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Adventure For Love – A Charity Group With A Difference

Adventure For Love

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Adventures for Love is a group of twelve ladies who have very ordinary corporate type day jobs, but who also love adventures, use this as an opportunity to get sponsorships and raise funds for good causes. It all started in 2010 when, shortly after turning 40, Jenny decided she needed to do something different with her life so she and Desiree climbed Kilimanjaro. This created a whole new lifestyle for them both and the following year they embarked on the next adventure, by walking the Great Wall of China to raise funds for cancer and a child related project – School of Achievement and Cloud dog.

Adventure was now eating away at them and since then they have undertaken one major “adventure” a year to raise funds – and hence the evolution of “Adventures for Love”.  Every year they embark on the adventure of the year. They have done Maccha Pichu and canoed almost 100km down the Zambezi River.

They have walked 101km through the Namaqualand Desert, climbed to Poon Hill in the Himalayas, experienced Sutherland in winter, done 200km of the Camino in Spain and a wine and whale walk in the Western Cape. 

Every month they also come together to make good use of the funds and to give a day of their time and energy enriching the lives of the less fortunate. They have created vegetable gardens, painted, and decorated communal lounges

Funds raised have been used towards School of Achievement, Hospice East Rand, Abraham Kriel, Huis Bethlehem, Little Angels, Cosmo City, Ventersdorp Old Age Home and the Bavumeleni Creche in Khayelitsha. One year they raised almost R100 000 for a deposit for a new anti-poaching vehicle for the Conservation of Lower Zambezi.

But most exciting is that their major adventure for 2017 is going to focus around Dullstroom and Belfast charities. They will challenge themselves to an “Amazing Race” en route to Dullstroom but will then give one day of their time to projects at the Old Age Home in Belfast, a second day to the Children’s Home in Belfast and a third day to the Sakhelwe Creche here in Dullstroom. They will also be sponsoring a day of sterilizations in Sakhelwe.

They welcome any and every bit of input from locals to either join them on the day to help with the project, to supply materials or to make a donation that would be used to help fulfil the “wish list” of the charity…. or all three! This will all be happening between 28 July to 31 July 2017. Please contact Zest for more details 013 254 0219 info@zestpropertygroup.co.za

 

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION….YOU CAN’T BEAT THESE FARMS!

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Modern home, located on a stunning farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

When analysing the four most important criteria, that most people list as their requirements for the ideal farm in Dullstroom, they would say the following:

LOCATION – we would like to be close enough to town that we can happily go in for a meal, meander around the shops or watch rugby in a pub. But we also want all the pleasures associated with a farm lifestyle.

WATER – fishing is an absolute essential when we think of Dullstroom and ideally that means a dam or two to throw a trout line …. and a river  would be a real bonus.

THE HOUSE – that must be in keeping with a country styled house but with the mod cons and preferably without a long list of maintenance and upgrades attached.

REVENUE – we would not be using it every weekend so it would be really useful if we could possibly get some sort of income from weekend rentals to help cover the costs.

We have three recently listed, unique farms that perfectly match all or most of these criteria:

ZF288 – 72 hectares with a beautiful dam of 2,4 hectares, a stretch of the Crocodile river with 4 weirs, a beautifully renovated original farmhouse with five bedrooms and four bathrooms. Plus a two bedroom home and numerous outbuildings built from the original stone and all within a kilometre of town. Click here for the full details.

ZF289 – 62 hectares with a 3 hectare dam, a double storey four bedroom, four bathroom house, with excellent views and with outbuildings, within three kilometres of town. Click here for the full details.

ZF290 – 166 hectares with 2 large dams of 4,5 and 2,1 hectares, within  three kilometres of town. A five bedroom, five bathroom home with a games room and storerooms. Click here for the full details.

Amazing. This quality of farms are very seldom seen on the market. Give us a ring for more details 013 254 0219

Get To Know Trish – Zest’s Principal

Dullstroom Estate Agent,
Trish grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe and went to school there. She went back to Zimbabwe to get married, after qualifying for her degree at the Cape Town University. Together with her husband, they went through the Rhodesian terrorist war, but soon after their first child was born, they emigrated to South Africa, to a farm outside of Dullstroom.

