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Seaside homes for every budget on KZN South Coast

20 May 2016

The lower South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal from Port Shepstone to Margate, including Harding and right through to Port Edward, is proving increasingly appealing for home buyers seeking a coastal lifestyle at an affordable price.

Built on a private beach, this five bedroom, four bathroom home in Southbroom has floor-to-ceiling windows, sea-facing verandas, wooden walkways and sundecks. The property includes a wine cellar, self-contained cottage, swimming pool and three garages. It is selling for R9.9 million - click here to view.

Similarly, and closer to Durban, the South Coast areas of Scottburgh and Pennington are also in high demand either for permanent residence or retirement.

Pam Golding Properties’ Mohammed Amra, area principal in Port Shepstone and Margate - adding to his existing PGP offices in Westville and Pinetown, and Cathy Molyneaux, area principal in Port Edward, say they are upbeat regarding the residential property market in a region increasingly sought after due to its huge value for money and accessible pricing.

“This scenic, unspoilt coastline has arguably the best Blue Flag beaches in the country and sound infrastructure with hospitals, shopping centres and all amenities on hand,” says Amra, who recently opened a new office situated in Marine Drive, Uvongo.

“In addition, the reintroduction of direct flights from OR Tambo International Airport to Margate has favourably influenced buyer demand for homes, which cater for all price ranges and requirements.”

Demonstrating an ongoing, substantial appetite for the lower South Coast, he says upcountry buyers form the mainstay of their market, finding considerable value in beautiful apartments with spectacular views, which can be acquired at prices ranging from R1.3 million to R2.5 million.

This four bedroom, three bathroom townhouse for sale in Uvongo has wooden floors, double carport and balcony overlooking the ocean. It is on the market for R1.3 million - click here to view.

“We are also seeing a ‘semigration’ of buyers from the more commercialised KZN North Coast, and as a result are optimistic that developers with vision will capitalise on opportunities in the marketplace to create a Zimbali or Simbithi type estate on the lower South Coast,” says Amra.

“This region has a solid infrastructure, including the most private hospitals in a 10km radius compared to the rest of the country, while the recent revamp of Shelly Centre and South Coast Mall, as well as talk of further premium brand stores speaks volumes about the potential for the area.”

Molyneaux, who covers the areas of Port Edward, Leisure Bay, Glenmore, Munster, Palm Beach and Trafalgar, now with added responsibility for San Lameer, Marina Beach, Southbroom and Ramsgate, has expanded Pam Golding Properties’ reach with a newly opened office in Bond Street, Ramsgate.

This three bedroom, two bathroom beachfront apartment selling in Ramsgate is situated in a small, secure complex. The complex has a communal swimming pool, gymnasium and direct beach access. The flat is being sold with its furniture for R1.9 million - click here to view.

“There’s been a definite uptick in the market, particularly up to the R2 million mark. Southbroom, the ‘Sandton’ of the South Coast, attracts many visitors from Europe and is experiencing an increase in top-end buyers - both from overseas and Gauteng. Here homes can range from R2 million up to R19 million or R20 million,” she says.

“Other notable trends in our areas include an upsurge in first-time buyers, as well as retirees from upcountry and increased interest from leisure buyers, especially golfers.”

Apart from sound value for money and increased accessibility, Molyneaux says other attractions include beautiful, tranquil beaches, numerous top-class golf courses, options for deep sea, rock and surf angling, as well as scuba diving facilities. In short there is something for everyone.

“All the national franchised restaurant chains operate in the area, as well as a few exclusive, privately owned establishments offering French and Italian cuisine. Importantly for families, there are a number of private and public schools in the area, as well as retirement homes and private medical facilities,” says Molyneaux.

This four bedroom, two bathroom home for sale in Gamalakhe is set on a 372sqm fenced stand. It is on the market for R650 000 - click here to view.

“Our portfolio of properties is sufficiently diverse to offer any potential purchaser a wide range of choice, with studio units priced from R299 000 to luxurious apartments for R5 million, entry-level houses from R700 000 through to exquisite top-end residences for R20 million. Apart from single, freestanding homes, these include gated estates and complexes.”

As an example of value for money, she says a luxury South Coast home which can be had for around R4 million or R5 million is comparable with a similar quality North Coast property which would fetch from R12 million to R14 million.

“For the family buyer, an appealing upmarket home in a very desirable area such as  Ramsgate or Marina Beach, between Trafalgar and San Lameer, can be acquired for around R2 million or R3 million,” says Molyneaux.
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