Breedezicht is the ideal spot for your holiday home!

Why Breedezicht is the ideal location for a coastal holiday home

If you want to purchase a coastal holiday home, any property expert will strongly advise you to consider buying property along the Garden Route.

The Garden Route is a 300-kilometre stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa which extends from Witsand in the Western Cape to the border of Tsitsikamma Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous estuaries and lakes dotted along the coast.

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But, with so many locations to pick from, where do you even begin house-hunting for the ultimate coastal holiday home?


It is also about convenience


If unspoiled nature and peace and quiet are what you are after, then Breedezicht Estate will tick all the boxes, and more. Located in the small coastal town of Witsand, Breedezicht Estate is conveniently situated 34 kilometres off the N2 highway, only 150 kilometres from Mossel Bay and 300 kilometres from Cape Town.

Choose the holiday home that suits your style


The development offers 120 full-title, fully service stands next to the Breede River and the Indian Ocean, with options available offering great views of the river, the nearby mountains, or the vast rolling farmlands.

Homebuyers can pick from five exquisite historically identifiable architectural styles, namely: Cape Heritage, Fisherman’s Cottage, Modern Beach, New England, and Vermont. House sizes range from 122 mto 450 m2, and you can customise the plans to suit your personal tastes and preferences. All the houses also include energy-saving features such as water tanks, gas stove and gas heating options, and solar panels to supply water heating.


Everything you want from a coastal holiday location


Breedezicht Estate is the ideal holiday spot for buyers who enjoy the tranquility of nature and outdoor activities. The main attraction, the Breede River, is perfect for fishing, and water sports such as kite surfing, rowing, canoeing, tubing, or a sunset boat ride up the river. River or sea cruises and fishing charters are also readily available.

For those who prefer hiking or birdwatching, De Hoop Nature Reserve is right on our doorstep and offers 3 000 hectares of undisturbed fynbos, 260 different species of birds, and is home to the endangered Cape mountain zebra and Cape vulture. You can also take a walk on the pristine beaches and do whale watching – Witsand is known as the whale nursery of South Africa. Between June and November the southern right whales migrate to nearby Saint Sebastian Bay, where they come to breed in the peaceful waters. 

Another perfect family outing is to have a meal or sundowners at one of the five local Witsand restaurants, including The Anchorage Beach Restaurant and Bar, Pili Pili River Restaurant, and The Breede River Lodge and Fishing Resort. Another firm favourite amongst locals and holiday-goers is The Bush Pub. Go by car or take a scenic cruise up the river to get there.


Enjoy a peaceful coastal holiday home at Breedezicht


Breedezicht Estate truly is the ideal spot for holiday-home-buyers who enjoy a peaceful, safe, and truly South African vacation. Besides offering buyers complete peace of mind, adventure, and an abundance of nature, your holiday home will also be a great investment! This said, you can make the best of your holiday home both in or out of season and there is the option of holiday letting while you are not using it yourself.  

If Breedezicht Estate is exactly what you’ve been looking for in a holiday home, then feel free to contact Central Developments for further information. Central Developments is well-respected in South Africa’s property development industry and has a diversified track record, achieved over more than 25 years.


Live the dream retirement lifestyle at Breedezicht Estate

Why Breedezicht offers the ideal retirement lifestyle

Dream retirement lifestyle
Dream retirement lifestyle
Dream retirement lifestyle

When looking for your dream retirement lifestyle, you should consider that this year’s property trends have again highlighted that South Africans will continue to semigrate to coastal towns, particularly those within the Western Cape. The increasing number of coastal homebuyers has mainly been young families and retirees looking for a better quality of life that prioritises less congestion and safer open spaces.

If you are a soon-to-be retiree who is eager to make this shift and live your dream retirement lifestyle, then Breedezicht Estate is, without a doubt, the perfect spot for you. Surrounded by vast rolling farmlands and views overlooking the Breede River estuary and the Indian Ocean, any nature lover will quickly feel at home.

The ideal coastal location for the perfect retirement lifestyle


Breedezicht Estate is located in the small coastal town of Witsand that is situated close to major towns and cities – just 34 km off the N2 highway, 150 km from Mossel Bay, 300 km from Cape Town, and a quick 80 km from Swellendam. This is especially appealing to retired residents who enjoy exploring the surrounding areas, like going on weekend getaways or running their errands in one of the nearby towns.  


