Property on The Bluff
Durban’s Bluff area is a charming, self-contained enclave populated primarily by long-term residents. It is quiet, family friendly and has quality schools, shops, a golf course, a yacht club, well-priced property, a bird sanctuary and a nature reserve.
As with North Beach in central Durban it also offers great swimming, fishing and surfing beaches. Whales and dolphins are a common sight and because of the area’s proximity to the city centre, it also has a large number of B&Bs and guesthouses. Most of the properties in North Beach are apartments.
Homes in the surrounding area range from multimillion-rand properties on Marine Drive (e.g. Ocean View) to mid-priced properties the suburbs of Wentworth, Austerville and Fynnlands close to the harbour. Stands are generally large and new property developments of flats or townhouses are rare because of a shortage of available land.
The Berea is one of Durban’s most exclusive areas, with many of its gracious old colonial properties boasting spectacular views of the ocean, harbour and city.
It is still the domain of a wealthy older generation of homeowners but increasingly, “new money” and new faces are making the Berea their home. There are students in residence along Botanic Gardens Road; young families are buying up older properties and refurbishing them, and up and coming professionals are targeting some ultra-modern new apartments in the area.
Top-notch schools, restaurants, art galleries and parks are plentiful, and the Berea Centre shopping mall has recently been upgraded at a cost of R40m. Commercial and residential properties in the area are increasingly being spliced with certain parts of the Berea being earmarked as suitable for commercial property development. Typically, historically important buildings that are falling into decay are being allowed to be revamped like this, a move which is uplifting the area visually and giving property values a lift.
A popular part of Durban, Westville has enjoyed significant property price growth over the years, a factor which can mostly be attributed to its good educational offerings, close proximity to all major amenities, and good value for money properties.
Family buyers dominate the Westville market and the area has a settled, countrified ambience, thanks to a shortage of land for development. What sectional title properties there are have gained a strong following among retirees and empty nesters looking to downsize but remain in the area, and increasing numbers of Indian families and young black buyers from other areas are also now finding Westville property attractive.
Desirable Durban North has few freehold properties selling for less than R2m and values generally hold their own in most market conditions.
This stability can be attributed to a number of factors, including Durban North’s central location, quality government schools, access to upmarket retail nodes, excellent infrastructure and well-established transport network.
Additionally, the area offers a fair range of property types and prices for a wide band of middle to upper-income buyers. Sectional title properties in the area are also gaining in popularity and young families and second-time buyers are making an appearance.
Suburbs include Mount Effingham, Mount Edgecombe, Phoenix, La Lucia and Umhlanga.
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