In between raising three, wonderful children, they ran a trout processing factory on the farm for many years. They also built the “Owl & Oak Trading Post” on their farm, which was later converted to Dullstroom Country Cottages and offers weekend accommodation. Trish worked alongside her husband turning a very beautiful farm into what it is today.

Trish has been in Dullstroom for 35 years. Embarrassingly she still does not speak understandable Afrikaans. Her farm upbringing has given her a broad appreciation and knowledge of farming generally, so she can happily navigate the site visits to local farms.

Twelve years ago, together with two friends, she started Zest which has grown to dominate the Dullstroom market consistently for many years.
She is in the process of completing a yearlong Business Owner Development Programme run by Ieasa, that is specific to Estate Agencies. This and other courses reinforce her principles that honesty, integrity and commitment are key to being an estate agent. “Buying or selling a property has huge financial, practical and emotional implications and as an agent we owe both buyers and sellers the time and information to buy or sell wisely”.

Trish loves travelling and will take on any adventure. Here are a few snippets:
• They sailed across from the mainland Tanzania to Zanzibar in a dhou with a local, a four-hour trip with no apparent navigation tools. This was part of a six-week camping trip thru Africa.
• Boating along the Amazon River, climbing to the ice cap of Cotapaxi and canyoning the waterfalls of Banos.
• 5500 stair climb up to Adams Peak in Sri Lanka, to experience an amazing sunrise.
• White water rafting on the Kavanga River with friends and family.

With her extensive local knowledge, Trish will be sure to help with any property needs.
082 330 3503
trish@zestpropertygroup.co.za

Get To Know Haideé – Agent At Zest Property Group

Dullstroom Estate Agent
Haideé, grew up in Pretoria, got married and moved to Dullstroom in February 2000, with her husband, Jan, who started his career as the NG dominee in Dullstroom. They have two teenage sons, who are both are in Ermelo High School.

Her work experience includes 9 years at First National Bank, working in the tourism industry, at Dullstroom Reservations and then Dunkeld Reservations. She also worked in retail for a few years managing Willowbrook, before joining the Zest team.

Haideé enjoys keeping fit with weekly bootcamp, gym and mountain biking which is the ultimate in this area. Her other hobbies including painting and socializing with family and friends…..in Dullstroom socializing is a big thing!!

April 2017 = 10 years at Zest Property Group for Haideé. She is currently an Intern agent, since Aug 2014, but with the advantage of 8 years in the admin side, giving her a great advantage of knowing the back end. To date she has sold 11 stands, 8 houses and 2 farms, of which the greatest achievement was a farm with the value of R8,650,000.

Here is Haideé’s take on Zest as a company, “The Zest Team is like family and we all strive towards upholding our high standards which includes integrity, honesty and building strong relationships with both sellers and buyers. Since charity starts at home we are actively involved with local charities in the area. My recipe for success includes the values of our company, hard work and of course a lot of good wine!”

If you are interested in the beautiful Dullstroom countryside, Haideé will gladly assist with finding you your ideal property.

073 188 4306
haidee@zestpropertygroup.co.za

Get To Know Del-Monté – Agent At Zest Property Group

Dullstroom Estate Agent
Although Del-Monte was born in the very small town of Smithfield in the Free State, he grew up in Margate on the Natal South Coast. He was never a surfer boy though, nearly drowning at his first attempt. He much preferred to play rugby on terra firma.

After school, he studied law in Pretoria and obtained his law degree in 1991. After a 12 year career as State Prosecutor with the Department of Justice, and a short stint in sports equipment marketing, Del-Monte joined Zest in August 2006.

