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KwaZulu-Natal's North Coast is the new ‘property capital’ of SA

12 Jun 2019

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With King Shaka International Airport on its doorstep and nine international flight routes including three BA flights per week from London’s Heathrow airport, the North Coast region of KwaZulu-Natal continues to attract an influx of home buyers from the rest of the province, Gauteng, other regions, and even globally.

This four bedroom home in La Lucia offers an excellent address and sweeping views. It is selling for R5.495 million - click here to view.

This is according to Carol Reynolds, Pam Golding Properties area principal for Durban Coastal, who says that with its laidback ambience, golden beaches, idyllic year-round climate and abundance of good schools, semigration to this coastal belt between Durban North and Ballito remains a recurring trend, particularly in Sibaya, eMdloti and Umhlanga.

This includes Gauteng commuters seeking an unbeatable lifestyle while the main breadwinner travels to work Monday to Friday or as needed. It’s a quick and easy commute, avoiding traffic congestion while you sit in air-conditioned comfort in the cabin, she says.

This architectural masterpiece in Simbithi Eco Estate offers five bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, pool, entertainment area and so much more. It is selling for R9.95 million - click here to view.

Durban has won best lifestyle city in South Africa for the past few consecutive years according to the Mercer Index, further underlining investor confidence in a province with a highly desirable lifestyle and sound value-for-money homes. This is coupled with ongoing investment in commercial property in hubs such as Umhlanga Ridge and La Lucia Ridge. And with no shortage of hospitals and medical facilities, the region is also benefiting from a growing retirement market.

“Whether you choose Durban, Durban North, Umhlanga, eMdloti or Ballito, you have everything on your doorstep, including all amenities, office parks and a range of residential property options from modern apartment buildings and spacious freestanding family homes to secure lifestyle estates,” says Reynolds.

She says people are looking for security and lifestyle - the ability to enjoy the freedom of cycling, walking and playing golf within secure environments with dams, lakes, forest and walkways, as well as the beach.

This cluster home in Zimbali Coastal Resort & Estate has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and offers the perfect lock-up and go or investment property. It is selling for R4.85m - click here to view.

“Also critical is price, as well-priced stock moves while overpriced property sits on the market. Buyers are also showing a preference for renovated homes rather than fixer-uppers. In addition, sea views are sought after despite premium pricing - and we find the higher-priced sea-facing units in developments sell out considerably ahead of those without sea views,” says Reynolds.

“In terms of residential property, this region has also experienced steady growth year-on-year, whereas some other regions have experienced peaks and troughs.”

New developments have sold well in Umhlanga, an area comprising approximately 70% sectional title units - these include Coral Point and Le Boulevard, which are either nearly or fully sold out, while in Durban North, catering for a huge demand, all 26 units phases one and two in a new development called Stonehurst sold out in a few weeks, well priced under R1.5 million.

Coral Point, a new development In Umhlanga Rocks, will offer apartments in various configurations priced from R1 651 400 to R5 240 600 - click here to view.

Upmarket developments are fetching top dollar - Gold Coast Estate in Sibaya sold out quickly, with plot-and-plan package deals selling between R5 million and R12 million on relatively small plots of around 500sqm to 600sqm and vacant plots peaking at R6 million.

“Among other top-end sales, we sold a frontline penthouse apartment at the Pearls in Umhlanga for R30 million. Encouragingly, we are seeing a number of cash sales across all price bands,” says Reynolds.

Further developments are also on the cards - a prime beachfront block in Umhlanga, and in Sibaya, a new development to comprise three apartment blocks as well as a huge resort-style development near the casino.

Le Boulevard, a development in Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, will offer houses priced from R999 999 to R3.3 million - click here to view.

Reynolds says sectional title in Umhlanga and freestanding homes in central and upper Durban North are still performing well, as are security estates in Umhlanga. Buyers of development units range from end-users and Johannesburg commuters to investors and people seeking a lifestyle change.

“We constantly see a lot of young families buying in Durban North because of its excellent schools, convenient lifestyle and affordably-priced homes. In central Durban North the average family home sells for an accessible R3.5 million to R4 million, so this price band is extremely popular and active,” she says.

This home in Ballito Central, KwaZulu-Natal, offers a tropical garden, sea views, large wooden deck and pool. It is on the market for R4.5 million - click here to view.

With over ten excellent schools in a radius of a few kilometres and with a majority of freehold homes, Durban North is the most convenient suburb for raising a family, and so the schools continue to drive demand. This is a non-seasonal, stable market with well-priced homes on level stands enjoying good proportions and attractive gardens. It also has a central self-contained business district, so residents are able to live and work in the area without ever having to drive for more than five minutes, and with petrol prices increasing, less travel time is become more and more appealing.

In Signature Sibaya, Reynolds says plots of vacant land of about 2 000sqm are selling at R12.5 million.

Sibaya prices as a whole have surged from R25 000 per square metre in 2016, when Ocean Dunes was first launched, to over R40 000 per square metre for new developments. In Signature Sibaya, further capital is being invested in new homes which will attract prices upwards of R20 million to R30 million when completed.

This five bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom double-storey home in Brettenwood Coastal Estate, Ballito, has an ample outdoor area and undercover patio with built-in braai. It is selling for R4.85 million - click here to view.

Sibaya has provided a huge boost for this region, with the new private university planned by AdvTech, and private schools are stimulating further interest in the area. The improvements in the road infrastructure near Gateway and Cornubia have also had a positive impact in areas such as Prestondale and Gateway, while the conversion of Umhlanga College to Reddam has also been a positive upgrade for the area.

“Not to be overlooked is nearby eMdloti, which is currently one of our busiest suburbs, which we believe is driven by increased activity in Sibaya, the area has bridged the distance between the hub of Umhlanga and eMdloti. In addition, while Sibaya offers spectacular views, there is a limited stretch of prime beach land in eMdloti attracting those seeking to literally live on the beach,” says Reynolds.

In Ballito, to the north of eMdloti, Pam Golding Properties says homes within security estates priced between R1.8 million and approximately R6 million are most in demand in estates such as Umhlali Country Club, Ballito Gardens, Simbithi, Brettenwood Coastal Estate, Dunkirk and Port Zimbali.

Pam Golding Properties area principal, Farrah Williamson, says over the years Ballito has emerged from its former image as a holiday town to become a primary residential destination comprising some 70% permanent residents. While Ballito attracts buyers from around KZN and young families relocating from Johannesburg, Zimbali draws mainly Johannesburg buyers.

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