With more and more home buyers seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life the safe, country ambience of Ashburton, just 10 minutes from Pietermaritzburg and 80km from Durban is becoming increasingly sought after with an influx of buyers moving into the area, says Barbara Becker, area principal for Pam Golding Properties.
"Conveniently situated right on the doorstep of KwaZulu-Natal's capital city, Ashburton – with its appealing thornveld setting so typical of Africa - is rapidly becoming an emerging residential area in demand by a wide variety of home buyers, as it offers the best of both worlds. Easily accessible off the N3, it affords a tranquil freedom of space and a secure environment not easy to find within such easy reach of a city centre, with large plots which have high appeal for those who enjoy the outdoors, including those with a penchant for gardening, or owning their own horses," she says.
With three private schools – St John's and Epworth's for girls and St Charles for boys as well as the University of KZN Pietermaritzburg Campus – located close by, Ashburton is proving popular among those with families. In addition, it's easily accessible to the industries in the Shortts Retreat Road area of Mkondeni and close to the proposed new spatial development in Cato Ridge.
Adds Becker: "Ashburton is an area where one pops in at the local butcher or grocer – who probably remembers your usual order, and yet it affords easy access to major shopping centres such as the Liberty Midlands Mall within 10 minutes and The Pavilion – just 25 minutes' drive away. This area is becoming increasingly popular among a new, up and coming middle class, including those buying property as second homes, and significant improvements made to such properties have seen home owners considerably increase the value of their investments.  Falling within a 90km radius from the new Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Ashburton is a very suitable location for fans and supporters in regard to the 2010 Soccer World Cup."
Pam Golding Properties is currently marketing a prime property set on two hectares of land in the upper reaches of Ashburton, adjacent to the upmarket residential game development, Boulder Hill and the Intaba Ridge Game Estate. This property is well suited for use as a boutique hotel, upmarket B&B or spacious, luxury family home.
The house and immediate outbuildings are approximately 1000sqm in size with a separate flatlet or staff accommodation comprising a further 110sqm. The house has five en suite bedrooms, spacious reception areas leading onto deep verandahs – ideal for entertaining, dining room with high beamed ceilings connecting via a private patio to a French-style kitchen with adjoining intimate reception area. The formal lounge is of huge proportions, ideal for showcasing large, antique furniture, paintings and collectables, and also includes an attractive bay window. There is a family room on the opposite side of the deep, cool verandah with a feature built-in bar and room for a billiard table, two studies and a home theatre room. The house also includes under floor heating, multi-fuel fireplaces and piped music in the main areas, while the landscaped grounds are irrigated. This property is priced at R5.3 million through Pam Golding Properties.
Issued by Gaye de Villiers

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