A base in Her­manus

Michelle Funke finds out why the On­rus Close se­cure gated com­plex is said to of­fer the best value in Her­manus

Business Day - Home Front - - HOME FRONT -

PIC­TURESQUE sur­round­ings, a range of up­mar­ket ameni­ties, mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture and a se­lec­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily are con­tribut­ing fac­tors to the growth in pop­u­lar­ity that the sea­side town of Her­manus has ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent years.

It is here that On­rus Close, a res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment that con­sists of 25 dou­ble-storey blocks each with four units, is sit­u­ated. The up­per floors are reached by stair­cases and all have 84m² of floor space, as well as an 18m² free­stand­ing garage.

All the units have two bed­rooms, two full bath­rooms with a bath and a shower, as well as a lounge, kitchen and pas­sage, which are tiled, while the bed­rooms are car­peted. The kitchens are fully equipped with ovens and hobs and have eat-in break­fast coun­ters which make them open­plan to the liv­ing rooms. Each apart­ment also comes with a builtin in­door braai fa­cil­ity.

It is for very good rea­sons, says Peter Greyling, Raw­son Prop­er­ties’ Her­manus fran­chisee, that homes in the 100-unit On­rus Close se­cure gated com­plex con­tinue to sell steadily. In the past two years 19 units changed hands and this year it looks as if that fig­ure will in­crease. When asked what he con­sid­ers the good rea­sons to be, Greyling said that the prices are ex­cep­tion­ally rea­son­able, the units are well de­signed and se­cure, and they are con­ve­niently sit­u­ated.

“The last half dozen sales that Raw­son Prop­er­ties have made here were all con­cluded at prices of be­tween R570,000 to R630,000. Th­ese prices are over R100,000 be­low the prices achieved prior to the 2008 to 2009 down­turn. The value on of­fer here is, there­fore, phe­nom­e­nal. Th­ese homes are sell­ing at a mas­sive dis­count but this sit­u­a­tion will not last in­def­i­nitely. I pre­dict that those who do not buy in the next few months will re­gret it be­cause, with de­mand so strong, price in­creases are in­evitable.”

On­rus Close, says Greyling, of­fers the man-in-the-street buyer a Her­manus base at prices avail­able al­most nowhere else in the area.

“Un­til one has seen them, this may be dif­fi­cult to ap­pre­ci­ate,” said Greyling, “but th­ese apart­ments give a feel­ing of spa­cious­ness. In the main bed­room, for ex­am­ple, it is pos­si­ble to put one dou­ble or two sin­gle beds and very few apart­ments in this price cat­e­gory of­fer two full bath­rooms.

“A cen­tral com­mu­nal pool is avail­able to all res­i­dents and the com­plex is pro­tected by an elec­tric fence and has only one re­mote con­trolled ac­cess point.”

The en­tire com­plex was re­painted last year and the body cor­po­rate has also spent a con­sid­er­able amount in plant­ing trees and shrubs around the grounds of the com­plex.

A fac­tor which has helped stim­u­late in­ter­est in the project is its prox­im­ity to the sea, with the On­rus beach only 2km away.

Equally im­por­tant, On­rus Close fronts onto a re­gional shop- ping cen­tre, The Trad­ing Post, which has its own restau­rant, post of­fice, pub and a good se­lec­tion of con­ve­nience stores.

Also boost­ing sales, says Greyling, is the fact that th­ese units are sought af­ter by prospec­tive ten­ants and rent at be­tween R3,500 to R3,750/month. Con­tact: Raw­son Prop­er­ties Peter Greyling 082 928 3321

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.