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From Last-Minute Escape to Forever Home: Our Kenton Eco Estate Journey

Oct 24, 2023

It all started with a chance decision that would forever change our lives in ways we couldn't have imagined...
Hey there, fellow nature enthusiasts and future neighbours! We are Seamus and Candice, and we want to share our unexpected journey to Kenton Eco Estate with you. It all started with a chance decision that would forever change our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined…
Two days before Cyril announced the nationwide lockdown in 2021, we made a last-minute call to head down to Candice’s family holiday house in Kenton. We thought it would be a quick 2 or 3-week getaway. Little did we know that almost four years later, we’d still be here, happily rooted in the barefoot capital of South Africa. And guess what? We don’t plan on leaving anytime soon, perhaps ever!

When we decided to make our move more permanent, the next step was to find ourselves a property. The available homes in Kenton within our budget needed massive renovations, which we weren’t too keen on. That’s when we had a lightbulb moment – why not look at vacant land and try build our own dream home? But, Kenton had limited vacant plots available.

Upon entering the Eco Estate, we were completely blown away. The moment we walked onto the boardwalk, overlooking the ocean, and stepping onto the beach, we thought, “WOW!” We couldn’t believe that this hidden gem existed right next to Kenton, and we’d never heard much about it.

Wildlife, Nature, and Tranquillity

The estate welcomed us with open arms, offering a unique blend of wildlife (from bucks and birds to now zebra!), lush trees, expansive grasslands, boardwalks leading to the beach, well-paved roads, and the ever-so-soothing sound of the sea. It was beautiful and peaceful, just what we had been dreaming of.

It took us a few additional visits to the estate to work out which village would work best for us. After careful consideration, we decided on a plot and made an offer straight away. Our chosen spot was Erf 3301, 2 Milkwood Meadow, overlooking a stunning sand dune in Village 2.

Exclusive Beach Access and Eco Living

What drew us to the Kenton Eco Estate was its exclusive beach access combined with a bush/farm lifestyle. It was a win-win situation. The land was more affordable than what we’d seen available in Kenton, and it offered the space and freedom we desired. Another massive pro about the estate was that all the infrastructure was already in place, functioning, and impeccably maintained. The fact that it was also a secure estate was a huge drawcard for us.

Architectural Marvels and Eco-Friendly Living

We approached a local architectural practice, Pollos Purdon, and embarked on the design process. The fact that Kenton Eco Estate had recently updated its building and architectural guidelines, making them less restrictive, was a big plus. This allowed for a slightly more modern and contemporary design while still staying true to the existing estate aesthetic and eco-living guidelines.
Garry Bull, the estate manager, has been instrumental in offering guidance and advice on the submission, approvals, and building process. We’ve appointed our team, and the initial phases of the build are underway, with trenches being dug and the arrival of bricks and cement.
It’s incredibly rewarding and exciting to see everything come together as our house slowly takes shape. We’re thrilled to be part of the greater Kenton community, feeling the support from all the locals who constantly ask for updates and are enthusiastic about us commencing with our build.

An Exciting Next Chapter

The next chapter of our lives is incredibly exciting, and we’re eagerly looking forward to calling the Eco Estate our Home. After years of going from rental to rental, having a more permanent place to call our own is going to be truly awesome!

So, there you have it, our journey to the Kenton Eco Estate. We can’t wait to meet our future neighbours and share this incredible adventure with you. The Kenton Eco Estate isn’t just a place to live; it’s a community, a lifestyle, and a commitment to eco-conscious, sustainable living.
Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to build our dream home and embark on this exciting adventure with all of you.
With love and excitement,

Seamus and Candice 💚🌿🏡

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