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Houston We Have Lift-Off!

We recently saw the eagerly awaited launch of Phase 2D here at Emberton Estate.

This exciting next phase of Emberton growth has introduced 36 gorgeous new one and two bedroom apartments available for purchase, starting from R850 000. Situated in the heart of Hillcrest, Emberton Estate creates a modern, convenient and engaged lifestyle that resonates with investors, as well as young and upwardly mobile homeowners who are looking for a secure and welcoming place to call home.


With the good news from the Reserve bank that the interest rate will remain unchanged at 7%, this is a prime opportunity to invest in your next home. This is the lowest the prime lending rate has been in 5 decades so there’s never been a better time to expand your property portfolio or buy a home for the first time. If you are thinking of investing in a unit to let, or upscaling, now is the perfect time to do so.


Options available in Phase 2D feature spacious pet-friendly gardens on the ground floor or generous sunny patios on the first floor. These open-plan apartments offer sleek designer finishes, feature walls, and a light and airy feel that allow you to embrace a holistic ambience that focuses on family living at its finest. Amongst a safe environment and a welcoming neighbourhood, Emberton Estate presents stylish community living at an affordable price.

Ray’s Sassy Salad

Celebrity chef Ray Friedman of everybody’s favourite restaurant, Ray’s Kitchen at Emberton Estate, has shared a sensational salad to rival all others!

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s highlighted the importance of family, children and community! We therefore decided to conjure up a magical salad that celebrates, togetherness and our South African lifestyle! Our celebrity chef Ray Friedman of Emberton’s Ray’s Kitchen, let us in on his most sensational secret – and Ray’s Sassy Summer Salad is going to be your new favourite favourite! It’s fresh and it’s just a little extravagant, in keeping with Durban’s year-round sublime climate.

On the menu:

Panko crusted asparagus, marinated artichoke and herby goat’s cheese on baby leaves with a lime vinaigrette.

Ingredients for a salad for 2:

· 12 medium asparagus

· 1/2 a cup artichoke hearts

· 1 cup Panko crumbs

· Goat’s cheese (we use Belnori balls)

· 1 bag mixed baby leaves

· 2 eggs, beaten and seasoned

· Sunflower oil for frying

For the artichoke marinate:

· 1 bunch/handful Italian parsley, chopped

· 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

· 2 tablespoons olive oil

· Pinch salt and pepper

· Splash white wine vinegar

· 1/4 teaspoon pickled oregano

For the dressing:

· 40ml lime juice

· 40ml white wine vinegar

· 250ml light olive oil

· pinch salt and pepper

· 1 teaspoon honey (runny)

· 1 teaspoon smooth Dijon mustard


Drench the asparagus in flour, dip in egg wash, roll in Panko and shallow fry in sunflower oil until golden – set aside.

Drain artichoke hearts and halve – gently mix in parsley, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano.

For the lime dressing, whisk the mustard and honey into the vinegar and lime juice, and slowly add the olive oil whisking with vigour to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper.

Build the salad by gently layering leaves into the middle of the bowl – place the artichokes and goat’s cheese on the leaves, and dress with the dressing. Finish with the crunchy asparagus and a crack of fresh black pepper.

Adapted as published in The Crest Magazine, Dec-Jan 2021, Issue 98

Ray’s Kitchen features in The Crest

Ray’s Kitchen in Emberton Estate was thrilled to host the dream team of The Crest – everybody’s favourite mag – for their 100th edition celebration! It was a very festive occasion, and we loved spoiling these Famous Publishing creatives who always support local initiatives, and add such value to our Upper Highway community.

Enjoy the read! Cheers to 100 editions, and here’s to the next 100!


Price, proximity, potential: Zoning in on Hillcrest

The current economic climate is a time for innovation, resilience, and opportunity!

When looking for property to live or invest in, there are three key factors to consider: the price, proximity and the potential for capital growth. This panel of experts will be zoning in on the charming cosmopolitan area of Hillcrest, and discussing the lifestyle, the value-proposition for property, as well as market trends in retail and residential.

Hosted by Doody Adams of The Crest magazine, Emberton Estate’s Geoff Perkins from the Collins Group, joined a panel of experts, including; Andrew Smith of Smiths Property Group, Dave Rowles who is the developer of Watercrest Mall, Hayley Dennyson representing Waterfall Schools,  Rory Wilkinson who is a planning and development specialist, and Dave Jones of Seeff Hillcrest. From the lifestyle, schools close by, the proximity and demand for family homes and rental opportunities are just a few of the topics discussed.

Take a moment to click through to our webinar and learn all you need to know about the Hillcrest area.

Introducing the historic Clubhouse

The social hub of Emberton Estate is without a doubt, the chic clubhouse. As an AMAFA-registered structure, the clubhouse holds tremendous historical value to the town of Hillcrest.