Our secure, gated development is both luxurious and practical


The gated development offers 120 full-title, fully serviced stands secured by perimeter fencing. Residents’ safety and peace of mind are a top priority, making it perfect for retirees who enjoy a relaxed living environment. 

Homebuyers can pick from five exquisite historically identifiable architectural styles: Cape Heritage, Fisherman’s Cottage, Modern Beach, New England, and Vermont. House sizes range from 122 mto 450 m2, and you can customise the plans to suit your personal tastes and preferences. All the houses also include energy-saving features such as water tanks, gas stoves and gas heating options, and solar panels to supply water heating.


Stay active and social while retired


Breedezicht Estate’s prime location will ensure that you stay active and social even during your golden years. Our retired residents enjoy a variety of activities, of which some include: 

  • Taking long walks on the beach.
  • Fishing, canoeing, or rowing on the Breede River.
  • Taking sunset boat rides up the river with friends and family.
  • Birdwatching or hiking in De Hoop Nature Reserve.
  • Watching the southern right whales in the bay.
  • Enjoying a sundowner or meal in one of the five local restaurants.

Surround yourself with a caring community


Besides the peace and quiet, the picturesque setting, and the active and secure lifestyle that Breedezicht Estate offers retirees, there is also the benefit of belonging to a friendly and tight-knit community. Both inside the estate and in town, you will find a down-to-earth community of residents who look out for one another and are always willing to help.


Don’t miss out on securing your spot!


If Breedezicht Estate is exactly what you’ve been looking for when you think of your dream retirement lifestyle, then now is the time to make your move. Stands are selling at below market-related prices, and building packages are available at cost.

For further information about our development feel free to contact Central Developments. Central Developments is well-respected in South Africa’s property development industry and has a diversified and proven track record, achieved over more than 30 years.

Why Breedezicht is the perfect place to work remotely

Why Breedezicht is perfect for working from home

The Covid-19 pandemic has revolutionised the way South Africans live and work. In June 2021, approximately 50 percent of South Africans were working remotely on a full-time basis. Businesses have realised that working remotely can increase productivity and employee efficiency, so we will probably continue to see an increase in both hybrid and remote work options.

Working remotely does not only benefit South African businesses; employees are also getting the best of both worlds! Not only does remote work allow you to work from almost anywhere in the country, but you can also optimise your work environment. This means that you can choose any place where it is easy to stay focused, relaxed, and inspired. If this idea appeals to you, Breedezicht Estate is where you can make your ideal work-from-home lifestyle a reality.

Effortless travelling when you work remotely


Located in the small coastal town of Witsand, Breedezicht Estate is conveniently situated a mere 34 km off the N2 highway, only 150 km from Mossel Bay, 300 km from Cape Town, and just under 200 km from George. This makes travelling for work hassle-free, as both Cape Town International and George Airport are only a few hours’ drive away. Residents can also easily run their errands and do grocery shopping in one of the larger towns nearby, like Heidelberg, Riversdale or Swellendam.


Find peace and quiet while surrounded by nature


Imagine a home office with a view overlooking the Breede River estuary, the Indian Ocean, the nearby mountains, or the vast rolling farmlands. Each of Breedezicht’s 120 full-title, fully service stands promises a peaceful atmosphere with spectacular views that will motivate you to thoroughly immerse yourself in your work.


Homebuyers can pick from five exquisite, historically identifiable architectural styles: Cape Heritage, Fisherman’s Cottage, Modern Beach, New England, and Vermont. House sizes range from 122 mto 450 m2, and plans can be customised to suit your personal taste and preferences. This enables you to create a tranquil and spacious home office that meets all your requirements.

Balance working remotely and enjoying endless outdoor activities

We all know that a healthy body equals a healthy and productive mind. A major benefit of living in a coastal town like Witsand, is that clearing your mind and destressing is never a problem. Our working residents enjoy endless outdoor activities, such as:

  • Going for a run or walk on the beach.
  • Fishing, canoeing, or rowing on the Breede River.
  • Birdwatching or hiking in the De Hoop Nature Reserve.
  • Taking sunset boat cruises up the river with friends and family.
  • Watching the southern right whales in the bay.
  • Enjoying a sundowner or meal in one of the five local restaurants. Most restaurants offer the option of ordering take-out, which is perfect after working all day.

