BE INSPIRED – CHECK OUT THIS FIXER-UPPER HOME
Simple, yet so effective!
I always feel that a picture says so much more. Have a look at the before and after pictures below.
The lounge area
The kitchen area
The main bedroom
En Suite Bathroom
The second bedroom
TIPS FROM THE EXPERT………….
Here are some tips from the owner of this property.
“Herewith my 5 cents worth on renovating a home:
For me a home is a living creature that needs love and attention like any other living being. I always look at a home with respect and always try to see its full potential, instead of looking at the negative points about it. Of course, when buying a home you need to be sure of the positives and negatives to ensure your investment is safe.
My advice when transforming a home to its former glory AND better is as follows:
- Look over the current bad condition of the house. I have never bought a perfect home, as my taste is different to the previous owners;
- Find ways to put your own stamp on it or to bring your own character into the new home;
- A coat of fresh paint is always the best way to start;
- Invest in the small things that will make the biggest difference – good light fittings, good curtain rails;
- I believe in custom made curtains – let’s face it all windows are different, and I have never understood how a standard shop bought curtain can be used on any window. Window dressings are the most important aspect of a home for me;
- You do not have to make use of the most expensive items to renew your home – I make use of existing bathroom fittings and kitchen cupboards to safe costs, unless it is really beyond repair;
- Beds and bedding is also an important part of dressing a home – nothing worse than a mix match bed with saggy pillows. Dress your beds to complement the décor of your home;
- Gardens do not need to be filled with expensive plants. Rather keep it neat, spend money on watering what you have, a green and groomed lawn ends a home perfectly.
If you are not sure – get advice from a friend or an expert, more than one opinion is always worth it.”
After reading theses tips, I am feeling very inspired. If you are considering a fixer-upper, big or small, now is the time to get started.
If you are interested in finding your very own fixer-upper, give me a call on 073 1884 306
Written by: Haideé Potgieter – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group, 013 254 0219, firstname.lastname@example.org
Why buy a holiday home at the BEACH you only visit once a year?
Buy a DULLSTROOM home and enjoy FREQUENT weekends away AND get an income on the weekends you’re not here.
1800 beds in a 30 kms radius including Millstream time share, Dunkeld holiday club timeshare, Walkersons Hotel and privately owned cottages and houses, which are rented out over weekends 85% occupancy over weekends. Additional weekday bookings over long weekends, half terms and school holidays.
The golf course has brought in additional weekday bookings. All these visitors create a great opportunities to own a property and generate an income, read this article for a few stats and info on the practical side.
Infrastructurer in place for the booking process – Dullstroom Accommodation and Dullstroom Reservations are the two reservation offices. They have full time staff answering hundreds of inquiries every day. They send clients all the suitable options, get payments and send the venue owner the income, less commission at month end.
There are several small businesses in place that offer cleaning and gardening services and manage maintenance issues.
Venues charge between R 200 and R 850 p.p.p.n depending on many factors:
- The location, either in town or on a farm;
- The quality of the furnishings and linen;
- Setting and views;
- Availability of fishing waters on site;
- Distance from Dullstroom and accessibility i.e on a gravel road;
- The “extras” that are offered – chocs, teas & coffees, “honesty bar” etc…….
Contact Zest for more info 013 254 0219, email@example.com
This unique little village is an easy two and a half hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Leave work at 5 on a Friday and be here for a candlelight dinner in front of a roaring fire…..
Why is Dullstroom so unique?
Because it has retained all the characteristics of a village with a mere 500 permanent residents, no rush hours, quaint shops and safe to walk in the evenings. But come the weekends, there are approximately 1500 visitors, who come to enjoy the wonderful countryside, restaurants, fishing, cycling and walks. All these visitors create a great opportunities to own a property and generate an income, read this article for a few stats and info on the practical side.
Just some of the amazing features of Dullstroom
- The natural beauty of the town and surrounding area must come first, with pristine rivers, dams and amazing views;
- There is a wide variety of excellent restaurants to choose from (one of which has been acknowledged as being in the top 100 restaurants in the country);
- The Whisky Bar, which stocks the second widest range of whiskies in the world. Their whisky and gin tastings are not only fun but informative as well;
- Anvil Ale specialises in brewing European style ales and recently won ‘African Brewer of the Year’;
- The Ernie Els Golf Course at Highland Gate is amongst the top 21 in the country. The Vodacom Origins of Golf Tournament (part of the Sunshine Tour) was held here in August this year;
- There are a host of cycling tracks available, from 10 kms to 70 kms;
- The Ashburton National MTB Cycling challenge attracts approx. 2000 cyclist every year;
Dullstroom has become a very popular high altitude training venue for European athletes, with approx. 100 athletes visiting every year, from November through to February;
- Dullstroom now has a ‘‘parkrun” at the town dam, recently opened by Bruce Fordyce, and it is the highest altitude parkrun in the world;
- Other interesting national events include the sheep dog trials and the S.A. Showing Championships at Dunkeld Equestrian Centre;
- The unique Bird of Prey Centre offers flying displays twice every day;
- About eight to ten festivals are held annually from music and fishing to art;
- Live music most weekends in one or other of the restaurants;
- There are country markets at least twice a month on Saturdays that offer local arts, crafts, culinary delights, plants and various other goodies.
Contact Zest for more info 013 254 0219, firstname.lastname@example.org
Selling your home? There are things you can do to help make this happen quickly!
Here are a few easy steps:
Take a step back and try see your home from an outsider’s eyes!
- Replace anything that is broken, the small things can make a huge difference, that wonky light fitting that you have been meaning to fix… now is the time. A fresh coat of paint does wonders and updating aspects that are very outdated;
- However, it is important not to make improvements or introduce colours that are extremely specific to a certain taste. Not everyone wants a home gym or built-in bar. It is best to stay neutral and make improvements that will appeal to the greatest number of people.
