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Great value-for-money homes on offer in Durban’s Upper Highway

15 Apr 2019

In many people’s view, the pre-election period sees property go into the doldrums. They will say that the country’s economy is weak and politically the future lacks clarity.

This four bedroom, four bathroom home in Waterfall, Durban, has an open-plan kitchen leading onto a dining room with wood fireplace, a deck and front garden. It is on the market for R1.795 million - click here to view.

However, the Upper Highway area of Durban is a micro-economy which is experiencing a stable sales pattern. Buyers are attracted to the area primarily because of the excellent value for money, the availability of a large range of excellent schooling, and an increasing choice of properties to buy, says Dave Jones of Seeff Hillcrest, Kloof and Waterfall.

“This micro-economy also sees consistent development in the area. We have recently seen a private hospital built, which is currently being extended, and the multi-faceted 15-year Tongaat Hulett development in Shongweni commences this year. In addition, there have been multiple new schools in the Waterfall area, and the Curro Primary and High Schools have proved welcome additions,” says Jones, who is also a long-term resident of the area.

Located in a secure estate, this three bedroom, two bathroom townhouse in Assagay, Hillcrest, offers a patio with views of the estate and surrounds, a lovely garden, and is close to many amenities. It is selling for R2.25 million - click here to view.

“The Upper Highway market presents a variety of opportunities for astute buyers, who will appreciate the current value offered. The market is stable in terms of the number of sales, which has been consistent at 1 100 sales per annum. However, the current market is overstocked, as our normal stock holding is around 650 properties for sale and it now stands at 1 196 properties for sale. It is this choice of opportunity that means that pricing has to be correct for sales to occur.”

It is this climate of choice, as well as the projected improvement in economic conditions in the latter half of 2019, that creates the right time to buy - which is now, says Jones.

It is interesting to note that the top four property categories in the area in terms of sales are all priced below R2 million. The top-selling category is townhouses priced between R1 million and R1.5 million, which sell at the rate of 21 per month. This is followed by houses priced between R1.5 million and R2 million, which sell at the rate of 9 per month, he says.

This thatch-roofed home in Gillitts, Kloof, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lush level garden and lapa, and offers easy access to schools and amenities. It is on the market for R2.395 million - click here to view.

Traditionally, the top-selling suburbs have been Kloof and Hillcrest, but Jones says this pattern has been disrupted, with the 'big six' by approximate number of sales per year currently being as follows:

1. Gillitts - 280 units sold

2. Kloof - 250 units sold

3. Assagay and outlying - 230 units sold

4. Hillcrest - 186 units sold

5. Waterfall - 58 units sold

6. Forest Hills - 48 units sold

This three bedroom, three bathroom home in Waterfall, Hillcrest, has a pool and is close to the Watercrest Shopping Mall. It is selling for R1.74 million - click here to view.

It is interesting to note that what is described as Assagay and outlying areas includes not only Assagay, but Alverstone, Bothas Hill, Drummond and Monteseel, where healthy activity is being recorded, says Jones.

“It is in this area that exciting property opportunities have occurred. Examples of these are Highmead Country Estate, immediately adjacent to the Hillcrest private hospital. In this 24-hour manned security estate we have an upmarket 484sqm freehold unit on 1 500sqm of ground,” he says.

“Immediately next door to Highmead Country Estate we have seen an urban farm-style development sell out in four weeks. An example in this urban farm development is a 250sqm unit which sold at R2.925 million.”

Ideally located close to all amenities, this newly-renovated four bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home in Forest Hills, Kloof, has an open-plan living area with stack back doors leading to a patio overlooking the level garden and pool. It is on the market for R2.375 million - click here to view.

Residentially, Assagay has also seen a freestanding house sell at R2.05 million (Seeff sole mandate), after being on the market for just 24 hours. It is also interesting to note that a land sale in excess of R10 million has taken place for a retirement village in the area.

Jones says it is advisable for buyers who wish to take advantage of current opportunities to have themselves professionally prequalified for bond finance through respected bond originators. This enables the buyer to present the seller with certainty and increases their negotiating power.

Jones says small and medium developers are back with a vengeance, which shows increasing confidence in the area. The Seeff Hillcrest, Kloof and Waterfall office will be marketing a 20-unit freehold development of urban farm-style townhouses close to the Curro schools towards the end of this year.

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