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PROPERTY: Quayside Launching Soon


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Quayside, a new water fronting residential development comprising 63 apartments and semi-detached homes, is to be launched at Century City on November 10.

Being developed by Rabie Property Group at a total cost of around R95million, Quayside is the first large development to be launched at Century City this year and is being brought about because there is little or no developer stock left in earlier developments.

While the final design and pricing still had to be confirmed at the time of going to print, it is envisaged that the one, two and three bedroom apartments units will range in size from around 50 square metres to around 140 square metres while prices are expected to be in the order of just under R1million to just under R3million. Each unit will have undercover parking.

Designed by Chris Bam Architects in a modern contemporary vernacular, Quayside will also comprise six exclusive semi-detached townhouses, each with their own garage.

Project manager, Miguel Rodrigues, says extensive planning has gone into Quayside.

We have carefully assessed what the strongest selling factors have been in previous residential developments we have undertaken at Century City and have incorporated many of these elements into the design of Quayside.”

These include having all apartments and duplexes overlooking water. In addition, many units are north-facing and most have balconies.

And very importantly, Quayside will be centrally located within Century City, adjacent to the award winning Waterstone development and in easy walking access of many of Century City’s amenities including Canal Walk shopping centre, Intaka Island nature reserve and the Century City Clubhouse and sports Oval,” says Rodrigues.

Quayside will also link into Century City Connect, the open access Fibre-to-the-Premises network which will offer residents access to the country’s fastest voice and broadband services as well as multi-media connections.

Century City Connect, is “carrier neutral” which means residents will not be tied in or forced to use any specific voice or Internet Service Provider (ISP). Rather they will have a choice of a number of pre-selected blue-chip ISPs to choose from that will be hosting their services in a purposely built Century City Connect Data Centre.

By building an open access network and offering a data centre for ISPs to host their services in, Century City Connect will ensure that only the best and fastest voice and broadband services are offered to people living and working in Century City. It will bring Century City in line with most first world countries which enjoy an average global residential internet connection download speed of 4,4megabits per second against 512k that most South African households experience with their Telkom ADSL connections.

Rodrigues said other innovative amenities within the development include a central hot water system which will not only save space in each apartment but also be more energy and cost efficient than individual geysers in each apartment. This should, he said, also reduce the household insurance payable by the body corporate, and help eliminate resultant damage caused by burst geysers.

Construction of Quayside is expected to start early in 2012 with completion and transfers scheduled for mid 2013. Big Ben, the contractors on Rabie’s Waterstone development, which was voted top residential development in South Africa in 2011 by the South African Property Owners’ Association, have been appointed to construct Quayside.

Quayside will form part of a larger development which comprises three independent erven - Quays which will provide 3500 square metres of low rise studio offices set around courtyards and Quay North, a smaller residential complex of around 28 apartments.

Two showhouses are currently under construction and will be available for viewing from early next year while a model of the development will be on show at Rabie’s onsite sales centre from early November.

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