When he is not assisting clients with their property related needs, you will find him on his mountain bike in the Dullstroom countryside, or out on the fairways of Highland Gate Golf Estate, which features a championship course designed by Ernie Els. He is also an avid lover and supporter of South African music, and assisted many artists over the years to perform in Dullstroom (one night he even played air guitar with the lead guitarist from Mumford & Sons, at a well-known pub in Dullies…)

Del-Monte still holds the record for the highest value residential property sold in the Village, and also concluded the majority of the sales of vacant stands at Walkersons Private Residential Estate.

If you aspire to country living, then Del-Monte is the person to speak to.
082 895 5933
dr@zestpropertygroup.co.za

Highland Gate – An investment with a great return

Highland Gate Golf Estate is fast becoming one of the premier residential lifestyle estates in the northern parts of the country. The development is certainly gaining momentum – 41 vacant stands were sold in the last 2 years, whilst there are currently 16 building projects underway, a clear indication that investor confidence in the Estate is on the increase.
The Ernie Els designed course was rated no 21 in 2016, by Golf Digest magazine, which is remarkable for a course that is relatively new. It hosted the finals of the Els for Autism Golf days in November 2016 and now boasts 3 resident golf professionals, to assist you to fine tune your game.
The clubhouse is fully operational, with a bar, restaurant, lounge, patio, halfway house and conference facility – all with spectacular views of the lush green fairways.
But Highland Gate is not just about playing a round of golf – it now presents an experience for the whole family, with activities that include flyfishing, tennis, mountain biking, walking trails and birdwatching to name a few.
Its location, only 2.5 hrs from Gauteng, and proximity to all that Dullstroom has to offer, suggests that this Estate is perhaps a prime investment opportunity that needs serious consideration.
Resale stands start from as little as R 300,000 and with more than 1200 visitors per month enjoying a round of golf, there is definitely a need for accommodation on the Estate. A well-designed 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom house of approx. 220 sqm could easily be rented out for about R 4400-00 per night. Of course, you also have use of the house whenever you want! Reservation agencies like Dullstroom Accommodation handles all the bookings and marketing, while housekeeping services are available on site. We can put you in touch with local construction companies and architects, to get an idea of costing. If you would like a comprehensive tour of the Estate, just call the Zest Office

We currently have three houses for sale:
– Erf 1213 – This house features amazing views over the 10th, 14th, 16th and 18th fairways. The top storey comprises the open plan living area with an expansive veranda that has views across the golf course and a small waterfall. The lower level has 3 bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, that also enjoy wonderful views and direct access to the garden. There is a double garage plus a single garage for golf carts. Priced at R4,900,000, ZH323 click here for more info

– Erf 1214 – This house is located next door to the above house and very similar in comparison. Also priced at R4,900,000, Property Ref: ZH324 click here for more info

– Erf 772 – Newly built 4 bedroom home situated in Thornhill village within Highland Gate Golf Estate, with modern architecture and very good finishes, this home offers open plan living areas and 4 en suite bedrooms. Ideal location, close to the 6th fairway and lovely views of the mountains. Priced at R4,500,000, Property Ref: ZH322, click here for more info

Most affordable stands:
– Erf 933 – This 875sqm stand is located in Forest Park Village and situated along the boundary fence. Priced at R300,000, Property Ref: ZHG81, click here for more info
– Erf 1040 – This 984sqm stand is located in Moorhill Village. It faces the boundary fence, however has a gentle gradient. Priced at R300,000, Property Ref: ZHG82, click here for more info
Or chat to one of our agents call us on 013 254 0219

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Farm In Tonteldoos

The unique feature of this property is the beauty of both its location, nestled in a basin between two hills with wonderful rock features, and with the very beautiful typically middleveldt flora. It is also home to indigenous game including klipspringer, duiker, and mountain rhebok. It is in a world of its own. The comment one often hears is how tranquil it is on this farm.
Th property also offers the opportunity of earning a reasonable living from small scale farming and from accommodation for “weekenders” and campers.