Escape the city and make the most of working remotely in this picturesque setting


If Breedezicht Estate sounds like the place where you would like to work from remotely, then now is the time to make your move. Stands are selling at below market-related prices, and building packages are available at cost.

You are more than welcome to contact us at Central Developments for further information about Breedezicht Estate. The Central Developments Property Group is well-respected in South Africa’s residential property development industry and has a diversified and proven track record achieved over the past 30 years.

I spotted a Southern Right Whale
from my house!

I spotted a Southern Right Whale from my house!


When I moved to Witsand permanently in December 2003, I immediately became involved with the tourism industry and the marketing of Witsand as a holiday destination both locally and internationally.


Other than the Breede River and the plethora of activities it offers, the next best local and international attraction is the annual migration of the Southern Right Whales to our shores.


These gentle giants of the sea arrive to calve and mate and can be seen in the bay during the months of May/June to October/November. Witsand is privileged to get the lion’s share of these majestic mammals annually, thus making us known as the whale nursery of South Africa.


Interesting facts about the Southern Right Whale


The Southern Right Whale, or Eubalaena australis, joins Blue Whales and Humpbacks in the baleen family. These filter feeders’ main source of food is krill and copepods. They are dark grey to black and sometimes have some white patches underneath.


These gentle giants are very playful and curious around people and can often be seen trying to give kayakers and skiers a ride on their back. They also interact socially with dolphins and Humpbacks. They are slow swimmers, taking their time through life at a speed of around 5 km/h; then again, we all may move a bit slower if we weighed in at an average of 47 tonnes!


Pregnancies last just over a year, with only one calf being born. These calves average around one-and-a-half tonnes at birth and suckle until they are around six months old. They can drink up to 600L of milk a day, which helps them build up the blubber they need to stay warm. With such an appetite, it’s no wonder they put on around 90 kg per day.


Due to the sensitivity of the breeding and calving in the bay, no boat-based whale watching is allowed, but these magnificent creatures are clearly visible from the beach and look-out spots along our coastline.

Can you spot a Southern Right Whale?


Right whales have no dorsal fins, and the Southern Right Whale is no different. This is one of the key factors in identifying these large mammals.


Another well-known identifier is the calluses that form on their heads, known as callosities. Each whale has a unique pattern, just like we have fingerprints, that allows conservationists and researchers to spot individuals. Seeing as these amazing creatures can live up to 100 years, it helps to know who’s who in the zoo.


Conservation and the Southern Right Whale


The Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit recently posted its first aerial survey for the year. You can find more information here.


Run by the Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit, the “Adopt-a-whale” campaign is for the raising of much-needed funds to continue the research and conservation of the Southern Right Whale, to either co-adopt or to fully adopt one of the best know Southern Right whales, please do so here, and help conserve our gentle giants.


And finally, for some amazing aerial photos of the area and marine life; the marine conservation photographer Jean Tresfon posts regularly and covers a vast area of the Western Cape’s coastline; you can follow him on Facebook.

Be where the whales are


Breedezicht Lifestyle Estate in Witsand gives you the perfect viewing opportunity. There are many activities in the area, and whale watching is one of the most satisfying. Buy a completed house, or even a stand and build your own home, from where you can sit and relax while watching the whales.

Benefit from nature – rest, recharge and destress at home and work

Benefit from nature – rest, recharge and destress at home and work

Benefit from nature with Cradle Ridge Estate’s natural surroundings, making it the ideal location for your home and home office. The estate is close to where pre-human life flourished approximately 2.3 million years ago. Here you can live with nature on your doorstep in an eco-friendly estate.

The benefits of being in nature


According to Kirsten Weir (2020), time spent in nature can improve our physical and psychological health and enhance cognition. Other benefits include:

  • Stress reduction.
  • Restoration of attention.
  • Better overall mood.
  • Lower risk for psychiatric disorders.
  • Improvements in empathy and cooperation.

