Security is a top priority for property buyers

With so many families affected either directly or indirectly by crime, security has become one of the most influential aspects when homebuyers choose where to purchase a property.

On the market for R25 million, this Tuscan style, three-levelled home offers approximately 2000m² under roof and features five bedrooms all  with en suite bathrooms and four of them with their own lounges.  Other features include a wine cellar, cinema, gym and separate entertainment room with indoor swimming pool, bathroom and braai facilities.  

Homes within security estates are highly sought after and often fetch higher premiums than other types of properties and generally have a greater return on investment. This is according to Mooikloof property specialist, Roma Naude, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Merchants, whose office is located on the eastern side of Pretoria close to the suburb Mooikloof.

“Given the prices that buyers are prepared to pay for homes within security estates, it seems evident that security and lifestyle offering are directly linked to the perceived value of a property in the market,” says Naude. She points to the fact that the City of Tshwane has declared Mooikloof Equestrian Estate as the most expensive residential area in the metropolis.

Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that because consumers place such a high value on security, homes within security estates generally outstrip other forms of property in terms of appreciation in value over the long term.

“While homes within security estates are expensive when compared to other types of properties, it is difficult to put a premium on peace of mind and knowing that your family is safe. Security estates such as Mooikloof Equestrian Estate offer residents a secure environment where they can relax and raise their children,” says Naude. “On a continuous basis, we are seeing buyers who are moving from non-security areas to the secured Mooikloof Equestrian Estate.

She notes that Mooikloof Equestrian Estate is renowned for being a unique housing estate and for its excellent security and lifestyle. “The security at Mooikloof Equestrian Estate is always a top priority and includes two entrance gates that are manned 24/7 as well as additional guards with resident security vehicles patrolling the perimeter and roads,” says Naude. “Added to this, the large stands provide privacy and create a feeling of space and tranquility – a piece of paradise in the middle of suburbia.” 

According to Naude, there are 548 stands within the estate, each of which is 1ha in size and serviced with municipal water, electricity and refuse removal.  She adds that the roads are all tarred with curbing and streetlights. “Despite the modern urban amenities, the estate has maintained its out-of-town feel with different kinds of buck roaming the streets together with other small wildlife.  The estate also boasts an array of exquisite birdlife living and breeding close to the numerous fresh water ponds on various properties in the estate,” says Naude

Additional facilities at Mooikloof include a multi-denominational chapel, an equestrian centre, tennis courts, bowling greens and a spacious recreational area at the dam.  The equestrian centre houses central stables, numerous arenas and a 20km long horse trail.  “Besides those features, residents are also allowed to keep their own horses and pets on their properties,” says Naude.

An entry-level home in estate costs in the region of around R4-million and consists of three to four bedrooms, two bathrooms and is situated alongside the boundary wall. Mid-level homes cost between R6-million and R8-million and are around 500m² under roof. These homes consist of four or five bedrooms, good finishes throughout, fully developed gardens, a swimming pool, good entertaining areas and extras such as a borehole, electric sprinkler system, bar, staff accommodation and good location inside the estate with beautiful views of the countryside.

Naude says that the most expensive properties in the estate, which typically range between R10-million and R27-million, consist of 1200m² - 2800m² under roof space and feature anywhere from four to seven bedrooms all en-suite. They also include many special features such as movie theatres, sound systems throughout the house, a bar, gymnasiums, Jacuzzis, wine cellars, strong rooms, an executive study, walk-in fridge, -freezer and –pantry, several private lounges, top quality finishes and prime positioning within the estate with breathtaking views.  As Mooikloof Equestrian Estate has a specific market linked to it, Naude is convinced that the supply will meet the demand in all price ranges.

“While the estimated growth of properties within these estates is hard to pin down in exact numbers, it’s safe to say that given the fact that supply is fixed and demand is always strong from people wanting the security and the lifestyle the estates offer, price appreciation is a major factor that encourages investment within the Mooikloof,” Naude concludes.

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