While driving on the Hurghada-Safaga highway, about 20 km south of the airport, one can admire the pristine waters and sandy beaches of Sahl Hasheesh. In three years, however, travelers will be able to admire the exquisite architecture of Veranda, one of Egypt’s latest real-estate projects. Passerbys will long to be part of the picture perfect community that will soon spend lavish weekends relaxing in the area.
This is the vision of renowned architect and project developer Eng. Saleh Hamdy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veranda.
“Veranda is a village,” Hamdy says. “We wanted to keep it small, sweet and comprehensive, with only 669 units to ensure the quality of services.”
Instead of building rows of houses, the project is designed on four levels, with narrow streets and roundabouts designed to enhance the village’s flair.
The architecture is based on a traditional Spanish theme with a modern twist, without too many decorative features. The colors are shades of off-whites and beiges.
The complex is designed to house a few thousand people and will offer a wide variety of services in order for them not to be forced to leave the gated community’s grounds. All the basics will be available, including a pharmacy and food court.
So far, Veranda’s clientele is part of the same niche that already own houses in Hacienda on the North Coast and neighboring project El-Gouna, says Hamdy.
“Sahl Hasheesh is not Hurghada,” he stresses. “It is a new town. On completion, it is expected to be 40 million square meters, which is larger than Hurghada.”
Another Sahl Hasheesh project is being developed into a high-end resort by New Egypt Tourism headed by Richard Turner.
But Hamdy isn’t afraid of competition.
“The stretch of beach we have is unrivaled, and we have the proper infrastructure from state-of-the art desalination plants, sewage and electricity,” he says.
Villas in Veranda, which will be c0mpleted in March 2011, are woven within water cascades, lagoons and an 18-hole golf course, providing each house with a view.
“We have a range of accommodations so that young and old, those who cherish privacy and those who don’t, car mix within the development,” he says.
For young couples, 67 square n one-bedroom flats are available in the Julietta and Margherita designs located in the town’s center. For small families, the 110-square meter Alexandra is slightly bigger with two bedrooms. Elder folks may be more interested in the Isabella design, a three-floor town-house, or the 270-square meter Sophia villa.
After working in the United Kingdom for 16 years, Hamdy is used to fulfilling high-maintenance demands. “They want no faults and this is where I bring the English experience into the Egyptian market,” he says.
Owners receive the houses once they are fully finished, and benefit from fitted kitchens, air conditioning, maintenance and housekeeping services.
To cater to different clientele, the town offers a wide variety of activities. For the sports-oriented, a fully-equipped gym, tennis court, golf course and lap-pool are being developed. An unexpected addition are the croquet courts – Veranda will boast two, just in case one is filled to capacity. As for those who enjoy the nightlife, bars, alfresco dinning and cocktail lounges are part of the plan. For relaxation and rejuvenation, a spa which will offer a wide variety of services is also being developed.
Taken from Egypt Today
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