Major development for Cato Ridge area to impact housing demand

With massive development earmarked for the corridor between Hillcrest and Pietermaritzburg, this burgeoning node is being forecast as KwaZulu-Natal’s equivalent to the Midrand, says Barbara Becker, Pam Golding Properties area principal in Pietermaritzburg and the KZN Midlands.

?Scenic view of existing homes on Eagle’s Ayre Estate and across the valley.
“The Cato Ridge area, which forms an important link in the N3 corridor between Durban and Gauteng, as well as between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, has been identified as ideal for development into a container hub and industrial node, with development to include infrastructural investment in transport routes as well as industrial and town centre precincts and to facilitate opportunities for community and external investors.
“A dry port - for the handling and railing of container and bulk cargo in order to alleviate congestion in Durban, is in the final planning stages and one proposal is to establish the dry port in Cato Ridge on the north side of the N3), with eThekwini Municipality planning to rezone 610ha of agricultural land which is to be released for industrial development. Clean industry such as warehousing will be developed in the nearby Camperdown area, while other industry will be situated in Cato Ridge. Evidence of this is that Value Logistics and Ellerines relocated their warehousing to Cato about a year ago. Nearby Hammarsdale is also to be further developed into a larger industrial hub, with a site of approximately 180ha awaiting approval for such a development, which is said to be for a 50 000sqm warehouse for a national retailer,” says Becker.
She says the development framework for Cato Ridge is under way, with proposals that the N3 be widened to four lanes each way from Cliffdale to Pietermaritzburg and a dedicated freight road be constructed from Durban to Cato Ridge. The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) is also in the process of acquiring land at Drummond to build a proposed viaduct from the bottom to the top of Cliffdale to ‘straighten’ the N3 by eliminating corners which are dangerous for heavy vehicles.
Potential for property market and tourism

Becker says the growth planned for the area augurs well for the region, as well as the property market. “This part of the KZN Midlands has enormous potential for investment and growth in the business sector, as well as increased tourism potential  - with our own ‘Table Mountain’ in the Camperdown area and Nagle Dam and game reserve in the Valley of 1000 Hills below. This is also part of the Midlands Mistbelt, which includes the renowned Msunduzi River, with numerous outdoor leisure activities such as hiking, fishing, game viewing, cycling and micro-light flying.”

View from the pool at Eagle’s Ayre Estate with ‘Table Mountain’ in the distance.
She says as a result, the housing market is set to benefit, as housing demand increases. “We are already experiencing a growing demand for homes in the Camperdown area, at present mainly for stock under R1 million. We anticipate this will spread as home buyers realise the benefits of living in a scenic and tranquil country environment which is easily accessible to the N3, such as the secure residential development, Eagle’s Ayre Estate. With travel time to Hillcrest only 10 minutes, Pietermaritzburg 15 minutes and Durban 20 minutes, you can enjoy a tranquil country lifestyle in the bushveld while still being conveniently located near major centres and all amenities. In addition, the route from Camperdown also cuts out the bottlenecks and for those travelling towards Durban the flow is in the opposite direction from traffic congestion,” says Becker.
Eagle’s Ayre Estate

“Proof of the appeal of the area is the success of this development, which is set in the peaceful hills of Camperdown with panoramic views overlooking Mayibuye Game Reserve. The residential estate is already established, with 37 homes completed, while a further 24 homes are in various stages of completion,” she adds.
Now there is an opportunity to acquire a quality three or four bedroom, freestanding home in phase two of this secure and prestigious development, as six completed units have become available for purchase, priced from R1.8 million to R2.88 million (including VAT and transfer fees), marketed exclusively through Pam Golding Properties.

View from the boma at Eagle’s Ayre Estate to ‘Table Mountain’.
Constructed in natural shades of taupe and camel, the units range from 181-285sqm in the 24-hour manned and gated eco-friendly estate, which also has scenic views of KwaZulu-Natal’s own ‘Table Mountain’ from each of the homes. The units include two bathrooms, kitchen with granite tops and built-in oven/hob and extractor fan and double garage with automated doors.
Good return on investment

Adding to the desirability of the estate is the fact that a few completed homes in phase one have been resold at 13 percent return on investment. While some owners have purchased for primary residence, others have acquired for investment purposes, yielding sound returns.
Says Pam Golding Properties agent, Kevin Wicks, who is marketing the homes in the development: “For example, one owner purchased a spacious unit in the front row for just under R1.4m six years ago and is now achieving a rental income of R16 000 per month. In addition, his unit is currently valued at R2.7 million, and so essentially he is achieving a return on capital invested of 32 percent per annum (R1.4million to R2.7 million = 193% ÷ 6 years = 32.14% capital appreciation).This is attractive for buy to let investors, as a R1.8 million unit could achieve rental of approximately R12 000 per month.”

View of one of the completed homes available for purchase in phase two of Eagle’s Ayre Estate
He says buyers to date in Eagle’s Ayre Estate are local or from the Durban and surrounds. Each home has been individually designed to provide the best in luxury living enabling residents to move in and simply relax - enjoying sundowners at the estate boma and viewing game in the reserve in the valley below while children splash in the natural rock pool. With a wide range of wildlife, Mayibuye Game Reserve incorporates the Natal Lion Park, animal rehabilitation centre, restaurant and conference centre, craft and garden centre as well as a residential component, including lodges, spread over the total site of 8 500ha which includes valley bushveld and grassland stretching down to the river.
Other attractions within easy reach include Shongweni Dam Nature Reserve, while the 1000 Hills Experience Route includes a host of artists, crafters and cultural villages. The 1000 Hills Choo Choo, which begins its route from Kloof Station nearer Durban, meanders through striking scenery to Cato Ridge.

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 24 Nov 2017
      Tshwane’s four-bedroom Mayoral mansion, nestled among ambassadorial residences in the upmarket suburb of Muckleneuk, fetched R5.1 million after spirited bidding at High Street Auctions’ final sale of the year.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, said that the Monetary Policy Committee had once again decided to let the interest rates remain unchanged with the repo rate at 6.75%, and the prime lending rate at 10.25%.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      As the holiday season approaches, most of us are counting the days until that year-end bonus hits our account. There’s nothing quite like a little bank balance booster to get us in the holiday spirit.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      The Adelphi Centre (now entitled “ARTEM") in Sea Point, Cape Town, is being extensively renovated, and once complete will offer an ultra-luxurious galleria style shopping centre unlike any other seen on the Atlantic Seaboard or in Cape Town.
    • 23 Nov 2017
      If you are looking to sell your home in today’s real estate market, there are certain things that you need to include both inside and outside your house. Today’s generation of home buyers is looking toward a more eco-friendly, energy and water conscious home, and if your house stands out then you are more likely to be able to sell it.
    • 22 Nov 2017
      Most people know of the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) and that levies must to paid to fund its operations. In this article the experts at Paddocks will address some of the issues that are causing confusion.
    • 22 Nov 2017
      While sales have noticeably slowed in most sectors in most Cape town suburbs, the security estate sector in Constantiaberg has bucked the trend by remaining buoyant, with sales by August this year already surpassing total sales in 2016.
    • 22 Nov 2017
      The end of the year is fast approaching, and so are all the travellers, tourists and holidaymakers. For those who live near or own a property in a holiday-hotspot, the festive season also brings with it an abundance of short-term rental opportunities. Its a great way for property owners to make a few extra rand for their own holidays or to put towards their savings.
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us