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The benefits of downsizing

Downsizing from a large, freestanding property to a smaller, more manageable and secure home can provide several lifestyle benefits, says Glenn Norton, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Masters, whose office services Johannesburg’s Northern suburbs. He notes that aside from the fact that a smaller home will be far easier to maintain, it also provides the owner with far more freedom to be able to lock-up-and-go any time of the year without worrying about maintenance or the upkeep of the property while they are away.


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“A home with a large garden and swimming pool is ideal for homeowners with a growing family, however these elements cost money and take up a lot of time to maintain. If a homeowner’s circumstances have changed and they no longer need the extra space, then downsizing is the perfect option to give them more time to pursue other interests. An additional benefit is that it will also significantly reduce the monthly costs of rates and taxes, utility bills, insurance and security as well as maintenance and repair costs,” says Norton.

According to Donna Sipman, Property Consultant at RE/MAX Masters who specialises in the Bryanston area, many homeowners in the area are looking to move to smaller more manageable properties, but want to continue to live within the greater Bryanston area. “The area is vibrant and dynamic and highly sought-after among buyers. Homeowners, who sell their homes in the area, often do so to purchase another property within the region. It is an affluent suburb with all the modern conveniences one would want, which is why residents prefer to stay within the area,” she says.

Sipman adds that while property in Bryanston used to only consist of large plots and smallholdings, today the dynamic of the area has changed to cater to the demand for smaller homes. Many of the larger acre plots have been subdivided into smaller stands where well-priced clusters offering a modern, luxurious lifestyle are being built.

According to Sipman, a highly sought-area among homeowners looking to downsize is the suburb of Mill Hill, which is located in the greater Bryanston area. “Mill Hill offers the convenience for locals, especially those currently living in Bryanston, who know the area well and appreciate the abundance of amenities, fabulous restaurants and upmarket shopping centres and feel that they would rather not leave the suburb,” she says. “Mill Hill is a very pleasant community to live in. The central entry-point is guarded by 24-hour security and the close-knit community work together to ensure that the residents’ interests are looked after, for instance the common areas are well-maintained and any security issues are addressed quickly.”

Sipman says that the leafy suburb provides a safe environment for residents to walk their dogs and there is a park with a playground to keep the kids happy. “The area provides a mixture of cluster, sectional title complexes and full title homes, each offering great security, and as they are set on smaller stands, allowing for easy maintenance. The area is located in picturesque, established gardens, with tree groves filled with birds bringing in the sense of peace and tranquility. It is clear to see why Mill Hill is so sought after,” says Sipman, “Mill Hill is definitely the place to consider for homeowners who are considering downsizing.”


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