I VISITED THE PEARL MARINA
It is a road that is soon to be whispered in myth. Ages ago we followed the dusty track to see cars race. That was the most famous landmark in Garuga, a man so famously rich, he once funded the challenge to President Museveni. Making him one of the few natives to have a whole village named after him, which is rare for a man born close to the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo to be revered so far. The rally track is famous for adrenaline junkies who attend regular events with Christ like devotion, Easter weekend lights up as motorcycle enthusiasts bring the show to the dusty lakeside. Riders from far and wide congregate to rev up the motor.
An aerial view of the Mirabella mini mansion under construction setting you back a cool $330,000 https://www.facebook.com/PearlMarinaUG/
The dust is soon to be a thing of the past, thanks to a timely intervention from Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) who are tarmacking a stretch of road to the pier. Where all the action begins. A long ago the bush owned the lake shore, now man attempts to create his own version of beauty. A development unlike any other is springing up. According to the brochure, the development that is to be known as Pearl Marina is to cover a 389 acre radius, it is to include everything and anything to create a new community and settlement. A frontier settlement to appeal to those Ugandans to whom taste is everything if you are to go by the market prices being quoted.
Of course by the time of visit, the awe at what you thought is an idea, construction is the most dominant activity, men in blue and red overalls dot the emerging landscape as they push the fight against the bush all with the familiar logo of ROKO construction. Houses are literally taking shape as you see the bush retreat further towards the shore. Long grass being replaced by short grass, shrubs being replaced by hedges and tracks long trekked by man and animal being replaced by paved walkways. The lake is the silent witness as the shiny silicate pasted mansions start the long vigil of neighborhood. Fore brooding behind manicured lawns and plants not used to the hustle of growing wild. Of course it is refreshing to visit a well catered to neighborhood after years of being used to the urban jungles that we are fond of referring to as home. In a way what is sold as the dream is what reflects as reality, which is the feeling I got as I tour the USD 1 million mansion. With stunning views of the lake and extra gimmicks to remind you that the price of success often opens up a world of luxury.
The extremely priced million dollar mansions weren’t as expensive as we imagined. They were quickly snapped away and a single one remains unoccupied for you. The range then becomes diverse, with apartments from USD 42,000 for a 50 square meters, one bedroom apartment to the Mirabella mini mansions setting you a hefty USD 330,000. All this spread over stunning views of the lake and assisting amenities like the boat club, schools, hospital and a shopping mall. It isn’t yet clear if being a home owner within the Marina will entitle you to privileges of membership for the adjacent luxuries.
Of course such payments can be organized through your banker and I was specifically advised that facilities were available at the Commercial Bank of Africa known as CBA and of course Stanbic Bank for terms more suited to you, the website and brochure. Centum investments, Centum Real Estates and Athena Properties are listed as the partners in this undertaking.
Site visits can always be organized but click https://www.pearlmarina.co.ug/ for details.
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