The Developers

Easy living. Brought to you by the team that redefined affordable housing.


As property developers, we at Similan Consult live by our credo of “enabling new generations of proud homeowners”.

In achieving this ideal, we contribute towards righting the wrongs of the past, particularly to redress previous inequalities of property ownership and education.

It was during the planning of our award-winning Karino Lifestyle Estate that we coined the phrase “Affordable luxury”. At that estate (which is a neighbour to Summer Rain), and at Selcourt Estate in Springs, we have proven that affordable need not look cheap.

To date, we have created opportunities for close on 1 000 families to own a home they can be proud of.

We believe that enabling people to own a home is wealth creation – in more ways than one. More than a decent roof over the head, owning a home in one of our estates brings far-reaching effects. It empowers families to create opportunities for their children: being able to loan money against the bond to send children to university for instance, or to start their own businesses. Such an investment unlocks many opportunities that would have been unattainable otherwise.


The awesome team that conceived, designed and developed the award-winning Karino Lifestyle Estate has once again created a highpoint in “affordable luxury” with Summer Rain Private Estate.

Endecon Ubuntu, who owns a 25% share in Similan Properties, has contributed its vast experience in the design and implementation of bulk services and reticulation.

This civil, structural and project engineering firm boasts an exceptional track record of mega projects of this calibre. The firm is known for nurturing long-term relationships, a steadfast reputation and credibility with municipalities and provincial offices.

This professional team’s joint competencies, their broad-ranging experience and deep understanding of projects of this calibre, have set the tone for the success of the three developments.

Our head Similanian – passionate about people and property


From conquering the ski slopes of Italy to scuba diving among the Similan Islands off Phuket, our CEO Harold Spies has travelled to many places around the world.

haroldspiesMore to the point, he has seen how one’s surroundings and the place you call home can influence happiness, self-respect and success.

Harold is a man of many abilities. And contrasts. Case in point: Being the owner and operator of an adventure tour company based in London is a far cry from the civilised pursuit of construction management, a field in which he qualified in 2002 with a BSc Honours in Construction Economics from the University of Pretoria.

After a stint in South America, he joined a property development company in Johannesburg in 2006, and later in Cape Town, until August 2010.

He topped his Honours degree with an MBA (Cum Laude) from Stellenbosch, which he worked at from 2008 to 2010.

Driven by an ideal to make a difference in people’s lives through the places they call home, he started Similan in November 2010.

Today, the intrepid adventurer has settled down a bit (happily married, with three children, in Stellenbosch), but he is boldly taking real estate into unchartered territory – simplifying and demystifying the way property is dealt with in South Africa.

His passion for people and places is unstoppable. He travels often, always exploring and learning.

Harold has completed a number of Two Oceans and Comrades Marathons, and has hiked up many a mountain peak in Europe.

These days you’re more likely to spot him roughing it on an early morning bike trail as he grinds his way up his mountain biking career.

Or gently cycling with his family along the oak-lined roads in Stellenbosch or the Jonkershoek Valley, the place he now calls home.