Words: Candice Botha | Images: Supplied
Florida Road has a fresh new vibe thanks to the urban regeneration efforts of business owners and residents in setting up an Urban Improvement Precinct in 2013 resulting in investment in the area once again. One of the most noteworthy of these is the 2six2 development which recently began demolition and construction on the corner of Florida and Gordon roads on the site of the old Coco’s on Florida cocktail lounge.
The mixed-use development will see a new, contemporary style of architecture come to the road alongside the area’s beautifully preserved Edwardian facades. “Architectural designs have changed over the years, mainly to suit our ever-changing lifestyles,” says Jacques Klynsmith, marketing director, Gough Cooper Property Group. “The design of 2six2 complements a modern lifestyle where residents can enjoy the convenience of having a modern home with all the offerings that a world-class, mixed-use building has to offer – from shopping and dining, to co-work space all in one building.”
2six2 offers a variety of apartments from 44m2 one bedrooms selling from R1,25m to 121m2 two bedrooms selling from R3,2m and 110m2 three bedrooms from R3,3m, inclusive of VAT. “Each apartment is fitted with top-of-the-range finishes including fine sanitaryware, designer kitchens, air-conditioning and Smeg appliances, to name a few,” says Klynsmith.
The site is owned by prominent Durban property developer Rob Goulden. He purchased the site in 1998 for its great location and development potential and 2six2 is his vision. Gough Cooper Property Group saw potential in Florida Road and were pleased to partner with Goulden on this project.
“We see great value and opportunity and have strategically focused our attention to being part of the urban regeneration in the Florida Road precinct which we believe to be the heartbeat and soul of Durban,” says Klynsmith. “We are attracted to the solid infrastructure surrounding the Florida Road precinct. We have received an excellent response from the market since our launch in July with over 50% of the development snapped up in a couple of months. It’s wonderful to see that local and international purchasers have a keen interest in the area,” he concludes.