High demand for secure living in Hoedspruit

Proximity to the country’s largest game reserve, the Kruger National Park, along with the serene lifestyle on offer has made properties in Hoedspruit highly sought after, says  Annie van den Berg, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Wildlife Properties, whose office is based in the area.

A modern, stylish, and well-designed home offers the ultimate in bushveld living.  From the outside entertainment area and main bedroom you have sweeping views onto the mountains. This home offers many luxury extras.  There is a well-established garden and the condition of the house is top class.

“While property in Hoedspruit caters to buyers from all walks of life, there seems to be a common thread that runs through the reasoning as to why people choose to purchase property in the area – a love of nature and the outdoors. The picturesque environment and rustic qualities of the region have boosted the demand for property, which has continued to grow from strength to strength over the past few years,” says van den Berg.

She notes that there is particularly high demand for homes within security estates. “Combined with the lifestyle offering that the area provides, many buyers are also looking for security, especially buyers who are moving to Hoedspruit from larger metropolitan areas,” says van den Berg. “Security has become a top priority and plays a significant role in where people choose to purchase their home.”

Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that the trend is not a localised one. “Properties which offer both security features and a lifestyle offering are highly sought after throughout the country and, as a result, offer investors favourable returns. Security is one of the most common reasons why South African buyers choose the homes they buy. It is a driving force behind both property buying decisions as well as the appreciation potential of property,” says Goslett.

According to van den Berg, one of the security estates that has been extremely popular among property buyers in the region is Raptor’s View Wildlife Estate, which is nestled between the outskirts of Hoedspruit and the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains. “The estate is approximately 45 minutes’ drive from the Orpen gate of the Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa and the Panorama route (Pilgrims Rest, Gods Window, Sabie).  One of the first of its kind in the world, Raptor’s View offers secure living in a well-maintained wildlife estate, which is situated on some of the finest bushveld that South Africa has to offer.  Not only is Raptor’s View a fantastic investment but also offers privacy and exclusivity with all the benefits of living on a secure wildlife estate,” she says.

The 1100-hectare estate has only 305 stands and is surrounded by game farms that are home to big game species. The estate is fully fenced in by electrified game fencing and is patrolled 24-hours a day. To ensure minimum distraction from the natural beauty of the farm, all services to the sites such as Eskom, Telkom and municipal water are run underground.

Selling for between R2.5 million and R3 million, the homes within the estate feature outside showers along with views of the mountains and unspoiled wilderness. Van den Berg says that a 1ha stand in the estate sells from around R330 000, making the dream of owning a home in the African bush accessible to many of buyers. “Many of us dream of being able to escape to our own paradise in the bush, be it for a weekend retreat or on a more permanent basis, but up until now it has been only a small minority who have been able to afford this luxury,” adds van den Berg. “Those who have bought in Raptor’s View estate have seen an appreciation in value of between 10% and 20% over a 24 month period. However, even though they have seen such good returns, most people don’t want to sell.”

Apart from the game farms, van den Berg says that the Drakensig Club, which is situated less than two kilometres from the entrance of the estate offers over 30 different sporting facilities such as tennis, squash, bowls and horse riding.  “For golf lovers, the club also offers a pristine 9-hole golf course and a floodlit driving range for those who feel less intimidated by being able to practice their swing late at night.  A round of golf brings on new meaning when played at Drakensig, dwarfed by the Drakensberg Mountains and met by inquisitive wildlife. The Clubhouse also has a restaurant and bar, which is a great place for meeting old friends and making new ones,” says van den Berg.

She concludes by saying that Raptor’s View Estate offers buyers the chance to own an appreciating asset as well as a small piece of African paradise.

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