Lou Harvey, popular local handbag designer, talks about what the Mount Edgecombe area has to offer.
Known for its golf course and estate living, Mount Edgecombe is situated on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. This established suburb provides residents with a choice of incredible estates, complexes and freestanding homes.
Mount Edgecombe is an ideal area for families to live, whether young or old. It’s also ideal to set up your office space, with ample office buildings and complexes in the area. Lou Harvey, popular local handbag designer, has chosen Mount Edgecombe as her family’s home, and is also where her boutique shop is. “I love the fact that Mount Edgecombe is so safe and that it’s a secure estate. My children have the freedom to come and go, and basically have the same kind of childhood that I did growing up,” says Lou.
“I love the proportions of my home with its high ceilings and spacious rooms. It all opens up on to a beautiful patio, with garden, pool and wooden deck. It has a contemporary colonial look and feel that I just love. The layout of my home is ideal for the kids to enjoy the garden and swim, while I sit and watch them on the patio as I follow the latest trends on Pinterest – I’m a bit of an addict,” says Lou.
Mount Edgecombe is about a 10-minute drive from the vibrant Umhlanga area, where the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, The Crescent, Old Town Italy, the beach and local restaurants can be found. It has easy access to the main highway and is also relatively close to the King Shaka International Airport. The area has ample eating spots and areas for entertainment. “My go-to spot is definitely Remo’s Originale in Mount Edgecombe for the best coffee. I also enjoy going to Franks, as well as the new SW1 for a delicious Thai meal. We enjoy spending time on Umhlanga’s Blue Flag beach; my son loves jumping in the waves and building sandcastles,” says Lou.
Although a highly regarded area to reside within, it is currently going through a major upgrade. With the construction of the 85,000m2 new Cornubia Mall, as well as the R816m interchange upgrade, this regal area is set to see great advantages from these two developments.
Best in schools:
- Mount Edgecombe Private School
- ML Sultan Blackburn Primary School
- Siphosethu Primary School
- Greenbury Primary School
- Greenbury Secondary School
Things to do:
- Play a round of golf at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club.
- Enjoy the day at Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
- Join the Virgin Active gym.
Best in food:
- Marco Paulo restaurant
- Remo’s Originale
- Boar’s Head Restaurant in Mount Edgecombe Country Club
- Monica’s restaurant
- Callaway Restaurant
Take a beautiful trip through the Umhlanga area here:
Estate agent insight into the Mount Edgecombe area
What makes Mount Edgecombe such an attractive area to reside in?
Mount Edgecombe is ideally situated for the modern family. Close to all attractions on offer in the North of Durban. Convenient shopping options are just a short distance and coming soon is the Cornubia Mall offering major retailers. If you are a jet-setting family, King Shaka International Airport is just around the corner, within easy driving distance. Even though you are surrounded by urban conveniences, you can relax and enjoy a country setting in your new home in Mount Edgecombe.
Krish Moodley: Momentum International Realty
How would you describe the type of property you would find in the Mount Edgecombe area?
The original suburb, established before the golf course was constructed, has many outstanding and stately freestanding homes, plus a vast range of complexes ranging from R900,000 to R3m. It includes a retirement home for the elderly of Durban. Mount Edgecombe also incorporates the suburb of Broadlands which is a 400-home suburb comprising an even mix of freehold single-residential dwellings and sectional title units. Broadlands is a prestigious community designed for those who appreciate an exclusive lifestyle, convenient access and quiet surroundings.
Shaun Hall: Property.COZA
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.