Carnival City plans R2.5bn lifestyle estate. Sun International, the owner of Carnival City, has partnered with LivRES Property Developers to create a new mixed-use estate on a 50-hectare piece of land adjacent to the current casino and hotel complex in Brakpan, South Africa. The development aims to offer a fully integrated community lifestyle experience with safe, affordable, and healthy living. In addition, the existing wetland on the site will be turned into a green park, ideal for physical exercise and relaxation as reported by BizCommunity.
The estate will comprise secure residential districts connected by commercial and lifestyle components. Districts will be completed one at a time and, when complete, will contain over 3,000 new homes developed in separate villages across the property, with each distinctive village offering either trendy upmarket apartments or freestanding homes in the East Village, West Village, Greenwich Village, Upper Westside, and Upper Eastside. Additionally, there will be commercial and retail opportunities in the business and commercial districts, a private school offering primary and secondary level education, a lifestyle centre, a 10,000m² neighbourhood market, and a village-style retail centre.
Central Park will offer a range of open space and recreation amenities linked to the estate by a network of green walking and cycling trails, including the newly launched Carnival City Parkrun. There will also be other modern amenities and attractions, such as security with a 24-hour guard, Wi-Fi-ready facilities, co-working spaces, children’s play areas, a resort-style pool and clubhouse, a meditation garden, and braai areas. All properties will also allow pets and a doggy park for residents to walk their furry friends.
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The first development, the East Village, will be the first to be developed within the greater estate. The 30 residential units, designed by LYT Architects, will offer one- and two-bedroom apartment units. Unit sizes range from 39m2 to 72m2. Each three-story block will be positioned to offer privacy in a fully landscaped setting with green walkways and parking spaces. The developers anticipate that construction of the first units will begin by April 2024, with the first apartments being ready for occupation by December 2024.
Sun International CEO Anthony Leeming said that after the R1bn Carnival City Casino and entertainment complex opened in November 2000, it instantly became the premier entertainment destination in the region, attracting greater development to the surrounding area. Leeming added that the location was perfect for a casino, even though the parcel of land was larger than needed. However, after weighing up a number of options for the unused part of the property, including selling it off, the decision was made to develop the new mixed-use estate to meet the growing market demand for a fully integrated community lifestyle experience.
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