PICS: R700k for a house by the beach in Pretoria

Cape Town – Pretoria residents may be sceptical about living affordably by the beach in Pretoria, but global firm Crystal Lagoons is set on changing this myth with their first South African partnership with Balwin Properties.

Crystal Lagoons is building their state-of-the-art artificial lagoon and beach at Balwin’s R4.2bn residential development at The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate in Pretoria East.

A one bed, one bathroom house is selling for R699 900, while a two bed, two bathroom house is selling for just under R1.25m, Balwin's website states.

“By bringing the beach to Pretoria we are taking apartment living to the next level by making resort lifestyle living a reality,” Balwin Properties CEO Steve Brookes said in a statement this week.

“At 1.5 hectares (which is equivalent to just over two rugby fields), the Crystal Lagoon will be a key selling-point to the development, and be the first lagoon to feature our game-changing technology and unique concept in Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Alastair Sinclair, regional director for Africa at Crystal Lagoons.

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The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate joins the ranks of over 600 Crystal Lagoons projects - in different stages of development and negotiation worldwide - in over 60 countries, the developers said in a statement.

GALLERY: An artist's impression of The Blyde

A Crystal Lagoon can be filled with fresh, brackish, or even salt water and uses 2% of the energy of standard pool filtration technologies, and 100 times less additives, they explained.

“A typical Crystal Lagoon uses 30 times less water than a standard golf course, and in many cases rainwater is all that is needed to replenish the water, thanks in part to the patented anti-evaporation film which restricts the amount of water lost via evaporation.”

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