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Surging demand for estate living in Gqeberha is driving development

River Dale


Amdec launches move-in-ready designer homes at River Dale phase 2, Westbrook Country Estate.

Ongoing demand for newly built residential properties in Gqeberha has spurred the construction of the R450-million second phase, River Dale, at Westbrook Country Estate.

Launched with The Ridge in 2018, the estate’s success is partly attributed to Covid-19’s impact on the residential property market and the work-from-home trend making smaller cities and towns more appealing, especially among those looking for quality of life above what big cities offer. As a result, coastal areas, including Gqeberha, are experiencing significant property inflation due to increased buyer interest.

The Ridge, comprising 150 houses, and River Dale’s Phase 1 homes are sold out. “Based on the success and rapid sell-out of the first phase, phase 2 at River Dale introduces a further 24 new move-in-ready designer homes for discerning buyers who are looking for quality craftsmanship, value-for-money, and excellent returns on investment,” says Kobie Potgieter, CEO of Remax Independent, sales consultants for the scheme.

This village features a selection of single-storey freestanding three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes priced from R1.8 million and double-storey semi-detached three-and four-bedroom, two-bathroom units from R1.7 million.

Configured around an expansive communal village green with playgrounds, pathways, picnic areas and public pause areas, River Dale’s designer homes prioritise spacious living, quality craftsmanship, attention to detail in fixtures and finishes, as well as sustainability, incorporating solar-powered geysers and energy-saving LED lighting. Moreover, it’s a value-for-money development that offers strong investment returns.


The dining and kitchen spaces are open-plan, with great indoor/outdoor flow. High-end fixtures and finishes include engineered stone kitchen countertops and Bosch stainless steel appliances. All homes are fibre-ready and have a garden, terraced covered patio, and double garage.

“When designing River Dale, we sought to combine 21st-century convenience with modern yet timeless styling, enhanced by superior craftsmanship. And since we care deeply about sustainable development, every home includes a solar-powered geyser and energy-saving LED lighting throughout,” explains Gerard Dreyer, senior project manager of Westbrook Residential Developments.

Spread across 128 hectares of lush parkland with wonderful birdlife, Westbrook aims to blend town and country living at its prime location conveniently close to Bay West Mall, with easy access to the N2, beachfront, and the CBD. The completed development will comprise nine residential estates with a town centre offering retail, commercial, leisure, and entertainment facilities. The vision is to create a safe, walkable environment with communal areas that foster social interaction.

“Quality of life is a cornerstone of the Westbrook value proposition, with health, lifestyle and financial benefits built in. The development aims to provide secure family-friendly living in affordable designer homes on an expansive estate criss-crossed with footpaths, running and cycling tracks. It’s a perfect blend of town and country living, lending itself to an active, healthy, community-oriented lifestyle,” says Dreyer.

Westbrook caters to all generations, housing a Curro private school for learners from three months old to Grade 12 within the estate and planning for an Evergreen Lifestyle retirement village so seniors and grandparents can enjoy a carefree lifestyle near their children and grandchildren.

Safety measures, including perimeter fencing, access control, and CCTV, contribute to residents’ peace of mind. The development is backed by the Amdec Group, which has a 35-year track record in large-scale products locally and abroad. The Group’s portfolio includes Melrose Arch in Johannesburg; Harbour Arch and The Yacht Club in Cape Town; the multi-award-winning Val de Vie and Pearl Valley lifestyle estates in the Cape Winelands; Sitari Country Estate outside Somerset West; and Evergreen Lifestyle, South Africa’s leading retirement brand.

Potgieter says she is delighted to be marketing the development. “Westbrook offers an unrivalled property asset and an excellent investment in Gqeberha’s most iconic lifestyle estate,” she says.

River Dale phase 2 homes are on show weekdays from 10am to 6pm and on Sundays from 2-5pm.

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