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Just a short drive from South Africa’s most prestigious private schools, the 44-hectare eco-estate is located close to the N3 motorway from Johannesburg to Durban, overlooking the valley around Nottingham Road with sweeping views to the Drakensberg Mountains. Homeowners can enjoy the serenity of trout-filled dams, abundant hiking and mountain biking trails, and the solitude of walks through adjoining indigenous and commercial forests.

Nine free-hold plots of 2,000 square meters are on the market priced from R900 000. The first 380 square meter model home has been completed, along with a security gatehouse to provide controlled access to the properties. An estate architect, on-site project manager, and green building team are available to new owners seeking to develop plots within the Eco-Estate guidelines.


The Reeds at Balgowan nature estate development is now infrastructure ready and open for both building stand and model home purchase. It features:

  • Breakthrough, award-winning, eco-friendly home designs that challenge architectural traditions and colonial values in The Midlands of South Africa.
  • Original concept created by California architect and South African expatriate Stan Field, who was schooled at the University of Cape Town.
  • Design localization and construction optimization done by Marita Nell of Elements Architecture, the site architect and a green building innovator at Stellenbosch University.
  • High-end estate homes that sit in harmony with nature just minutes from the N3 highway at Balgowan and very close to the well-known Boshoek Golf Estate near Curry's Post.
  • Set on a pristine KwaZulu nature-preserve with inspiring forest, dam and mountain vista outlooks in the heart of The Midlands Meander, a relatively easy drive from both Durban (90 minutes) and Johannesburg.
  • Bold, contemporary styling and clean, modern aesthetics that will appeal to urban transplants seeking a rural refuge. Close to South Africa's best private schools (Michaelhouse, Hilton College, Clifton Prep, St. Anne's Diocesan College).
  • Eco-friendly, low profile footprint blends into the landscape and maximizes outdoor living in an enervating climate and peaceful, secure retreat location.
  • Ideal for those seeking luxury living, combined with an active, outdoor lifestyle; close to the Drakensberg Mountains (the highest mountain range in South Africa), freshwater fishing, horse back riding, birding, as well as mountain bike and hiking trails.
  • Unique site footprint, spectacular high-ceilinged interior, refined and elegant finishing, as well as tasteful furnishings, artwork and aesthetics are a feature of the first model home.
  • Expansive indoor space and outdoor deck and entertainment areas with over 200 square meters of decking and 380 square meters of spacious living.
  • Extensive use of local materials, including stone, glass, concrete, steel, as well as African Panga-Panga (interiors) and South American Balau woods (decks).
  • Luxury interior fittings, large sliding doors and shutters, as well as energy efficient appliances combined with in-floor heating powered by solar roof panels.
The Nature Estate:
  • Not fenced to allow natural migration and movement of wildlife; all services underground to maintain the integrity of the natural setting.
  • Excellent security provided by topography and geo-setting supplemented by fully staffed security gatehouse, motion detection systems, and armed, rapid response security patrols.
  • Architectural guidelines protect the indigenous forests on, and adjoining, the estate, as well as visual integrity of The Midlands landscape, especially the hills overlooking Balgowan Valley.
  • Excellent water quality from aquifers and spring supplying the dams; boreholes, storage tanks and new regional water line ensure water supply to homes on the estate.
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  Model House Features:

  • 380 Square Meters of Living Space
  • Full Vista Windows
  • Heated Floors
  • State-of-the-Art Home Security
  • Energy Efficient Appliances
  • Envirofriendly Materials
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