09 May 2013
Umhlanga’s tropical climate and seaside attractions make it one of the top holiday destinations in the world, and its rental market remains buoyant.
This is according to Seeff Umhlanga rental consultant, Terri Cranke, who says the rental market in Umhlanga is always good, owing to relocating families, sportsmen, students, families and corporate clients, who all want to be close to the sea and Blue Flag beaches, with loads of fantastic restaurants to choose from and the Gateway shopping complex nearby.
She says Umhlanga is a real family place, and generally when families relocate – depending on where the office is situated – they like to be close to the beach.
Within months the kids are learning to surf and kite board, the parents are taking the dogs for walks on the promenade at sunrise – it’s just a feel good, happy place to be, she explains. “With the Umhlanga independent policing being on duty 24 hours, it is also a safe place to rent.”
Cranke says the only problem in the area is getting good-quality rentals, especially at under R10 000 per month, and freehold homes at around R12 000 to15 000 per month.
She says because of the shortage of stock at the moment, the cheapest on their books is a fully furnished three bedroom apartment, which includes all services, for R12 000 per month, a four bedroom house with top notch security for R25 000 per month, and a nine bedroom house for R50 000 per month.
One of the upper-end properties she has on her books at the moment is a six bedroom home which was previously rented by the Lesotho Government. Cranke says this gracious home comes in at a monthly rental of R55 000.
“It is a double storey, with six bedrooms, open flow top of the range kitchen flowing into the dining area with sliding doors onto an undercover veranda. Lush gardens and koi ponds surround the home, which includes a fully contained flat as well as staff quarters, a swimming pool, and off-street parking for at least 20 cars. There is also a sentry hut at the gate.”
Last year, two of the top rentals were a house which was let at R32 000 for 24 months with the option to purchase (fully furnished, walking distance of Umhlanga village and swimming beaches), and a furnished apartment in Pearl Breeze for R27 000 per month.
Also on the market is a two bedroom apartment to let in the Pearls, Umhlanga, at R25 000 per month.
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