THE LEONARDO: A NEW LEGACY IS BORN

Legacy and Nedbank are proud to announce the next masterpiece in their already impressive portfolio. The Leonardo will tower over the richest square mile in Africa and forms the first phase of a much larger ensemble of building encompassing a new public square, inclusive of offices, residential and retail functions.

Located at 75 Maude Street, Sandton - within walking distance of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the Sandton Convention Centre, the Nelson Mandela Square and the Gautrain Station - The Leonardo has been designed to become Africa’s key 'Live, Work And Play'  in one destination. A unique concept, the 150m high rise building offers the ultimate lifestyle experience - luxury apartments, penthouse suites and premium grade offices available for rental, all built with state-of-the-art technology. The Leonardo's apartment rental pool - spearheaded and managed by Legacy - will allow guests the opportunity to rent an apartment on a long term or a short term period, or the option of night to night rentals. Being in a rental pool allows owners to maximise their investment through a hassle free investment opportunity. The Capital Appreciation of owners assets on the square is unrivaled.

"As seen from the current demand for the Legacy properties being the Raphael, the DaVinci and the Michelangelo Towers the demand for safe and secure apartment accommodation is great, especially in the heart of Sandton - 'Africa’s Business and Lifestyle hub'," explains Legacy's Bart Dorrestein. "In our fast-paced lives people are looking to minimise time on maintenance, upkeep of houses and most importantly travel time to and from work. The access to the Gautrain and the simple convenience of being able to walk to the shops and walk to work is fantastic. All with the peace of mind that your family is safe and secure. The apartments and building have been designed as family-orientated as possible with open plan kitchens and large spacious living areas, ensuring that the beautiful views (apartment starting from the 11th Floor) are maximised. The spacious and cleverly designed bedrooms make each apartment unique."

The Leonardo offers eight luxury Penthouses Suites, all configured as duplex apartments inclusive of private garden atriums, and crowned by the three level, 360˚ view  'Leonardo Suite'.  The Leonardo Suites is 2880 square metres of opulent sophistication of lifestyle living. In addition, there are some 200 existing apartment suites. All owners, guests and tenants have access to a full range of services. The 6000 square metre 'common area facilities' on the fifth floor of the building showcase a five-star privately run crèche with play area, luxury spa, gym and heated swimming pool with pool side restaurant.  Forget the idea of cramped city living. The Leonardo also boasts a 'park' just a lift ride away from your apartment. A large garden 'in the sky' - an area of one and a half acres - adds a new dimension to apartment living, while a second restaurant on the sixth floor caters to every pallet.

The Leonardo also offers full concierge service, a state of the art lobby (with coffee shop, business and conference centre and reception area), 24-hour security, housekeeping services on call, an in-house maintenance team and safe and secure parking. The conferencing and business centre off the main entrance lobby offers access to fully equipped conference and boardroom facilities with full video and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The building itself is driven by principles of sustainable developments and green concepts. Internationally acclaimed architects Co-ARC and  world renowned interior designer Stephen Falcke, who has partnered with Legacy on the Towers and the DaVinci Hotel & Suites, will be adding his unique touch as well as the up and coming Varoom Interiors, headed up by Vanessa Preston.

"The base of the building contains a double-volume pedestrian arcade along Maude Street inclusive of retail accommodation," says architect Francois Pienaar of Co-Arc International Architects. "The extensive parking structures terminates on a podium roof deck providing recreational facilities. Extensive landscaping is envisaged on the roof-deck level. Above, the tower itself its separated into two distinct zones, the lower section is allocated to offices, the upper section to residential apartments. The six top most floors accommodate luxury penthouses, the whole building is topped by an architectural feature housing a photovoltaic energy plant. The uniquely developed facades balances the lightness and transparency afforded by glazing with solid wall treatment in order to strike an optimum balance between generous day lighting and thermal controls essential in compliance with the passive energy regulations required of the building envelope. At street level the building integrates itself comfortably into the urban context, while seen from afar it is a distinctive landmark. The Leonardo gives honest undisguised visual expression to its functional arrangement, ensuring that the powerful new profile set into the skyline is of a uniquely distinctive character, adding to the legacy of architectural excellence in the heart of Sandton."

The Leonardo, which will set a new benchmark for luxury living, is anticipated to commence early in 2015 with a 30-month construction programme.

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