Young buyers fire up property sales in Jo’burg’s New South

NOVEMBER 8, 2016

Great value, great views, top schools and excellent shopping and recreational facilities… the New South has it all, and even offers easy and less-congested access to the Johannesburg CBD and other parts of the metro.

So it is no wonder that there is constant demand for properties in core suburbs such as Bassonia, Glenvista and Mulbarton, or that sales in these areas have held steady over the past two years despite rising inflation and interest rates, says Jacques Bronkhorst, owner of the Chas Everitt International Glenvista franchise.

“At the moment, there is particularly brisk turnover at the lower end of this market, with lots of young buyers coming in and purchasing three and four-bedroom houses as well as townhouses and apartments. And because we have such a great team of highly-trained and enthusiastic agents working in these areas, we are finding that any property priced at less than R2m currently has an excellent chance of being sold within a month – while in some areas we are seeing our new listings sold before they even go on show.

“Prices are also showing good growth as a result of all this activity, so there is also plenty of room now for investment buyers or renovation enthusiasts to upgrade some of the older homes here and resell them at a good profit.” 

In Mulbarton, he notes, the average house price has risen 25% from around R1,4m five years ago to about R1,75m currently, but good-quality three-bedroom freehold homes with two bathrooms and double garaging are still available for around R1,3m. “Stands are generally quite large at between 980sqm and 1350sqm, and with modernised kitchens and bathrooms and the addition of an outdoor entertainment area, such homes can easily sell for R1,7m and even more.

“Meanwhile, the suburb also offers luxury hillside homes with four and five bedrooms and panoramic views at an average price of around R2,4m – which is exceptional value if one also considers the location and convenience of the area. There are more than 20 public and private schools within a 5km radius, including Mulbarton Primary and Glenvista High, and most homes in the suburb are also just a few minutes’ drive from the Mall of the South, the multibillion-rand regional shopping and entertainment centre that opened just over a year ago.

“The area also has its own private hospital and two local shopping centres as well as the renowned Panorama Flea Market, and is also not far from the Glenvista Country Club.”

This club, with its magnificent golf course, lies at the heart of Glenvista, which is a large hilly area offering a wide variety of homes to suit all types of buyers, from one and two-bedroom apartments to solid family homes, luxury townhouses and palatial mountaintop villas.    

However, says Bronkhorst, the majority of buyers (about 50%) in this area are young families with growing children, so the most commonly traded properties here are three and four-bedroom, two-bathroom family homes on stands of about 1000sqm, at prices ranging from about R1,7m to around R2,4m.

“The next most common demographic here is young career singles and couples, who currently make up about 30% of buyers and are especially keen on two-bedroom apartments. These range in price from around R650 000 to about R1,1m, depending on their age, security and whether they have a view or not, but demand has been substantially boosted since the opening of the Mall of Africa and prices are rising.”

Prices are also rising in neighbouring Bassonia, he notes, where the average house price of R2,4m is currently about 29% higher than it was five years ago. “One reason for this is the limited amount of stock coming on to the market, because once people have bought a home in Bassonia, they are often reluctant to move.

“Prices here are also somewhat higher than in the neighbouring suburbs, but we receive a constant stream of enquiries from young professionals for two-bedroom apartments and townhouses at prices from around R750 000 to about R1,25m, and from family buyers aged between 35 and 50 for upmarket three and four-bedroom houses at prices from around R1,8m all the way up to around R4m. And thanks to the fact that our agents are known and trusted by sellers in the area, we are usually able to find them exactly the right home.”