The land is approximately 112 hectares and can support a small herd of livestock, has arable land and there is a shed where the livestock take shelter overnight. The main house is recently renovated and has very spacious rooms. There are two, one room cottages with basic bathrooms, away from the main house and another six small rondavels being renovated to include en suite bathrooms. The camping site is located around an original sheep kraal so that the site is protected by ancient low stone walls but with magnificent views for miles across the farmlands. There are very nice ablutions that include four spacious toilets, two of which include a shower. There are extensive sheds, workshops and storerooms – something farmers can never have too many of! For sale at R2,500,000, for more information click here or give me a call 082 330 3503

Written by: Trish Kennedy – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group

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Accolades Galore for Dullstroom

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We like to think of ourselves as a small town with a big heart, but with INCREDIBLE talent, it would appear! In the last few months five, Dullstroom establishments have won national and international awards/accolades. Locals and visitors can EAT, DRINK, STAY and PLAY in style!!

MRS. SIMPSONS has just been awarded a place in the top 100 of the 2017 Accredited American Express Platinum Fine Dining Restaurants or the “100” Club (anyone who knows the dynamic of the characters of Mrs Simpsons would read “FUN” dining, in place of FINE dining!!) During the course of the year, two judges visit each of the nominated restaurants “undercover” to experience their food, ambiance and the general eating experience first-hand. Only TWO restaurants in Mpumalanga have been included in the final top 100 – Mrs Simpsons and Zest from Nelspruit. A well-deserved accolade that has been achieved thanks to each and every member of staff, in the kitchen and front of house.

ANVIL ALE – Brew Master, Theo de Beer and apprentice, Christo Holtzhausen have done it once again in winning a Gold medal with their Mjölnir Indian Pale Ale (IPA) in the International Beer Challenge 2016 that was held recently in the UK. The IPA, that this brewing team has developed over 21 months of trial and error, also received a gold medal in the National Beer Challenge held in Cape Town in August and were named runners up at the Capital Craft Beer Festival held in Pretoria in June. An awards presentation was held on Monday 5th September 2016 in London and for the National Beer Challenge on Thursday 22 September in Cape Town. We are very proud of these two, who have placed Dullstroom on the National and International map!

WALKERSONS HOTEL AND SPA– have just been awarded the Diners Club Wine List award in the Diamond category – the highest category of the awards and is one of only two establishments that won this award in Mpumalanga (the other being Zest Restaurant in Nelspruit!). The judges assess how comprehensive the wine list is in terms of covering the full range of wines, in context of the regionality (and so in this case there is a bit more emphasis on reds to suit our climate), in terms of suitability for the menu, the presentation and the cost. They were commended on the number of wines that they have that are not “off the shelf” but rather come from “boutique” wine farms. Kate, Adri and Klippies all put their heads together to compile the list. Owners Geoff and Dandre will be spending more time in the Cape, so could it possibly be that they are taking on the task of thoroughly exploring the winelands of South Africa seriously……..?

MILLSTREAM is an eco-friendly, syndicated share block where time share owners can enjoy leisure time with family, friends, colleagues or nobody at all. It was developed in the 1990’s, has 26 beautifully appointed self-catering cottages and offers a wonderful opportunity to experience trout fishing in any one of 8 dams and a kilometre of river frontage which includes 13 cascading weirs.
It is a Gold Crown resort affiliated to RCI and can lay claim to two awards for their performance in 2015 – the “Top Resort of the Year” in the small resort category (83 other small resorts in southern African). They have previously won this award in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Jackie Vincent was awarded RCI General Manager of the Year for 2015. This award
encompassed all the Southern African RCI affiliated resorts (171 nominees). Steve and Jackie Vincent have managed Millstream on and off since 1996, assisted by Dana and Pheona Kemp since 2005 and a loyal local workforce from the beginning. Maria Thomo (housekeeping) and David Mathebula (fish management), were recently recognized within the industry for their outstanding contribution to the success of Millstream, both having won RADA awards (RCI developer achievement award –employee category.)

