S&D last reported on the development of the apartment blocks at Aspire Heights in Aspindale in issue 38 in May this year. At that time the first show flat had just been completed and decorated, giving potential buyers a tantalising glimpse of a very desirable lifestyle opportunity, although the remainder of the apartment blocks had yet to be totally completed. The first apartment block has now been fully finished with the official opening taking place on the 19th and 20th of November. The official opening was attended by the National Housing and Amenities Minister, Daniel Garwe. At the opening Minister Garwe praised the developers for providing options for modern, sustainable and affordable lifestyles. Quoted in The Herald (19th November) he said the development “fits into Vision 2030 of an upper middle income economy. I am enthused to note that this development estate is taking care of attendant social amenities in the manner of secure parking, playgrounds, internet and entertainment connections, bicycle parking, drying areas and a refuse collection system.” Developers, Henkik Investments, are expecting Certificates of Occupation very soon with the first tenants taking up residency in mid-December. Just in time for a great New Year in a brand new apartment. A great reason indeed to celebrate in style.
The apartment block is the first of 12 planned for the area which will eventually provide 152 units in total. The apartments vary from 45 to 48 sq. m in size with ceramic tiled floors throughout and top end finishes and appliances. The kitchen is fitted with both gas and electric cooking facilities, an extractor hood, a combined washer and dryer and a fridge freezer, so they are move in ready.
The kitchens form part of the open plan lounge/dining area which has large windows for natural light. The ground floor units have access to the shared outdoor space while units on the other floors have small Juliet balconies. Outdoor facilities will include braai or picnic areas for community get togethers. After all, part of the design philosophy includes creating a community-based lifestyle where residents can feel safe and secure and connected to their neighbours. The apartments are part of the larger development of the Aspindale suburb in line with their logo “Aspindale – a community like no other”. The apartments have two bedrooms, both with built in wardrobes. The two bedrooms make up an ideal starter home for couples with young children. Alternatively the smaller bedroom would make a great home office. The bathroom is fully tiled and includes the toilet, a vanity and a large shower. Henkik Investments supports Zimbabwean suppliers wherever possible and have sourced the bathroom tiles from a local manufacturer in Norton.
Because of the good security and the community ethos the apartments would also be perfect for retired couples who would like a connection to their neighbours for social interaction and for someone to check in on them occasionally. Alternatively they’d be an excellent investment opportunity for people in the diaspora who could rent out the apartments while they’re out of the
country and still have a base to come home to. For people who travel a lot the security is a major bonus.
The apartment blocks are walled and gated and there’s ample secure parking for both residents and visitors. There’s even a 24 hour concierge service at the entrance – ideal for receiving deliveries
or for assistance. The good security makes it a safe environment for children and there are schools close by as well as plans for a future school development and a day care centre for the little ones. There’s also easy access, within walking distance, to the shopping mall with a supermarket and other smaller stores.
Other facilities on offer include a plug and play connection for DStv and high speed internet. The apartments are connected to a central gas supply which operates off individual meters that can be topped up from a convenient phone app and operates both the stoves and the geysers. The gas installation has been provided by Intergas. So residents can always be assured of a cooked
meal and a hot shower without having to lug gas canisters up and down the stairs. There are also individual ZESA and water meters for each apartment so there will never be any
disputes about unpaid bills. Water is supplied by the Council but there’s an additional borehole supply and water storage tanks for emergencies. The apartments even have a private refuse collection system set up so there’s no more woes about Council not collecting household waste.
The apartments are conveniently situated at the corner of High Glenn and Kambuzuma Roads so there’s easy access to the CBD – just 10 kms away – as well as to the industrial sites in Harare West. The western suburbs are growing rapidly in anticipation of the move of the Parliament to Mount Hampden. Apart from the development of the apartment blocks Henkik is also involved in the growth of Aspindale suburb, which includes 1,200 residential stands for free standing detached houses as well as the regularisation of the greater Marimba Park area. It’s destined
to become one of the most sought after property developments in the City.
To find out more:
Visit: Aspire Heights at the corner of
Kambuzuma Road and High Glen Road
Call: Toll free number 08080488
-text by Michael Nott
-photos by Structure and Design