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This thread will showcase the rapid development that is taking over the North and South Coasts. At present there are 12500 units u/c in the North, and 8500 on the South. These numbers are massive by any standards, and Durban is in the centre of this massive development of the coast.

All the developments from Ramsgate to Zinkwazi will be posted here, obviously excluding Durban.
 

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Galloping Growth

24 Mar 2005

By Bruce Stephenson

The Dolphin Coast will probably triple in size over the next decade.

Municipal planners have admitted they are falling behind in the scramble to develop the region, which is the fastest growing area in the country.

At a meeting last week between the municipality and the province’s roads and transport chiefs, it was revealed that:

• Plans for 12 500 units between the Umhlali River and the Tongaat River and east of the N2 have been approved by the municipality;

• The water, sewage and electricity infrastructure will have to be upgraded at a cost of about R150 million;

• Roads will have to be improved continuously to cope with growth.

The region’s planners, Helena Jacobs and Francois van der Merwe, showed that developers were making heavy demands on existing resources. The rate of growth was much greater than anyone had dreamed 10 years ago and this called for innovative thinking.

The municipality might have to consider, as eThekwini had done, a special levy on developers to pay for services.

Should the Dube Tradeport and King Shaka airport come about, the region will be under even greater pressure.

In the short term, planners believe another road is needed between Ballito and Salt Rock, running parallel to the N2, to take pressure off narrow Ocean Drive.

Secondly, the M4 needs to be extended from Zimbali to north of Greenfields service station, to take pressure off the M4/MR445 intersection.

Administration chief Nico Maree reminded the meeting that, in the rush to satisfy the needs of developers, the planners should not lose sight of the need for public open space, school sites and other aspects which affected residents’ quality of life.
The needs of the thousands of workers who streamed into the Dolphin Coast every day had to be catered for in the provision of public transport facilities, such as taxi ranks, stopping zones, pedestrian walkways and bridges. There was also a need for more workers’ housing within the region.

The municipality and province have agreed to set up a task team to address the planning needs of the region, meeting regularly.
 

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Blythedale to get massive development

02 Mar 2005


By Leah Kitchen

The property explosion is set to get even bigger with news of another massive development – this time at New Guelderland.

The farmland between Blythedale Beach and Prince’s Grant golf estate is to be turned over to a 4 000 home secure estate.

The 4 000 units, in addition to the 1 500 units planned for the Simbithi Estate in Ballito and the 700 unit expansion for Zimbali golf estate, spell out an era of unprecedented growth in the region and the province.

This development on the New Guelderland Sugar Estates, farmed by well-known grower Roger Stewart, will include an equestrian centre, beach hotel, school and a village for the elderly.

The property lies between Princes Grant and the Mdlotane river in the north and Blythedale Beach in the South.

Developer Mark Taylor – also the principal figure behind Simbithi – said in a leaflet distributed to Blythdale homeowners last week that the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the development is to begin shortly.

The EIA is to be carried out by consultant Guy Nicholson on behalf of Amberlock Investments (Pty) Ltd.

Although details are still sketchy, the environmental lobby in Blythedale is already alarmed at some of the aspects of the future development.

Conservancy chairman Fokko Fokkens said: “We are worried about a few things, such as the possible interference with wetlands, the hotel set to go up right on the beach and the fact that they are wanting to construct two lakes, which will drown some beautiful indigenous trees in the area.”

Environmentalist and resident Bing Comrie echoed these concerns.
“This is very disappointing – it seems this kind of thing is going to happen all the way up the coast. We know development cannot be stopped – money talks and there is no beating that.”

Comrie said the fact that there are both inland and coastal dune forests on the property creates even more concern.

Dune forest

“There is a beautiful dune forest, which is in good shape and should be conserved. There is an inland forest, which houses some beautiful indigenous plants. This is also a beautiful birding area. A number of creatures including game, porcupine, crowned eagles, duikers etc, will all be affected by this development,” said Comrie.
Some of the activities the developers say will require environmental authorization include the construction or upgrading of:

• Temporary fuel storage tanks on the site during the construction process,

• Small jetties or slipways on the Mdlotane River,

• Dams or weirs affecting the flow of a river,

• Reservoirs for public water supply,

• Public or private resorts, and

• Sewage treatments plants.

eLan Group MD Mark Taylor said it was too early to comment on details of the proposed development.

