Spacious grounds and grand stately homes draws homebuyers to upper highway area in KZN

Renowned for its spacious erven, tranquil country ambience and lifestyle, cooler climate and abundance of stately or grand homes, the Upper Highway area incorporating suburbs such as Kloof/ Everton and Hillcrest is popular among home buyers across a broad cross-section.

This magnificent home in Everton is marketed by Pam Golding Properties at R28 million.

The tree-lined suburb of Everton provides the best of all worlds - close to the conveniences of modern life yet renowned for its natural beauty and variety of plant, bird and wildlife, says Alwina Muggeridge, Pam Golding Properties area principal in Kloof, Hillcrest and Waterfall.

“If you want malls, restaurants, service stations and all the rest, these cornerstones of modern life are almost within walking distance in the busy commercial hub of Kloof on one side and the rapidly developing village of Hillcrest on the other. The suburb is also quite literally a Who's Who of African birdlife, and even though the African Crowned Eagle is now on the official endangered species list in South Africa, this noble bird still soars free in the skies above Everton,” she says.
“These Upper Highway areas are also popular among the equestrian set and those who choose to live on a smallholding and enjoy the spacious outdoors, plus they have the advantage of excellent schools and easy access to shopping facilities and other amenities.”

Muggeridge says adding appeal for families and home purchasers is the new Curro Hillcrest Private School which opened in2013 while the Watercrest Mall which includes leading chain stores and cinemas will also be opening in the near future. The Spar is already open. 

“Furthermore, a four lane highway is under construction to link Hillcrest with Waterfall and possibly also to the La Lucia/uMhlanga areas in the future. Commuting is however no deterrent for residents who prefer to live here, especially those whose children are at school in Kloof or Hillcrest, even those who travel to work in Pietermaritzburg or on the North or South coast.”

She says market sentiment in general is more positive, and judging by PGP’s enquiries and sales the demand for homes in the Upper Highway has increased across all price ranges, from young couples moving ‘up the hill’ to executives seeking peace and quiet. The generous size of the erven has appeal for certain sectors as it fulfils the demand for various social functions where extensive parking and marquees are required. “For young, family buyers looking for future sound growth on their investment as well as value for money affordable properties can be had from an entry level of approximately R850 000 for two bedroom homes and apartments to three and four bedroom homes in the price range between R1.75 million and R2 million.”

“Upper Highway properties in the R5 million price range offer very competitive value for money per square metre. For that price you could acquire at least a stately or modern four to six bedroom home in a great area with attractive grounds or a house in a manned security estate.”
Muggeridge ways interest in top end homes continues, mainly from buyers wanting to move into the area, drawn by the prevailing sense of timeless luxury and the leafy appeal of well-established, treed gardens, particularly in areas such as the country club and golf course area and Everton Conservancy areas. Near the golf course addresses such as Haygarth and Abrey Roads are highly sought after. An added feature is the 24 hour access monitoring of the area. “What makes these properties so exclusive and in a class of their own is that they are grand homes on a scale we don’t often see in other areas,” she says.

“For example we are currently marketing an extraordinary home of 1950 square metres in extent which is set on two beautiful acres in Everton, with nature walks and natural dams all within a secure environment. With an imposing porte-cochere and double-volume entrance hall, this top drawer five bedroom (all en suite) property offers top quality finishes from the marble staircase, travertine tiles and hand-crafted woodwork, right down to the custom-made doors and windows. Priced at R28 million, it includes a main reception floor with two separate living areas with four lounges and two dining rooms for grand dinner parties to cosy family suppers. There's a magnificent Edwardian-style bar room opening onto a spacious patio with scenic views of the estate's indigenous trees, two offices as well as a two-bedroom butler's cottage. Gordon Ramsay would feel right at home in the kitchen, with its hand-crafted woodwork, solid granite tops, top-of-the-range Smeg double oven and two double-door fridges.”

On the first floor, apart from the spacious bedrooms with balconies, is a guest suite, second study, well-equipped gymnasium with bathroom and sauna and a wood-panelled wine cellar. Add to that an inviting rim-flow pool, martini pool, ducted air-conditioning, CCTV surveillance and riparian rights between land and river.

Other luxury properties currently marketed by Pam Golding Properties and which cater for buyers ranging from families to diplomats and politicians or even for use as B&B’s or conference facilities, are priced from R3 million to R15 million.

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