Bahari Bay architect set to bring the ‘essence of the North Coast’ to the KZN South Coast

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As the subtropical climate, natural beauty, and affordable property prices continue to attract investors to the KZN South Coast, estate developments are being constructed to provide secure, holistic living options. The multi-billion-rand Bahari Bay eco-estate in Shelly Beach has renowned architect and project manager, Vinodh Bridglall, on board, with a vision to emulate the real estate success of the north on the KZN South Coast.

In addition to his involvement in the Bahari Bay development, Bridglall – who is the founder of VHB Associates – is designing a home for himself in an area known as The Executive. Consisting of 14 exclusive double plots totalling roughly between 1 600 m2 to 2 000m2 per double plot – of which only 4 are still available – The Executive enjoys panoramic sea views and expansive natural surroundings.

“My initial inclination was to head north, erect a building there and relocate in that direction. However, I realised that rather than physically moving, I could bring the essence of the north coast to the south coast, right here where I am connected to the local community,” he explained.

Commenting on the architectural style of The Executive residences, Bridglall said it would be a ‘minimalist yet earthy feel’: “This is characterised by straight lines, concrete slabs, and roof gardens, to completely blend in with the natural environment. We’ve also incorporated sustainable elements to the design such as low-E glazing and cantilevers to optimise energy efficiency and enhance the living experience.”

He added: “Bahari Bay is the best place to be. This is going to be the next gem on the KZN South Coast and the value that one finds in this area far surpasses that of the North Coast offerings.”

According to Gawie Venter, Developer of Bahari Bay, more than half of the 100-hectare eco-estate will remain untouched, promising a conservation-focused investment where residents enjoy outdoor pursuits including scenic walking trails, hiking trails, and a specially curated mountain biking trail. Additionally, Bahari Bay features seven picturesque catch-and-release dams and direct private beach access – making it an idyllic retreat for residents seeking tranquillity amidst nature. Plots start at R470 000 or a plot-and-plan option starts from R2.6 million.

Bahari Bay joins several other catalytic property developments along the KZN South Coast. Among these are:

– The R2 billion Umdoni Point Coastal Forest Estate is a pristine over-50s lifestyle development alongside an indigenous coastal forest in the tranquil village of Pennington. More than 40 homes have already been constructed within the secure estate during Phase 1, with new sales already launched in Phase 2. There will be 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom homes in the eco-estate starting from R2.3 million constructed with bespoke designs.

– The R800m Serenity Hills eco-focused estate near Margate also offers secure living for all ages in a tranquil coastal setting. The estate has already attracted several international investors and construction has begun on homes, with buyers set to take residence this year.

– Another large-scale development pioneering the revival of the KZN South Coast is the R15 billion Renishaw Coastal Precinct in Scottburgh which is on track to be a successful mixed-use precinct. Its successful Phase 1 development is the 25-ha retirement estate Renishaw Hills which in just five years, has seen house values escalate by 50%. This is likely set to continue as this 1 300-ha mixed-use development unfolds.

– The 32-hectare Injabulo Lifestyle Estate in the Margate boasts an estimated investment value of R300m, largely from international investors. There will be 254 free-standing, full-title homes with private gardens and ocean views, with zoning for medical and educational facilities. Property prices start from R995 500 for a 2-bedroom unit and at R 1 192 500 for a 3-bedroom unit. To find out more about these and more investment opportunities, get in touch with SCTIE, the KZN South Coast’s One-Stop Shop for investment.