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Unparalleled demand for secure living in North Durban suburbs

The lifestyle offerings that residential estates provide along with stringent security measures are the main reasons for the perpetually high demand for these kinds of properties around the country, and particularly along the KwaZulu-Natal north coast. 

This is according to Grant Gavin, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Panache, which services all areas north of Durban through to Umdloti.


RE/MAX Panache is currently marketing this home within Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate, which is positioned on the most sought-after road within the estate, for R8,95million. Designed with a view onto the fairways of Course 2, this attractive, four-bedroom home also features a separate loft room / granny flat. It has loads of living space, a big veranda, spacious kitchen and a double garage, while the garden is a child’s delight. 

Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate, which is situated north of Durban, close to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, as well as the Umhlanga and La Lucia business districts, is a prime example of a residential estate where there is a continued demand for property due to the lifestyle aspects it offers. “With most buyers prioritising security as their number one buying motive, demand for property in Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate is always very strong,” says Gavin.
 
Located just minutes from the King Shaka Airport, the estate also has good access to the N2 highway. RE/MAX Panache has accreditation to sell on the exclusive Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estates 1 and 2 and Gavin says that the homes within the estates offer secure living with a lifestyle element that is unmatched in the North Durban area.
 
Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that while return on investment is an extremely important aspect that buyers take into consideration when purchasing a property, enjoying where they live is often equally as vital. Many buyers in today’s market are looking for a property that provides them with a secure environment among other lifestyle benefits.”
 
While the predominant price range for homes within the Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estates 1 and 2 sits between R4.5million and R6million, according to Gavin, demand for property in the entry level price range between R2.5million and R3.5million as well as in the R4million to R5million price range is very strong at the moment, especially with the limited amount of stock that is currently available.” 

Gavin says that all homes within the estate are built and designed in accordance with strict guidelines as laid out by the Mount Edgecombe Estate Management Association, and as such, there is uniformity in the type and style of accommodation on the estate which fits with the overall environment. 
 
Mount Edgecombe Estate is a conservancy area which means residents are living in an environment where it is not uncommon to encounter impala and other wildlife in the garden, as well as many beautiful birds on the golf course.  Resident pelicans provide for great sightings when going for walks along the golf paths.  Most homes have incorporated the Natal Veranda style into their design and veranda living is very common.
 
“Homes range from two-bedroom apartments, to six- and seven-bedroom mansions, some with golf course views,” says Gavin. “Both golf courses have community centres that include communal swimming pools and entertainment areas for kids and families to enjoy. The centres have kid’s playground apparatus and braai facilities. These community centres can also be reserved for private parties.”
The Country Club is available to all residents who are required to become members when they purchase their property within the estate.  The club has restaurants, bars and sports facilities for golf, squash, tennis, bowls, paddling, fishing among others. 
 
Speaking about the advantages of purchasing within the Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate, Gavin points out that when a purchaser buys a property on the estate, they are buying much more than a home; they are buying into a lifestyle.  “Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate is regarded as one of the best managed golf estates in the country, and particular attention is paid to ensuring that security and aesthetics are kept to a very high standard.  There is most certainly a big demand for this type of lifestyle estate, and this is evident in the premium prices that homes on this estate sell for,” he says.

Long term growth potential is an equally important consideration as lifestyle factors when buying a home, and Gavin says that homes within this estate have very good long term growth potential.  “With supply on the estate fixed and few opportunities for new developments in the region, the demand for property that offers security and lifestyle elements such as those offered within the Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate, will always remain strong,” Gavin concludes.


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