Frequently Asked Questions
Harbour Town is situated approximately one hour’s drive south-west of Johannesburg on the western shoreline of the ‘Gauteng Peninsular’ of the Vaal Dam. The position is arguably one of the best on the Vaal Dam for the following reasons:
There are open highways or roads from Johannesburg to the site
- As one of the last remaining prime sites on the Gauteng side it is regarded as having a higher property values.
- Access to deep water – part of one of the largest man-made harbours in theSouthern hemisphere
- Opposite Gauteng’s largest island
- Centrally situated in the heart of the fastest growing area
- One of the most picturesque settings available
- Ideal topography for views of the harbour, dam and hills (an approximate 2 to 2,5-metre fall across each stand)
- Completed developments on either side
- Close to all existing amenities, including airfield etc
Maps to Harbour Town from Johannesburg are available from our web site at www.vaal-harbourtown.co.za or from our offices.
The Vaal Dam is probably the most under-utilised recreational asset available to residents in Gauteng. Given the growth in popularity of all water sports and changes in life style, it is now being re-discovered by many people. Many of the current home owners on the Vaal Dam consider the dam their private jewel or paradise. It is the closest thing that people in Gauteng have to the sea.
Consider these facts:
- There is over 800 kilometres of shoreline and sandy beaches!
- It is the largest inland body of water in South Africa with a surface area of
- 352km2 (nearly 30 times larger than Hartbeespoort Dam)
- Host to the world’s largest inland boat race (Guinness Book of World Records) – Round the Island
- Nearly 100 kilometres of navigable water
- Waves of over 1 metre high during high winds and storms
- Clean non-polluted water – the catchment area is to the south of the Dam to the edge of Lesotho – i.e. not through populated areas (we drink it every day)
- Boating and water sports haven • Magnificent (seascape) sunsets
- Major potential for investment
All of these areas will form part a secure gated community similar to any of the large residential or recreational estates elsewhere in the country.
The stands or erven are sold on a freehold basis so that you own your land and ownership is registerable in the Government Deeds Office. Each stand owner will be required by the title deed to become a member of the Harbour Town Home Owners’ Association (HHOA) and to follow its rules and regulations as well as to contribute to its levies. In addition, given the freehold status of the stands, individual owners will be responsible for the payment of their own rates, taxes, water and electricity consumption.
Stands vary in size from the smallest at 813 km2 to the largest at 2423 km2 with the majority of stands being an average size of approximately 1150 km2. (Allowing ample space for staff quarters, garaging, private gardens and pools etc.)
Only one dwelling unit is allowed per stand with a coverage of 60 percent for single storey homes and 50 percent for double storey homes. (Note: double storey homes are only permitted on the boundary or where demarcated on the site plan.) The maximum F.A.R. (floor area ratio) or bulk factor is ,6 i.e. 60 percent of the stand size.
Great care has been taken with the layout to preserve virtually all of the indigenous bush, trees and various features of the site with roadways designed to meander between the homes giving all owners easy access to the numerous parks or facilities.
As Harbour Town is a unique product in a rapidly developing environment, the likelihood of a similar scheme in the near future is fairly remote. This fact safeguards your investment because to replace the harbour at today’s prices would conservatively cost over forty million Rands, rendering a similar project commercially unviable).
The comprehensive architectural guidelines will also benefit the owners’ financial security. The Accolade Property Group is the developer and given their track record as well as their long-term commitment to the project, your investment is anchored to a sound platform.
Access to Harbour Town in Vaal le Mer, is only possible via a single road through the village of Vaal Marina. This road passes the area’s largest police station which also houses the South African Police’s ‘dam patrol’ to provide a very visible policing presence on the Dam.
Aside from the natural security of living on a peninsular, the five-lane security gatehouse controls access and egress to the residential estate manually and electronically. This gatehouse as well as the guard hut on the waterfront next to the boathouse complex is be manned on a 24-hour basis. The guards also carry out patrols within the estate and on the waterfront. Only residents and their invited guests or contractors will be admitted. The entire estate is surrounded by either a 3-metre tall solid boundary wall capped with an eight-strand high voltage electric fence or a 2.7-metre steel palisade fence combined with a 30-strand high voltage electric ‘piggyback’ fence.
All owners are obliged to pay a monthly levy to the HHOA in respect of each stand. This levy will be used to maintain common areas, pay staff wages, and pay for the security service at Harbour Town. With effect from 1 March 2009 the levy will be R1500-00 per month (including VAT) but it is subject to periodic review by the Trustees.
- Vermont or Cape Cod
- Beach House
Each home will be individually designed to the respective owner’s specifications and personal requirements in one of the above approved architectural styles. There is no grouping of the various styles.
Strict height, building line and bulk or massing guidelines shall apply in order to give all owners the best views possible. Certain stands may have pre demarcated building platforms.
A limited number (30 or 40) permanent jetties will be available and (30 or 40) on a first come, first serve basis, with the idea being that powerboats are only berthed for a relatively short period (i.e. not a permanent berth). A fair amount of area will available on the beach for temporary beaching of other motorized watercraft such as jet-skis etc.
Large yachts will have to be individually anchored a short way out in the harbour and reached by the small Club tender, with smaller Hobie-cat type craft being beached.
All other non-motorised water sports like kayaking, canoeing, paddle-skiing etc. can take place from the harbour onto the dam. Alternatively they can be used on the extensive Dabchick Dam within Harbour Town.
- Massive open spaces, landscaped parks, picnic and recreational areas
- 9-hole “classic par 3” golf course
- A well-appointed Club House with kitchen and bar equipment
- Two tennis-courts
- Various braai points, gazebos etc.
- Children’s entertainment facilities including jungle gyms
- Walking and jogging trails throughout the development
- Large internal “Dabchick Dam”
- Boat lockers and trailer storage area
- Slipway and tractor launch service
- Walk-on jetties and berthing facilities
- Weather protected harbour
For more information contact
- Estelle du Toit
- Cell: 083 229 9370
- Tel: (010) 222-5067
- Fax: (086) 602-1844
- e-mail: [email protected]