WORDS: BETSIE LOOCK-VAN DER MERWE IMAGES: RENE WALKER

Being developed on the western rural outskirts of Centurion in the Mnandi countryside area, Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate offers a picture-book location to live an idyllic lifestyle in your dream home.

This estate with its 18-hole Ernie Els designed golf course was developed on the farm Knoppieslaagte that the top-ranked South African golfer’s grandfather, Ernie Vermaak, grew up on around the 1918s. Today, the area surrounding this estate is named Mnandi, and besides the prestigious Copperleaf and one or two upcoming developments, it still mainly comprises small holdings and agricultural land.

The estate offers spectacular vistas over the rolling greens of the golf course against the backdrop of the Magaliesberg and surrounding Highveld grassland and several dams. This close-to-nature lifestyle extends to Mnandi A.H. with its many trees and rich birdlife.

Notwithstanding the tranquil countryside ambiance of both Copperleaf Estate and Mnandi, these addresses also offer trouble-free access to main arteries like the N14-highway between Pretoria and Krugersdorp (Lanseria International Airport) as well as the R511 to the Fourways/Sandton area.

Copperleaf Estate claims state-of-the-art modern security technology and a stress-free setting where families can live, play and relax. Mnandi and Copperleaf are close to amenities like schools, hospitals, shopping centres and the Centurion business hub.

Property

Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate is a high-income, luxury golf estate offering a diverse property mix, ranging from vacant stands to building packages and existing resale properties. Stands in the estate vary in size between 500m2 and 1,500m2. Building packages can be acquired for a minimum investment of around R2,75m, while existing upmarket designer properties in this estate can reach an asking price of R10m+. The building style is modern with clean lines and the types of homes range from comfortably sized two-bedroom houses to colossal multi-bedroom family homes.

Recent times have also seen the development of new estates in this area, like Willowbrook Estate just west of Copperleaf Estate which offers a bit more affordability.

The rest of the Mnandi area mainly comprises 1ha to 3ha+ agricultural small holdings and bigger farms. Property currently in the market include vacant land, a variety of freestanding family homes on plots, equestrian properties and properties with multiple homes and buildings lending themselves to rental income, guesthouses or business-from-home premises. It’s envisaged that development in this area will speed up in future.

The Els Club Copperleaf

Schools

Residents can enrol their kids at Copperleaf Estate’s creche. This nursery caters to babies from three months to preschoolers up to five years.

There are quite a few other preschools and daycare facilities in the neighbouring suburb of Mnandi.

Pinnacle College Copperleaf is conveniently located adjacent to the estate. This independent school forms part of the ADvTECH Schools Division and offers quality education, sporting, and extra-mural activities to children from pre-preparatory school (Grade 00) to secondary phase.

New to the area is the ultramodern Amberfield College that opened its doors at the beginning of 2019 in the nearby Rooihuiskraal North. Amberfield offers private school tuition to learners from Grade R to Grade 12.

Curro Thatchfield Independent School in Thatchfield is also easily accessible for residents of Copperleaf and Mnandi, and accepts children from Grade 1 to Grade 12, while Curro Castle Thatchfield is the preschool division.

Good public primary and high schools are situated in the suburbs of Rooihuiskraal and The Reeds to the east of Mnandi.

Explore

The Ernie Els club offers golfers opportunities to play a challenging round of golf in a picturesque setting and relax in style at the Copperleaf Pub & Bar afterwards. Visitors to Copperleaf Spa & Gym can indulge in hours of soothing pampering or healthy indoor exercising.

The lovely Copperleaf Café with its open views over the golf course boasts a separate kids’ play area where kids can play to their hearts’ delight.

Mnandi and Copperleaf Estate are located within easy access of several modern and comprehensive shopping centres which offer an array of shopping and entertainment prospects. Forest Hill City offers movie theatres, a games arcade, an ice rink, and a thrilling wave pool. Mall@55 is the new kid on the block in the area and comprises an extensive range of shops, restaurants and fast food outlets.

This is my haven where I can spend quality time with my family and enjoy my down time to the fullest after a busy week of work and travel LEWIS BRONKHORST, RESIDENT

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