Cowies Hill estate agent commentary

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Learn what the area has to offer from local real estate agent in Cowies Hill.

What makes Cowies Hill such a popular suburb?

While participants of the world-renowned Comrades Marathon may view Cowies Hill as the last major hurdle on the down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, between them and their Comrades success, real estate buyers continue to view this gorgeous part of Durban as an elite, tranquil suburb that still embodies the grace and grandeur of a bygone era. Cowies Hill affords buyers a lifestyle choice that includes larger than normal properties, relief from the humidity of the city (which can be an absolute killer during the months of February and March) and an abundance of natural beauty while still enjoying the convenience of being well situated for all of the main arterial transport routes

Graeme Lee: Manager, Re/Max Tricolor, Westville

Why should buyers consider Cowies Hill over its neighbouring suburbs?

Having lived in Cowies Hill for 35 years, I have an intimate understanding of the area. Cowies Hill is a prestigious and secure suburb – we were one of the first suburbs to have boom gates installed. Our prices have been steadily increasing since I started in real estate almost 13 years ago and have not dwindled. The period of time that people live in Cowies Hill is also indicative of the popularity of the area. We are proud of our wooded suburb, which boasts, among other things, the Deutsche Schule, tennis courts and a bird conservancy. Call me biased, but I don't think there's a nicer suburb in Durban.

Justin Ortlepp: Agent, Maxprop, Westville

What does this suburb have to offer and what sort of buyer is drawn here?

Cowies Hill is ideally situated for access to Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is very leafy and has some magnificent green areas. It is family oriented, with some very good schools in close proximity. It also has a tennis club in the heart of the suburb, and is ideal for walking and cycling. Properties vary from 2,000m2 up to 4,000m2, and generally these houses offer three to four bedrooms, often more, with at least two bathrooms. Some are fairly standard while others have been modernised. Quite a few have true sea views, and look out towards parts of Durban and towards the North Coast.

John Constable: Agent, Pam Golding Properties Pinetown

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.


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