With lessons learned in 2020, many of us have had to alter the way we live our lives daily. The new year presents the ideal time to reconnect and prioritise your family by spending more time together and having a bit of fun! With Gold Coast Estate focused on creating an environment for the family, we have put together a few activities you could do to get extra time together.
Cook together often
Get the family together and head into the kitchen! Cook up a massive storm or throw together a quick meal, you can involve all members of the family. Get the kids to lay the dining table or help chop up veggies in the kitchen with your supervision. This could be a great way to teach them culinary skills that can be appreciated later in life. Catch up and share stories about your week – and most importantly sit down and eat dinner together.
Spend time outdoors
Rally your sister, mom or the whole family together and head outdoors. The Sibaya Coastal Precinct is spoiled for choice when it comes to the range of activities, from the beach to safe coastal forest trails. This is not to mention all the activities you can get up to when you live within Gold Coast Estate; chill at the Clubhouse or get active at the sports facility. Spending time outdoors also brings various health benefits like reduced stress levels and a strengthened immune system.
Dedicated family night
Hosting a game or movie night is the ideal way to provide fun entertainment for the whole family. Board games like 30 seconds or Scrabble can be enjoyed by the whole family, often with an educational level where everyone can learn something new! Grab some popcorn and candy as you take some time to relax and indulge in a family-friendly movie together.
At Gold Coast Estate, you can take advantage of the ultimate family-focused lifestyle and amenities on offer.
Gold Coast Estate embodies the essence of a family lifestyle that thrives in an open, outdoor setting. With 180-degree sea views, this development promotes the growth and preservation of the natural environment. In efforts to maintain this, one of South Africa’s most popular plants, Portulacaria afra, affectionately known as Spekboom, is one of Gold Coast Estate’s latest additions to the landscape.
Promoting biodiversity and an extensive eco-system, we look at some of the benefits of Spekboom.
Beautiful once in bloom
If you’re unfamiliar with this versatile shrub, you might not be aware that the Spekboom produces flowers. Over the period of spring and summer, this plant flowers vibrant rosy blooms that cover the plant in a burst of vibrant pink after a good shower of rain. These flowers attract a range of birds and bees that delight in its sweet nectar.
Fight climate change and air pollution
Spekboom is truly a magnificent plant that assists with climate change. Helping the fight against air pollution through absorbing carbon-dioxide from the air resulting in improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions. Through the absorption of this carbon dioxide, the process creates more plant tissue and produces more oxygen.
As a low maintenance plant, Spekboom requires as little as 250 – 350mm of water to survive. The internal makeup allows this plant to survive in rough conditions and adapt to its surroundings and helps prevent soil erosion.
An age-old plant, Spekboom can survive up to 200 years old and grow up to 5m tall. As an adaptable shrub, it can be molded to your liking, spread out as a hedge, or kept as a small to medium size plant in a pot.
The team behind Gold Coast Estate are conscious about carbon emissions and know that having this unique plant interwoven into the landscape will create a healthy lifestyle and environment for residents and the holistic Sibaya Coastal Precinct.
At some stage of your life you may find yourself needing or wanting to downsize. The good thing is that downsizing comes with a host of benefits, and even more so if you opt for a property within an estate.
Downsizing your home doesn’t mean you’re downsizing your life. In fact, you may find that a smaller home frees up more money, more time for you, your hobbies and to spend with loved ones. Either way there are many benefits to be had.
You’ll definitely save money
Your municipal rates are calculated, in part, on the sheer square-meterage of your property. So, it follows that if your home is smaller, your rates will be lower, and you’ll actually save money. When you decide to downsize and you’ve found your ideal new home, why not do a cost calculation just to get an idea of how much you’ll be saving as a result of the move.
Greater sense of security
We mean physical security. In smaller home there are generally fewer access points for intruders. Not only that but you’ll also spend less on installing security infrastructure too. Buying a home in a residential estate provides even greater benefits in that you pay no extra for security, seen in the likes of high-tech access control, manned gatehouses, patrol guards, electrified fencing and security camera to name a few. Now with the kids gone and security already in place, you can easily lock up and go on a whim.
Lowered monthly utilities
It’s pretty likely that smaller property means a smaller garden too, and that’s not a bad thing. Firstly, you’ll see a reduction in your monthly water bill and you’ll also use less water- a great way to do your bit for resource conservation! In an estate you’ll have absolutely no need to hire someone to help you maintain your garden because landscaping and gardening is provided by the estate already.