Bringing Back the ‘Neighbour’ in ‘Neighbourhood’

The Ballito MagazineAugust 8, 2023

Almost two months since its phase one public launch, Lalela Estate is not only abuzz with activity, but it’s taking us back to the heart of the matter, reminding us of good old family values and the importance of building meaningful connections. For most people, the picture of a safe, family-friendly neighbourhood includes neighbours gathering for a catch-up at the end of their roads and kids laughing as they ride their bikes.


Most of us long for the essence of a true neighbourhood, and Lalela Estate’s community-centric values focus on the nostalgia of an ideal neighbourhood environment. Through its desion, lifestyle and amenities, Lalela is zoning in on what makes a quintessential neighbourhood setting and reviving our most loved characteristics of living in a true community, at an alarmingly affordable price point too!


According to Lightstone’s research, market demand for property in estates continues to increase, which is evident in the growth from 6500 in 2016 to over 8600 in 2022 – a number in stark contrast to the 1730 recorded in 2009. Living in an estate may be regarded as one of the ideal living environments because of the security, amenities and lifestyle they provide. The sense of community that estates create is also paramount to their offering.


“At Lalela Estate, we’ve created the perfect marriage of a ‘traditional estate’ with a true neighbourhood feel. We have made the opportunity for small neighbourhoods to exist within the larger estate through the creation of ‘lane architecture’ leading to a cul-de-sac. The benefits of cul-de-sac living are what drive the vision of Lalela.”


“The formation of these small arterial roads will allow neighbours to live with one another in a community without divisive walls and enough privacy to live comfortably,” explains Geoff Perkins, Head of Residential Projects, from Collins Residential. “These lanes will facilitate the creation of small pods of connected families, which are intrinsic to improving one’s psychological well-being. This kind of connection tends to impart a true feeling of belonging for residents whiles providing an additional layer of security.”


Homeowners are able to choose from five custom-designed single-story architectural home designs with their own prive: garden under freehold ownership. Starting from R2 295 000 with no transfer duty and no conveyancing fees, there is only a R50 000 reservation fee required.


The North Coast has seen a flurry of activities as new estates are being added to the mix almost monthly. However none compare to Lalela. Developed by Collins Residential (developers of Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate and Seaton Estate), Lalela is offering the market a well-considered, quality development at an incomparable price point.