Cognition and memory are affected to the extent that children in schools with a park nearby showed enhanced cognitive ability (Berman & Schertz, 2019). Nature also improves the subjective experience of wellbeing in people who struggle with low social connectedness and loneliness (Cartwright et al., 2018). Cartwright and his colleagues studied participants in the United Kingdom who struggled with social isolation, which is usually a precursor for low feelings of wellbeing. However, the researchers found that participants with low social connectedness who had access to nearby nature reported high levels of wellbeing. 

Several theories explaining the benefit of being in nature are being explored; suffice to say that there are immense and diverse benefits of spending time in nature (Capaldi, et al., 2015).

Benefit from nature at Cradle Ridge



The estate was developed with the needs of high-flyers like you in mind. Ensuring that nature becomes part of your residential experience was essential to the design and layout. As high-functioning, career-driven individuals themselves, the developers understand the necessity of distressing and rest. The unfortunate fact is that many people tend to work so hard that they never switch off. Cradle Ridge Estate integrates nature with your life seamlessly by bringing it to your doorstep.
For this reason, the estate boasts huge ecologically designed gardens with space for walking, jogging and cycling as part of an aesthetically pleasing design. The houses are eco-friendly and have large private gardens to keep you connected to nature through gardening and other outdoor activities such as a family braai or playing with the children.
While on the subject of children and their high energy levels – Cradle Ridge Estate has kiddies play area with BMX track, mini soccer field, jungle gyms, and a water fountain with adjoining braai areas. This means that mom and dad can have time to connect while the children are happily spending quality time in the fresh air. In the play area, children will spend time outdoors and get exercise in a natural environment. Sweet sleep awaits after a rough-and-tumble day of play!
Leisurely strolls, journaling on a secluded bench and watching the birdlife will also add to your wellbeing. The clever integration of the natural environment into the design will lure you away from your computer from time to time to simply enjoy a cuppa in your garden or take a lunchtime stroll through the estate’s gardens.
In addition to the stylish and effective natural environment inside the estate, the surrounding area complements the experience with a myriad of nature-related opportunities outside the walls.

Nature in the Cradle of Humankind


The developers purposefully chose this geographical location for the estate because of its majestic vistas over the Cradle of Humankind and the variety of outdoor-oriented opportunities available in the vicinity. There is an abundance of outdoor activities available in the area. These include the Silverstar Casino, Cradlestone Mall, Ruimsig Golf Course and Country Club, the athletics stadium, various stables with horse riding, abseiling, hot-air ballooning, caving, 4×4 quad biking, rally trails, river rafting, hiking, and 4×4 driver training. The Hartbeespoort Dam is only a short drive and offers water-related activities – think skiing and boating.
For those who aren’t adrenaline junkies, you are in the proximity of the world-renowned Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and a variety of experiences from art and eating in lush gardens to visits to the various nature reserves such as the Bothongo Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve and The Cradle Nature Reserve. You can also have a picnic in a bubble in Muldersdrift or spend a restful day at the Hartbeespoort Dam.

How to buy into this rare opportunity


Becoming part of the growing number of homeowners at Cradle Ridge Estate is so easy. Visit the website and/or the estate, and speak to one of the friendly, highly trained consultants who will ensure adherence to strict COVID-19 regulations. The consultant will walk you through the entire purchase to ensure that your experience is as stress-free as the environment where your house will be.

It is crucial that you hurry, though; stands are selling out like hotcakes and most of the already built houses have been sold.

Work from home and have everything you need on your doorstep

Work from home and have everything you need on your doorstep

Nothing screams “STRESS ME OUT” as much as peak-time traffic, followed by views of the ever-expanding urban jungle! I now work from home but used to feel that I spent more time on the road than at work, which meant less work got done, and my work-life balance took a serious knock. If you are with me and many others in Gauteng, then you should continue reading.

Work and play from home

Instead, we all want to work from home in a tranquil spot, go on relaxing walks and watch our children enjoy themselves in play areas within a world-class estate close to all the much-needed amenities that make our lives easier. If you share my dream, then Cradle Ridge Estate is for you! This beautiful estate is in an idyllic location on the north-facing slopes of the Roodekrans Ridge, with exquisite views of the Cradle of Humankind. Sitting here, I can’t help to think that my caveman ancestors shared this view, and I wonder what otherworldly animals and plants shared their time and space.

