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New development in Port Elizabeth caters to security conscious buyers

When it comes to deciding which property to choose and where to buy, a large majority of South African consumers point to security as the number one factor that drives their buying decision, says Christo Slabbert, Broker/Manager of RE/MAX Independent Properties Walmer, which services Walmer, Lorraine and the surrounding areas in the Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth.
 
“The sad reality is that while we live in possibly one of the most beautiful countries in the world, crime has impacted on a large number of South African lives, which has been the driving force behind the trend we are seeing of people opting for homes within security estates. These kinds of homes are highly sought-after among property buyers throughout the country, due to their offering of a safe and secure environment,” says Slabbert.
 
Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that property within secure estates and those properties with state-of-the-art security systems are generally sought-after and have a greater return on investment. “The evidence of this can be seen in the higher premiums paid for homes that offer these features, especially those that are ideally located to offer buyers a unique lifestyle offering,” he says.
 
According to Slabbert, an excellent option for homebuyers looking for both a security and lifestyle offering is Shumbalala Village. Situated next to the pristine Anathi Ridge Estate in the prime real estate area of South End, Port Elizabeth, Shumbalala consists of four unique camps namely Cheetah, Zebra, Rhino and Hippo. The Cheetah camp is complete and residents moved in during August this year. Building has started on the other areas and development progress is on schedule.
 
Slabbert says that this double-gated security village in Pier Street offers buyers the opportunity to select a home from eight different designs in two bedroom and three bedroom formats.  All designs incorporate a private garden, granite kitchen tops, automated garage doors where applicable and superb finishes throughout.  With security a top priority to ensure the safety of the residents, Shumbalala Village is surrounded by a brick wall and electrified fencing that is connected to 24-hour security. 
 
“The fact that the village is a new development means that buyers will not have to pay any transfer duty when purchasing one of the units, which really helps in terms of affordability. There are 51 units within the village which can accommodate various types of buyers that are at different life stages, but are all looking for safety and peace of mind. The units range from a 60m2 entry-level unit to a 147m2, three-bedroom, two-bathroom family home with a double garage. There is something available in the village for everyone, however buyers will need to act fast as units are selling quickly,” says Slabbert.

 

He notes that pricing for a 60m2 entry-level home will start at R665 000, with the larger 147m2 units costing up to R1.268 million. Units on the upper end of the scale will generally include three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage.
 
Designed by well-known Port Elizabeth architect, Ray Koen, Shumbalala Village is being built by Vesta Construction and Worthy Homes, which have been household names in Port Elizabeth for years.


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