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Red-hot start to the year in ‘Toti

The property market in Amanzimtoti has got off to a flying start this year and agents are being run off their feet trying to find stock to meet the demand in this thriving town on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.


This upmarket home in Amanzimtoti on the KZN South Coast is for sale through Harcourts Sapphire Coast for R2,5m. The main house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two lounges, a pool and a lovely entertainment lapa. There are also two self-contained cottages on the property and a large office with boardroom. 

That’s the word from Michelle Dunnett of leading local agency Harcourts Sapphire Coast, who says that while the holiday season was quiet as people enjoyed their summer break, the new year has seen sales activity soar.
 
“The Warner Beach area is particularly popular with buyers at the moment as it has received a facelift recently and much of the paving has been upgraded. It is also a surfing hotspot, and we’ve seen an increase in the number of trendy shops and cafes opening here recently.”
 
Situated between Kingsburgh and Amanzimtoti proper, Warner Beach has shark-protected beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards during all school holidays and a popular tidal pool, but is best-known for its perfect surfing conditions. It also boasts one of the oldest schools in the area, Warner Beach Preparatory, which was established in 1909 and has an excellent academic, sporting and cultural record.
 
“All of this makes it a highly desirable area – especially since it is only 30 minutes’ drive from central Durban - and an increasing number of families want to live here permanently rather than just come for holidays,” says Dunnett. “In fact, we are having a problem now finding stock in the lower price ranges, where demand is highest.”
 
Athlone Park, an upmarket northern suburb of Amanzimtoti situated only 22km from Durban, is another area attracting massive buyer attention currently “Buyers here are upgrading from Isipingo to Athlone Park in droves and a show house I had there recently for a property in the “sweet spot”just under R1m attracted 17 potential buyers in an hour.”
 
Meanwhile Amanzimtoti proper has experienced a surge in cash purchases lately, she says, as buyers battle it out for the properties on offer, particularly those priced at less than R400 000.
 
“There are still a few two-bedroom apartments available now at prices from around R630 000, and some two-bedroom townhouses priced at around R800 000. Large three-bedroom beachfront apartments cost around R1,2mto R1,6m. In the suburbs, three-bedroom freehold houses start at around R1,2m and we have a few larger seafront homes available at prices from R2m to R12m.”


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