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Mixed-use developments across SA: 8 reasons why you should invest

Mixed-use developments combine residential, recreational and commercial facilities in one complex. Here are some of the best options available.

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Northern Province

  • Lakeside: Beautiful and serene retirement estate with houses designed for assisted living.


  • Greenwood Square: A beacon of modernity amidst a lush green landscape.
  • City Centre Steyn City: A luxurious development situated on a private estate with a lagoon and parklands.

Western Cape

  • The Wynne:  An urban space near Grand West Casino.
  • Devonbosch:  A beautiful estate offering work opportunities in addition to apartments and adventure activities.
  • Newinbosch: An idyllic estate with comfortable homes, communal facilities, and state-of-the-art security.
  • Woodstock Quarter: Equipped with all the necessary facilities, and located in one of Cape Town’s trendiest suburbs.
  • 2 on Tabak: A Paarl complex aimed at families and young professionals alike, with well-equipped workspaces on-site.
  • Dolce Vita: Five-star hotel with residential apartments, up the road from the beautiful Sea Point beachfront.
  • Conradie Park: An expansive estate aimed with lush green spaces.

New developments that cater to the requirements of modern residents are popping up all over South Africa. In the wake of the pandemic, it’s especially popular for developments to offer a homely lifestyle that combines entertainment, work, and fitness in one place.

These are some of the best mixed-use developments in South Africa, all of which offer a host of facilities that ensure you’ll hardly ever need to leave the complex.

Northern Province

1. Lakeside in Pretoria

Lakeside in Pretoria

A comprehensive retirement estate with an array of outdoor activities, world-class security, and healthcare services on site. Houses are designed for assisted living, and there are shuttle services. Communal gardens and a golf course provide an escape into nature.

  • Cost: From R1.4 million
  • Apartments: Two, three and four-bedroom homes. Luxury finishes and lots of sunlight. 24-hour security. Fibre internet.
  • Amenities: Clubhouse; gym; library; hot and cold swimming pools; communal gardens; walking trails; braai area;  coffee shop; restaurants; padel & squash court; bowling green; work room; healthcare services; hair salon; spa; concierge; shuttle service.
  • Neighbourhood: Easy access to highways. Nearby attractions include Silverlake Golf Course and The Grove Mall.


1. Greenwood Square in Emmarentia

Greenwood Square in Emmarentia

Greenwood provides an urban landscape surrounded by the lush greenery of one of Johannesburg’s most famous suburbs. The development epitomises the work-live-play experience that has become so essential to modern living.

  • Price: From R1 395 000.
  • Apartments: one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments. Two penthouse apartments. Piped gas cooking and fireplaces, backup generators, backup water system, and central gas-heated water supply.
  • Amenities: Gym, private working space, communal swimming pool, entertainment area with braai facilities, retail stores, medical facilities, restaurants, 24/7 security.
  • Neighbourhood: Emmarentia is a lovely green suburb, offering tranquil living while maintaining proximity to Sandton. Nearby attractions include the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Marks Park Sports Club.

2. City Centre at Steyn City

City Centre at Steyn City

These luxury apartments are situated beside a lagoon, amid the lush lawns, forests and streams of Steyn City; a private paradise in the north of Johannesburg. Residents may as well be living in their own world, but still have easy access to the city if needed.

  • Price: From R2 300 000
  • Apartments: The spacious apartments range from one-bedroom to four-bedroom, and there are two penthouses. Each unit includes a well-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, high-speed internet and double-glazed windows; and they are built with smart technology in mind.
  • Amenities: Rooftop pool; resident parking in the basement; 24-hour security; backup generator; water reservoir.
  • Neighbourhood: The private paradise of Steyn City has a 300m lagoon (with splash pool for kids); mountain-biking trails; a golf course; an equestrian centre; and even a school campus that accommodates students right up to matric. There’s also a helipad for quick access to the Sandton CBD or airport.

Western Cape

1. The Wynne in the Northern Suburbs

New Housing Development The Wynne Northern Suburbs

In the Northern Suburbs, a short distance from the famous Grand West Casino and Shopping Centre; The Wynne offers affordable urban living with easy access to a convenient transport network. Elegant architecture combined with a mix of urban facilities and outdoor activities.

  • Price: From R695 000 to R1 195 000.
  • Apartments: Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments
  • Amenities: Indoor gym, rooftop mini football field, recreational areas and braai facilities, on-site laundry, fibre, co-working cafe, retail shops, 24-hour security.
  • Neighbourhood: Nearby attractions include Grand West Casino and Parow Shopping Centre. Easy access to highways leading to the CBD and Southern Suburbs. Close proximity to schools, train station and hospital.

2.  Devonbosch in Stellenbosch

New Housing Development Devonbosch Stellenbosch

This spectacular Stellenbosch estate is a place to live, work, and play. It hosts a number of office complexes as well as spacious opportunities. It’s also a place for adventure, offering cycling, running, and watersports.

