Scenic Hilton draws younger set of home buyers

Set in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands near Pietermaritzburg and exuding all the charms of a picturesque English country village, Hilton is experiencing a demand for homes among younger buyers, especially those with families, says Maureen Rowlands, Pam Golding Properties agent in Hilton.

“With a minimum erf of 2000 square metres and flourishing gardens, properties in Hilton are popular among those looking for an estate lifestyle and a village ambience, including younger, family home buyers who are returning from overseas.  With its fresh air – and cooler summers lacking the humidity of the coast, spacious properties and abundance of good public and private schools, including Hilton College and St Anne’s, this is a location which is ideal for healthy family living – or entertaining in country style, with plenty of space for that game of cricket or baseball. It’s also popular among the equestrian set, with large properties of at least 4000sqm required per horse,” she says.

Rowlands says the price range of homes most in demand is around R1.4 million, with others selling up to and over the R2 million mark. “We have had a busier than expected winter season to date, resulting in some stock shortages. However, there are still properties available in residential estates and complexes and in the village, especially those in the higher price bracket. Generally properties are still available in all categories between R1.4 million and R2.5 million.
“The fact is once they’ve moved to Hilton, people tend to stay here, in a peaceful and more secure environment away from city life and associated urban issues of crime. Security is an increasing need among home buyers, which makes the freedom of a village such as Hilton and its low crime profile so desirable. In addition, you can walk to shops and schools and good neighbourliness is commonplace.

“With the upgraded Oribi Airport in Pietermaritzburg so easily accessible, with today’s advanced technology and connectivity we are also finding that more residents are choosing to live here and commute on business to other areas and regions, including Gauteng,” adds Rowlands.

A notable property currently on the market through Pam Golding Properties is Ylverton, comprising a Victorian home plus a linked modern double-storey home in a prime position in a magnificent, acclaimed show garden. Set on an erf of 4102sqm, the gardens of this property have been lovingly created by Anne McLeod who brought with her a host of plants, including a spectacular collection of rhododendrons which she grew from seed.  Over the years the garden has been transformed and become a showpiece viewed by thousands of local and overseas visitors during an Open Gardens event. She even created a nursery, and, with a local hospice serving teas and lunches in the garden, and through selling plants and taking visitors on conducted tours of the garden, helped raise funds for the hospice.

There are six bedrooms in total (two en suite), five bathrooms and five reception rooms, as well as garaging for two cars and a swimming pool. A long veranda overlooks the pool, lawns and established shrubs and trees. The property can be used as a six bedroom family home or as two separate, albeit linked houses. It is priced at R2.95 million.

Gateway to the popular Midlands Meander, Hilton is only an hour from the Drakensberg Mountains and 10 minutes from the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. In spring many gardens in Hilton are open to the public.

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