“The environmental scoping process is underway. We are hoping to get an idea of what the community wants. Nothing has been formalized as yet, but we will ensure we are very environmentally sensitive.”

Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) representative and Dolphin Coast Conservancy chairman Di Jones said although nothing has been finalized yet, there do seem to be a number of sensitive areas on the property.

“The question we have to ask is this: How many more up-market developments do we actually need on the North Coast? And then, can Blythedale’s infrastructure cope with a development of this magnitude?

“There is already a major problem with water in the village,” said Jones.
Jones said there would be a strategic environmental assessment for the whole area, but she feels this should have been done a long time ago.

“We need to look at the area as a whole and see the environmental impact completely before giving the ‘go-ahead’ for any more developments,” she said.

An open, public meeting, to which all potential interested and affected parties are invited, will be held on Thursday, February 24 at 5.30 pm in the New Guelderland community hall.
 

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R240m project will transform Ballito

03 Dec 2004

A major new development, nearly four times the size of the Ballito Lifestyle Centre, will transform the entrance to Ballito next year.

The R240 million multi-use development combines an innovative mix of retail shops, offices and residential apartments. It will create the ‘heart of the new town centre’, according to well-known local property developer John Whitehead.

A syndicate of local and Durban investors lead by Whitehead have chosen top designer Erky Wood of GAPP Architects and Urban Designers – whose work includes the V&A and Point Waterfronts, La Lucia Ridge office park and Gateway – to design a development framework for the project and well-known Durban architect Basil Vogas for the detailed building design.

The investors are confident that Ballito and the Dolphin Coast will continue to boom and are predicting that by 2009 it will be at least four times the size it is today. Major contributors to this growth, they say, are the rapid growth of Umhlanga’s new town centre, Sibaya casino, Zimbali’s planned expansion, Simbithi eco-estate and other major investments in the North Coast region.

Main points of the development include:

• retail space and food halls totalling 20 000 sq. metres,

• office space of 3 000 sq. metres,

• more than 150 apartments,

• about 1 500 parking bays, mostly underground.

The development will be on a 9.5-hectare site opposite the Lifestyle Centre, stretching from the current M4/MR445 T-junction at the Ballito traffic lights in the east, to the traffic circle that serves the Ballito Business Park in the west.

Construction of the first phase on the driving range site is scheduled to start in January and the first retail shops should be ready for business by late 2005.

Marketing of the residential apartments will begin during December for occupation in early 2006. Two-bedroom apartments with garages are expected to go on the market at under R1 million.

As part of the first phase, a new traffic circle is to replace the traffic lights at the M4/MR445 intersection. It is expected to be ready by Easter 2005. Two entrances will serve the site – from near the new traffic circle and from the existing circle in the west.

An ebullient Whitehead – who has been investing in Ballito for 19 years - said this week he was confident the timing was right for a start on the development.
“You could say this centre is three to four years ahead of its time. But with the expected growth of the region and market demand for retail, office and residential space, we believe it will be taken up to match our phased development over three years.”
 

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Commercial property takes off

04 Nov 2004


By Tertius Nel

Commercial and industrial development are taking Ballito by storm and it looks like they are set to continue to do so.This is the message from Realty 1 Parsons Property group manager of commercial and industrial developments Greg Kruger.

Kruger says he gets at least one phone call a week from people living in Gauteng who want to relocate their businesses to Ballito. “The Ballito business park venture is doing well with units selling at a market price of about R360 per square meter. Chaka’s Head industrial estate has been fully sold out and Lemon Reef Park on the M4 has only three units remaining. The only readily available units are in the recently released Sunduza Park in Chaka’s Rock,” he said.

Kruger explained that the catalyst for this surge in development is due to recent large-scale developments occurring in and around Ballito. He said that major developments, including Simbithi, Zimbali, the Sibaya casino and the completion of the La Mercy airport would attract a lot of investments outside of the KwaDukuza area and would increase the demand for retail and industrial units.

