Construction is well under way at the Hawaan Forest Estate at Umhlanga Ridge, north of Durban, with 30 homes already completed and occupied and 13 currently under construction.

Comprising a total of 100 units and set on 63 hectares - of which 42  hectares  is forest reserve  under a stewardship programme - this prime located development is rapidly taking shape and set to become a premier eco-estate in KwaZulu-Natal, says Elwyn Schenk, Pam Golding Properties area principal in Umhlanga.

“Only 16 vacant stands remain available for purchase, varying in size from 1000-1400sqm and priced between R1.35 million and R1.995 million.”
Pam Golding Properties recently sold a completed four bedroom house on the estate for R6 million to an upcountry buyer and a forest facing plot for R1.395 million to a local purchaser. Currently several other completed homes are available for purchase, priced between R7 million and R40 million.

Schenk says buyers to date have purchased stands mainly to build homes for permanent residence. Of high appeal to them is the fact that they would be living on an eco-estate with good security, and which is located just five minutes’ drive to Umhlanga beach and Gateway shopping centre and 10 minutes from the new King Shaka International Airport.

Having extensively cleared invasive plants in the early stages of the development, the developers have followed a design process that fully incorporates flora and fauna on the estate. Constructed on a site formerly used for growing sugar cane, Hawaan Forest Estate is adjacent to a coastal lowland forest. Through the careful planting of indigenous plants which occur in the area, the developers aim to extend the forest into the gardens of the estate. In so doing and by holistically managing all the gardens and grounds within the estate, the habitat value of the entire development is increased. This in turn will support and add value back into the forest by providing animals such as small duiker, bush buck mongoose and hares, a wide variety of birds as well as plants with food and shelter within the development.

Another innovation is the inclusion of ‘green roofs’, a method of cladding a roof with plants to create a garden on a sealed surface in order to insulate the home from the sun’s heat in summer and also harvest water for use in the grounds in dry times of the year. This method is often used overseas, including on high rise buildings.

Issued by Gaye de Villiers

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