The Gates at Hilton has emerged as a jewel amongst secure residential developments in the Hilton area. The 50 sites offered in the first phase sold within two years of the 2013 launch, and the remaining 31 sites in 206, have all been purchased.
A visit to The Gates at Hilton reveals much activity: the beautifully manicured and landscaped first phase is abuzz with houses under construction, punctuated by the leisurely lives of those who got in early, and across the stream, the first houses in phase 2 are emerging.
A short drive from the N3 and Hilton village, The Gates at Hilton enjoys a magnificent setting and offers stunning vistas from the Karkloof to the Drakensberg, as well as beautiful and intriguing cameo rural outlooks. Situated adjacent to Hilton College, and within the original boundaries of the College Estate, yet close to the schools and other amenities of Hilton, Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands, “The Gates” is something of a haven, a place of peace and relaxation, and an idyllic world for children. Iain McMillan, Executive Director of Gwen Stream Estates, reflects, “We are delighted with the mix of residents which The Gates has attracted. It is in every respect a residential estate, occupied predominantly by families, some with young children, and there is already a real sense of community emerging here.”
McMillan further explained the relationship between the Gates and Hilton College. The development was undertaken by Gwens Stream Estates (Pty) Ltd, a company of which the school’s Endowment Foundation is the sole shareholder, and all the funds generated will return to the Foundation, the trust which stands behind the school and is the chief source of bursary funding. “We are delighted also, therefore, with the indirect support for education in South Africa which investors in The Gates are providing. We hope that some of our investors are attracted by the idea of contributing towards this big picture vision, as well as by the prime residential land which we are offering.”
Sites within “The Gates” range from 1800m² to 2000m², and the overall density within the 43 hectare property is only 2 per hectare, resulting in extensive and attractive commonage areas, linked by mown paths. Cattle periodically graze within the property. There is a wilderness area which abuts the Nature Reserve on the school estate, and a wetland stream which links two dams and continues to join the Gwens stream which makes its way over four waterfalls, down the school boundary, to meet the uMngeni river. The Gates community is served also by an exceptional communal facility which is to include a swimming pool.
Amongst the attractions of living at the Gates are the opportunities to enjoy some access to the amenities of the College. This includes use of the tennis and squash courts, but most special are the opportunities to walk, run or cycle on the extensive Hilton Estate and to spend time in the Nature Reserve.