Estate living in Hoedspruit attracts foreign investment

According to Annie van den Berg, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Wildlife Properties, there is a very high demand for security estate living in the Hoedspruit area due to its proximity to the Kruger National Park and tranquil, secure lifestyle offering. 

Beautiful big trees surround this well laid out, three-bedroom home in the bushveld. On the market for R2.68 million, this newly built property is situated in Raptor’s View Wildlife Estate in Hoedspruit.

She notes many buyers are choosing to purchase property in the area to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a more laidback lifestyle in serene surroundings.

“Hoedspruit is the ideal location for nature lovers looking to purchase homes that offer both a unique bushveld experience and secure living. The area’s rustic feel and picturesque surroundings have attracted buyers from all over the country, as well as those abroad. We have experienced extremely high demand from foreign investors, who are particularly interested in purchasing homes within security estates. The weakened rand has made South Africa property far more affordable to foreign buyers, who are eager to take advantage of the property investment opportunities that have presented themselves,” says van den Berg.

Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that the demand for security estate homes is a trend seen across the country. “Security is a top priority among buyers both local and foreign,” says Goslett. “As a result of the continued demand for security estate homes, these types of properties generally offer investors favourable returns.”

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.

Close to all the amenities in Hoedspruit, 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 R2.3 million and R3 million, the homes within the estate feature sensational views, top notch security and privacy. Van den Berg says that a 1ha stand in the estate sells from around R450 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. “With the high demand experienced for these properties, I predict that investors who purchase now will double their money in a five year window.”

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. “Raptor’s View Estate offers buyers the chance to own an appreciating asset as well as a small piece of African paradise,” she concludes.

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