The Dolphin Coast, a stretch of golden beaches embraced by the warm Indian Ocean and rolling sugar cane and coastal forests, stretches from Zimbali in the south to the mighty Tugela River in the north. Ballito is rapidly becoming more a permanent residential destination than a holiday location as the demand for housing spreads ever further north.
Easily accessible to the King Shaka International Airport and with its large estates such as Zimbali and Simbithi, Brentonwood and Dunkirk, Ballito has evolved into a prime residential area, particularly among families and those commuting to work in nearby Umhlanga Ridge or La Lucia Office Estate.
Ballito and surrounds is slowly transforming into residential rather than holiday towns although the mix is presently still about 50:50. A great deal more businesses have opened up in the past five years, including three shopping centres. The exclusive, gated estates of Zimbali and Simbithi have been extensively marketed and are proving very popular, while new gated communities are springing up, offering an exclusive lifestyle in a secure environment.
For those wanting to acquire leisure property, a weekend retreat or a future or imminent retirement property, there are beachfront apartments, homes and apartments in the gated estates which offer a secure environment for a lock-up-and-go home with quick access to the airport. There are great beaches and festivals which have become synonymous with Ballito, creating an ideal place for young people to holiday. There is a good demand for holiday rental property in the area, which at least takes care of running costs for your investment.