Val de Vie development sets new standards for rural estates

Val de Vie development sets new standards for rural estates

Paarl and its surrounding areas are known for the many luxury retirement and lifestyle estates that have sprung up there in the last two decades. One such estate is Val de Vie.

Val de Vie estate’s future looking bright

Many of these estates, says Lizette Joubert, the Rawson Property Group’s franchisee for the Paarl precinct, set new standards in home and landscape design. However, it is quite likely, she says, that Val de Vie, which she describes as one of the boldest and most upmarket of all the recent developments, will be the most successful and the fastest selling of them all.


The estate presents the perfect balance between nature and world-class, modern living.

Remarkable rural views

Situated in the fertile Berg River Valley between a Paarl and Franschhoek, the development, which started in 2006, is being handled by the property developer Elements Development Projects for which the Olympic gold medallist swimmer, Ryk Neethling is the marketing director. Val de Vie covers 250ha in all. Prior to being developed it was used primarily for general and dairy farming, vineyard cultivation and wine production. Most of the dams (six covering 12ha) associated with these have been retained as have many sections of the vineyards, pastures and orchards. Today, the development can offer most homes not only mountain views to the Groot Drakenstein, Paarl Rock, Simonsberg and the Franschoek ranges, but also vistas of cultivated, open agricultural land. More than 70% of the estate consists of vineyards, farmland, wildlife camps, paddocks and polo fields.

In one section, a 2ha small Cape game reserve, with several varieties of buck and zebras, has been created. It is said that the homes overlooking it are among the most prestigious in Val de Vie.

Features that tip the luxury scale

However, there are two features that give Val de Vie its luxury image and have drawn many buyers from far afield. These are the international standard polo grounds, which has 80 stables, and the Polo Club Restaurant & Wine Bar in the Polo Pavilion at the main polo field. The Pavilion also serves as a popular venue for corporate and social events such as weddings.


Against a backdrop of the majestic Simonsberg and Franschhoek mountains is the stylish Val de Vie stable block.

The estate also has a Sport and Leisure Centre, located in the heart of Val de Vie. It has two squash courts; a fully equipped gym, two outdoor tennis courts; an indoor, heated 25m swimming pool; and outdoor pools. The indoor swimming pool is home to the Ryk Neethling Swim School.

State-of-the-art security estate

Security at Val de Vie has always been a top priority. It is covered by a ‘military specification thermal blanket’ that has become a benchmark for other estates and the 8km perimeter is protected by a 2m-high iron-rod fence that is fully electrified. Throughout the project, the developers have installed security booms between various precincts. The estate borders two kilometres of the Berg River with beautiful picnic areas for the residents.

Val de Vie property facts and figures

As mentioned, Val de Vie was launched in 2006. A glance through its latest online resale figures will show that once plots have been built on, the average value of a home sold here today is R4.8-million. In total, there are 532 plots and 500 of these have been sold. By the end of the year it is estimated that 350 homes will have been built on the estate. Those for sale vary in price from R850 000 to R4-million, but the bulk of demand is around R1.2-million. The plots vary in size from 600m² to 1 400m².


The boutique residences at The Polo Village are Stefan Antoni designed.

Building Your Home on Val de Vie

Buyers have to choose one of the builders on the carefully selected building panel and all homes have to conform to certain design guidelines. These, says Minette Bezuidenhout, one of Rawson Paarl’s two agents working with the developers on this project, are not too stringent, but they do ensure that no one home can clash stylistically with others or lower the standard of the development as a whole.

Award-Winning Rural Estate Living

“Val de Vie presents the perfect balance between nature and stylistic modern living. It achieved a five-star award for the Best Multiple Unit Development in South Africa in 2013 and the award for the Best Single Unit Development in Africa for its Polo House,” says Bezuidenhout.


The Polo Village boasts over 60 luxury ‘Polo Pads’ and polo residences as well as fully serviced office suites.

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