Sovereign Sands - the best kept secret on the North Coast

Located just 40 kilometres north of Durban along the KwaZulu-Natal shoreline is the highly sought-after holiday town of Ballito. Established in 1954, the first properties in the area sold for just R790. Since then the area has seen a remarkable amount of development, with property prices seeing consistent year-on-year growth.

“From its establishment buyers have been eager to purchase property in and around Ballito, with the area being recognised as one of the fastest growing nodes in the country.  Over the last twelve years in particular Ballito has attracted huge development with the opening of the new King Shaka International Airport, which is situated just 10 kilometres from the town, and the N2 interchange. Both of these developments have ensured that the area was set to see exponential growth,” says Clive Greene, Sales Associate at RE/MAX Dolphin Realtors, whose office specialises in property sales in the area. “Other developments that have more recently added to the area’s popularity have been a new 64 000m² shopping centre, which is being completed in Ballito. With this new centre and the existing lifestyle shopping centre, Ballito offers a complete mall shopping and entertainment experience.”

Greene notes that while it is a hub of activity with every top-notch amenity one would expect from a metropolitan area, Ballito has still maintained its holiday destination feel, which continues to attract buyers. “Towns along the Dolphin Coast, such as Ballito, are renowned for their beauty and lifestyle offering, making this region very sought-after among property investors. As a result property values in the region have continued to appreciate and offer excellent returns on investment over the long term,” he says.

According to Greene, strong demand for property has pushed development in the region to the north with the Palm Lakes estate just 14 kilometres away from Ballito - this estate is proving to be extremely popular and is selling out fast. He adds that another estate which is also a popular choice is the recently launched Blythedale Coastal Resort. Sales in the estate are showing remarkable results with the first transfers about to take place. 

Greene says that Blythedale itself is a small seaside village approximately 28 kilometres north of Ballito.  “On the outskirts of the village, right on the beach is Sovereign Sands, a luxury private development set on four hectares of sloping dunes and unique coastal dune forest. Featuring magnificent uninterrupted views of the ocean, 24 hour security and direct access to the beach through monitored security gates, the development provides homeowners with the comfort that security is taken care of,” says Greene.

He adds that the development consists of 49 completed units, of which 13 are large freestanding homes. Eleven of the remaining units are three-storey duplexes on the front row, nestled against the forest and the ocean and the balance of the units are made up of duplex apartments built to take full advantage of the panoramic sea views. 

“While Blythedale Coastal Resort borders Sovereign Sands, it is important to note that Sovereign Sands is on the beach in front of this giant resort. A substantial marketing budget has successfully launched Blythedale Coastal Resort with sales for land happening at an unprecedented rate according to development marketers,” says Greene.

He adds that Sovereign Sands offers a unique opportunity to buy a finished unit on the beach for family to live, or for up-country buyers looking for a private secure holiday home. The development is close enough to the hub of Ballito for social get-togethers, but far enough away to offer peace and tranquillity for a holiday on the beach.

According to Greene there are currently ten units left within the development that can be purchased directly from the developer. “This is an ideal investment opportunity as the prices on offer will ensure room for growth in the value of these properties going forward,” he says. “We have one large seven-bedroom, free-standing home left, which is set in its own garden with spectacular views. On the market for R8.55 million inclusive of VAT, the 548m² home offers complete privacy as it is nestled in the dune forest on the front row.”

The remaining nine properties are duplex apartments that range in size from 300m² to 440m². These apartments vary from a three-bedroom, three-bathroom configuration to five-bedroom, three-bathroom layout. Most have panoramic sea views with two units nestled in the front forest. 

“For a similar property in the heart of Ballito just 28 kilometres away, a comparative analysis of beachfront property prices revealed that a buyer would have to pay between two and three times more.  Sovereign Sands is a dream location offering the discerning investor an opportunity to purchase beachfront property at a reasonable price,” Greene concludes.    

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