All great things start with a great idea. Just ask the man behind the largest parkland residence in Johannesburg, Giuseppe Plumari. Along with business partner and friend, insurance mogul Douw Steyn, Plumari spent eight years planning what would culminate in a reimagining of how we live. “One of the distinguishing characteristics of Steyn City is the accent on old-fashioned, community living. We developed the concept as a direct response to the isolation that is typical of our modern suburbs. Everything in the development, from the design to the recreational facilities, has been created to encourage people to spend time outdoors, with their families and neighbours,” explains Plumari.