As one of the most innovative housing estates in the country, Steyn City is a metropolis of its own and only a stone’s throw away from good old Pretoria. We went exploring and this is what we’ve found.
Steyn City, the mega mixed-use development by Auto & General boss Douw Steyn, was finished near the end of 2016. Locked in the Dainfern Valley, Steyn City is a 2 000-acre development catering to the creme of the Joburg business world, with the idea being to develop an estate like never seen before. It features 93 apartments and 19 clusters. A further 45 clusters were built off plan and introduced earlier this year.
Steyn City’s Oasis Apartments are situated in the “suburb” of Park Ridge, and alongside Mandela Park, a large park area connecting to a greenbelt called The Creek. They form part of the city’s first phase, together with 19 cluster homes and numerous freehold stands. Steyn City is is made up of sectional title and homeowner association living spaces.
Steyn City has its own hospital, is immune to load-shedding and boasts some of the fastest high-speed internet in the province. This playground also hosts a retirement village, a primary and high school and two retail centres with the Auto & General HQ at its basis.
Steyn City is not a golf estate but an estate with a golf course (as their marketers would joke). At the fore of the golf course, you will find a restaurant so fancy that all diners are catered to by appointment only. Nineteen, the clubhouse restaurant and bar, is on par with the best in the world. Come and take in the magnificent views and imagine yourself teeing off with a masterful rump steak, or simply relax and enjoy a refreshing drink. The club house is an architectural masterpiece, with a camouflaged ‘planted’ roof that blends in with the natural landscape.
The design principle of Steyn City is that it’s not about the architecture but about the lifestyle it’s attempting to cater to. The main design was considered to always be about creating an unprecedented quality of life for their residents. The instruction to the designers was that there should be no one architectural theme to Steyn City, giving homeowners the freedom to interpret their own preferences.
This paradise was built to promote parkland and to motivate its residents to spend more time outside. With tons of public greens, dedicated running routes, a tennis court and outdoor gyms, there is zero excuse for the Steyn City residents to grow bored with physical activity. From taking a leisurely stroll to beating your own racing records, there is something for everyone. The Club, as it’s known, is this estate’s gymnasium, healthy hangout and meeting place for all things active.
By Shawn Greyling