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These are Cape Town’s top suburbs for first-time buyers

14 May 2019

So, you’re looking for a nice suburban home in Cape Town, but find yourself in the middle-income segment, somewhere in the R20 000 to R60 000 per month range. Flat salary growth over the last year of around 4.9% on average, according to the latest Statistics SA Quarterly Employment Bulletin, have left many middle-income buyers concerned about property affordability.

This two bedroom, two bathroom beachfront apartment in Strand, Western Cape, offers a balcony with gorgeous views garden and access to communal pool. It is selling for R1.895 million - click here to view.

This may well be further compounded by the growing affordability gap of Cape property compared to the rest of the country, but Seeff’s agents say that buyers need not despair. You can still find a good deal under R2 million - you just need to know where to look.

What’s more, according to the agents, it is a good time to get into the market. After a five-year growth spurt, price growth has slowed notably to at best around 4% to 7% on average. A further upside of buying now is that you can find many motivated sellers. The favourable buying conditions are further underscored by the flat interest rate and positive mortgage lending landscape.

Seeff highlights a few areas where you can find a decent home under R2 million:

1. Property options from R425 000 in Strand, False Bay

With the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains as a backdrop and fronted by a 5km white sandy beach, Strand offers a desirable coastal lifestyle combined with excellent facilities and good schools.

This two bedroom, one bathroom home in Strand Broadlands Village, Strand, is selling for R580 000 - click here to view.

The area offers excellent affordability for first-time buyers and families. You can find an apartment from around R425 000, and can still buy on the beachfront from R1.5 million, says Alten Vermaak, Seeff licensee.

Houses range from R580 000 for two bedrooms and R675 000 for three bedrooms, while you can find a nice family house from in the R1.35 million to R2.4 million range.

2. Property options from R400 000 in Parow

Parow is a large residential area, offering centrality and excellent facilities. The affordability is outstanding, and the area attracts a lot of younger buyers with about 40% under 35, says Johan Jacobs, Seeff licensee.

This family home in Parow, Western Cape, has four bedrooms, two renovated bathrooms and an open-plan family room. It is on the market for R1.65 million - click here to view.

Flats start at R400 000 to R600 000 for two bedrooms. A small house is around R950 000 to R1.8 million for a nice sized family home with garages and a swimming pool.

3. Property options from R650 000 in Goodwood

Goodwood is one of the most popular areas for affordability according to Johann Groenewald, Seeff licensee.

This three bedroom, one bathroom home in Goodwood Estate, Western Cape, offers a study and outdoor entertainment area and is close to amenities. It is selling for R1.75 million - click here to view.

It comprises several suburbs and a bustling commercial centre with a wide range of services and facilities and excellent schools. You can find two bedroom apartments from around R650 000 and three bedroom apartments (although scarcer) from around R900 000. Townhouses start at R1.3 million, and a basic three bedroom house from R1.45 million.

4. Property options from R700 000 in Thornton, Southern Suburbs

Thornton offers excellent centrality with close proximity to the northern and southern suburbs, combined with good value and lots of potential, says Pauline Hareb, sales manager for Seeff Pinelands and Thornton.

This two bedroom, one bathroom home in Thornton, Cape Town, has a low-maintenance garden and entertainment area. It is on the market for R1.475 million- click here to view.

Buyers tend to come from surrounding suburbs like Rylands, Crawford, Athlone and Maitland, wanting to upgrade into the area.

Sectional title properties start at R700 000 and in the complexes at R1.1 million. Full title houses often require some renovation, but you get a nice sized erf and lots of potential, which makes these a good investment. Prices range from R1.7 million.

5. Property options from R700 000 in Parklands in Blouberg on the Western Seaboard

Close proximity to the Blouberg beaches, a quality lifestyle, excellent schools and modern yet affordable properties are all reasons to invest in Parklands, says Luyanda Hoboshe, an intern agent from Seeff Blouberg.

This five bedroom, three bathroom double-storey home in Parklands, Blouberg, offers open-plan living areas and a large covered patio with built-in braai. It is selling for R1.595 million - click here to view.

The area offers excellent facilities and good transport with easy access to main arterials, bus, taxi and the MyCiti Bus services.

Parklands offers excellent value for first-time buyers and start-up families, he says. Modern two bedroom apartments start at R750 000. Houses with two to three bedrooms range from R1.3 million, while you can find a top-end modern home with three to four bedrooms, an entertainment area, double garage, swimming pool and lots of space for kids to play from R1.8 million.

6. Homes from around R800 000 in Brackenfell and Kuils River in the Northern Suburbs

Located in the far northern region of the city with access to main arterials and excellent transport including train, taxi and bus services, these suburbs also offer easy access to Somerset West and Stellenbosch. The area also has excellent facilities and schools, says Lita Hartman, a Seeff agent.

This three bedroom, two bathroom house in Protea Heights, Brackenfell, has a sliding door leading to a balcony and is close to amenities and schools. It is on the market for R1.599 million - click here to view.

Affordability makes the suburbs popular with younger buyers who comprise about 40% of all buying activity. In Brackenfell, you can buy a three bedroom house with two bathrooms and a double garage in a gated village for R1.68 million. In Kuils River, you can find a two bedroom house with a garage for R800 000.

7. Property options from around R1.05 million in Sonstraal Heights and Durbanville

Beatie Kritzinger, an agent with Seeff Durbanville, says the suburb is ideal for middle-income earners. It offers a very suburban feel suited to first-time buyers and families, and close proximity to good access roads, schools and all the attractions of Durbanville including the Wine Valley, Tyger Valley Shopping Centre and the Tyger Waterfront area.

The suburb offers predominantly sectional title security complexes and freehold townhouses in gated complexes, and about half of all buyers are under 35. Sectional title apartments are priced from R1.05 million and freehold townhouses in gated complexes from around R1.4 million.

8. Property options from around R1.2 million in Tijgerhof

Situated directly across from Century City, Tijgerhof offers many of the same benefits as Century City, but without the price tag, says Adrian Louw, sales manager for Seeff.

This north-facing two bedroom, one bathroom apartment in Tijgerhof, Milnerton, has a spacious lounge with a balcony and is within a walking distance to the beach. It is selling for R1.295 million - click here to view.

The suburb offers a mix of freestanding homes and apartments, and has been increasingly popular with younger buyers who comprise over 40% of recent sales. A two bedroom flat ranges from R1.2 million, a small three bedroom house from R1.3 million and a nice sized family house from R1.8 million.

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