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Bloemfontein homes to suit all pockets

15 Jan 2015

Bloemfontein, set in the heart of the Free State, is known as the city of roses. As the Judicial capital of South Africa, as well as the capital of the Free State, it offers the perfect mix of urban and suburban - being not too big, but not too small. This means that Bloemfontein meets the needs of a wide demographic of potential home buyers.

This five bedroom home is set in a leafy garden with pool and outside entertainment area. Within walking distance from amenities and schools, it is on the market for R2.195m - click here to view more.

This is according to Christo Fourie, a RE/MAX estate agent operating in Bloemfontein, who says buyers can be roughly divided into two groups: those wanting to buy in the north, and those wanting to buy in the south.

Bloemfontein’s northern neighbourhoods are seen as more upmarket, with Dan Pienaar being the most popular, says Fourie. This is mainly due to its great access to Bloemfontein’s most prestigious schools, primary and secondary. Heuwelsig follows close on Dan Pienaar’s heels when it comes to popularity.

Fourie says the southern neighourhoods are more affordable when compared to their northern counterparts. The most popular neigbourhoods here are Fichardtpark, and to the west Universitas Ridge.

Another place of interest, he says, is Langenhovenpark. Functioning almost as an independent suburb, the neighbourhood comprises multiple sectional title schemes, big family homes and various shopping centres.

This three bedroom townhouse is on the market for R1.895m. The home has an established garden and is located next to a greenbelt - click here to view more.

Woodland Hills, a security estate just outside Bloemfontein, has also gained greatly in popularity over the last few years. “The estate is ideal for those who prioritise security and don’t mind driving a few extra kilos to work or school.” However, he says the excellent security offered by the estate does come with a price tag..

In his experience, Fourie says the R1.3 to R1.7 million price bracket is the most active. But there is also an active buying group in the luxury home market, where prices range from R2 million upwards.

In general, most Bloemfontein buyers are buying to upgrade. “People wanting to upgrade their homes make up the biggest part of the market, whether they are making the move from a sectional title to full title home, apartment to house or from renting to buying,” says Fourie.

This four bedroom home is big on entertainment with its five entertainment areas. There is a flatlet on the property, as well as a swimming pool and four garages. It is on the market for R3.6m - click here to view more.

He says buyers hailing from other areas in South Africa are often surprised at the high property prices in Bloemfontein. “This is because demand sorely outstrips supply. We are hopeful that the new big scale developments in Olive Hill will relieve some of this pressure.” He says this development should definitely make sectional title purchases more accessible to buyers, costing R8 000 per square metre for newly built units.

Although location is important, he says buyers are definitely more concerned with value for money. “This means value, value, value trumps location, location, location.”

Bloemfontein buyers are also very serious when it comes to their entertainment areas, he says. “People want to enjoy themselves in their entertainment areas, and if a house offers an entertainment area that flows from the inside to outside, so much the better.” - Ula van Zyl

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Ula van Zyl

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