He said that, as far as Kindlewood and Izinga went, the proof was in the development. Strong demand for properties coupled with strong sales and even resales were countering overall national trends in the property market where poor demand, slow sales and downward pressure on prices were the unfortunate symptoms of a struggling economy.
In year 2000 Tongaat Hulett Developments set out to create South Africa’s leading lifestyle environment with the creation of residential developments characterised by distinctive architecture, state of the art security designs, indigenous landscaping and sustainable lifestyle features.
“These developments are the realisation of that vision which seeks to actively encourage integration of urban and natural environments where each element reinforces the other to provide an entirely new urban identity and way of life,” Msani added.
He said that a variety of green building practices and various technologies had evolved together with Kindlewood and Izinga. Features such as water recycling and solar energy were incorporated.
“We wouldn’t do anything differently should we launch future residential developments. When Kindlewood was launched, it was a new concept,” he explained.
The first phase of Kindlewood - a gated residential estate in Upper Umhlanga close to Gateway and Umhlanga Ridge - was launched in 2006. Three more phases followed. The second phase went to market in 2007, the third was launched in 2012 and the fourth followed in 2014.
Msani said all four were officially fully subscribed by March this year. This equates to around 600 units. Phase 1 is fully constructed while phases 2 to 4 are still under construction.
A fifth and final phase, which comprises high end residential and retirement units is due to launch in 2018.
“Many of the purchasers are building which is a good sign. Some of the initial Kindlewood houses are already being resold and they have a good resale value,” he said.
He said that Kindlewood was strongly community based with one of its key attractions being its location. It is close to the Umhlanga Ridge Town Centre, the Gateway Theatre of Shopping and other evolving retail facilities and has access to some of the region’s best schools and medical facilities. It has become residential location of choice for many working within the greater Umhlanga area.
Msani said that, as combination of estate and open suburb, Izinga was quite different to Kindlewood but offered many similar lifestyle features and a location to the west of Umhlanga ridge and north of Gateway that is close to all the Umhlanga and La Lucia Ridge amenities.
Characterised by its signature aluminium wrought alloy Baobab Tree, Izinga comprises Izinga Ridge, which launched in 2004 and includes the Indudu, Iduli, Ithafa and Iduma Estates, Izinga Park 1 & 2 and Izinga Estate.
Although predominantly residential, it also includes a number of different religious sites, an educational facility and a convenience centre.
The word Izinga, in isiZulu, signifies an aspirational benchmark or level of achievement which is reflected in the fact that many of the province’s professionals and executives have invested here.
In addition, due to its proximity to the King Shaka International Airport, many professionals from Gauteng have elected to commute while relocating their families to Izinga to enjoy the quality lifestyle.
Msani said that although much of investment in these two suburbs could be attributed to the rapid growth of KwaZulu-Natal’s northern growth corridor, he believed that much also had to do with quality lifestyle features that encouraged residents to enjoy the beautiful natural environment and the climate of the region.
“We have created a new urban experience that allows residents to enjoy unique lifestyle elements with the peace of mind that only a secure gated community and well managed residential estate can provide,” he concluded.