More new homes for Brackenfell soon

Buyers looking for value for money in a family-friendly location near Cape Town have been turning their attention to Brackenfell, which celebrated its centenary in 2013 and is now undergoing a facelift.

RealNet recently launched a new development in the popular Sonkring area. This offers buyers new plot-and-plan homes at prices from R1,425m to R1,595m. All have  three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen with separate scullery and a double garage.
Wynand van Wyk of RealNet Prestige in Brackenfell reports that the area is gaining popularity with entry-level and family buyers because of its proximity to all the national roads and the improvement in existing infrastructure. Affordability is also a key factor in attracting buyers.
“Our biggest problem at the moment is finding stock to supply the increase in demand for property within the affordable price range. But to some extent developers came to our rescue by delivering about 200 new houses in the Burgundy/Sonkring area last year, and we are expecting to double our sales in this area in 2015.
“There will be several more developments in Sonkring coming on stream later this year too, including security estates, some plot-and-plan homes and the Othello Retirement Village.”
RealNet Prestige has already been involved in two new developments in the sought-after R1,4m to R1,8m price range, one of which was within an existing security estate, and Van Wyk says such homes sell particularly well because they offer modern finishes and designs as well as excellent security.
Meanwhile, he says, demand is pushing up prices across the whole area. “Two years ago a three-bedroom family home would have cost you around R1,21m and now that same house would cost around  R1,49m – especially in Protea Heights.”
Most buyers in Brackenfell currently are young parents looking for space to grow their families, as well as empty nesters looking to downsize to modern, low-maintenance homes. “A big attraction for families is the fact that some of the Cape’s best schools are situated here,” says Van Wyk, “including Brackenfell Primary School, Bastion Primary School and Brackenfell High School.Sonkring is now also getting its own Curro Private School.
“To meet the retail demand from the growing population we have also seen popular brands like Makro, Builders Warehouse, Cattle Barron and Food Lovers’ Market open new outlets locally.”
He also says the local neighbourhood watches and community policing forums are very active, and work well together to keep crime levels low in Brackenfell.

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