Winelands village voted tops, up for property “Oscar” award

A community-focused residential and commercial village in the Stellenbosch winelands has been judged as South Africa’s best mixed-use property development, placing it in line for one of the most prestigious property awards in the world.

Nooitgedacht Village, which has attracted investment of over R1billion since it’s 2013 launch, was voted the country’s best by the African Property Awards, and will now vie for the title of Best Mixed-Use Development in Africa at the International Property Awards, known as the “Oscars” of the property industry.

The village is part of the historic Nooitgedacht Estate, surrounded by rolling vineyards and spectacular mountain vistas. It combines traditional community lifestyle — drawing on Old Cape and Bo-Kaap architecture — with modern commercial and retail components.

Property expert Toni Enderli describes the village as “a community model of the future where you can safely live, work and play without getting into a car.”

“It’s authentic, sustainable and affordable. Apartments start from R1.4-million, making estate living accessible to students, starter families and retiring couples. Amenities include a hotel, restaurant, medical centre and gym, all located around a two-hectare eco wetland park. Residents also have access to the 200ha Nooitgedacht farm for cycling, running, picnicking and much more.”

The village is up against developments from the rest of Africa, Dubai and Arabia, judged by a panel of 80 property experts and chaired by members of the UK’s House of Lords. Winners will be announced at a gala event in London in June, attended by developer, Werner Wirth. “The awards have been running for 26 years and recognize the world’s best in design and architecture. It’s a huge accolade for Nooitgedacht Village,” said Wirth.

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