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Comparing Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard property prices with Dubai, Monaco and Strand Beach Road


Comparing Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard property prices with Dubai, Monaco and Strand Beach Road

Property Prices of Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard, Dubai & Monaco – how it compares with Strand Beach Road

South African property prices, particularly the prime residential areas of Cape Town, are trending along the same lines as many other countries in the world, but Dubai in particular could be used as a comparison, as seen in the latest Knight Frank Dubai Prime Residential report issued this month.

Since seeing an all-time low in property prices in 2011, Dubai property prices made a remarkable recovery and has maintained this, not dissimilar to South Africa.

Dubai’s price growth decelerated from 4% last year to a current figure of 1% quarter on quarter, Cape Town’s prime residential property prices in similar areas and categories (Atlantic Seaboard, southern suburbs of Cape Town and the City Bowl) have increased by 0,95% quarter on quarter, according to Knight Frank Residential SA’s figures for the last quarter.

We are experiencing a similar phenomenon to Dubai where sellers are expecting the value of their homes to have risen more than the market will allow and being non-negotiable on pricing, which is resulting in buyer and seller expectations not aligning.

The reason we have chosen Dubai as a comparison is that, in terms of the amount of property that can be bought for US $1 million, Dubai is 19th on the list of what can be bought for that amount at 146m² and Cape Town is 20th at 215m² for US $1 million. The highest luxury property pricing is in Monaco where US $1 million gets you 15m².

Like South Africa, Dubai property attracts a number of foreign investors. These buyers are predominantly from India, at a figure of 17,4%, 9,3% from the UK, 7,1% from Pakistan, and 25,2% of the volume comes from a mix of other countries, according to the Knight Frank report.

Cape Town property is not expensive in comparison with the rest of the world but it does offer much of the same standard of living as many of the countries mentioned in the report. With the exchange rate currently sitting at a level of R10,68 to the dollar, SA property will continue to be in the running as an attractive investment proposition for holiday homes and “swallow” retirement properties,

Source – Tivvit - Lanice Steward

Comment and comparison with property on Strand Beach Road by Benhard Wiese

The amount (or rather size) of prime property you can however buy for US $1 million outside the 3 abovementioned regions in Cape Town (Atlantic Seaboard, Southern Suburbs and City Bowl) varies dramatically.  

CCH member agents has during the last few weeks sold e.g. on Strand Beach Road in 4 of the most prestigious apartment blocks at the following per sq.m prices:

Cape Sands – R19 700 and R23 118 per sq.m - (i.e. respectively 533 sq.m. and 454 sq.m per US $1 million); Atlantica – R15 625 per sq.m - (i.e. 672 sq.m. per US $1 million); Ocean View - R15 800 per sq.m - (i.e. 665 sq.m. per US $1 million); 97 On Strand – R21 168 per sq.m - (i.e. 496 sq.m. per US $1 million);

Strand Beach Road value for money in terms of the sq.m you can buy for US $1 million – relative to the more well-known areas such as the Atlantic Seaboard, is by far superior. The four apartment blocks we have used above as examples have all been built during the last 7 years on Strand Beach Road – all with superior finishes inside with a sq.m / US $1 million which varies between 496sq.m to 672 sq.m.  

The sq.m / US$1 million in the 4 apartment blocks above is therefore between 230% and 313% more than what you will be able to get per US $1 million on the average prices on the Atlantic Seaboard, Southern Suburbs or the City Bowl.



Author Lanice Steward - Tivvit
Published 21 Aug 2014 / Views -
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