Find your ideal estate on the Dolphin Coast

Enjoy the best of North Coast estate living. Photo:Chris Allan Photography

Estate living has become synonymous with the North Coast of KZN, which is easy to understand given the many different types of estates tailor-made to suit your dreams.

You can choose from luxurious eco estates or high-end family and pet-friendly living with the peace of mind that you are in a secure environment, while knowing that you have invested your money in one of the prime property areas in the country.


Dunkirk is a green sanctuary where the whole family can live and play.
Photo:Chris Allan Photography

What residents say: Chris Husted

“I enjoy the sense of community, as you are somewhat forced to get to know your neighbours which is a good thing. It is also great to live close to family enabling our kids to roam freely between our house and the grandparents, which could never be done in a traditional suburb.”

Where: Salt Rock.

Size: Dunkirk lies in the heart of 42 acres of dense indigenous coastal forest, offering you luxurious living in a lush, green environment. Dunkirk has 333 total sites made up of freehold and sectional title sites. About 97% of the estate is complete, if you combine the under construction and completed sites.

Style: Ultra modern with earthy tones which allows the homes to seamlessly blend into the surrounding nature.

Facilities: The award winning Dunkirk clubhouse offers all the luxuries encapsulated in a stunning building which has been featured in various architectural magazines.

Enjoy a swim all year round in the 25m heated outdoor pool that leads into a sauna and steam room or play a round of tennis on the flood lit tennis courts.

Work up a sweat at the fully equipped gym and relax after a long day at the spa staffed with qualified therapists.

Escape the busy world out there and go for a stroll on the boardwalk and enjoy the fresh air while you spot some of the 97 resident bird species and you might even be joined by some duiker along the way.

Pet friendly: Yes, two pets are allowed.

Cost: Entry level apartments are two bedroom DASH apartments that sell for R2,600 000 and rent out for R10,000 per month. If you are looking for a house, entry level costs for a three bedroom house starts at R4,800 000 and rents for R16,000 per month.


Palm Lakes Family Estate

Cool off during those coastal summers at the pools and relax on the lazy river.

What residents say: Eloise Coetzee has been living at Palm Lakes with her family for just over four years and love the lifestyle the estate offers.

“We love living at Palm Lakes, because we are a family with three young kids and it is such a safe environment for our kids to grow up in, play with their friends and ride their bikes around. There are also a lot of outdoor, fun activities offered for the children and we enjoy the picnic spots and the beautiful wildlife,” said Coetzee.

Where: The estate is nestled in the sugarcane about 15km north of Ballito in the Tinley Manor area.

Size: Palm Lakes stretches over 313 hectares with 90 plots, excluding the new developments on the other side of the Provincial road, and on the other side of the highway.

Style: Modern contemporary homes are spread across the idyllic setting of the estate.

Facilities: As it says in the name, Palm Lakes Family Estate is focused on family living and offers something for everyone. Besides the main clubhouse which includes a restaurant, swimming pools, slides and a lazy river and the special kiddies clubhouse which boasts a fantastic jungle gym and kiddies swimming pools, there is also a lap pool, Astro turf field, fishing dams, walking and cycling tracks and a driving range.

While you enjoy the nature, remember to look for Impala and other wildlife.

The estate also has the Trinityhouse Palm Lakes school, which makes those school runs so much more convenient.

Pet friendly: Yes, Fluffy and Rosco are welcome.

Cost: Apartments are available from R1,100 000 while finished, stand-alone homes in sectional title schemes start from R1,690 000.



The award-winning Brettenwood estate offers an exclusive coastal lifestyle.

What residents say: Robyn Smith has been living in Brettenwood for two years and loves it.

“The security, tranquil and peaceful environment and the beautiful walks around the dams and forest while watching the buck and other animals is just amazing. The people here are wonderful and we really have a great sense of community within Brettenwood.”

Where: Salt Rock/ Sheffield Beach

Size: Covering just over 100 hectares, Brettenwood is a specious estate that still has 20 plots, 300 sectional titles and 350 homes available.

Style: The stylish estate is laid back and offers the perfect mix of forest and ocean views.

Facilities: Offering something for all ages and fitness levels, Brettenwood has multiple clubhouses, heated, aerobic, lap and kiddies pools as well as a state of the art gym, sauna, multiple large TV’s for those sport games, outdoor kids activities from climbing walls and tree houses to fishing dams.

Pets: Yes.

Cost: You can buy into the estate from R1,6m or rent from R12 000.


Simbithi Eco Estate

Simbithi Eco Estate is set on a typically hilly site with development proposed in two areas predominantly – the hilltops, and the valleys.

What residents say:

Simon Nicholson has been living in Simbithi Eco Estate for four years with his two little children.

“The biggest attraction for me is the lifestyle that my kids have at Simbithi. After school, they explore, run around with their friends they have made on the same street and on weekends the pressure is off me to always entertain because they are free to run amok with their friends. I believe it is important for children to spend time outdoors and thanks to the open space and safety of the estate, they can do that.”

Where: Salt Rock/ Ballito

Size: With 440 hectares to play with, spacious living is no problem in this estate. There are 224 sites left to buy in Simbithi.

Style: The eco-architecture style is sustainable, enduring and cost efficient. Being a region that experiences a hot balmy summer with a summer rainfall pattern implies architecture of large roofs with wide eaves overhangs that provide protection and allow for the measured introduction of light.

Facilities: The estate offers an 18 hole executive golf course designed by Peter Matkovitch as well as a country club, with the well known Fig Tree restaurant and various break away rooms including the famous John Platter wine tasting room.

On the Echo Estate, The Heron Community Centre has a newly built pizza oven and kiosk, as well as braai facilities, a large swimming pool and spacious, fully furnished deck, a TV lounge and ablutions. The Guinea Fowl centre offers sports fields, cricket nets, braai facilities and ablutions with a small clubhouse.

The Kingfisher Centre has a swimming pool, jungle gym for kids, sand pit for kids to play and small kitchen with ablutions.

There are also 25 dams, stocked with bass and tilapia and 15kms of hiking, biking and horse riding trails. An equestrian centre with 17 stables, training arena, paddocks and community centre all make up the balance of an estate that is filled with activity driven ventures

Pets: Yes, two medium sized dogs allowed, although Pitbulls, Rottweillers and Boerbulls are not allowed. The sectional title complexes on the estate do have their own rules and some do not allow animals.

Cost: Entry level rent for a bachelor apartment starts from R8000, whereas a house starts from R20 000. If you want to buy, an apartment starts from about R2,600 000, while a house will cost from R4,800 000 up to the most expensive home at R40, 000 000.

Mount Richmore

Mount Richmore has got lots of plans for the future to turn the estate into a modern village.

What investors say: Jonathan Beaumont owns two units in the estate and said he would gladly buy more.

“Mount Richmore is a user friendly, homely complex close to the seaside offering everything you need within a five kilometer radius from a school to a shopping centre. I also think it is one of the safest complexes to live in at the moment.”

Where: Salt Rock

Size: The estate consists of 190 hectares spread over various planned phases, with phase two coming up called Dolphin Ridge.

Style: The modern, organic contemporary architecture makes this estate perfect for the young at heart who love that urban chic lifestyle.

Facilities: Curro Mount Richmore school is in the estate

Pet friendly: Yes.

Cost: One bedroom apartments start from R1,680 000 and go up to a two bedroom simplex with a lock up garage from R2,500 000, whereas a three bedroom house with a double garage is available from R3,100 000. If you are looking at renting, you can get a two bedroom apartment from R8,500.



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