05 Aug
Estate Living At Its Best

Royal Palm Property Holdings, head up by Olivia Roels-Sak and Wim Sak, have formed an exciting and dynamic partnership with Peter Cameron and Butch James, putting Palm Lakes at the very top when it comes to exclusive estate living

The idyllic Palm Lakes Family Estate offers family orientated living set against a breath-taking backdrop of lush, rolling green hills on KZN’s North Coast. It’s a complete lifestyle where security, family activities and picturesque natural settings are all rolled into one, enabling residents to live, work and play out their lives with every modern convenience at their fingertips.

Nestled within the Family Estate lies the Retirement Village, boasting modern homes and quiet, sunny gardens, providing the ideal setting to lay down retirement roots. With competitive prices and tailor-made packages to suit individual needs and taste, there’s also a fully functional on-site healthcare facility operated by IPSS – giving peace of mind that loved ones are cared for at all times.

“The Family Estate launched at the end of 2005, with the first residents taking occupation in early 2007. Today the estate has 850 units in total,” says CEO Wim Sak. “The Retirement Village launched three years ago, with 80 finished units to date,” he adds.

Then there’s the recent Sugar Ridge Estate, an inland facing lifestyle estate, where 57 of 60 sites are already sold and 660 apartments are in the process of being built by sub-developers. “This estate is all about sustainability and being at one with nature,” explains Sak, who adds that there’s yet another exciting Palm Lakes estate on its way. “Le Cheval is a unique 120-acre equestrian estate with 60 smallholdings (stands between 2 000 and 16 000m²), which will have among other exclusive facilities a beautiful polo field.”

Sak puts Palm Lakes success down to three things: affordability, top-notch facilities – there’s a school, a baby academy, several swimming pools, a lazy river, a restaurant, club houses and a driving range – and the retirement estate, which naturally supports the parents of resident families.

Palm Lakes’ new Sales Director, Peter Cameron, started his career in property 12 years ago. “I cut my teeth selling in luxury estates, but soon realised I loved the marketing side of real estate as well,” he says. “Recently Butch James and I got the incredible opportunity to help shape the sales at Palm Lakes – it has without a doubt the most potential out of all the estates on the North Coast.”

With so much still to develop, Cameron is positive that Palm Lakes will be the biggest estate in KZN within 10 years. “We have just broken ground on a commercial opportunity opposite the main entrance, which will be a great benefit to residents and add big value to their capital appreciation. This is just the start of a lot of new developments and opportunities coming out of the ground – it’s all happening at Palm Lakes!

“The semigration to the coast from the Sibiya Precinct to Tinley Manor also brings an incredible dynamic to Palm Lakes and all the new estates RPPH are unlocking in the area,” adds Cameron.

Butch James’ first experience with real estate was in 2005, when along with a few Sharks team-mates and developers they created 24 upmarket sectional title homes in Simbithi Eco Estate. “That was when the property bug bit, and I have now partnered with Peter Cameron and Darin Owen to form Cameron Owen James Luxury Real Estate,” says James – adding that Palm Lakes being their first project is a real blessing.

“Along with a strong on-site team and a great synergy with Olivia, who heads up our marketing team, we hope to show the country why Palm Lakes is the future of real estate on the North Coast – not just because it has a more affordable price point, but because of its incredible lifestyle offering for families young and old. It’s a great example of multi-generational living where generations of families can live in the same estate and bring back traditional values.”

James has fallen in love with Palm Lakes because of its beautiful landscape. “The amount of palm trees on the estate is unbelievable, and I also love the community and lifestyle the estate offers.”

James adds that he is optimistic about South Africa’s property market. “Where the Cape has always been really strong, the North Coast from Sibiya to Tinley Manor is as Pete says ‘where it’s all happening’. This stretch of the coastline is showing more and more of a lifestyle similar to that of those who live in Southern California, and we are about to experience the same growth that they experienced in their real estate golden era.”


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