Introduction to Ballito
The Dolphin Coast, a stretch of golden beaches embraced by the warm Indian Ocean and rolling sugar cane and coastal forests, stretches from Zimbali in the south to the mighty Tugela River in the north.
Ballito is rapidly becoming more a permanent residential destination than a holiday location as the demand for housing spreads ever further north. Easily accessible to the King Shaka International Airport and with its large estates such as Zimbali and Simbithi, Brentonwood and Dunkirk, Ballito has evolved into a prime residential area, particularly among families and those commuting to work in nearby Umhlanga Ridge or La Lucia Office Estate.
Ballito and surrounds is slowly transforming into residential rather than holiday towns although the mix is presently still about 50:50. A great deal more businesses have opened up in the past five years, including three shopping centres.. The exclusive, gated estates of Zimbali and Simbithi have been extensively marketed and are proving very popular, while new gated communities are springing up, offering an exclusive lifestyle in a secure environment.
For those wanting to acquire leisure property, a weekend retreat or a future or imminent retirement property, there are beachfront apartments, homes and apartments in the gated estates which offer a secure environment for a lock-up-and-go home with quick access to the airport. There are great beaches and festivals which have become synonymous with Ballito, creating an ideal place for young people to holiday. There is a good demand for holiday rental property in the area, which at least takes care of running costs for your investment.
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While Ballito is considered an upmarket area, the demand is currently being driven from the lower end with homes in the R800 000 to R1.5 million price range most sought after – as seen by the success of some of the more affordable developments, where one bedroom apartments start at R559 000 and range up to just under R1 million for a three bedroom unit. Various other gated estates offer units priced from R3 million to R10 million, while beachfront property and homes in Zimbali range from R1.8 million to around R12 million for apartments, and homes up to R40 million. There is no doubt we are seeing this area targeted as being attractive for long term investment. Town planning has taken into account growth for the next 15 years, with this is now moving beyond planning and being put forward for development in the long term. There is a need for more affordable housing, a factor which is being considered by developers. However, land is expensive, making it difficult for developers to build lower priced developments.
Ballito has a full range of property to suit all requirements while Zimbali and the beachfront offer houses up to R40 million. It is probably easier to say that property is now being valued on a square metre basis. Prices in Zimbali range from R40 000 per square metre down to R15 000 per square metre, while beachfront homes vary from R12 000 up to R30 000 per square metre, and the suburbs from R8 000 to R15 000 per square metre.
Pam Golding Properties Ballito can assist you with the sale and rental of all types of residential property and real estate including houses, sea-side homes, guesthouses, vacant land, holiday rentals and commercial property.
OUT & ABOUT IN BALLITO
There is never a dull moment, with a wide range of activities for sun, sport and fun lovers. The area offers world class golfing facilities, microlighting, horse riding and other sporting activities. Water lovers can go scuba diving, spear fishing, angling or deep sea fishing and for those sun lovers there is always the magnificent stretch of sandy beaches and sheltered coves.
The Dolphin Coast is situated just 20 minutes north of Durban and serves as a gateway to Zululand.
Nature lovers can go on day trips to Zululand game and nature reserves. The Hluhluwe / Umflozi game park is just 257 km north of Ballito. Closer to home is the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve which offers excellent birding and nature trails.
The beaches are the main attraction for most visitors and Ballito is well known for its safe, superb beaches. At the southern end of Ballito is Salmon Bay, a popular surfing and jet skiing spot.
It also houses the Umhlali Country Club and golfers can also enjoy the renowned Zimbali golf course, designed by international golf supremo Tom Weiskopf.
The Mr Price Pro annual surfing competition, bringing world class surfing to South Africa shores, is held in Ballito during July each year