Albeit vastly different, my needs are met here as much as theirs were hundreds of thousands of years ago. I have the privilege to work from my bespoke home and share friendships with like-minded families. My fibre-ready, eco-friendly home is my family’s sanctuary. From here, we enjoy everything that our estate offers; this includes massive gardens, pathways for walking, running, and cycling, and excellent recreational facilities for my youngsters. Our kiddies play park includes:

  • Convenient braai areas and a BMX track.
  • Mini-soccer field.
  • Water fountain.
  • Jungle gyms; my children can’t get enough of these.

My moody teenager often forgets herself on long walks or when writing poetry while gazing at the phenomenal panorama. As for me, I enjoy the tranquillity, beauty, closeness to nature and the home office where I can let my creativity soar.

Nearby amenities

When we want to go out, there is so much to explore! Besides the incredibly convenient shops (such as those at Cradlestone Mall), weekends have turned into fun time, and even my teenager has to agree that this is “the coolest place to be, mom.” There is Ruimsig Country Club which has a Gary Player designed golf course, horse riding, athletics stadium, and various adventure sports right here (this includes trout fishing, which becomes an adventure sport when my city-bred husband endeavours to bring back the bacon/fish).

On the nature side, we have picnics at the renowned Walter Sisulu Botanical gardens, visit the Cradle of Humankind, and lunch at the lovely nurseries with my parents, who live in one of the retirement villages nearby. We indulge at one of the many restaurants on Friday nights or relax at a nearby pub. Sometimes we even try our luck at the Silver Star Casino or watch a show at the Barnyard Theatre.

It was a challenge picking the right schools for the children, simply because there are so many excellent schools in the vicinity, like Maragon Private School, Curro School, King’s School and government schools such as the Muldersdrift Laerskool, Monument High School, and Krugersdorp High School. Pathways School for the disabled is also nearby. My teenager is eagerly hoping for admission to the international Monash University – but that is a secret! When I ask her, she pretends to get angry and bang the door on me for “intruding in her space.”

Nowadays, work functions and conferences are done at one of the many classy conference centres – especially because my co-workers and clients can easily fly to Lanseria International Airport, come in from Centurion, Randburg, and Sandton, or drive in conveniently via the N14 / R28. My consultant husband has his offices at the nearby Ruimsig Country Office Park.

In case of emergencies or accidents, such as when my husband hooked himself instead of hooking the fish, the helpful staff of the Netcare Pinehaven Hospital was close by.


Work from home at Cradle Ridge Estate

I love where we live, and it was easy to choose Cradle Ridge Estate as our home. After a visit to the estate where we connected with one of the stellar staff, we only had to sign on the dotted line, and basically, everything was taken care of by our consultant.
However, I would urge you to hurry, because the last time I checked the website, there were only three ready-built houses and 52 stands left!

Retire in Witsand – Breedezicht, the estate surrounded by lush winter canola fields.

It’s that time of the year again when everything is YELLOW!


They call retirement the silver years, but there’s no reason you can’t retire in Witsand and be surrounded by green and a beautiful golden yellow. Imagine for a moment, sitting outside with a warm cup of coffee, looking out over the yellow blanket that is the canola fields. This is surely a sight that will warm any winter heart!

Breedezicht Estate adheres to general landscaping guidelines to help create an integrated and responsive landscape, emphasising the natural Western Cape coastal landscape characteristics.


retire in Witsand
retire in Witsand
retire in Witsand

Retire in Witsand and enjoy some gardening


One of the best past times of retirement is the time you have available to spend gardening, and winter is the best time of year to start gardening and the perfect time to establish new plants for the dry summer months ahead.

Milkwood, Sideroxylon inerme, is, of course, one of the best trees to plant. Milkwood trees are seen all over Witsand and remain popular for their ability to grow in harsh, seafront weather. They have dense foliage and offer wonderful shade for a late afternoon picnic.

These hardy evergreen trees also form a natural windbreak when matured. Milkwood is a protected species and may not be damaged, moved or felled without a permit.

