All services have now been installed at the prestigious, blue-chip 230ha Kenton Eco Estate situated near Kenton on Sea, which includes pristine beach frontage of 2.15km with private boardwalks to the beach and 330 residential stands exclusively marketed by Pam Golding Properties (PGP). Homeowners will enjoy spectacular views of tranquil white beaches and the valley, which teems with wildlife and birdlife.

Derrick Minnie, chairman of Kenton Eco Estate says this unique development involves many aspects that are a first for the Eastern Cape. These include: unparalleled security which also allows for free movement of game; over 10km of road network - all paved; a signature gatehouse incorporating all security functions, administration and a sales office; as well as a state of the art, custom-made, waterborne sewerage plant.

Incorporating 150ha of dense coastal forest and 70ha of dune forest set amid unspoilt landscapes, Kenton Eco Estate is within easy reach of Port Alfred and Grahamstown, just 120km east of Port Elizabeth and close to the Addo Elephant National Park and Big 5 game reserves such as Shamwari and Kariega Park. Sites are discreetly positioned within enclaves of natural bush and grassland and the emphasis is on sound eco building practices such as solar geysers and replanting after construction. With construction of the first homes to begin in early 2009, these will also be built from natural materials within architectural guidelines.

Michael Wilmot, area principal for PGP, says at present just 100 stands remain available for purchase, located in some of the best positions on the estate. "The stands are priced from R575 000 to R1.65 million and approximately 850sqm in size. These prices are expected to increase as all services are now installed and completed, with owners taking transfer of their properties.

"The appealing lifestyle of this development is a key factor for buyers. This is coupled with sound investment potential further boosted by the just-announced interest rate reduction which hopefully heralds a downward trend in the interest rate. In addition to the sub-tropical climate, Kenton on Sea is a growth area with increasing eco-tourism and has a good infrastructure. In addition, the new Rosehill shopping complex in nearby Port Alfred and top educational facilities in Grahamstown add to the appeal. Buyers also receive automatic membership of the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club. Increasingly, we are seeing home buyers choosing to opt out of life in busy cities to enjoy a better quality of life and Kenton Eco Estate provides residents with access to world class technology via PD Connect, which is ideal for those working from home," says Wilmot.

Says Chris Swart, executive director of the estate: "The project represents a total investment of approximately R1.2 billion - including homes to be built. Services in excess of R100 million have now been installed and completed, as well as the R6 million gatehouse, a double-storey building of 400sqm with spacious facilities. The gatehouse, perimeter security fence - with infrared dome cameras, motion sensors and detectors - and boundary wall, boardwalks and associated infrastructure have all been completed to the highest standards, and combined with the natural beauty of the estate create its uniqueness."

From an eco perspective, the architectural design style - created by leading architects FD Theron - advocates the use of only sustainable local materials which over time will build up an attractive patina to blend with the surrounding natural vegetation. The only formal gardens will be in the courtyard areas in order to preserve as much natural vegetation as possible and maintain the integrity of the paths and spaces used by the wild animals in the area. The design guidelines incorporate only indigenous planting in order to minimise irrigation and unnecessary expenditures of energy reserves, while street lights are of the bollard-type soft lighting which minimises light pollution. Rainwater harvesting is also encouraged, and in addition to the solar geysers, the layout of the houses follows a passive design that takes advantage of local conditions.

The estate incorporates walking, jogging and cycling paths while other activities include water sports, fishing, whale watching and horse trails.

Issued by Gaye de Villiers

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