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JHB property investors shaping Cape Town’s real estate landscape

Helicopter view of Cape Town
A helicopter's view of Cape Town.

Gauteng residents are buying more properties in the Western Cape than any other market segment. Contrary to popular belief, foreign investors are not the main purchasers of upmarket and luxury Cape properties any-more as we see an ongoing influx of people from the Gauteng province relocating to Cape Town and its surrounds.

This is according to Denise Dogon, CEO of Dogon Group Properties who says that an increasing number of Gauteng buyers are snapping up properties on the Atlantic Seaboard and nearby suburbs of the Mother City – a trend which is correlated by FNB’s Regional Migration Trends report, which shows that the Western Cape continues to far outperform the rest of the country when it comes to attracting property buyers from other provinces.

The main reasons for this swell of relocations are people looking for a lifestyle change and wanting quality of life in beautiful surroundings, as well as good schooling for their children and increased safety and security in general.”

The allure of the Cape has pulled many professionals who now commute to Gauteng in the week for work and return to their families in the Western Cape each weekend. Across the Peninsula properties under R10 million in a good position are very sought-after by ‘Gautengers’, and currently we are experiencing a shortage of these properties especially on the Atlantic Seaboard.”

Out of our sales in the Western Cape over the past few months, Gauteng buyer activity makes up as much as 25% in areas, particularly on the Atlantic Seaboard, which covers areas like Camps Bay, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay and Clifton,” says Denise Dogon, who goes on to advise that this influx of Gauteng buyers, who are in turn selling up their homes in Gauteng, was also a catalyst to the opening of the Dogon branch in Hyde Park at the end of 2016.

By having an office in Johannesburg as well as the head office in Cape Town, we are now perfectly positioned to help those wanting to relocate with a seamless transition to their new home – meeting their needs with an insider understanding of what it is that they like, want and need.”

Rob Stefanutto, Group Managing Director of Dogon explains that because of the shortage of well-priced properties on the Atlantic Seaboard Dogon are now seeing up-country buyers looking to areas such as Hout Bay – which, according to Stefanutto, is the best value for money suburb left on the coast that is also close to the city and its offerings.

In order to meet this new demand, Dogon is currently working on an exclusive ‘Plot Plus Plan’ security estate development in Hout Bay that we anticipate will be extremely popular with Gauteng buyers when launched as it perfectly suites their preferred location and budget.”

We have developed this exciting new offering in extensive consultation with our Hyde Park offices so that we could ensure a product that appeals to Gauteng buyers’ needs,” says Stefanutto, who goes on to advise that the official launch of this new estate is anticipated to take place very shortly.

Denise Dogon and Rob Stefanutto concur that the relocation of people from other provinces to the Western Cape, Cape Town in particular, is a trend that does not look set to die out any time soon and that it has shaped, and will continue to shape, the real-estate landscape in the province as more developments and offerings are tailored to suite the wants and needs of these new residents