What was once an old, traditional farmhouse, Collins Residential, the development team behind Emberton Estate, have rejuvenated the structure, kept much of the building intact, and preserved the history. This includes preserving the original Jojoba dark wood floors and pressed ceilings and cornices. As you step into the stylish clubhouse, the high ceilings and stained-glass windows hark back to a simpler time, where farmers in Hillcrest could spend their afternoons taking in the views of the Durban beachfront from their front porch.

The team from Wylder Jane Designs brought a balance between this old-world charm and superb modern finishes in their final interior design of the completed structure. Catherine Olivier played an integral part in the process and explains the various segments of this unique location. “The inspiration of the clubhouse is a tropical colonial aesthetic. We’ve looked to compliment rich colours with natural woods, grass cloth wallpaper and earth tones.”

From the colonial paddle ceiling fans, to industrial-retro lighting in the bar area, the combination of colours and shades have been seamlessly married into an original, comprehensive design. Emberton Estate embraces an outdoor lifestyle and the use of Areca palm trees is certainly appropriate. “It’s important to bring life to an interior and using foliage is a great way to do that,” explains Olivier. “With such beautiful high ceilings, the use of palm trees brings in the height variation of scale, perspective and acoustics, which was important for this project,” Olivier continues.

The Clubhouse has become the central social hub of Emberton and the greater Hillcrest area, as the famous Ray’s Kitchen operate their restaurant within the estate. Register your interest to learn more about the available opportunities within Emberton, so you too can enjoy having this great facility within walking distance of your home.

21 Reasons to love Emberton Estate

As our National Lockdown passes the halfway mark, you’re probably finding your rhythm in this new way of life. In between the busyness of daily chores, home-schooling and staying on top of work, we hope that you are finding some time to dream about the ways you want to improve home and family life when we come out on the other end? As the development team of Emberton Estate, some of the really important things in life, we believe, are family, friends, security, health, wellness and convenience. So, we decided to share our 21 reasons of why living at Emberton could be the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow. We invite you to dream with us and discover just 21 of the reasons why….

1. Dine out effortlessly – Emberton’s Clubhouse is home to Ray’s Kitchen restaurant and is within walking distance from homes.

2. There’s a history – the Clubhouse, which is now the beautifully designed restaurant and sales centre, is a restored 100-year, historic farmhouse.

3. A place to kid around – Emberton Estate boasts a beautiful kid’s play area outdoors, fit with jungle gyms and loads of space to exert their energy.

4. Hit the road – Enjoy a safe and carefree stroll or jog around the 3km dedicated pathways and trails.

5. Family first – this estate is designed around providing families with a secure place to call home.

6. Lap this lifestyle up – Boasting a heated lap pool for residents to enjoy all year round.

7. Fit and fun – Residents who enjoy being active will love using the tennis court and cricket nets.

8. School time – Emberton is zoned under the Winston Park region and therefore families benefit from living close to schools such as Winston Park Primary, Hillcrest Primary, Highbury and Curro.

9. A close network – Emberton Estate is not just about creating the perfect environment for families; it is an estate made up of a close-knit community.

10. Pets are welcome – Walk your dog along the numerous trails throughout the estate.

11. Space to grow – The beautifully designed homes throughout the estate are ideal for growing families with open-plan, modern interiors.

12. Back in a dash – Shopping trips are quick as Emberton Estate is situated only a few kilometres from shopping malls and convenient shops.

13. Carefree lifestyle – Security is paramount for all South Africans, Emberton Estate provides biometric gate access and solid boundary walls that create a secure lifestyle for all.

14. Refreshing design – Emberton Estate’s modern homes are situated in the heart of Hillcrest. Their design is not only refreshing and contemporary, but functional as they have incorporated features such as fibre to the home and prepaid meters.

15. Travel less, live more – Live within the centre of everything; where you can travel within a few minutes to schools, shopping centres and hospitals. It’s all right on your doorstep.

16. The inviting outdoors – KwaZulu-Natal boasts a warmer climate and has created a culture where individuals embrace the outdoors. Take your fitness to the next level with our uniquely designed outdoor gym.

17. Lock-up-and-go living – Professionals on the go love the effortless and secure lifestyle Emberton’s modern apartments offer.

18. The WOW factor – Emberton Estate’s freestanding homes leave homeowners in awe with the spacious interior feel and high ceiling designs. This is luxury family living in the heart of Hillcrest.

19. Location is everything – Hillcrest is a highly sought-after node within the upper Highway area. Emberton Estate is located close to the M13 highway and is less than 30-minutes away from Durban.

20. Investors dream – With only a R10 000 deposit required you can secure one of the available freestanding, duplex or apartment opportunities within Emberton Estate.

21. Flexible financing solutions – If you’re just short of a bond, speak to us! We will see what we can do to make your investment a reality.

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