He also said that there is a constant relationship between industrial and commercial developments and the impact it has on business and job creation in Ballito.

“The industry brings developers to Ballito. More developments springing up means more job creation and business opportunities, which in turn leads to more industrial development,” he said.

Fund manager of Old Mutual SA Quoted Property Fund, Collin Young explained that to understand the current boom phase, it is important to consider the relationship between residential and commercial property.

“When housing prices surge, it is often accompanied by a retail boom. Purely because, as housing prices rise, people seem to think they have more disposable income and so they spend more. As the shop owners (retailers) do well and start demanding more space, so a shortage develops.

“This results in landlords expanding their shopping centres and building new ones. And this in turn positively affects industrial property,” said Young.

At the moment Kruger believes that the boom is set to continue and he says he sees a bright future for commercial development in Ballito. “It’s going strong. We are currently scouting for new land for development,” he said.
 

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Tinley takes off

09 Sep 2004

By Heidi Gibson

Property and land prices in Tinley Manor have tripled in the last two years amid speculation that development in this once forgotten North Coast village is definitely about to take-off.

The recent sale of the Laserai Chalets – a prime site with the Umhlali River mouth to the south and right on the beach – to a Mount Edgecombe consortium for a record R11.5 million is just one example of the boom.

The holiday chalets situated right on the beach are being knocked down and replaced with five up market residences. Whether these newly built homes will be up for sale or serve as a private residence for the consortium is still being discussed.

At the beginning of 2003 the same piece of property was up for grabs with a price tag of R1.8 million.

Furthermore the three sites adjacent to each other but directly behind Laserai Chalets – also with a beautiful view overlooking the lagoon and sea – have also just been sold for a collective R3 million to a former Gauteng resident Chad Burtt.
According to a Tinley Manor estate agent Dave de Lange, “People are buying land here because it is not as developed as Ballito. Ballito is over populated, there are traffic jams in the holiday season while Tinley Manor is quiet and tranquil and the beaches are beautiful.”

Two years ago De Lange said the plot he is currently living on now was selling for about R135 000. “I bought it for R485 000 this year,” he said.

Part of the property boom is fuelled by speculation that a well-known property developer is due to put in a marina with small boats and a jetty at the Umhlali River lagoon mouth.

De Lange said since opening office in May, sales of R7 million have been recorded and “all to white buyers”. “Tinley Manor is no longer an area reserved for Indians like it was in the past.”

He said the average price for a 1 020m² site with a sea view would fetch R1million while a plot a bit further back from the beach but with sea views would fetch around R850 000.00.

“Prices have doubled since last year but are starting to level out. The cheapest stand I have on my books at the moment is for R350 000.00 but it has no sea views and is set back from the beach.”

Meanwhile a North Coast developer Mark Frouman said he had bought “a lovely stand up on the hill” as well as over 1 200 hectares of agricultural land.
“Tinley is pristine. There is no high rise mess like Umhlanga and it’s going to be magnificent to live here.”

A Tinley Manor resident, who did not want to be named, said “The reason why everyone is moving in here is because we don’t experience problems like they have in other areas.”

“The community is close knit. People don’t want the hustle and bustle of highly developed areas. They want the peace and quiet that we have.”
 

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The only true new Beach Hotel in South Africa

24 Mar 2005


Businessman Mzi Khumalo’s 150-room luxury hotel being built at Zimbali has one notable feature – the property ownership runs right down to the high water mark. “I am told my hotel is going to be the only true beach hotel in South Africa,” he says happily.

He told Moreland Today magazine: “I think this forest estate is the best in the country and one of the best in the world. I have lived here for the past six years and I am convinced that a hotel here can only do well.

“Zimbali is now on the world map. The Zimbali Lodge hotel and the golf course are already well known. Plans for my own luxury five-star hotel are on track. If all goes well the R240 million construction will begin soon and we will be opening at the end of the year, hopefully in November.”

The hotel is three or four stories, cascading down towards the beach.

