Other AmenitiesThe Gowrie Farm Development
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Besides golf, Gowrie Farm Golf and Fly-fishing Estate offers a range of recreational amenities including an indoor swimming pool, tennis court and four magnificent trout stocked fly-fishing dams managed by Wild-Fly. Birding is excellent with over 180 species on the Gowrie Farm bird list.
In addition, the Estate has a limited number of privately owned stables (Sectional Title Ownership) for homeowners who would like to keep their own horses on the estate.
Aesthetically, one of the most appealing features of Gowrie Farm and Flyfishing Estate is reflected in the architectural style of the estate homes. This style has its roots in the historic farmhouses of the Petrus Stroom and Dargle areas of the KwaZullu-Natal Midlands. It combines low pitched iron roofs with hips or gables, roof vents and chimneys and generous protective lean-to verandas into an aesthetic which is full of variety and distinctive of the Midlands character.
In certain areas of the Estate some houses have found their inspiration from homes such as Shafton Grange in the Karkloof area. Property owners, in association with the Developer's architects, have been encouraged to develop modern interpretations of this architectural style as well as traditional farm homes.
An attractive aspect of investing in this specific estate is the fact that purchasers have a full ten years in which to start building their homes. However, once building commences, the home must be completed within 12 months.
One of the most unique features of this country estate is that a portion of it is a fully functional farm for the purposes of farming cattle, game, sheep and horses and planting crops. The farmland area has been be leased to a local farmer who is responsible for the upkeep of farm property as well its roads and fences. This generates an income that offsets a portion of the operating costs of the estate with positive benefits in terms of the Home Owners Association (HOA) levy.
All property owners are obliged to become members of the HOA which is responsible for managing the affairs of the Estate. Home owners have the right to traverse Gowrie Farm on foot or horseback and have a right of way over all farm roads. A management plan was formulated in conjunction with the trustees of the Bill Barnes Crane and Oribi Sanctuary to ensure the ecological health of the natural grasslands on Gowrie Farm.
- The HOA is a section 21 company incorporated in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act No. 61 of 1973. The responsibilities of the HOA are to manage the affairs of the Estate including the landscaping, upkeep of the common areas, administration and any other matters that may be of communal interest to its members.
- All property owners are obliged to become members of the HOA and remain members for as long they own property in the estate. Any successors in title will also be obliged to become a member of the HOA. The title deeds to the property will incorporate a condition to this effect.
- All home owners are bound by the terms and conditions of the memorandum and articles of association of the HOA and any other rules and regulations that the directors of the HOA may decide to impose in accordance with the provisions of the memorandum and articles of association.
- All property owners pay a levy to the HOA. This levy does not cover the consumption of electricity and water and the rates levied by the uMngeni Municipality. The HOA has the power to revise levies from time to time.
- Levies are only be payable in respect of residential sites to which all services have been provided. The developer is liable for levies in respect of any of the undeveloped erven, but will be responsible for paying any shortfall between the total levies collected and payable by the home owners and the cost of maintaining the estate during its development.
- The memorandum and articles of association of the HOA provide that during the development period the developer will be entitled to control the majority of the votes in the HOA and will be entitled to nominate the majority of the board of directors of the HOA. The board of the HOA consists of 7 persons, 1 of which is elected by the owners of the workers cottages.
- The Developer or his agent act as the managing agent for and on behalf of the HOA during the development period, or for a period of 10 years, whichever is the shorter. Once 75% of the properties have been sold the Developer will be entitled to hand over the management of the estate to the HOA.
These rules may be amended and updated from time to time. It is the responsibility of investors to familiarise themselves with the most recent HOA rule updates.Click here to view the schedule of fines for transgressions of estate rules
It is the responsibility of investors to familiarise themselves with the most recent HOA rule updates.
Dogs and cats will not be allowed on the estate except with the express consent of the HOA, the Developer and the farmer. This consent will only be given in exceptional circumstances and upon such terms as may be imposed by the HOA, farmer and the Developer. With regard to caged birds and other such pets, only those specifically permitted by the Developer/HOA and the farmer will be allowed. Small caged birds which remain indoors (such as budgies) will generally be allowed. Larger birds which are likely to cause a nuisance to neighbours will generally not be allowed. In special circumstances, the purchaser may apply to the developer/HOA to have these regulations amended. If any pet causes a nuisance to other residents, then permission to keep the pet on the estate may be withdrawn. The developer/HOA will be entitled to impose any rules which they consider necessary regarding the keeping of pets on the estate.
As part of a social upliftment scheme for workers in the village of Nottingham Road, the Developer of Gowrie Farm Golf and Fly-fishing Estate has donated land and services on a remote portion of the property for the development of 54 workers cottages. The owners of these cottages will be required to be members of the Gowrie Farm HOA and will collectively nominate a member of the Board of Directors of the HOA.