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The best properties for Johannesburg Country Life

Sunshine, golf, game parks and equestrian estates with plenty of options under $100,000 in these;

Johannesburg Country Life at Hartbeespoort Cableway, Photo South African Tourism Flickr
Johannesburg Country Life at Hartbeespoort Cableway, Photo South African Tourism Flickr

Top 5 Johannesburg Country Life Property Hotspots

Who wouldn’t want to live the cheap and luxurious remote working life outside Johannesburg? You’ll still be connected to your friends and family near Africa’s busiest airport and English is widely spoken.

Consider buying in a gated estate for an easy lock-up and go lifestyle. In most cases estates near Jo’burg have security access control and staff to maintain gardens and communal pools for you. So, just sit back and relax or manage your business remotely. Nomadic You rounds up the options for you with the most lifestyle for your buck;

#1 Hartbeespoort dam for scenic views

Highlights: Hartbeespoort dam is a weekend playground for the people of Johannesburg. Choose Meerhof suburb for one of South Africa’s best-value estate living lifestyles.  Scenic Hartbeespoort has many dining and recreation options or drive 43-minutes to Fourways for some Jo’burg nightlife.

Properties: 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom apartments in Landmeer Equestrian Estate from $70,000 or 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom townhouses in Birdwood Estate from $95,000. Both estates are installing Fibre to the Home internet.

#2 Bela-Bela for nature lovers

Highlights: Bela-Bela has game farms, golfing, geothermic hot springs and is only a 75-minute drive to Pretoria’s huge Menlyn Park Mall. Go for a game drive at Mabalingwe or Mabula. Then play a round of golf at Elements Private Golf Reserve, which is rated the 26th best course in South Africa by Golf Digest or Zebula Country Club rated 60th.

Properties: 2 bedroom cottages in town from $40,000 or 3-bedroom /3-bathroom game farm homes from $135,000. Buy close to town for good 4G LTE coverage.

#3 Ruimsig for an urban retreat

Highlights: Ruimsig offers the best of both worlds; The beautiful outdoors of Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden and The Cradle of Humankind. And world-class shopping malls and nightlife on your Jo’burg doorstep. Property is affordable, since locals are scared off by peak hour traffic jams to the Sandton commercial centre. But, there is no reason to be scared off if you are a remote worker. Ruimsig has great investment potential; buy now before the Gautrain extends westwards and see your property price grow.

Property: 2 bedroom apartments from $50,000 or 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom townhouses from $70,000.

#4 Broederstroom for golfers

Highlights: Only 26 minutes from Lanseria airport and 42 minutes from Montecasino, Broederstroom offers golfers a fantastic lifestyle option close to Africa’s financial centre at Sandton.  Play a round of golf at Blair Atholl, which is rated the 14th best course in South Africa by Golf Digest or at Pecanwood rated 34th.

Property: 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom homes in Lakeland Estate from $110,000 or 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom homes in exclusive Pecanwood Estate from $160,000. Both estates are installing Fibre to the Home internet.

#5 Urban tropical Montana Park

Highlights: Montana Park is a 15-minute drive from Hatfield Gautrain station on the tropical northern slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain. The folks living in between the palm trees here are far more relaxed than their Johannesburg neighbours to the south. Homes are generally in mini-estates of 100 or so units, with most having some private garden space. Be sure to choose a home with a communal pool for those hot Pretoria days.

Property: 2 bedroom apartments from $50,000 or 3-bedroom/ 2-bathroom townhouses from $70,000. Buy close to Kollonade Mall and you should manage without a car.

@NomadicYou Game farm in Bela-Bela or golfing near Hartbeespoort Dam for your Johannesburg Country Life?

The cheapest cities to buy property for downshifters

Time for a vacation property or downshifting home? The cheapest cities to buy property that are affordable to live in too. Antalya, Jo’burg, Phuket & more.

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Your view for $60,000, Jackal Creek Golf Estate Johannesburg, Photo www.steeple.co.za

I must confess, I’m obsessed with watching House Hunters International and surfing property websites. Maybe I played Monopoly too much as a child. And, having Cape Town and Johannesburg properties that have been successful investments, probably fuels my obsession further.

In Cape Town I have vacation properties that I rent out to corporates and holiday visitors. I’ve been lucky to collaborate with a lady who runs a cleaning service and who does meet and greats for my holiday visitors too. Don’t be afraid to jump into the vacation property market! If I didn’t buy when I did, I would be paying around 50% more for the same apartments.

Should I rent or buy my downshifting property?

