Despite the major growth of Hillcrest, north-west of Durban, the area’s ‘village’ lifestyle still holds high appeal for home buyers, and in fact attracts an extremely diversified type of buyer, reports Zel Singleton, Pam Golding Properties area principal.

“Originally a small village, the Hillcrest of today continues to spread even further afield, with the demand for homes driven by the area’s central location – just 30 minutes from Durban and 20 minutes from Pietermaritzburg, as well as its temperate climate and scenic, countrified atmosphere,” she says. “Large stands, attractive estates, excellent schools, affordable homes, shopping centres, golf courses, its own hospital and a cooler climate lacking the humidity of Durban are just some of the many reasons why this area remains sought after for permanent residence.
“While Hillcrest has experienced considerable development in recent years, this seems to have now bedded down and with the road works reaching conclusion easy flow of traffic to nearby freeways has been restored, making accessibility far easier via Hillcrest Old Main Road, and Kassier and Shongweni roads,” she says.

Singleton says while the highest demand is for homes under R2 million to cater for mainly young families relocating to the area from around KwaZulu-Natal, from Gauteng and even Cape Town, there is also consistent interest in properties in the R3-R5 million price range, mostly for upmarket estates such as Langford, Plantations, Kirklington and Phezulu. The bulk of enquiries are for freehold, three bedroom homes on half-acre plots, with other buyers seeking complex living – mainly three bedroom, two bathroom simplexes of approximately 120sqm in size.

“The areas of Waterfall, Crestholme, Drummond, Assagay, Botha’s Hill and Monteseel cater for the more affordable sector of the market, so have high appeal for young families starting out.  Schools in the area are highly rated, including Highbury, Kearsney College and Hillcrest Christian Academy, with St Mary’s and Thomas Moore close by. However the Hillcrest area is also a great location for retirement and these same properties which attract young families have appeal for those planning for retirement in the immediate or near future. Estates such as Plantations, Manorfields, Langford, Kirklington and Clifton Hills all have a broad selection of prices and sizes but generally range from two bedroom, two bathroom homes of around R990 000 to mansions with four or five bedrooms and priced in the region of R6-R8 million, depending on how much space is required. Otherwise there are secure retirement villages such as La Domaine, Rob Roy and Hillcrest Retirement Estate in and around Hillcrest, Botha’s Hill and Assagay which offer a desirable lifestyle, and where units from 70-350sqm and comprising one to four bedrooms can be acquired in the price bracket from R980 000 to R3.5 million,” says Singleton.

She says investors retain their appetite for property in Hillcrest, particularly properties within complexes or estates close to central Hillcrest and accessible to shopping centres, schools, gyms, restaurants and freeways, and priced generally between approximately R790 000 and R1.6 million.
“The area continues to draw the equestrian set and those wanting to get away from hustle and bustle. Such buyers tend to look for a one or two acre property in the Drummond, Monteseel and Peacevale areas, priced from R900 000 to R1.8 million, while those seeking smallholdings or properties that will accommodate their horses with stables, sand rings and paddocks find suitable options in the Alverstone and Summerveld areas where properties of five to 20 acres are priced from R3.5-R8 million,” adds Singleton.

Issued by Gaye de Villiers

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