KZN's Umtentweni lures home buyers

06 Feb 2008

Umtentweni on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal is attracting increasing attention from home buyers from around the country, including Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Gauteng and the Free State.

"A well established and leafy green area, Umtentweni comprises 80% permanent residences, with stands a minimum of 2000sq m (not sub-divisible), making it a highly appealing location for home buyers. Being so close to the burgeoning business hub of Port Shepstone, it's ideal for those who want to live in a tranquil and attractive coastal hamlet which is still easily accessible for business purposes," says Carolina and Herman Reyneke, area principals for Pam Golding Properties (PGP).

"The area boasts a broad range of properties, with the average price approximately R1m to R1,2m, and homes generally priced from R650k to R6m and above. Houses are modern and grand mansions evident among them. There are currently around 37 sectional title developments in existence in the area," says Carolina.

At present, 10 newly completed units, which remain available in a development opposite their offices in Sea Park, with easy access to the R102, is being marketed. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom units with undercover patio and lock-up garage with remote access are selling at R825k, including VAT.

"With a broad price range of properties available we find buyers - including cash buyers - purchasing for various purposes including holiday accommodation and permanent residence. The latter include those who have retired. There is a steady demand for both homes and apartments, so we find with the flow of people moving both in and out of the area we enjoy a healthy property market. In addition, further sectional title schemes are in the pipeline for the area," adds Herman.

For nature lovers there is an abundance of indigenous trees such as Flat crown, Natal Mahogany and Water Berry, and exceptional bird life with Kingfishers, Hornbills and Loeries to name a few. Southport, just south of the Umhlamgamkulu River, offers scenic sea and inland views, while various areas of Sea Park and Umtentweni also provide sea views.

Two exceptional properties are currently on the market.

The first is Royston Hall, situated on an elevated site of 5,9 hectares, which fronts onto the Umzimkulu River and just eight minutes from Port Shepstone. Marketed at R5,3m, the gracious manor house itself is a national monument and the land classified as conservation reserve.

The manor house comprises three spacious bedrooms with wooden floors, large lounge, dining room, wooden winding staircase, library, covered veranda and old style kitchen fitted with modern equipment and cupboards. Adjacent is a large cottage with bedroom, lounge, kitchen, offices and boardroom. The land has indigenous vegetation with small animal life such as mongoose, small buck and duiker as well as considerable birdlife.

The other property is a spacious five-bedroom, four-bathroom home of approximately 500sq m with views over the Umzimkulu River.

This home includes a formal lounge, bar lounge, spacious semi-open dining room, state of the art kitchen, two gymnasiums, sauna, large study with inter-leading doors to the studio and large workshop, entertainment room with built-in stage, a pool area, indoor gas braai, exterior traditional braai, swimming pool, jacuzzi and numerous balconies.

There are staff quarters with a kitchenette, gardener's change room/ablution facility, large manicured garden, double lock-up garage and numerous security features. Ideal for the enterprising entrepreneur to convert into a health spa or B&B, the property is marketed at R4,2m.

Image: This unique Umtentweni home is marketed at R4,2m.

Image: Royston Hall in Umtentweni is marketed at R5,3m.

For more information contact Herman Reyneke on 039 695 2466 or send an email.

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