Residential property market in Tshwane metro benefits from development

If the national economy is lethargic, much of the Pretoria region does not appear to be reflecting this, and continues to grow at an uninhibited pace across a number of high-growth nodes, according to Retha Schutte, Pam Golding Properties’ regional executive for Pretoria.

“The Pretoria region is benefitting from considerable investment by local government in infrastructure development such as roads, Gautrain and the Bus Rapid Transit system, as well as from the private sector which continues to invest in commercial, retail and residential developments,” she says.

Schutte says the rapid development of the Tshwane municipal area bodes well for the future of the city, as well as for the residential property market, which has continued to remain stimulated by this growth and is buoyant in a number of residential property hotspot suburbs and centres.

According to the recently released The Study, the Pam Golding Property (PGP) group’s quarterly research report, which incorporates the Pam Golding Residential Property Index, house price inflation in South Africa as a whole slowed to 5.8 percent in 2015. Regions such as Pretoria and Centurion have bucked this trend, however, and have shown much higher residential property price inflation.

“We are seeing considerable growth in nodes such as Menlyn and now Loftus, as well as the redevelopment of more established suburbs such as Hatfield and Menlo Park,” says Schutte.

“This alongside the redevelopment of the Old East, for example in Brooklyn, where developers are demolishing homes to build new apartment buildings. A R44 billion mixed-use project for the Hazeldean area was also recently approved by the Tshwane metropolitan district.

“We remain cautiously optimistic about the property market, which, can of course be affected by unknown wider economic factors in future and further possible interest rate hikes, but the nation’s capital benefits from ongoing demand for quality accommodation.

“The people of Pretoria are showing a preference for living in locations where they have everything close to hand, including excellent educational institutions, their places of work and retail outlets.

“This is one of the reasons why high-rise city living is becoming increasingly popular in Pretoria, as is evidenced by the fact that there has been excellent take up from investors and young professionals at the Regency, a large luxury apartment development in Menlyn, where building has started and a new phase is to be launched soon.”

Schutte says the demand for sectional title homes is relentless in many areas as some families look to downscale as they come under inflationary pressures, and first-time buyers see this form of property ownership as more affordable. As in other parts of Gauteng, more security estates are introducing sectional title components, which make these areas more accessible to buyers.

“There is strong demand for security and golf estates throughout the Pretoria region among buyers and renters, particularly as secure lifestyle and excellent facilities remain of major importance to residents.”

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