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Southern buyers look north to Brackenfell


Brackenfell in Cape Town's northern suburbs is drawing increasing numbers of homebuyers from the southern suburbs.



The area, situated between Kuilsrivier and Durbanville, used to be a bastion of Afrikaans-speaking residents, but recent years have seen an increase in English-speaking buyers, says Moira de Lange, area specialist at the local Homenet Tygerberg office.

"New buyers from the southern suburbs are relocating to the north and we are also seeing buyers who work in Paarl 40km away."

Buyers are drawn to the area because of property prices and a secure lifestyle. Basic three-bedroom homes in older areas such as Morgenster are still available from R830 000. However, most sales are concluded in the price range of R950 000 to R1,25m, De Lange says.

"In this range buyers can expect three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes with a double garage on large stands in areas such as Protea Heights, Morgenster Heights and Ferndale. The latter two suburbs are popular among middle-aged buyers with families, while younger buyers target Protea Heights," she says.

Top properties in Vredekloof are selling from R1,35m up to R6m.

In the sectional title market, three-bedroom clusters in Edenpark are selling from around R670 000 while two-bedroom apartments in older blocks are priced from R530 000. In new developments prices range between R699 000 and R740 000.

De Lange says areas such as Sonkring and Protea Heights are developing fast with several new developments on track.

Brackenfell is an established residential area with facilities such as a library, medical clinic and four shopping centres. A new high school in Protea Heights is in the planning stages to accommodate growing numbers of learners. There is an existing high school as well as two primary schools.

"Brackenfell's biggest attraction is that it is a 'small town' within a big city and it offers a safe environment for families," De Lange says.

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