“I have always been attracted by the hotel industry. You may remember that I was involved in the development of the landmark Hilton Hotel alongside the International Convention Centre in Durban. Those were the days that Jeff Radebe and I were involved with Terry Rosenberg and others in Operation Jumpstart, trying to give Durban its place in the sun.

“That was a challenge. There was too much infighting, bickering and complaints in Durban and downright laziness too – but it is changing, although maybe not fast enough. I think Zimbali and some of the other developments give us the biggest opportunity to market KZN. I don’t think it has been done properly in the past.
“I would like Durbanites to go out and enjoy themselves. We are building great facilities but Durban people are often critical of them and, worse, do not patronize them. Sometimes they seem not to want to give something the chance of success.
‘I have no doubt my hotel will be a success. In fact this is just the start. It will be my first hotel - my flagship hotel - and I intend to build more.

“There will be a vibe here with a 1000 dwellings and four hotels, eventually five, including the lakes.. We will be creating events here, to add to the Durban and KZN calendar,” he said.
 

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BALLOOGA BAY - Margate, south Coast


An upmarket 38-unit development in the popular coastal town of Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal lower south coast

Priced for the three bedroom, two bathroom, four bedroom, three bathroom apartments and penthouses range from R980 000 to R1.8 million.

Sizes vary from 122-174sqm. Each apartment includes two undercover carports, the penthouses have one garage and one undercover parking, while the fully secured complex includes a swimming pool.



 

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BONDI BEACH - Shelly Beach, South Coast


Bondi Beach, has been launched in the extremely popular and rapidly growing Shelly Beach area, near Margate.

The entire south coast area of KZN is receiving considerable attention among investors, because of its natural beaches, and value-for-money and investment potential of its property market.

The new development is ideally situated on prime 200m beachfront site, with all the units boasting scenic breaker, sea and beach views.

Well suited to a tropical beach environment, the development includes ample space for residents' ski-boats and jetskis, and is located just 700 metres from a small craft harbour - said to be one of the largest privately owned small craft harbours in the province.

Comprising 11 three-storey blocks, the new development is in an attractive Tuscan-style blended with Indonesian type detailing such as extended eave overhangs and exposed patio timber strut features. Bondi Beach is modelled on a holiday resort concept, with provision for plenty of entertainment for youngsters, including a massive swimming pool, jungle gyms, trampolines and a clubhouse.

Each apartment includes two parking bays, and garages are also available for purchase.

Given the burgeoning growth of the Shelly Beach area and the high desirability of holiday homes in the area - both for personal use and in terms of sound income potential through holiday letting. Pam Golding Properties' administration office on site caters for all the letting requirements of those who wish to benefit from making an investment that yields a letting income. There is also some staff accommodation available for use by those letting apartments.



 

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COLONIAL SANDS - Margate, South Coast


With a clean and attractive beachfront that stretches over 500 metres from Lucien Point in the north to Margate Pier in the south and also enjoys Blue Flag status, Colonial Sands is a new 26 unit luxury development, will soon take the place of former Margate landmark, the Ferndale Hotel – which was later converted to the Skippers resort.

This prime development will positively change the façade of the Margate beachfront for the time to come. The units are spaciously designed, providing accommodation of three and four bedrooms. All the units will be finished to an exceptionally high standard, giving investors a home away from home feel. Elevated on two floors above two floors of basement parking, each apartment will capitalise on the exceptional beach and breaker sea views. Prices range from R1,9 million.

There’s a swimming pool within the complex, with an ideal shaded area with the perfect ambience for relaxing with sundowners after a long day at the beach. The two ultra modern luxurious and spacious penthouses come complete with their own swimming pools. Lifts will service each floor and store rooms are available for extra beach equipment.

The development will have direct access to the beach, while shops, restaurants, cinema and other entertainment facilities are within easy walking distance. It’s also near Margate Airport that offers direct flights from Johannesburg and which has additional aircraft hanger facilities, making arriving in a private aircraft another option.

The apartments are now being sold off plan, and the anticipated date of registration and occupation is April 2006.