In yesterday’s post, we saw that India is very cheap to rent in. Strangely, property there isn’t cheap to buy. South Africa is the opposite though. With bank lending rates being quite high in SA, property prices are suppressed. Rentals in Cape Town and Jo’burg are not cheap though.

Hours of watching House Hunters has taught me one thing for sure: buying property in South Africa is a steal. For $60,000 you could be the lucky owner of a 2-bedroom apartment in Jackal Creek golf estate in Jo’burg or an apartment close to the winelands in Somerset West, Cape Town.

25 best cities for buying property

Turkey tops the list with the most affordable coastal property. A property outside the city center in Antalya will only set you back around $412.29. Bali also makes the top 10. But, property ownership there is a bit murky; expats who reside (legally) in Indonesia can only own landed houses in the country for a period up to 80 years. No doubt marrying a Thai, makes ownership there much easier!

Besides, property websites my other website obsession is www.numbeo.com Until they develop a house price index, try this list of the cheapest cities to buy property based on Numbeo stats;

City Rank Price per sqr mtr City Center Price per sq mtr Outside Center
1 Antalya $811.38 $412.29
2 PlayaDelCarmen $888.39 $697.73
3 Johannesburg $933.65 $661.34
4 Colombo $1 361.06 $822.24
5 Bangalore $1 569.04 $709.86
6 Mexico City $1 473.91 $856.22
7 Phuket $1 518.03 $952.86
8 Chiang Mai $1 558.90 $945.85
9 Bali $1 400.78 $1 237.03
10 Cape Town $1 821.70 $926.68
11 Budapest $1 712.88 $1 050.90
12 Athens $1 434.19 $1 609.92
13 Johor Baru $2 168.90 $923.79
14 Bogota $1 695.79 $1 401.16
15 Istanbul $2 208.51 $975.57
16 SaintPetersburg $2 117.09 $1 233.81
17 Lima $2 119.78 $1 246.75
18 Santiago $1 925.79 $1 555.78
19 Delhi $2 599.63 $1 119.77
20 Hanoi $2 816.32 $976.33
21 Warsaw $2 525.17 $1 658.39
22 Buenos Aires $2 762.36 $1 956.35
23 Lisbon $3 347.24 $1 801.57
24 Prague $3 446.41 $2 031.44
25 Bangkok $3 944.54 $1 818.69

@NomadicYou #Turkey, #SouthAfrica and #Mexico all have cheap #property. Which would you choose?

Top 10 Budget Cape Town Hotels: Where and When to Stay

The best budget Cape Town hotels #Citybowl; Where you can stay to explore by #MyCiti and when the weather is best

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Budget Cape Town Hotels City-of-blinding-light-from-flickr

Hotels near MyCiti Cape Town

Tripadvisor rates Cape Town Central as one of the Top 25 destinations in the world. However, they may be using ‘central’ as a broader term to include all the sights from the Waterfront to Camps Bay. The CBD or City Bowl is home to commerce, parliament and the International Convention Centre, making it more buzzing by day than by night. However, it makes a great location from which to explore and this is also where you will find the largest cluster and variety of hotels.  Expect to pay around $85.56 per night for a good three-star hotel with breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Top 10 Budget Cape Town Hotels

Price per room per night March 2017        
The Fritz Hotel R 950 $66.50 61.75 € £53.20
Mojo R 954 $66.78 62.01 € £53.42
The Regency R 995 $69.65 64.68 € £55.72
New Tulbagh Hotel R 1 220 $85.40 79.30 € £68.32
Hotel on St George R 1 240 $86.80 80.60 € £69.44
The Amalfi Atlantic Hotel R 1 250 $87.50 81.25 € £70.00
Parliament Hotel R 1 280 $89.60 83.20 € £71.68
Protea Htl Marriott Castle R 1 384 $96.88 89.96 € £77.50
Tudor Hotel R 1 460 $102.20 94.90 € £81.76
Best Western Cape Suites R 1 490 $104.30 96.85 € £83.44
Three Star Hotel Average R 1 222 $85.56 79.45 € £68.45

 Wikipedia Cape Town

Cape Town International Airport, 20 kms (12 mi) east of the city is Africa’s third busiest airport with 9,700,000 passengers per year. The hottest month is February with an average high of 26.5°C (79.7°F). The coldest month is July with an average low of 7.0°C (44.6°F). The rainiest month is June with 93 mm (3.66 inches).

@nomadicyou #CapeTown is cheaper during the green season mid April to mid October. Have you visited out of season?