07 Apr
Ballito is growing places

In KwaZulu-Natal, when it comes to commercial, industrial and residential growth, it seems as if the compass only swings north

Scan the Ballito skyline, and it’s not unlike a mammoth Meccano set, with cranes, scaffolding and construction extending and expanding in all directions. Ballito is growing at an unprecedented rate, with the apparent arrival of no fewer than 40 to 60 new families monthly.

The surge in growth of the broader Ballito region is driven largely by its prized northern location, proximity to King Shaka International Airport and Dube Tradeport, and the steady demand for accommodation and retail by this influx. A good gauge of growth is always retail demand, and the addition of the mega Ballito Junction Mall to the existing offerings at Ballito Lifestyle Centre, speaks volumes. Not only does Ballito Junction imply a growing retail market, but clearly, the 1 500 personnel to be employed there, need homes.

Ballito’s residential landscape falls largely into the upper price brackets, with a number of luxury developments and gracious seaside homes. For the young family, first time homeowner, mid-income earner, and retiree even, there’s a clear shortage of suitable, affordable accommodation under the R2-million mark which ticks all the lifestyle boxes so loved by South Africans. Rental accommodation isn’t keeping pace with the volumes required, and that’s opening the door for residential investors.

Manor Gardens, the newest development of HBR Projects, is a superb solution to that gap in the market – the keen response is testimony to their forward thinking. The Manor Gardens apartments are so much more than expected, largely because the development is an extension of an existing community of homes, all set in an established park-like environment where over 40% of the property is a protected conservancy. Tracks, trails, a dam, and quiet recreation areas are found throughout this vast green belt, and whether it’s for walking, picnicking, bird-watching, mountain biking, or even catch-and-release fishing, this glorious green space belongs to the Manor Gardens community.

Horst Keil, Bernard Lagesse and Rohan Eagar are directors of HBR Projects, and as experienced developers in and around Ballito, they’ve long been involved in numerous high profile, quality residential and commercial developments. They know the landscape intimately, are resident in the area, and understand the needs of buyers and investors at different levels of the property ladder.

The architectural language of the Manor Gardens apartments reflects that of the original, graciously restored manor house which stands proud in the grounds, yet the new styling is fresh and contemporary. Tall palm trees grace the Manor Gardens’ entrance and stand sentry around the imposing gate house, which offers the first element of numerous layers of security – including 24-hour security patrols – for which the developers are renowned.

Manor Gardens has an appealing village style setting, and being on the west side of Ballito – a short drive left off the N2 freeway – the estate is a couple of minutes’ drive from retail, and within easy commuting distance of key business hubs and the airport. Priced from R1,530-million, the 144 two- and three-bedroom apartments – each with two bathrooms, a veranda, one undercover parking and an open bay – are configured in 24 blocks of six apartments each. Both the two- and three-bedroom units are a comfortable 94m², with the two- bedroom units particularly spacious. Units on the ground floor will have exclusive use gardens, and will be allowed a pet subject to Body Corporate approval.

HBR Projects did not raise bank finance for Manor Gardens, so buyers/investors can rest easy. Phase one is nearly at roof height, the other phases will follow regardless, unhindered. The Body Corporate is extremely well managed and financially sound.

When it comes to the fine detail and finishes in the Manor Gardens’ apartments, they’re a cut above, with everything from high-end Hansgrohe taps and showerheads to Caesarstone countertops and full-bodied porcelain tiles. HBR Projects determined that affordability of Manor Gardens doesn’t translate to entry level fixtures and fittings. Cost saving and energy efficiency elements have also been included such as Induction Geysers, LED lights and a UPS inverter as back-up. Fibre optics are standard.

Sitting on your veranda at Manor Gardens, you’ll be looking out over the green expanse of the conservancy or rolling farmlands. You’ll be a stone’s throw from the acclaimed Hola Trails for mountain biking, numerous golf courses, quality schools, and even the local microlighting club. Accessibility to work and play is the global trend as we increasingly resist spending time snarled up in traffic, valuable time we could be spending with our families and enjoying the great South African lifestyle.

Manor Gardens could be just what you were looking for.

www.hbrprojects.co.za; Horst Keil 083 778 8175.


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