Sliding property prices are currently boosting buying opportunities in Welgedacht and Durbanville.“Upper-end prices in security estates such as a Kanonberg and Welgedacht have dropped in some instances by up to 25%.“This gives buyers even more reason to invest here now,” according to Fanie Marais, Seeff licensee for the Welgedacht and Durbanville areas.Marais says the area has become highly sought-after with family buyers looking for a better quality lifestyle and access to excellent schools. The broad selection of property means there’s a wide choice in terms of accommodation and price points on offer, he says.“Whether you want a compact lifestyle, a large family house or the added peace of mind of a security estate, you will find it here. The value is excellent given that you get more space as houses and plots tend to be bigger with beautiful gardens, room for children to grow, swimming pools and fabulous entertainment areas.“Despite a challenging market, buyers are making the best of it and Seeff has already concluded significant sales in the Welgedacht and Durbanville areas this year,” he said.Prices range from around R1.57 million at the Tyger Waterfront to R4.3 million in Loevenstein, R5.495 million in Oude Westhof and R5.75 million in Kanonberg. Further sales range to R4.3 million in Aurora, R6 million and R7 million in Welgedacht and R7.5 million in Ruitershoogte.The highest prices achieved over the last year include R6.5 million in Welgedacht, R7.5 million in Vierlanden and R5.2 million in Welgevonden. “Many areas offer higher stock levels to choose from with suburbs such as Pinehurst, Kenridge and the Tyger Waterfront. You can find excellent value in the R1.5 million to R3.5 million range, he says.For rentals, the best areas include Oude Westhof, Van Riebeekshof and the Tyger Waterfront. “The highest rentals achieved include R28 000 per month at Oude Westhof and R45 000 in Welgedacht,” he says.“The upside of the down-market conditions is that it creates excellent opportunities for buyers to invest at price levels well below what it might have been otherwise.“The suburbs offer an excellent value proposition. They are central with easy access to main arterials. “Close by, you have the Durbanville wine valley which dates to the early 17th century and offers 12 wineries with well-known cellars such as Durbanville Hills, D’Aria, Diemersdal, Meerendal, De Grendel and Nitida.“The beautiful surroundings of wheat fields, vineyards and the hills along with iconic views of Table Mountain are being rediscovered by buyers,” Marais says.“Welgedacht and Durbanville are well suited to those who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and residents can enjoy walking and cycling along the beautiful tree-lined lanes of the suburbs or venture towards the wineries and scenic countryside.“Security is an important feature of the area and there are active neighbourhood watch organisations, making it ideal for families and children. Over the weekends, you can enjoy the nearby wine valley and indulge in hikes, cycling and even horse riding. “The Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club offers over 120km of trails to enjoy along with fabulous hiking and horse riding in the area. There is also the Tygerberg Nature Reserve for picnics and the like.“All your needs are catered for with an array of amenities and facilities – from childcare and schools to places of worship, sport and leisure and excellent retail and restaurant facilities. “There are several shopping malls including the Tygervalley mega-mall which offers sought-after local and international brands, a food court and restaurants. “The Tyger Waterfront is another attraction offering a mix of waterside apartments, shops and business complexes. There are also top-class medical facilities and hospitals in the area,” he says. V Contact Seeff Welgedacht and Durbanville on 021 913 4662 or 079 149 9065 for more information or visit www.seeff.com.