Durban is a diverse city, focused on citywide investments, growing our economy and creating a better quality of life. Durban has loads of exciting activities and is popular all year round thanks to warm weather every month and a great selection of hotels and attractions. Guaranteed sunshine, amazing historical sites, beautiful beaches, snorkeling and diving experiences and unique to the sardine run. With lively entertainment and international restaurants on Florida Rd, friendly locals everywhere and a leisurely paced atmosphere make Durban the perfect place to spend winter holidays in the sun.

Through its creative combination of both commercial and residential properties, Durban has a unique and distinctive character. Comprising of beautiful colonial homes, apartments, and villas, as well as commercial and entertainment enterprises which are converted old homes and buildings. Durban is leafy and romantic with open cafes spilling out onto pavements creating an often carnival atmosphere, especially in the area around Florida Road and Montpelier Road. Popular suburbs in Durban are Berea, Morningside & Glenwood 

Durban has a number of parks including Mitchell Park boasting a zoo & well-kept gardens, Jameson park with spectacular rose garden. Durban’s Botanical Gardens boasts some of the most extensive and oldest collection of cycads in the country, as well as a beautiful Orchid collection, ferns, and a sensory garden. The gardens also hosts music festivals and is an ideal spot for picnics. Essenwood park holds a weekly arts & craft market which has more than 100 traders as well as musicians and caterers. A real hive of business is situated at Warwick triangle where one can purchase traditional medicines, fruits and vegetables. 

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Sport and recreation

Sport and recreation

Unrivalled outdoor opportunities can see you hiking trails or scuba diving during the day. Move indoors and visit one of our shopping or entertainment complexes. Florida Road is an exciting mix of restaurants, night clubs, boutique hotels and fashion shops, offering something for everyone. The entrance to the harbour mouth is an area rich with enterprise, many restaurants, craft markets and live entertainment.

Nightlife and entertainment

Nightlife and entertainment

Situated along Durban’s Golden Mile, the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World provides world-class casino action along with a plethora of additional entertainment, leisure and business opportunities. Enjoy a slightly different experience with dinner cabaret or visit one of Durban's theatres to watch a play, while the nightlife ranges from trendy clubs to pubs. 

U-Shaka Marine World

U-Shaka Marine World

U-Shaka is unrivalled as one of Durban’s key attraction venues for adults and kids alike. It offers; the Wet ‘n Wild water park slides and pools; Sea World with dolphin and seal shows, shark dives and ray feeds; The Village Walk, a unique outdoor shopping experience; and of course there is uShaka Kids Worlds which is a fun filled activities area catering for children from 2 – 12 years. 

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Built to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the Moses Mabhida stadium has become an iconic landmark for the city and plays hosts to a wide range of sporting and cultural events. It also offers the public other attractions including the SkyCar, Adventure Walk, Stadium Tours and the Big Swing. When there are no games on, families visit the stadium with bikes, scooters and skateboards, and make use of the expansive grounds and restaurants.

Living in Durban

Areas near to Durban

Amanzimtoti, Ballito, Berea, Durban North, Hibberdene, Kokstad, La Lucia, Margate, Montclair, Mount Edgecombe, Newcastle, Pinetown, Port Edward, Port Shepstone, Richards Bay, Scottburgh and Pennington, The Midlands, Umdloti, uMhlanga, Umtentweni, Underberg, Upper Highway,

Education

Durban is well served with many schools from pre-primary to high school. Durban is home to the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and Durban University of Technology.

Healthcare

Durban boasts two private hospitals, Netcare Saint Augustine’s and Parklands Hospital as well as Life Healthcare’s Entabeni Hospital have some of the leading doctors and specialists in the country.  Addington Hospital on Durban’s beachfront is undergoing a refurb and King Edward VII both provide Government healthcare.

Shopping

The Atrium at Overport, Musgrave Centre and Windemere Centre offer shoppers a wide variety of chain and boutique retail stores.

Travel

The N3 and M13, N2  and M4 road networks  are within easy access from the Berea.  King Shaka International airport is a 20 minute drive via the N3 or M4.

