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6th Jun 2022

Architect Africa Online

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Devonbosch launches first residential and retail precinct, The Piazza

Newly launched Devonbosch, a mixed use urban development in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, has launched its first residential, commercial and retail precinct, The Piazza. The new apartment block, designed to balance luxurious amenities with artisanal shops and a European-style square, will offer residents an array of world class value-added features.

Says Pieter van der Westhuizen, Managing Director of Square Turn Developments: “Devonbosch is designed to ease the demands on the environment through the management of water resources, the provision of sustainable energy and internal waste recycling measures. Our commitment to sustainability extends to the design of all our buildings and The Piazza is no exception. We continuously strive to lower our carbon footprint.”

Environmentally sound building practices are applied such as the installation of double-glazed windows, Photo Voltaic Panels, thermo-active building systems (TABS) and other sustainable initiatives. “Our holistic energy system has been designed with climate change in mind. Devonbosch’s trailblazing Thermally Active Building Systems (TABS) are beneficial to both the environment and residents, using a water pipe system in the buildings to generate thermal momentum, which aids cooling in summer and heating in winter, as well as generates hot and cold water for domestic use. The building’s highly efficient design also includes photo-voltaic panels that allow off-grid functionality, high-performance insulation and double-glazing, which contribute further to passive heating and cooling,” Van der Westhuizen adds.

Once completed, The Piazza will offer 123 residential units, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to luxurious penthouses.

The apartments are designed for contemporary living, with open-plan layouts, top-of-the-range finishes and green features. Kitchens lead seamlessly into dining areas and lounges, while the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, and most apartments have a balcony facing the mountains.

The duplexes, which offer the same design benefits as the apartments, boast three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms across more than 170m², including a downstairs room that can be used as a guest room or home office.

The pinnacle is the 125m² and 160m² penthouses, offer two bedrooms and two-and-half bathrooms. The larger penthouses feature a dressing room for the master bedroom, as well as sizeable covered and open large balconies. Built-in braais make the penthouses ideal for enjoying the beautiful South African weather, complete with a scenic mountain backdrop, while indoor fireplaces ensure cosy winter evenings.

Van der Westhuizen continues: “Whether you choose an apartment, duplex or one of the penthouses, you’ll be able to add the finishing touches according to your specific taste. Plus, if you’re the owner of a penthouse, you get to spend 15 hours with an interior designer to ensure your new home exceeds all your expectations at our cost. The designers have highlighted each apartment’s distinct qualities, enabling you to express your unique identity in a welcoming environment for all stages of life, whether you have a growing family or downscaling.”

The Piazza boasts many extra benefits including fibre, smart meters, DStv readiness, premium appliances and bathroom features as well as covered parking. The range of exclusive building specifications include porcelain floor tiles with insulation, and double-glazed windows for noise reduction. Standard features ensure a beautiful living space, including porcelain tiles, hardwood skirting, walk-in showers, freestanding baths and fireplaces, and built-in Smeg appliances, bar fridges and coffee machines.

Van der Westhuizen concludes: “True to Devonbosch’s vision of a European-style layout, The Piazza mixes apartments with art and local artisans. Pop out from your luxury apartment in this flagship precinct to Devonbosch’s high street, grab a coffee or lunch, or visit the local deli and butcher. Artisanal businesses like these are no longer limited to inner-city neighbourhoods. Whether it’s a bakery selling fresh croissants or an organic grocer with the Cape’s finest produce, The Piazza will offer quality shopping on your doorstep. Devonbosch, which consists of 80ha of green parklands and waterways on the urban edge of Stellenbosch, will become much more than just another estate. It will be a new town, where residents can stroll between local cafes and shops, enjoying the peace of mind provided by Devonbosch’s safe, access-controlled environment.”

Situated on the corner of the R304 and Bottelary Road and linked to the N1 highway, The Piazza at Devonbosch is defined by its excellent accessibility, vibrancy and visibility on the urban edge of Stellenbosch. Discover a new world with seamlessly integrated spaces to live, work and play – a sustainable, smart, green, and liveable town in the heart of the Winelands.


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