The top shrub will have to be the Spekboom (Portulacaria afra). Read this article from Garden and Home for seven significant reasons you should plant spekboom, an indigenous succulent, in your garden.

  1. It improves our air quality.
  2. The spekboom is a proudly South African plant.
  3. It’s a water-wise plant.
  4. It’s suitable for all seasons and weather conditions.
  5. It’s effortless to grow.
  6. It’s a versatile plant.
  7. You can even eat it.

Cape thatching reed plants like the Restio (Restio tectorum) and easy-to-grow Dakriet (Elegia tectorum) are prevalent throughout the area. These are proudly South African water-wise reeds that form part of the unique group of plants found in the Fynbos regions of the Cape. They are easy to grow in the garden and cope well with being in containers too. These are also popular landscaping plants because of their hardiness and bold structural shape.

Another common sighting in the area is the bright yellow canola fields. Did you know that canola oil contains the least saturated fat of any common edible oils on the market?! Once harvested, the canola seeds are taken to a crushing facility, where the oil is extracted, refined, and bottled as canola oil. The leftover “meal” is then used as a protein source in animal feed. Other uses are biodiesel, fertiliser, cosmetics, and industrial lubricants, to name a few.

Retire in Witsand with great activities


If gardening is not your forte, no need to fret, Witsand is the perfect slow-town destination that keeps on giving; may it be the prolific amount of excellent fishing spots in the area or the stunning views of the Breede River mouth meeting the mighty ocean or the sights of farmlands stretching along the highway. The town offers a serene environment filled with stunning, wavy hills of canola flowers, unspoilt beaches, and a small harbour for water sports.

Another bonus of this resort town is the plentiful marine life sightings in the area. This picturesque town along the Garden Route boasts plentiful whale watching opportunities due to the so-called whale nursery of South Africa being located there. The Breede River has also seen some of the largest bull sharks in the surrounding waters.

There are also few things more beautiful than the winter farmlands along the Garden Route. A true picture-perfect wonderland of patchwork quilted fields. On a winter’s day, the stretch of road on the N2 towards Witsand with the backdrop of the Langeberg mountain range will surely leave you inspired.





Retiring at Breedezicht

Retirement should be about leisure strolls along the coastline, enjoying the tranquillity of the vast open countryside, breathing in the fresh coastal air, and using your free time doing activities and hobbies that you never had time for before. Breedezicht Lifestyle Estate offers all this and so much more.

Let Breedezicht be your escapism from the cacophonies of city-life, book an appointment today with one of our friendly sales consultants and experience the beauty and serenity of a sea-side retirement for yourself at Breedezicht Estate and enjoy spending your much-deserved free time gardening, walking along the beach, enjoying the breath-taking sights and marine life of this strategic location.

Witsand canola fields

Home maintenance tips – Looking after your drains

Home maintenance drain education – What cannot be washed down the drain?

When it comes to home maintenance, the following items – which we call the big offenders – are known to be major causes of clogged drains, and should never be put down the drain or toilet:

Fat

Grease from fats and oils may be liquid on entering a drain, but it soon cools off down there and will rapidly congeal and become a sticky solid mass that adheres to pipe walls and attracts further waste to it.

Use a fat trap (a lined, disposable container) to pour waste oils and fats into or add it to your green recycling bin. Keep a caddy in the kitchen for food waste – it is healthier for your pipes as well as the planet!

Hair

Both human and pet hair are also major clog-factors. The simplest way to avoid drains becoming blocked by hair build-up is to install simple mesh screens over all your drains, particularly shower and bath drains.

A mesh screen in the kitchen sink will also trap food waste from washing down the drain. They are easy to clean out – just make it a habit to empty them regularly.

Food Waste

Coffee grounds seem like a harmless, free-flowing item to wash down the sink. However, you may be surprised to learn that they are a high-risk factor for drain blockages.

Dispose of them – along with other food waste particles, like rice and pasta – in the food waste bin or repurpose them by adding them to your pot plants for added plant nutrition.

Fibrous Materials

Items such as wet-wipes, dental floss, cotton balls and feminine hygiene items should be disposed of in a bin, not flushed down the toilet. They easily snag on rough parts inside drains and build up into potential blockages.

Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals

Engine oil, paints and solvents should be safely disposed of according to local regulations; never introduced it to the water supply where they can harm our groundwater and be toxic to plants and wildlife. Return unused medicines to a chemist for safe disposal.

The following items should never be disposed of down any drain:

  • Food waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Nappies
  • Sanitary towels, including tampons, applicators, and wrappers
  • Cotton buds
  • Condoms
  • Bandages and plasters
  • Razor blades
  • Medicines, needles, and syringes

Home Maintenance Tips to Maintain Clean Drains

As well as teaching your family what is safe and not safe to dispose of down the drains, it’s also a good idea to regularly use some simple cleaning procedures.

These six easy steps will help to dissolve and loosen any fats that have started to build up:

  1. Boil a pot of water.
  2. Pour ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda into the drain.
  3. Put a cleaning rag over the top of the drain to cover it.
  4. Wait five minutes or so while the mixture eats away at the build-up.
  5. Remove the rag and pour the boiling water into the drain.
  6. Put some vinegar on the sponge and wipe down the drain fixture.

You can also buy yourself a drain snake (also known as a plumber’s snake – a long, flexible, small auger that rotates as it is physically pushed through the clog) to hook out build-ups and dislodge early build-up.





Estate Living and Being Neighbourly

Be a good neighbour in estate living


There’s a Czech proverb that says “A good neighbour increases the value of your property”.

It’s always great to have neighbours who you get along with, especially in estate living. It is even better, though, to be a good neighbour yourself – even more so when living in a security estate.


The good side of estate livingThe other side of estate living
Secure open spaces
Safety
Increased property value
Communal facilities
Neighbours
Building regulations and restrictions
Levies and taxes
General estate rules

Living with difficult neighbours


Within the estate, you will probably have more interaction with the people living around you than in a suburban property. The need to be considerate of those around you is even more important when there is a governing body in an estate and upsetting the guy next door could lead to issues with others. Of course, sometimes the neighbour may be the problem and not you.

How to deal with difficult neighbours

Firstly, be reasonable. If this person is regularly making noise through loud music, shouting, unruly pets or renovations then that’s one thing. But if your generally quiet neighbour one day has a party with music that is a little loud, then surely you can let that go?

However, if the noise is of such nature that you just can’t deal with it, you can follow these steps:

  • Approach your neighbour personally and have a calm discussion. Perhaps this person isn’t even aware that they are making so much noise.
  • Alternatively, a polite letter can be written and handed to the person in question.
  • If these steps don’t work then you can discuss the matter with the HOA.

Always try to resolve matters peacefully because this person will still be living next door tomorrow.

Being neighbourly



We sometimes forget when we live in an estate that with great power comes great responsibility. Don’t wait for other homeowners to show the example of how to be a good neighbour.

  • Get to know the people around you. Knowing that Susan in number 45 bakes delicious cakes may be a lifesaver when you’ve planned your kid’s birthday party and remember the night before the big event that you forgot to order the birthday cake!
  • Lead by example. If there are neighbourhood issues – like waste for instance – get a group of residents together and form a cleaning squad.
  • Get active. Many people would love to work out but they don’t have someone to motivate them. Or perhaps there are kids that get left out of sporting activities at school. This is a great opportunity to start a community activity. Arrange exercise classes like yoga or a bootcamp. If there’s space then get the kids to join in a rugby game or soccer match on Saturdays.
  • Look after them. Often your community becomes your family and family takes time to help each other out. Even if you aren’t family, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t help your neighbours. Remember when you and your spouse brought home your newborn baby and the women in your street got together to make you a few meals for the first week so you don’t have to cook? Pay it forward! Help the elderly gentleman across the road to put up new cupboards or the people next-door who need a petsitter while they are away on holiday.
  • Support them. Do you know that Mike two houses down lost his job recently and is now doing carpentry from home to earn an income and look after his family? Help him out by referring people to him, perhaps go with him to a market day and help him sell his products because you are more a smooth-talker than he is.
  • Be considerate. There will be a time when you will want to host a party at your house and you just know it’s going to be a bit noisy. Give those living around you a heads-up that you are hosting and it may be a little loud. You could even invite them over for the party.

It’s not that hard being a good neighbour. A little consideration and friendliness can go a long way.

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