JOHN RABIE, SOUTH AFRICA’S VISIONARY PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT MAESTRO

“Adding my name, my decades of experience, and my no-compromise dedication to outstanding quality gives buyers the peace of mind that they are purchasing property of the very highest standards of design, construction and finishing.”

JOHN RABIE, SOUTH AFRICA’S VISIONARY PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT MAESTRO

“Adding my name, my decades of experience, and my no-compromise dedication to outstanding quality gives buyers the peace of mind that they are purchasing property of the very highest standards of design, construction and finishing.”

In 1978, after studying at the University of Cape Town, John Rabie started a house painting and renovation company with partner Leon Cohen. This humble start-up was to evolve into the Rabie Property Group, one of South Africa’s most successful independent property development companies.

In the course of the following four decades, John successfully led his company through two major recessions, a radical change in political dispensation and a global financial crisis, winning numerous significant national and international awards along the way.

These include the prestigious International FIABCI René Frank Habitat Award, which was granted for social upliftment in the re-housing of a squatter community in formal housing as part of the Westlake Estate development in 2004.

In 2019 John founded his third major property development company, Neworld, a European domiciled entity recently established to spearhead his developments outside of South Africa.

Neworld has joined forces with Swiss-based company RE Capital to focus on development opportunities in the Portuguese and other European residential and mixed-use markets. The aim is to leverage the footprint of RE Capital in Portugal and select European real estate markets through John Rabie’s proven marketing flair and development expertise.

The first joint venture between Neworld and RE Capital is a mixed-use development in Lisbon called LX Living. Substantial funding has been contributed by Skybound Capital, a global wealth management business, providing a range of investment products for family offices, private clients, advisors and institutions.

LX Living is a 90-million euro mixed-use development in Amoreiras, a prime location in the heart of the Lisbon’s gracious, spacious CBD. The residential component of the development consists of 150 apartments and penthouses. After successive launch events in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Lisbon, 110 of these apartments have been sold off-plan to date.

Following the success of this project, which is now under construction, Neworld and RE Capital have initiated work on another two major, multi-million euro, mixed-use development projects in Lisbon, the first of which is due to launch in 2021.

THE ONYX, an award-winning mix of residential, commercial and hotel uses.
WEX1, transforming and uplifting Cape Town’s creative urban fringe.
CENTURY CITY SQUARE, the commercial centrepiece of a 250-hectare New Urban estate.

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