HIGHLAND GATE – It is the golf course at Highland Gate that has always been most talked about, and has won accolades including the award of being rated the 21st best golf course in South Africa as judged by “Golf Digest” magazine as well as a gold Sali award for turf maintenance and landscaping. This high standard continues to be maintained thanks to Evan Du Plessis of Southern Turf Management. But less well known is that the Estate has also just been acknowledged as being in the top 10 Residential Estates in the country, along with Val De Vie, Zimbali and other esteemed estates. This was recently revealed by FIN24 and as judged by New World Wealth. What many people are not aware of is how well rounded it is, as an estate, offering many other activities for the whole family.
There are hiking trails of up to 12 kilometers including a 2 kilometers walk to the waterfall, they are currently building mountain bike trails that are geared for the whole family so will not require technical prowess and later this year they will be co-hosting an Adventure Trail Running event. For those that have a less active notion of what relaxation should be, the dams are well stocked with trout, the clubhouse has a fully licensed restaurant and will shortly have a very fancy “modular” jungle gym to keep the kids entertained. There is a picnic spot in the most beautiful setting by the river, with tables and benches. Approved and ready to roll out are plans to build a tennis court and swimming pool (not for the faint hearted….)
Century Properties can be very proud of what they have achieved and congratulations are also due to Bryce Clarence, Matt Gibbons and his team.
Visitors to Dullstroom are encouraged to enjoy any of these recreational facilities but are asked to make prior arrangements by phoning
087 808 6570

Expectional Home On Walkersons Estate

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I met the owners of this house in 2010, when I sold the vacant stand to them. Despite a few invitations, I had not seen the completed house but I was really blown away when we went to list it a couple of weeks ago.

The house is situated on one of the largests stands on the Estate, and is elevated, so the views are something to behold. The design has maximised these 270 degree panoramic views by including huge areas of glass, in some cases being from floor to ceiling. The cosiness has been maintained with Morso fireplaces, including one in the main bedroom.

Being owner built, the attention to detail is extraordinary, the finishes are top quality – a Smeg stove and a Palazzo bath, for example, while not losing the homely feel. The living areas are very spacious and flow from one to the other, creating a welcoming space for entertaining.
I’ve been involved in the initial development, developer sales and subsequent resales on Walkersons since the end of 2006, and have been to most of the completed houses – W74 is certainly one of my favourites. It stands out as an exceptional home. For more details and photos click here or call me, Del-Monté 082 895 5933

Written by: Del-Monté Roberts – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group

Signed on the dotted line? What happens next?

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Purchasing property is usually a significant financial and emotional investment. Once you have made the commitment, signed the offer to purchase and finances are in place, the transfer process starts. This process should ideally take between 8 to 12 weeks, however as the process is very thorough and involves multiple parties it may take longer – every transfer differs. Many people are not aware of the fact that you must have cash available to make payment of the transfer fees, bond cost (if applicable) and transfer duty (if applicable) – ask your property consultant to provide you with an estimate.

Here is a basic outline of the transfer process:

Initial Stages

–    It is the seller’s right to choose the conveyancing attorney, unless otherwise agreed by both parties;
–    Once appointed the conveyancing attorney collates all information and documents needed to lodge at the deeds office in Nelspruit;
–    The conveyancer will require several documents to comply with the FICA act and start the process:
–    Copies of identity documents
–    Proof of residence
–    Income tax number or VAT registration number
–    Marriage certificates (in case of a marriage in community of property, also FICA documents for the spouse)
–    Antenuptial agreement
–    Divorce orders
–    In the case of a close corporation or a company, the details of the directors, shareholders or members. Additionally, the incorporation documents of the legal entity or the trust deed and trust letters of authority will also be required
–    The original title deed from the seller or in the case where a bond is registered, the bond account number and details of the bond holder to request cancellation figures.

