The Bluff in Durban offers home buyers sound value for money

Situated within easy reach of the thriving industrial hub of Prospecton and only 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Durban, the Bluff – as the name suggests – is a prominent, natural landmark of the city and an area which is perhaps underrated by those who are not familiar with all it has to offer.

Comments Mandy Rajah, Pam Golding properties area principal in the Bluff area: “The Bluff has long been a favourite recreational area which offers ideal fishing, diving, body boarding, surfing and kite surfing spots, with the attractive Anstey’s and Brighton Beach popular among local residents as well as tourists. This is a thriving area which is home to a wide variety of people from all walks of life who reside in the seven suburbs of Brighton Beach, Treasure Beach, Ocean View, Marlborough Park, Island View, Fynnland and Wentworth.

“These suburbs offer home buyers tremendous value for money, with the price range currently most in demand between R850 000 and R1.5 million, mainly for family homes. One would pay between R1.2 million and R1.5 million for a neat, three bedroom family home. There are three main price bands or sectors of the residential property market: generally the lower end of the market averages mainly in the region of R460 000/ R500 000; the middle market varies from about R650 000 to R950 000; while the high end is along ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ in Marine Drive, where prices range from R3.5 million to R14 million and homes often include spectacular ocean views,” she says.

Purchasers range from first time buyers and buy to let investors to those who are downsizing for a variety of reasons and those upgrading. Because the Bluff is so central, travel is not an issue, says Rajah. “Most of our home buyers work in either nearby Prospecton or in the areas of Mobeni, Island View, Jacobs, Durban central, Fynnland or Merebank. The appeal for these home buyers includes the ocean views and attractive beaches – including rock pools, three well established high schools, seven primary schools and several pre-schools and crèches. Within easy reach are excellent shopping malls, good restaurants, 18 hole golf courses and a mashie course, a yacht club, gym, B&B’s, bird sanctuary and a nature reserve. En route to the Millennium Tower, (a control tower for port operations), you can enjoy sweeping harbour and city views, while the transport network provides easy access to other areas via Edwin Swales Drive, the southern freeway, N2 and M4 Higginson Highway.”

Homes in the Fynnland area include a number of residents employed by Transnet, Portnet and Engen which are situated nearby, with buyers seeking homes mainly at the lower end of the market between R300 000 and R800 000. This area includes the Fynnland combined sports club, an Olympic size swimming pool and Bluff bowling club.

Adds Rajah: “There is news that the naval base is to be reopened on Salisbury Island in the Durban Harbour, which is to participate in anti-piracy operations. Further positives for the area – which are expected to attract additional home buyers and rental tenants to the area - include proposals for the new dig-out port on the site of the former airport."

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