New digs a utopia for students

2015-05-05 06:00

After months of research on what exactly students want when it comes to accommodation, two brothers planned and designed a unique premium student accommodation in the heart of Wynberg.

My Domain Student Living, established by the Lanfranchi brothers Angelo and Giancarlo, who made it their mission to provide students with easy and enjoyable living space.

The student digs are on the former site of an art décor office block in Lower Church Street, literally metres away from the local interchange, Main Road and a couple of kilometres from their respective place of study.

Angelo, My Domain portfolio manager, says they understand their residents’ needs better than anyone else and offer affordable living in bespoke designed studios, 24-hour manned concierge security, a free shuttle service, free Wi-Fi, an on-site gym and laundry, secure underground parking, a cool communal social space and more.

Construction on the premises started last year in July and with only two more floors to complete, Lanfranchi has hopes that the rooms will be filled. “We have a lot of interest from students and parents all around the province and even abroad. We want the message to spread and hopefully see the vacant rooms occupied,” he says.

He says the building was previously vacant, but occupied by vagrants and that there was a lot of criminal activity in the building. “The building was stripped of infrastructure and we decided that we had to do something to change things around,” he says.

Angelo says although he is in the property business this was a different challenge as he now has to step up and be part of maintaining and overseeing construction.

“We care about our residents and want to make it a home-away-from-home environment, where management has an open door policy and our trained staff will know residents by their first name,” he says.

My Domain also offers transport for students who do not have their own conveyance.

“We wanted to make it as convenient as possible for students who do not have their own vehicles, bicycles or scooters. About 40 students have vehicles and transport is always an issue,” he says.

Angelo says they are in the perfect location as students have public transport at their doorstep.

“I think students enjoy living in close proximity to public transport as well as shopping malls as it takes away the stress of having to be concerned about how to get to and from university,” he says.

He adds that keeping their cars safe is one of My Domain’s priorities.

At the student accommodation there is secure underground parking.

“And for those who travel heavy or like to change wardrobes every season, we also have secure, lockable storerooms with flexible rental option,” he says.

Angelo assures parents that My Domain has an on-site building manager and trained staff who will deal with the day-to-day needs of the residents. “In addition we also have an on-site caretaker available for after-hour emergencies. We aim to provide a safe and secure community environment for all our residents,” he says.

Ward councillor Elizabeth Brunette says she is excited about this development as many students struggle to find accommodation when they enrol at tertiary institutions.

“They are located in the perfect spot and with MyCiTi on its way to Wynberg they will benefit from living in this area as they will have easy access to safe and reliable transport in addition to the transport provided to them by My Domain,” she says

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