Estate life, once perceived as the exclusive realm of high-net-worth individuals, has become increasingly popular with a wider cross-section of people. Everyone from singles to young couples, families and retirees, is looking for security and a hassle-free lifestyle. From putt-putt to skate parks and wetland trails, Collins Residential believes offerings like Lalela Estate are letting people relive their childhood and perhaps even share those nostalgic and safer memories with their children at a more accessible price point.


According to Geoff Perkins, Head of leading property development company Collins Residential, there is a general movement in estates away from conventional golf estates to more eco-conscious estates geared towards sustainability.


Key trends include protecting and conserving flora and fauna, while also providing safe trails and walkways to ensure residents get to be free and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. “People value safe and secure community spaces, where they can walk their dogs freely or go for a run or cycle on secure, designated pavements.” Wetlands and trails are popular for a number of reasons, from fitness to the chance to connect with each other and nature. Community gardens will also be a cornerstone for fostering relationships and building a thriving community.


Security remains high on the priority list of what people want in an estate, all the while prioritising family-friendly and modern lifestyle amenities. Perkins adds, “At Lalela, we were inspired by family living. For example, the cul-de-sac street design adds an element of community and the feeling of small neighbourhoods. This means kids can ride their bikes freely as there are far fewer vehicles on their street and no passers-by. Those who do come in will be a part of the neighbourhood.”


Residents will be spoilt for choice at the Clubhouse with amenities including a kids’ club, a family pool, a braai area, tennis courts, cricket nets, putt-putt and a skate park.


Life revolves around family and friends when you live at Lalela. Here you can form your own tennis club with neighbours, make plans for a weekday braai by the pools or arrange a friendly games night. The planned skate park and putt-putt will give youngsters the chance to meet and play in a safe and secure space with no compromise on amenities.


With the adjacent Manor House Venue open to the public, it is fast becoming the go-to hub for hosting important community events such as bespoke dinner clubs and markets.


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