BUYING A PROPERTY IN SOUTH AFRICA WEBINAR
Wednesday 13th October 1PM BST
South Africa is a country on the southern tip of Africa, renowned for its natural beauty, excellent subtropical climate and outdoor lifestyle. When you think of life in Africa, most people assume it is a life of Land Rovers on constant safaris, however, South Africa is an economic powerhouse with bustling cosmopolitan cities and their financial districts, trendy restaurants and busy shopping centres. Be that as it may, those with the taste for the wild never have to venture far to find one of the 20 wildlife and game reserves around the country, abundant with herds of elephants, grazing zebra, big cats and more.
South Africans are known for being especially friendly and welcoming. Nicknamed “the rainbow nation” for its diverse and rich culture, South Africa is home to over 60 million people with 11 national languages and nine provinces, comprising Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Natal, Northern Cape, the North West and Western Cape. People originating from all over the globe relocate here to enjoy the relaxed outdoor lifestyle and the affordable cost of living.
A majority of expats live in Johannesburg, Pretoria or Cape Town, the country’s financial and political centres. Lying on the northern side of Western Cape, Cape Town is the legislative capital and one of the most well-known cities within South Africa. It is known for its beaches, natural beauty, food and wine routes. Visit the V&A Waterfront for food markets, seafood restaurants with sunny terraces, bars with live music and a variety of family-friendly activities from sight-seeing around the city to the aquarium or a sunset boat cruise. The vibrant metropolis of Johannesburg is South Africa's biggest city and is the capital of the Gauteng province. The ever-changing and trendy Jo’burg, as it is commonly known, is the most powerful commercial centre on the African continent, boasting the tallest buildings in Africa and matching the infrastructure of leading first-world cities.
The surrounding unspoilt coastlines, wonderful wine estates and world-famous wildlife reserves provide plenty to explore for families seeking an exciting new lifestyle. An essential part of South African culture involves hosting gatherings with friends and family, basked in the sun and the aroma of grilling meat on the braai. With a variety of different districts and communities to live in, expat families are mostly drawn to secure estates and gated communities, where opportunistic theft is prevented, and it is easy to make friends. Renting a property is a straight-forward process, with choices of fully furnished or non-furnished properties, however, families looking for a long-term contract are usually better to purchase a property due to the weakness of the South African rand.
For the working family, South Africa's economy is highly developed with an advanced infrastructure in some parts, while other sectors are still developing. When compared to the UK, whilst the income is a little lower in South Africa, disposable income is relatively higher due to a low cost of living. Private education and childcare is a relatively lower-cost too, lending a comfortable lifestyle for families. World-class hospitals provide excellent private healthcare covered by medical insurance.
On Wednesday 13 October we will be joined by Fine & Country South Africa, to discuss the buying process in this beautiful African country. Some of the topics that will be covered include the buying process in South Africa, an overview of the property market, the advantages to buying property in South Africa, the culture and lifestyle to be expected of life in the region, tax implications of buying property and factors to watch out for when buying in South Africa, as well as a look at some second home and investment opportunities currently available.
Join our webinar to learn everything you need to know about the investment opportunities and purchasing processes in this wonderful “rainbow nation”.
A SELECTION OF OUR FINEST PROPERTIES IN SOUTH AFRICA
Set on a two-hectare smallholding, this breathtaking property includes a six-bedroom main house and a luxurious two-bedroom villa, both nestled amongst vineyards and olive trees in a tranquil and private rural setting but just a few minutes drive from the centre of Franschhoek. The main house provides a dramatic sense of arrival with large entrance doors and double volume wood beamed hallway, flowing through to a large formal lounge, a dining room, a large kitchen, a casual family / TV room with a fireplace, a spacious wine cellar and six well-proportioned bedrooms all with en-suite facilities.
Underpinned by an exquisite interior design, this extraordinary equestrian estate is filled with design excellence with open-plan living spaces that seamless flow from one area into the next, both indoors and outdoors, ideal for large gatherings with mingling guests. The energy modelling brings into this home a high-efficiency in energy consumption, simultaneously providing for healthier living. This illustrious modern-day residence also benefits from staff quarters, a wine cellar, a home automation system and 14,099 square metres of land.
This striking family residence offers sophisticated, one-of-a-kind elegance effortlessly uniting modern farm-style architecture with a magnificent landscaped garden. The uncompromising attention to detail, exclusive finishes, craftmanship and luxury are evident throughout. Extra features include home automation, surround sound, extensive underfloor heating, ceiling fans and generator. There is also a two-bedroom cottage as well as extensive gardens.
Would you like to find out more about the lifestyle South Africa has to offer? Get in touch with Fine & Country South Africa to begin your search for your dream home in “the rainbow nation” today.
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