–    The conveyancer will inform you of the due dates for deposit payments, bond approval and bond guarantees. They will also provide their trust account details for payments of deposit as well as the purchase consideration (if you are paying cash)

Bond Application (if applicable)

–    If a bond application is involved the purchaser is responsible for contacting his / her Bank/s directly and supplying them with the necessary requested documentation. Alternatively, the purchaser can apply for a bond through a bond originator. Bond originators submit applications on behalf of the purchaser to various banks and handle the follow through with the bank. The cost of a bond originator is carried by the bank at no charge to the purchaser.
Once the bond is approved, a bond attorney will be appointed by the bank. The bond attorney with liaise with the purchaser and conveyancing attorney.

–    Once the finances are in place i.e. deposit paid into conveyancer’s trust account and/ or bond approval / bank quotation are supplied, as specified in the offer to purchase, the actual transfer process will continue.

Transfer Process:

Bond Cancellation
If there is an existing bond, the conveyancer will apply for the cancellation of the bond. Only once instruction is sent to the bond cancellation attorneys to cancel the bond, will the conveyancer receive a copy of the title deed/s. The conveyancer will require the title deed/s to prepare the necessary transfer documentation.

Transfer documents
Once the conveyancer has received all the necessary documents including FICA and the title deeds of the property, the conveyancer will draft and prepare for transfer. Both the purchaser and the seller will be required to sign these documents. Original documents will be required and must be signed in the presence of a commissioner of oaths:

Documents to be signed by the seller:
–    Power of attorney
–    Transfer duty declarations
–    Affidavits (Solvency; FICA)
–    Resolutions (if applicable)

Documents to be signed by purchaser:
–    Transfer duty declarations
–    Affidavits (Solvency; FICA)
–    Power of attorney for bond documents

Rates Clearance Certificate
A rates clearance certificate is required from the local municipality before lodgment of the transfer at the deeds office. The conveyancer will request the clearance figures and may appoint a correspondent to liaise directly with the local municipality. Should this happen, the cost is minimal but will be for the seller’s account. The figures include outstanding amounts on the account as well as 3 months in advance. This could be a lengthy process, depending on the municipality. The seller is liable for payment outstanding rates and the purchaser will pay a prorate amount, unless stated otherwise in the offer to purchase.
Levy Clearance Certificates (if applicable)
This is required where the property is part of a sectional title scheme or an estate which has a home owner’s association, to verify that all outstanding levies have been paid up to date.

Additional certificates
Should there be any electric or gas installations on the property compliance certificates will be required. An inspection will be done on the property by the respective registered service providers i.e. an electrician or gas installer. Any installations that are not compliant will be repaired/corrected before a certificate will be issued. The seller is responsible for these costs unless otherwise agreed upon in the offer to purchase.
Transfer duty or VAT receipts from SARS
Transfer duty receipts are required for all transactions, or alternatively an exemption certificate where transfer duty is not payable. As transfer duty applications are done via eFiling, all involved parties (including the property consultant / agency) need to be up to date with their taxes. Transfer duty (if applicable) will be payable by the purchaser. Should the seller be registered as a VAT vendor, VAT will be payable. The offer to purchase will stipulate which party will be liable for the payment.

The final steps
–    Once the conveyancer receives the Transfer duty receipt, the rates clearance certificate, electrical compliance certificate and all other documentation is in place, lodgment in the deeds office can be arranged with the simultaneous attorneys (e.g. attorneys attending to the bond cancellation and the new bond to be registered). ALL parties must be ready before lodgment can take place.
–    The time period between the date of lodgment to the date of registration is dependent on the deeds office. The standard time frame is approximately 10 working days, but this does vary.
–    Only once the property has registered at the deeds office, will the funds held be paid over from the conveyancers’ trust account to the seller. All interest earned on the funds in the trust account are for the account of the purchaser. Funds are usually paid within 24 hours to the relevant parties if they are held in the conveyancers’ trust account. If a bond is involved the Bank will only pay out their portion to the conveyancer in approximately 3 days from date of registration.

Once the transaction is complete, the purchaser will need to ensure that the municipal and Eskom accounts are transferred into their name. The conveyancer will provide a letter of registration to the municipality.

Good luck & feel free to call us if you need any advice.
Zest Property Group Dullstroom 013 254 0219