 

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KUTA BEACH - Ramsgate, South Coast


Pam Golding Properties is launching yet another upmarket complex in Ramsgate on the lower south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Kuta Beach is an upmarket sectional title development comprising 31 apartments, situated on a prime site with sweeping beach and sea views on the corner of Perch and Marine Drive – only 100m to the beach and within walking distance of restaurants and shops.
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Ranging in size from 97-121sqm, the apartments are priced between R990 000 and R1.8 million including VAT. Suitable for either holiday or permanent living, the complex will have its own clubhouse and swimming pool, with secure access control.
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Ramsgate is a highly sought after area that offers buyers just that extra return on investment that matters. The area has lush vegetation and the beachfront is ideal for snorkeling, fishing, swimming and kite skiing.
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Kuta Beach is Balinese in style and designed by architect Peter Ries in order to maximise the ideal position and views. This style, with its soft, lifting roofscape and deep, shady overhands with covered balconies and hardwood balustrades, is particularly appropriate to the coastal, sub-tropical environment of the KZN south coast.
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The finishes are of good quality and buyers are offered a choice of colour schemes. Ken Fann of Motnek Projects is the project manager and this will be one of a dozen projects that he has managed on the south coast. John Russell has been appointed the civil and structural engineer, Drennan Maud and Partners the geotechnical engineers, EDM Consultants the electrical engineer, Ausmeier & Partners the land surveyor and Zen-Q Project from Johannesburg are the developers. Although this is Zen-Q Projects’ first development in this area it definitely will not be the only one as they are also developing the final phases of the renowned Selborne Golf Estate in Pennington and the old Kingfisher Caravan Park site in Shelly Beach. Construction will commence early next year (2005) and the apartments will be ready for occupation by the end of 2005.




 

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LA MER MARGATE - Margate, South Coast


Designed with a nautical feel, La Mer comprises three and four bedroom apartments, including four four-bedroom penthouses. A few remaining apartments are priced from R1.45 million to R2.6 million, including VAT. La Mer consists of two buildings, with the rear block built on a two-storey basement parking area and serviced by a lift, in order to provide residents with clear views over the front block. As a result all apartments will have uninterrupted sea and breaker views. The apartments have spacious patios and upmarket finishes, and all these ingredients make this an ideal holiday investment. The development also includes a swimming pool, for those wanting to enjoy the idyllic south coast climate in a more private setting, or on return from the beach.

The development is ideally located within walking distance of the main Margate beach and numerous amenities including restaurants and shops.


The developer has decided to exercise his right to extend the existing development that comprises a commercial component – including Wimpy and First National Bank. It's situated just a stand away from the successful Santorini development, which is currently under construction.

The architect, Toi Skellern, has paid meticulous attention to every detail, and is backed by a professional team comprising Hudson, Naude & Kirby as land surveyors, Kantley & Templer as engineers – all from the KZN south coast; and Rob Becker of Walter & Simpson in Durban is the quantity surveyor.

The development project is funded by First National Bank and the building contract will be put out to tender. Construction is due to commence in May 2005, with completion set for 10 months later.


 

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MARINA PALMS - Hibberdene, South Coast


Located on the beach in Hibberdene, on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast. This new development has much to offer.

Marina Palms is situated+/- 150 metres from the proposed Spray Rock Small Craft Harbour Development.

All the apartments will have sea views with the entry level of R700,000 for a two bedroom apartment, R998,000 and R1,040 million for 3 bedroom apartments and
R1,8 million for one of the four penthouses.

With only 24 units this remains a fairly low density development and no development can take place in front or behind Marina Palms. The northern boundary of the development is the Mzimayi river.

Within 200 meters of the Marina Palms, you have the main Hibberdene swimming Blue Flag Beach and the perimeter of the Hibberdene Village.

There is an active Scuba Club and Ski boat club in the village which hosts the annual Couta Classic Deep Sea fishing competition.

Hibberdene also boast the South African record for Baracuda speared. A monster of 37,5kg speared just beyond the backline.

The area has fantastic beaches and gullies with warm water all year round and abundant sea life, with a long whale watching season from early May to December.