  • Price: From R2 375 000.
  • Apartments: One, two, three bedroom apartments and penthouses. Spacious balconies and mountain views. Fibre-ready. Pet friendly.
  • Amenities: Gym, indoor heated pool, rooftop terraces, golf simulator and fitment centre, walking trails, mountain biking trails, outdoor obstacle course, watersports.
  • Business hub with co-working spaces, backup power supply, underground parking, and CCTV security systems.
  • Neighbourhood:  Situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, in close proximity to wine farms, golf courses, outdoor activities, and the grand old town of Stellenbosch.

3. Newinbosch in Stellenbosch

New Housing Development Newinbosch Stellenbosch

On this idyllic estate, you’ll find a collection of freestanding homes with space for swimming pools and gardens. In the midst of the village lies The Yard, a communal space with a host of activities for adults and children. This sizeable estate is safe and secure, with energy-efficient homes and sustainable facilities. It’s truly a world unto itself.

A recent addition is The Bosk, a collection of cozy apartments overlooking the mountainside with its rolling vineyards.

  • Price: Houses: From R1 795 000; The Bosk apartments: From R895 000
  • Apartments: Two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four-bedroom homesteads, two-bedroom courtyard homes, two-bedroom townhouses, and two-bedroom simplex homes.
  • The Bosk: Studio, one-bed, two-bed and three-bed apartments.
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, multi-purpose court,  climbing wall, skate park, amphitheatre, a preschool, community garden, controlled access, Newinbosch Village retail centre (under construction), Grappa Shed (for hosting events).
  • Neighbourhood: With so much to do on the estate, you’ll hardly need to leave it, but should you feel a desire for adventure, the lush Stellenbosch Winelands lie at your doorstep, along with a plethora of restaurants and wine farms.

4. Woodstock Quarter

Woodstock Quarter

A modern apartment block in one of Cape Town’s trendiest suburbs. Woodstock Quarter is equipped with all the necessary facilities and comforts, offering young professionals convenient accommodation a short distance from the City Centre.

  • Cost: R7800 per month (studio); R9500 per month (one-bedroom, one-bathroom); R12 500 per month (two-bedroom, two-bathroom).
  • Apartments: Studio, one and two-bedroom apartments with balconies and top-range appliances. Equipped with fibre and DSTV. Water reticulation system and water purification plant for off-the-grid living. 24-hour security and secure underground parking.
  • Amenities: Three outdoor sky pools; gym; lounge; braai facilities; recreational deck; on-site retail stores such as Clicks, Bootleggers, and Unframed Ice Cream.
  • Neighbourhood: Woodstock is a burgeoning and trendy suburb just a 10-minute drive from the CBD and 15 minutes from the airport. The Old Biscuit Mill, location of The Test Kitchen and the Neighbourgoods Market, is right on the doorstep; and the V&A Waterfront is easily accessible.

5. 2 on Tabak in Paarl

2 on Tabak in Paarl

A lush lifestyle estate located in Southern Paarl; a region famous for offering a balance between serene Winelands and proximity to urban areas. Obviously suitable for families, but designed to host young professionals as well as local work areas and coffee shops.

  • Cost: From R1 200 000
  • Apartments: Studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. Biometric access control and smart meters.
  • Amenities: A short walk from a gym, workspace, family courtyard, retail stores and coffee shops.
  • Neighbourhood: Easy access to the N1 Highway. A short distance from schools. A short drive from illustrious wine estates. Nearby attractions include Pearl Valley Golf Estate and Spar, and Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.

6. Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita

A five-star hotel up the road from the Sea Point beachfront. Sea Point is one of the most in-demand and cosmopolitan suburbs in Cape Town, and Dolce Vota takes advantage of all it has to offer with views of the mountains and easy access to the bustling main road.

  • Cost: R3 million to R9.2 million.
  • Apartments: Studio; one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Balconies with views of Lion’s Head. Independent smart water and electricity meters. Reception with full-time security personnel. CCTV security cameras and video recording. Equipped with high-speed fibre.
  • Amenities: Hotel pool terrace, gym, and spa.
  • Neighbourhood: The complex is located just up the road from the beachfront in the beautiful coastal suburb of Sea Point, replete with coffee shops, restaurants and retail stores. Nearby attractions include Mojo Market, Grand Pavillion, and Saunders Rock Tidal Pool.

7. Conradie Park

Conradie Park

An expansive estate with several residential complexes, lush green spaces and a family-friendly lifestyle.

  • Cost: From R590 000
  • Apartments: Conradie Park is a large state consisting of four residential complexes: Castle Rock, Boulders, Kings Blockhouse, and Paarl Rock.
    Each complex offers a selection of well-equipped apartments with modern finishes and access to green spaces. Paarl Rock apartments are pet-friendly and equipped with high-speed fibre.
  • Amenities: Two private schools, creches, doggy daycare, parks, public spaces, medical facilities. Plans to include a fitness centre and recreational facilities.
  • Neighbourhood: Located in the lush green suburb of Pinelands. Nearby attractions include Cape Town Market, and Grand West Casino and Entertainment World.

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