Friday, November 16

Park Rynie: Practicality and historic charm

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This South Coast village is a mixture of a charming seaside resort and industrial area, with a strong labour force close by

Park Rynie is a small KwaZulu-Natal South Coast village at the junction of the N2 national highway and the R612 to Ixopo, lovingly described as a quiet resort with fine beaches split up with attractive rocks.

It is virtually indistinguishable from the larger, better-known Scottburgh – to the extent that researching the Department of Home Affairs building, to which many Durbanites travel to secure ID cards and passports, will find the town names interchanged for the same building.

Around 5km further along the main road from Park Rynie is the Scottburgh Mall, further highlighting the extent to which the two areas intermingle.

Historically, Wikipedia indicates Park Rynie was established in 1857 with the theory mooted that it was named after Renetta Hoets, whose nickname was Rynie. She was married to John Phillip Hoffman, a partner in the firm Nosworthy & Co that had bought the original farm for development.

Park Rynie is home to successful family-run and other businesses

During World War I, the whaling station Park Rynie Whales was built simultaneously with the breakwater and landing ramp. Today the Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve and opportunities for scuba diving in some of the world’s most renowned waters or fishing off the rocks provide different entertainment.

Business and industrial parks are concentrated slightly back from the main road along Payne Street, with Abbey Vale Park counting among the most recent. That development is divided into 19 sectional title units ranging in size from 199m² to 400m² to accommodate a range of businesses. The units were designed to facilitate flexibility and functionality. Some have direct street access while others are within enclosed areas.

Older commercial developments include New Heights, Aloe Heights, Sea View and Anix Business Park.

Park Rynie falls within the Ugu District Municipality. The Ugu website shows the municipality covers 5866km² with a coastline stretching 112km to form its eastern boundary, but the region is 84% rural, meaning only the 16% in the urban area is the economic pillar.

Advertising signs do the talking for the businesses they represent. Picture: Terry Haywood Photography

Traditionally, the South Coast has not experienced the dramatic growth in investment and economic activity that has driven the North Coast’s regional economy over the past two decades. The outcome shows in unkempt verges, potholed roads and the relatively depressed economic zone, with shacks literally across the road from commercial enterprises and business parks.

That said, there are currently a host of properties for sale or to let on the Park Rynie market. ProProp South Coast brought a large complex and commercial building covering 2025m² to market earlier this month for R5.4million. The building is in a well-developed holiday and residential area on the Park Rynie/Scottburgh main road and close to other businesses. It is within walking distance of the beach.

The building consists of an upstairs section with four two-bedroom flats, while the downstairs area incorporates two large shops, one of which is a mini-market. This business, including the stock, fixtures and equipment, will be sold with the building, making the complex a sound future investment proposition.

Keller Williams Real Estate has a commercial opportunity for sale in 2nd Street Park Rynie/Scottburgh – an 8000m² open stand waiting for development. The property, also on the main road and close to the Scottburgh Mall, has easy access to the main road, local schools and other tourism attractions, including the beach.

This investment opportunity carries a R3.3m price tag.

Seeff has a level 8800m² piece of ground for sale that promises substantial investment and development opportunities. The property consists of a large hall presently used as a church, as well as five self-contained two-bedroom cottages, five garages and an outbuilding.

Situated close to the main roads in and out of Park Rynie/Scottburgh, the property also boasts ample space and parking to develop a resort, dive operation, hospital, factory or business, or to retain as a church and five houses.

Carrying an asking price of R5.43m, the property offers partial sea views and has commercial and religious property rights.

Harcourts Scott Bay has an attractive building on its books for R3.235m. One section of the building has a double-storey house with a spacious wooden floor and balcony that promises breathtaking views of the ocean.

The building has an open parking section towards the back and currently earns rental income from the existing tenants.

Within the rental space, ProProp has a 40m² office space available immediately for R97.50/m². Situated on the main road close to other local businesses, the property will suit a take-away business or salon with the street frontage providing sound advertising potential.

Tyson Property Group has a mini-factory space available for rental with the 165m2 facility commanding R33/m². Located within a controlled access and electric fence with armed response, the commercial property has its own water and prepaid electricity meter for three-phase power. However, no health-risk businesses will be allowed.

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