Buy a home in these suburbs to get access to SA's top schools
06 Dec 2018
If you're hoping to move in time for your child to be enrolled before the start of the 2019 school year, your window is closing fast. Registering a sale at the Deeds Office can take anywhere around three months. But, if the admin powers at be smile in your favour and you can finalise all the paperwork in under a month, you might just make it in time before that final school bell rings.
This three bedroom, two bathroom house in Hillcrest Park, Durban, offers a landscaped garden and undercover patio. It is on the market for R3.395 million- click here to view.
Here's where you should buy to get you kids into South Africa's top schools:
Kevin Jacobs, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Premier in Claremont, Cape Town, explains that buyers normally begin enquiring about properties near their desired school district closer to the beginning or end of the school year so that they won't have to pull their children out of a school before the year is out.
This three bedroom, three bathroom house in Claremont, Cape Town, offers a pool and patio. It is on the market for R3.89 million - click here to view.
For buyers in Cape Town who are looking to buy in a good schooling district, Jacobs suggests they look at Claremont.
"Our office, which is near many sought-after private schools such as Herschel Girls Senior School and Bishops, starts getting incredibly busy with these sorts of buyers usually around August or September. This tends to be the best time to find a home if you're hoping to enrol your child in a new school for the following school year," says Jacobs.
If you find yourself in the Gauteng region, Frikkie van Eeden, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Advantagein Rosebank, suggests that the northern suburbs of Johannesburg hold prime examples of desirable schooling districts.
"Blessed with a number of good schools, families and investors are flocking to these suburbs. Upper Houghton and Houghton Estate currently have a booming high-end rental and sales market, partly because of their proximity to the commercial hubs of Johannesburg, but also because of the surrounding schools such as King Edward VII and St John's College. Parkview and Greenside have also been very popular with Afrikaans-speaking households who are lured to the area by schools such as Jan Cilliers and Helpmekaar," Van Eeden explains.
This three bedroom, two-and-half bathroom townhouse in Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, has a well-manicured garden and pool. It is on the market for R4.95 million - click here to view.
"In all of these suburbs, we have experienced a much steadier market despite the fact that the Johannesburg property market has been a little flat in recent times. Investors should always be acutely aware of schools, as we have found that in many cases this seems to be the deciding factor when families go house hunting. With a steady flow of interest in these areas, it then follows that your investment is less effected by market volatility when investing in property around top schools," says van Eeden.
For those in Durban, Shane Pearson, Broker/Manager at RE/MAX Address in Hillcrest, agrees that being near to good schools attracts more buyers.
This four bedroom, two-and-half bathroom house in Winston Park, Durban, offers a sparkling pool and it is near schools and amenities. It is on the market for R3.6 million - click here to view.
"Often, clients are drawn to the area purely owing to the lure of the top-quality private schools in the Upper Highway area, such as Kearsney College, St Mary's, Thomas More, Curro and Highbury," explains Pearson.
"Owing to entrance requirements based on proximity, many buyers with young families choose a suburb purely based on the schooling district they want to be in, and will refuse to look at any properties that lie outside of these areas," says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.
"For this reason, those who are looking for properties purely based upon investment value ought to consider properties within one of the catchment areas of a reputable schooling district as the demand for these properties will always exist, as long as the school maintains its reputation."