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As we bid farewell to 2023, it’s time to reflect on our incredible journey at Darling Green Country Estate. This year has been nothing short of extraordinary, filled with milestones that have shaped our vibrant community. Let’s walk down memory lane and celebrate the highlights that made 2023 an unforgettable chapter in the Darling Green Country Estate’s story.

1. Breaking Ground

In a momentous event aligning with Darling Green Country Estate’s 2023 Highlights, the estate officially broke ground on the 16th of January after 16 years of envisioning, meticulous planning, and gaining necessary approvals. Commencing the installation of internal services in the historically agricultural land marked a significant step towards transforming dreams into reality. The community, united in celebration, witnessed the initiation of this crucial phase, setting the tone for a year filled with achievements and community milestones at Darling Green Country Estate, a promising start to 2023.

2. Official Opening of Darling Green Country Estate’s Gatehouse and Estate Office

Darling Green Country Estate celebrated a momentous occasion from September 15th to 17th with the official opening of its Gatehouse and Estate Office. Homeowners, architects, contractors, and partners gathered for a joyous event that went beyond ribbon-cutting. The ceremony forged connections among residents, fostering a strong sense of community. The showcased open rafter barn style of the development highlighted the quality and craftsmanship that defines Darling Green Country Estate homes.

The presence of brand ambassador, Minki van der Westhuizen, added a glamorous touch, offering interior design insights. Homeowners seized the opportunity to discuss their dream homes with approved builders and architects. The event also coincided with Darling’s Wildflower Show, allowing residents to explore the town’s beauty and attractions. The weekend was a global gathering, emphasizing Darling Green’s international allure. Overall, it was a resounding success, symbolizing the vibrant and close-knit community at Darling Green Country Estate.

3. Phases 1, 2, and 3 Sold Out

The enthusiasm and trust from our community resulted in the rapid sell-out of Phases 1, 2, and 3. This overwhelming response affirms Darling Green Country Estate as a sought-after destination for those seeking quality living on the West Coast. Creating a thriving community took significant strides, and the sell-out success of these phases is a testament to the vision shared by our residents.

As all available spaces in Phases 1, 2, and 3 were claimed, the estate is gearing up for the forthcoming Phase 4 in 2024, generating heightened anticipation. This sell-out achievement reaffirms Darling Green Country Estate as the preferred address for quality living on the West Coast, solidifying its commitment to excellence and community unity.

4. Green Living with Solar Power

Darling Green Country Estate, situated in the scenic village of Darling, proudly announces a significant milestone in its journey toward sustainable living. Through a pioneering collaboration with Sustainable Power Solutions, the estate has successfully integrated clean, renewable energy, marking a noteworthy achievement in mitigating the impact of load shedding. This groundbreaking initiative, featuring a solar PV plant and cutting-edge battery storage, stands as a testament to Darling Green Country Estate’s commitment to environmental excellence. Contributing 1 MW annually and playing a pivotal role in an initial 1MW solar development, Darling Green Country Estate not only sets a new standard for eco-friendly living but also underscores its position as a frontrunner in sustainable achievements. 

Furthermore, on 2 December, a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed with the Swartland Municipality for the supply of up to 1MW of green solar power. Swartland, being one of the greenest municipalities in the country, is very excited to be able to increase its greening efforts and reduce its carbon footprint.

The establishment of a Green Utility Company and a strategic partnership with Sustainable Power Solutions further solidifies Darling Green Country Estate as a leader in pioneering solar-powered answers for communal living, ushering in a future where sustainability and a thriving community harmoniously coalesce.

5. Festive Feasts at our Christmas Lunch:

The joy of togetherness culminated in our grand Christmas lunch. The core team gathered for a delightful feast, strengthening bonds and creating cherished memories. It was a heartwarming celebration of trailblazing spirit,  ending the year on a festive note. This was the perfect opportunity to celebrate everyone’s hard work and excellent work ethic in 2023 and look back at the landmark Darling Green Country Estate has become.

6. Darling Green Country Estate’s First Property Transfers Laaste 

Darling Green Country Estate achieved a significant milestone with the successful transfer of the first 90 erven, signifying the commencement of a transformative phase for this picturesque retreat. Under the leadership of developer Klaus-Gustav Göbel, the estate’s vision of harmonising modern amenities with the tranquillity of a secure and beautiful environment, began in 2006 with the acquisition of a 500-hectare parcel of land adjacent to Darling Village. Meticulous planning, market research, and regulatory navigation paved the way for the estate’s official launch during the 2019 flower season, and despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, it provided an opportunity for refining offerings and expanding amenities organically. 

A rebranding in September 2022 led to the remarkable sale of 163 freestanding plots within a year, showcasing the development’s appeal. Overcoming obstacles, including challenging winter weather during bulk service construction, the estate completed and gained approval for bulk services and individual home services for Phases 1 & 2. The December 9 transfer of 90 erven marks a historic moment, allowing for plan submissions and initiating the construction of individual houses starting in January 2024. As Darling Green Country Estate pioneers a new chapter, it stands as a testament to the dedication and the realisation of a shared vision for a secure and beautiful home in the heart of the countryside.

As we close this chapter and open the doors to 2024, Darling Green Country Estate continues to grow and evolve. Our commitment to providing an exceptional living experience remains unwavering. Here’s to the memories made and the adventures awaiting us in the coming year!