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Montana Tuine: Mix for success

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With prospective buyers spoilt for choice in Montana Tuine, a local real estate agent reports impressive sales figures this year

There are lots of choices in Montana Tuine. Prospective homeowners and residents can opt to live in a freehold or a sectional title home in a residential estate or outside an estate, where they can purchase or rent free-standing homes or in sectional title developments.

This good property mix is notable as owners and residents across a wide income spectrum enjoy a high standard of living in a convenient area offering easy access to essential amenities.

“Entry level properties are priced between R400 000 and R800 000. But most activity is concentrated on a second tier of homes, priced from around R850 000 to R1.4 million.

“Above that you have top-end homes, ranging in price from R1.5m to R3m,” says Tobie Bruyns, a veteran realtor and property specialist with Apple Property.
Bruyns reports an active market and cites sales figures which have exceeded expectations.

“The total sales figure between April 2017 and March 2018 was 247 units, for a total value of almost R330m, working out to a median of R1.333m.”

Bruyns singles out Zambezi Country Estate, largely consisting of freehold homes and where properties sell for at least R2.5m, as the suburb’s most upmarket development.

“The average price of a property there is R3.2m. Most homes are double-storey.”

Upmarket sectional title units are another defining feature of the suburb. Picture: Supplied

Bruyns cites Zambezi Junction Shopping Centre, at the entrance to Zambezi Country Estate, as an example of the convenience and high living standards at residents’ disposal. The centre’s retail offering includes restaurants and a national fresh produce outlet.

The principal neighbourhood route, Sefako Makgatho Drive, is home to several shopping and convenience centres, including Kolonnade Shopping Centre with more than 150 tenants.

Bruyns says Montana Tuine’s ideal location and the contemporariness of its homes have aided appeal, giving the area the edge over similarly styled neighbourhoods.
Montana Tuine’s outermost section abuts the Platinum Highway (N1).

Most developments here are new, and some are being built as we speak. The oldest homes in Montana Tuine could be between 10 and 12 years old – Tobie Bruyns, Realtor, Apple Property Picture: Supplied

For residents working in far-off areas such as Centurion, Joburg or Sandton, this translates into reduced travel time to work.

The properties here are also current.

Says Bruyns: “Most developments are new, with some being developed as we speak. The oldest homes in Montana Tuine could be between 10 and 12 years.”

The suburb occupies an area of former smallholdings, with some still to be developed.

Security estates have a positive impact on perceptions of safety. Picture: Supplied

“There are neat houses on those stands, some around 40 years old,” says Bruyns.

Some smallholdings have been developed into light industrial premises offering services including automotive body repairing.

Although there are no schools in Montana Tuine, there are some in nearby Montana.

Sylvia Hustler’s places of interest and things to do

I live in Montana Park, just next to Montana Tuine. It’s convenient for us and close to Wonderboom Airport, where we run our business. It’s easy to get to places like Menlyn from here, it’s quiet and I can say I feel fairly safe living here. – Resident Sylvia Hustler Picture: Supplied

1 Retro Café

It’s a great functions venue with old-world charm as it’s themed for the 1960s and 70s. There’s also a bed and breakfastvenue. Plot 180, Ringduit Crescent, Zeekoegat, Kameelsdrift East. 082 850 3291

2 Toureiro

The ambience is lovely and there’s also outside seating. It’s great for Sunday lunch with live music. They serve excellent seafood. Etienne Lewis Lifestyle Centre, 978 Veda Road, Montana. 012 548 2716.

Touriero House of Prawns. Picture: Supplied

3 Ocean Basket 

Every Friday my husband and I go there because he likes fish. Kolonnade Shopping Centre, Montana Park. 012 548 2558

4 Extreme Freedom/House Regeneration 

This is a rehab centre for addicts where we help and attend church. You can learn a lot. 012 808 0527

5 O’Galito 

Offers a buffet breakfast, meat varieties and seafood. 28 Zambezi Junction, corner Breed Street and Sefako Makgatho Drive, Montana Park. 012 548 6064

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