The annual sardine run which occurs in mild winter months has become a famous phenomenon and results in an exciting sardine fever which seems to overcome anyone who witnesses the event. The game fish that follow the sardines provide serious sport for the anglers and the thousands of dolphins that follow the fish win everyone’s heart.

There are 10 fantastic golf courses within a half hour radius and Durban is only a 40min drive away.

At +/- R7000 sqm this new development offers fantastic value in a competitive market. Add to this the Beach Front aspect and you have a rare opportunity to make a great investment, coupled to a wonderful lifestyle or utilize the income opportunities it offers.



 

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MONTEREY - Margate, South Coast


Monterey, a new residential development comprising six two bedroom, two bathroom and six two bedroom, one bathroom apartments, in Margate.

Priced from R685 000, this quality new development offers buyers an opportunity to enter the growing property market on the lower south coast with a secure, lock-up-and-go investment.

Monterey is well located within walking distance of the beach and all shopping facilities, and due to its prime location some of the apartments have sea views. The apartments include spacious patios for outdoor living and entertainment, and undercover parking, and access to the complex is remote controlled.

The building is designed with a national, earthy appeal enhanced by the lush tropical vegetation of the surrounds.

Construction is due to begin early 2005.


 

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TOMEROS - Uvongo, South Coast


ToMeros, a Greek style village comprising 77 units in total, has just been released in four phases.

ToMeros is located in the heart of Uvongo, within walking distance of the beach and directly opposite the well-known Douglas Mitchell sports grounds. It offers purchasers a secure lock-up and leave holiday unit or permanent home in a tranquil setting. The entire complex is completely walled with access control entrance plus a swimming pool and clubhouse within the complex.

The 77 units in total at ToMeros vary from 120-155sqm and are priced from R640 000 including VAT. The 16 homes in phase one are all two bedroom, three bathroom apartments with lock-up garages. Construction of the units has already commenced and the anticipated date of occupation is March/April 2005.

During December (2004) Pam Golding Properties will have an on site sales office with two completed units on show for prospective buyers to view.


 

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This development is opposite the existing Ballito Lifestyle centre at the enterance to the 'town'.


Ballito Junction is a multi-use development that will offer an attractive shopping experience whilst combining it with secure residential living.

Just launched

Phase 1 will comprise of :

retail space and food outlets (approx 20 000sqm)
offices of 3000sqm
180 residential apartments
1500 parking bays, most will be undercover
The residential apartments offer:

choice of 2 and 3 bedroom layouts with large open plan living area with excellent finishes.
Spacious balconies with built in braais
Secure underground parking for each apartment
Close to all amenites
Price from : R935,000.00



 
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WOW! Thats a lot of development. Must be a lot of money moving into the area. But one question: What are these people doing for jobs? I mean do most commute to Durban? Or are these mostly holiday/seasonal developments that are vacant for a few months a year? Just like Florida. Only not as ugly. :)
 

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Its a mixture really nick... ALOT of the units will have been sold to Gauteng buyers who make there treks to the coast over the holidays and weekends. But the new trend is people from Durban moving up to the greater Ballito area and then commuting into Umhlanga or the city. Dont forget that without traffic, Umhlanga is only 20mins from Ballito, so its not that far away. I know plenty of people that live in Ballito and drive to uni everyday.

The resident population of Ballito has skyrocketed over the last 4 years and hence the massive development of Shopping facilities, offices and new schools. A new hospital is u/c and has doubled in size before a brick has even been laid, such is the pace of growth.

The same cannot be said for the south coast developments. Most buyers here tend to use their apartments for holidays only and therefore they are vacant most of the year. There is however a growing community down there too, alot of retirees and the like from Durban, Gauteng and also from the uk, ireland and germany. There is a large german expat community near margate...esp in ramsgate!

But the south coast also targets a different segment than the north does. Property is far cheaper in the south than up north and this gap will not change. The north is seen as the more upmarket of the two and also, since it is far closer to Durban, has many more ameneties than the south coast offers (Margate is 1h30min from durbs)

But will keep posting...trying to find pictures of all the developments...theres far too many!!!
 
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