Strandfontein offers buyers a wide range of prices and has become popular with people who consider living in the area to be an indication of their upward mobility.
Strandfontein, a suburb on the False Bay coastline west of Mitchells Plain, has become a highly sought-after residential destination, says Rowan Alexander, director Alexander Swart Property.
One reason, he says, is many people, especially from Mitchells Plain, see it as a step-up on the social ladder.
“Nevertheless, Strandfontein gives buyers a wide range of prices from as low as R550 000 for a two-bedroom house at entry level areas to R2.6 million for large homes in top-of-the-range areas.
“Strandfontein offers a laid-back, communal lifestyle close to the beach, with views of Seal Island and False Bay.”
Formerly Rawson Property Group’s Brackenfell franchise, the ASP team now serves Strandfontein through Devin Moodley.
Moodley says there is strong community spirit in many parts of Strandfontein, especially among the large Muslim community, so people who grew up there are reluctant to move.
“If successful in their careers, they tend to upgrade to one of the better Strandfontein precincts such as Pelican Heights, Wave Crest, San Remo or the old Strandfontein Village, which is still the heart of the suburb,” he says.
“Prices in Strandfontein are on average 40% to 50% higher than in Mitchells Plain. This is why the area is considered more prestigious.”
“This exemplifies the quality available at the top end of the Strandfontein market, priced at around R2.5m. Similar homes, in central Peninsula suburbs, would carry price tags of R4m to R5m.”
According to property analysts Lightstone, 70% of Strandfontein owners have lived there for 11 or more years, and 90% are in the 36-64 age group. These statistics, says Moodley, further illustrate how successful and stable Strandfontein has become.
Mikhail Kroukamp was born and raised in Strandfontein.
He says: “Every area has ups and downs, but the positive memories by far outweigh the negatives.
“I have made friends and bonded with so many individuals and families while growing up and I can say the area is filled with welcoming residents.
“My close friends are a group of about 12 or more. We are still as close as when we met here about 20 years ago.
“I remember the carefree days of playing hide-and-seek in the streets, skateboarding all through Trafalgar, Anzio Crescent, up to Dennegeur Laan and making our way towards the ‘Blou Dakke’, and even hitting up the skate park at the Strandfontein sports field, opposite the high school, until late at night.”