A DIVERSE MARKET OFFERING GREAT VALUE

Durban has always been a very popular city: with its beautiful climate, warm sea and well-planned urban layout, it offers a convenient lifestyle with a host of amenities on its doorstep. The Durban market is unique in that it is very diverse. This means that it literally caters for every budget and a wide spectrum of buyers.

The suburbs that traditionally fall into the Durban area include the beachfront; the CBD; Glenwood and Bulwer; and the Berea and Morningside. The area is therefore expansive and buyers can choose from beachfront living to urban living to suburbia depending on their preferences.  

The CBD has been problematic for several years, as large corporates have vacated the area and moved north to La Lucia and Umhlanga, but we are seeing a resurgence of interest in the area, with enquiries from large developers seeking to upgrade the inner city. A CBD facelift will transform the area, and we should it transpire, investors will re-enter the area.

For now, the CBD is comprised mostly of sectional title units (95%) and the average selling price of an apartment in the area is R345 000. Forty four percent of recent buyers are between the ages of 18 and 35 years, indicating that first time buyers are able to enter the market because of its affordability. The LSM for the area is 4 – 7. The greatest need in this area is parking and security. One of the challenges the area faces is the fact that the banks will not necessarily finance some of the apartment blocks, and hence buyers need to be mindful of this when looking to purchase.

Moving towards the sea, North Beach has been cited by Lightstone as the best performing suburb in the mid to high property sector in KZN. This is fantastic news for the area, and indeed, investors continue to drive the market and the holiday market has recovered with people buying second homes in the area.

An apartment in North Beach will cost R751 000 as an average. Beachfront seafacing units range from R800 000 to early 2 millions depending on size and specs. The LSM in the area is high at 8.

South Beach has also performed well, indeed, Lightstone ranks South Beach as the highest performing suburb in the middle range in KZN. So all round, the beachfront has certainly come alive post the recession and with the extra security, well-maintained promenade and popular beach restaurants, the area has returned to its former glory.

South Beach offers exceptional value – nowhere else in the world can buyers snap up beachfront property at these prices. Prices average at R300 000, but again, the seafacing units will achieve prices of R1 million. The LSM for the area is 7-8 so whilst prices offer great value, the area appeals to a higher LSM group, because it is largely driven by investors and the holiday home market.

The Durban suburbs continue to hold their own as popular nodes, largely because of the convenience on offer and the excellent schools that are scattered across the area. Glenwood is one of KZN’s finest schools, and hence this suburb continues to attract young families. The Berea is home to several top schools like Durban Girls College, DPHS and Maris Stella. The Berea is a very diverse market attracting not only young families with school-going children, but also retirees, investors and first time buyers looking to enter a market that still offers good value.

On the Berea, you can expect to pay R 2million for an average 3 bedroom home in Essenwood, and approximately R1,5 to R1,8 million for an average home in Musgrave. Essenwood and Musgrave have a high LSM of 9, and both markets are 75% sectional title and 25% freehold. On average, sectional title units in these areas will cost R1 million. Essenwood achieves high prices in the upper pockets, for example, we recently sold a home in Essenwood for R8,8 million, so this illustrates the diversity of the area.

Morningside is perhaps the most sought-after node in the Durban market. Upper Morningside has always been an extremely desirable area, and boasts beautiful grand colonial mansions spanning over 1000m2 on erven of over 2000m2. Sea views are the norm and the generous proportions and build quality from a bygone era is difficult to beat. These mansions are owned by the Durban elite, politicians and local businessman who come from generations of wealth.  A home of this stature in this area will cost anywhere from R10 million up to R25 million.

Again, indicative of the wide range of homes in the area, the average price for a sectional title unti in Morningside is around R900 000 and the average freestanding home will cost R2,1 million. The LSM for the area is high – sitting at 9.

In sum, Durban is a vibrant area with a very active property market that caters for all sectors of the market. Our agents are equipped as sectional title and full title specialists and indeed, as also deal with shareblock ownership in this node, a reflection of the diversity in the area.

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