appropriate. 

The bulk services included sewers and sewage pump stations, extensions to bulk water supply, existing canals and pipes. Existing drainage systems were also enhanced and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) to determine the best solutions to storm water was also undertaken. The resulting work is also expected to help the City with its existing systems in areas surrounding Sunningdale. 

The land shaping exercise, in preparation for roads and construction sites, has incorporated a ‘search and rescue’ operation involving possible rare plant species, conducted by a specialist indigenous vegetation consultancy. Garden Cities is also currently studying the City of Cape Town’s TOD (Transit Orientated Development) Strategic Framework Policy as it applies to Sunningdale, and as part of this process is reviewing its approach to inclusive development projects to align with the City of Cape Town’s overarching town planning philosophy. 

The town planning application for Phase 13, Sunningdale, has also been submitted and the City’s response is imminent. Phase 13 is divided into three sub-phases with Phase 13A being a private gated village, proposed as a ‘Green Star SA, Sustainable Precincts’ project – where the community as a whole would be green star rated, based on a range of criteria. 

Phase 13B will consist of an additional 116 single residential erven and Phase 13C will be a general residential area of 4.7ha.



Villages at Sunningdale again sell out to long waiting lists

New generation lower-priced houses with high-end features at Garden Cities' long-established west coast suburb, Sunningdale, have proved enormously popular, with sell-out launches for the first round of villages.
The most recent, Redstone, has also sold out and residents are moving in, while the last few schemes of homes in Canal East will be coming onto the market to a waiting list, and are priced from R1800 000 to R2 600 000
Sunningdale 12C is the latest extension to be launched around July this year with a total of about 750 homes to be serviced by a dedicated security vehicle and on-site patrol office. The new extension will be in the proximity of a soon-to-be-announced new school.  Prices of the homes are expected to start at R1 700 000.

Sunningdale, developed over the past 17 years by the 97-year-old property company, has a broad variety of housing, now numbering well over 3 000 units, that has proved largely resistant to market vicissitudes. Garden Cities has also provided retail facilities, school sites, a hospital site and exemplary sports facilities including an enormous hall, clubhouses and playing fields with lighting. 
Canal West, which is now sold out, with last new owners moving in shortly, provides an interesting variety in a mix of accommodation that is attracting a broad market sweep. Only one road runs through the area with a guard and surveillance cameras at each end.

The entire area borders the course of a landscaped canal that in places broadens out to provide access for residents. There are also a number of picturesque parks that soften the built landscape and create areas of green tranquility.

The houses provide a degree of luxury at prices usually associated with smaller units, and cost saving is also top of mind, with heat pumps a creative innovation at domestic level that offer enormous cost savings on water heating – using only 30% of the electricity required for conventional geysers. The standard features such as the hobs, ovens and extractors, cupboards and a garage, can, when retrofitted, be beyond the financial capacity of a new buyer.

Group CEO of Garden Cities, John Matthews, is on record as saying that while life offers a large measure of uncertainty, if at all possible, Garden Cities aims to provide an environment that allows its communities a confidence in the stability of their home base. 

For enquiries call 021 554 2121