It’s good business to protect natural areas within your housing estate, not only because they make it a nicer living space that can command a higher property price, but also because the functions they provide have monetary value for both you as the property owner and also the municipality within which you live.
With its wide-open spaces, horses, golf courses, superb retail and restaurant options – and even skiing – Fourways is rapidly becoming the most sought-after residential, business and retail area in Gauteng. And a fab new development in North Riding offers easy access to it all.
Do you remember the eighties? In those days, Cape Town was not the tourism darling of the world, traffic was manageable, petrol was cheap, music made sense and hotels were not priced according to the exchange rate. But things have changed.
School’s out, and matriculants are at that age when they know everything and are ready to take on the world. Moms and dads all over the country are entering that tricky phase of parenting a young adult. The lucky ones have offspring who have been accepted at the local university and can stay at home and commute.
In a period of continuing market uncertainty, players in the property market have plenty of questions going into 2019. Could a handful of disruptive trends – some driven by tech, others by economic factors – answer those questions?
Jozi’s northern suburbs’ skyline is soon to be transformed by a gleaming, jewel-like architectural masterpiece that will tower over Sandton’s CBD from just south of its perimeter. The Saxony, located on Rivonia Road across from St David’s Marist Inanda, is set to redefine luxury living in Johannesburg’s richest square mile.
The devastating Knysna Fires of 2017 destroyed 22,000 hectares of the Garden Route, and a further 85,000 hectares burned over ten tragic days in October and November, 2018. Residents of the area have been left picking up the pieces, rebuilding homes and businesses – and, crucially, rehabilitating thousands of hectares of devastated fynbos and pine plantations.
Sometimes we travel to relax, to eat, to see great art, beautiful scenery, or amazing animals. Sometimes to hear great music – whether it’s a rock concert in a football stadium, or an opera at La Scala. But sometimes – sometimes – we travel to look at things afresh, to get a totally new perspective on life.
‘Location, location, location’ is just one – or is that three? – of the Rondebosch Oval Lifestyle Estate’s many attractions. ‘Supply and demand is a huge part of property sales,’ says Rawson Developers’s marketing director Brad Morgan about the Rondebosch Oval secure lifestyle estate in Cape Town’s leafy southern suburbs.
When reviewing your retirement portfolio, it’s wise to consider all the available asset classes – including offshore property. The key, however, is to ensure that you’ve done your homework and sought expert advice.
Smart homes are becoming increasingly mainstream, helping millennials and other home owners keep a finger on the pulse of innovation and convenience. Home automation was, until recently, the stuff of fantasy and sci-fi movies. The ability to monitor the goings-on inside and outside your home while on holiday, warm up the oven while stuck in traffic, even the ability to heat up a toilet seat in winter, was a case of ‘if only!’ The idea of drawing the lounge curtains or switching on lights when you’re late leaving the office, too, was a flight of fancy.
Investing is risky, so savvy investors need to stick to investment opportunities that offer the potential of fantastic returns, and are both credible and scalable. This means investing in real businesses, with real products and value, not simply chasing tax breaks and certainly not following the hype.
Haven’t we all at some point in our lives wished we could chuck the day job and launch out as entrepreneurs with an innovative and successful idea? Some put those dreams on hold and start each new year as they did the last… but others ‘just do it’. Like the young entrepreneurs at Rhino Wood, who saw the opportunity of combining a by-product usually destined for landfill with a renewable resource to create a sustainable product that is taking the building scene by storm.
Security is top of mind for people looking for estate living, so cutting-edge security systems such as CCTV surveillance, intercom systems and 24-hour security guards are the norm. But, according to Edward van der Linde of JNCS Beyond Security, the best-of-breed security goes beyond these standard measures.
Gone are the days of bouncing around your living room dressed like a bumblebee in legwarmers with Jane Fonda instructing you from your cassette player. But is the modern age of fitness apps more effective?