​We caught up with Tim Johnson from Seeff North Coast to chat about why security is only one of the benefits of living in an Eco estate.

While the security factor certainly plays a very important role when deciding to live in a security estate, there are various other benefits that the lifestyle in especially Eco estates affords residents.

Tim Johnson, Principal of Seeff North Coast, says the impact that the spaces in which we live have on our lives should not be underestimated.

“People often find it difficult to verbalise why a space makes them feel a certain way, but great spaces can make a person feel uplifted and invigorated.

50% of the world’s population live in constructed, urban environments, therefore there is a growing desire to live in spaces that facilitate community while also solving the problems of energy consumption, climate change and carbon emissions.

Not only do Eco estates offer enhanced security, but they are also playing an integral part in securing and rehabilitating vital ecosystems, encouraging sustainable building practices, building communities and re-connecting people with nature”.

North Coast

Johnson says it is encouraging to see the commitment that many of the established and new estates in the North Coast have made to the principles of greener living.

“Established estates like Simbithi, Dunkirk, Brettenwood, Palm Lakes and Zimbali have in their own way already created vibrant communities, challenged traditional building practices and protected some of our most precious fauna and flora, while newcomers like Elaleni Coastal Forest Estate are looking to set new benchmarks.

In Elaleni 17.5 hectares of the 46 hectares of the estate are made up of a protected and rare swamp forest with an enchanting raised walkway.

There are also numerous conservation servitudes and beautifully designed and landscaped common spaces.

Johnson says it is important that eco estates are not only viewed as a home for the privileged few, but that they are also recognised as sanctuaries that protect our natural heritage.

“They are places where we can encourage more balanced and connected communities through the creation of common spaces in a world where we sometimes don’t even know our neighbours”.

The price of land in Elaleni range between R1 635 000 to R3 850 000 and turn-key homes starting at R5 850 000.