Tired of the rat race? Desperate for peace and quiet? If you’re thinking of moving to one of South Africa’s small towns or looking for an interesting property investment, it turns out that now could be the perfect time to make your move.
For true peace and friendliness, you’d find it hard to beat the Kalahari. Ria Taljaard of Just Property, says most buyers moving to the towns of Kuruman, Kathu and Postmasburg are doing so for work, but a number are purchasing properties as investments.
The region is a major mining area but it is also a special place endowed with unique natural beauty. And we’re not just talking desert – Kuruman, believe it or not, boasts the largest natural fountain in the Southern Hemisphere, known as The Eye. It delivers between 20 and 30 million litres of water a day to the town. And Kathu Forest is a 4 000-hectare protected woodland of camel thorn trees.
Kathu also has one of South Africa’s top 20 golf courses, and property here offers a unique investment opportunity: “Due to various mines in our area, most of those who move here do so to take up positions with the likes of Anglo American, Group Five, Aurecon and Assmang. As a result investors can get a high rental income for their properties,” says Taljaard. “Properties here start paying for themselves from day one.”
There are a range of choices, from the Kathu Hunting and Golf Estate, with property prices from R2- to R7-million, to smaller estates, as well as the free-standing homes in the villages.
If star-studded desert nights sound just too quiet for you, what about one of the sea-side towns?
Margate, in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal’s Hibiscus Coast, is a popular destination offering some of the best diving on the South African coast. Lawrence Homan, principal and owner of Just Property Margate and Berea, says that Margate continues to draw people from urban centres.
Homes here are priced between R800 000 and R2 000 000. And there is good value to be had right now. Due the economic downturn Homan has noticed that a number of holiday-homes are coming onto the market. At the same time, many of the usual investors are sitting on the fence, waiting until the government clarifies its intentions with regard to land expropriation.
This presents a unique opportunity at the popular resort town, which Homan says attracts many who want a quieter life but enjoy having a number of choices of things to do. “We have great weather, beautiful beaches, an exceptional lifestyle, and the cost of living here is much more affordable!” says Homan.
If you want to be on the Garden Route, you’d do well to consider the pretty town of George. It has all the attractions of a small town with the advantage of excellent facilities on your doorstep.
“Those relocating here choose George for its safety, very good schools, and the fact that we have everything you find in a larger city but without the traffic!” says Piet Burger, Goeoge’s Just Property Franchisee. “People are friendly, there’s a lot of business, and the medical facilities are excellent, so quite a few people also come here for their retirement.”
The town’s central location on the Garden Route, business node and world famous golf resorts draw a number of holiday makers, so there is scope for the investor too.
Burger has a range of relocating buyers on his books right now, as well as investors and their requests range vacant land to build on to holiday houses, flats to rent out and residential family homes.
“While the investors are looking for flats, those looking for a second home want a lock-up-and-go in a security complex, and those looking to move here permanently are interested in the bigger homes in the suburbs. Interestingly, 90% of our sales between R700 000 and R1 700 000. Considering the lifestyle we have here, there’s really good value in George.”
Just listening to these agents talk about the relaxed pace of life and the advantages of less hustle and bustle is enough to get one thinking… with digital connectivity, most jobs can be done just as successfully remotely. Why sit in an office, surrounded by smog when you can have all this?
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