Make your home a blank canvas
When it comes to decorating – as far as possible strive to offer “a blank canvas” that a potential buyer can imagine their own style and taste being imposed – less is more.
- De cluttering is a very important aspect of this. Apart from anything else it does make a room/house appear to be more spacious.
- Again, focus on a neutral decorating style – leaves the focus on what’s important – the home’s features.
You are paying your estate agent, let them do their job.
Leave the site visit to the agent. As far as possible get away from the house while an agent is showing a potential buyer, even if this means simply staying in the garden.
Here is why:
- A buyer often feels awkward if the owner is in the house and may rush the visit rather than taking time to consider the details of the rooms and the house generally;
- Buyers can feel that they are unable to ask the agent what may be construed as awkward questions in front of the owner;
- They feel it inappropriate to discuss the faults of the house and possible remedies.
- Buyers want to imagine themselves living in a home; this isn’t easy if they are constantly confronted with the seller.
Try to take the emotion out of the sale. Inevitably a home holds significant memories and associations. This can colour your view a bit;
- Try not to take offense when suggestions are made as to how to “improve” the appeal of the house on a more general basis;
- Be objective if you receive criticism from potential buyers (via the agent feedback) and consider whether there is merit in the comments.
Last but not least, price your home correctly! Pricing your home incorrectly can be disastrous… Your home won’t sell as quickly as it should, buyers will come in at a much lower price, causing disappointment, just to name a few issues. Get a CMA (current market analysis) from your agent.
A CMA will give you an unbiased view as to the true market value of your property. It will include all the facts relating to comparable products that have sold or are on the market. It should have the following info: a geographical analysis, a comparable property analysis, an age analysis of how long these properties have been on the market and unique aspects pertaining to your property.
Contact us if you are selling in the Dullstroom area.
There is so much to love about Millstream Estate …….
Now you may be asking ‘where have I seen that name before?’ You see it every time you travel to Dullstroom. The Millstream turnoff can be found on the left, approximately 3km before entering our village.
So, what is there to love about Millstream?
Since trout fly fishing is big in Dullstroom, being able to fish throughout the year and in 22 different waters must be top of the list!
The outdoors, with an abundance of bird life, wild flowers, several nature walks and horse riding.
For the active bunch or those feeling guilty after enjoying a chocolate shot from the chocolate shop, the squash and tennis courts will always help.
The communal lounge with TV for when the rugby is on.
The children’s play room, solar heated indoor pool and jungle gym.
Let’s not forget the accommodation!! Each charming 10 sleeper cottage features a luxury kitchen, open plan lounge with fireplace and deck overlooking the Estate and dams.
There is something for everyone and if you need to explore even further, a trip to our beautiful Dullstroom village should do the trick.
Make use of this opportunity to invest in a week timeshare in a 10- sleeper cottage.
We currently have various weeks available from R25,000.
For more information click here or call me 073 1884 306
Written by: Haideé Potgieter – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group
Highland Gate Golf Estate hosted The Vodacom Origins of Golf Tournament for the first time from 27 – 29 July. The tournament saw 96 of South Africa’s best professional golfers battle it out for the total prize money of R 750 000. The field also included players from Chile, Portugal, England and Italy. Even SA Open Champion Brandon Stone flew back to SA immediately after the British, to compete in this event
Long time pro Wallie Coetzee from Jeffreysbay took the early lead, but struggled in the tough windy conditions on the afternoon of the second. Seasoned pro and all-round nice guy Dougie McGuigan took the lead and held onto it through the final round, despite an excellent fight back effort by Brandon Stone, who had to be contend with 2nd place.
I attended the tournament the whole week, and was privileged enough to spend time with some of the pro’s and their caddies, and their comments were like a chorus – fantastic golf course and facilities. All of them were very impressed with the Ernie Els design, whilst I am sure other silently cursed the Big Easy, after missing the cut for the final round on Friday
We have stands available from as little as 295k. Just call me on 082 8955 933.
Written by Del-Monte Roberts, Property Professional at Zest Properties in Dullstroom. Although an avid golfer himself, he will not be featuring in any pro tournaments soon…..
Most Talked About Home In Walkersons Estate
Why Walkersons Estate?
The Estate is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, Walkersons Private Residential Estate, remains the most successful residential development in the area. The Estate is a beautifully maintained, and offers full title ownership to a limited few, with 14 trout dams and 4 kilometers of river offering exclusive fly fishing together with various species of game that roam 800 hectares. Families can enjoy long walks over a network of paved walking paths and mountain hiking trails interspersed with designated picnic areas and when the mist rolls in, owners can enjoy the estate gym and spa facilities.
The Magnificent House!
Recently, one of the most talked about houses on the Estate, Whispering Waters, came onto the market. Set on a ledge overlooking the Lunsklip River, it certainly has some of the most incredible views, optimised by double volume floor-to-ceiling windows.
This is truly an example where architectural style and interior design meet to provide a luxurious country hideaway. You enter the house on the upper level, which features 3 spacious en suite bedrooms, study/tv room and a double garage. The lower level is dedicated to an open plan kitchen, dining room, bar and living room which is separated from a snooker room by a double-sided fireplace. There is also a self-contained fourth bedroom with its own entrance.
I am good friends with the current owners, and have been privileged to visit the house on numerous occasions. A standout feature is the fact that every single room (and bathroom!!!) has spectacular views over the river. Walk out onto the patio for a late afternoon braai (or dip in the jacuzzi), and you will constantly hear the river flow.
The vast entertainment area just begs you to pick up the phone, and invite friends over for cocktails and lunch or dinner.
If you aspire to become part of the Walkersons community, without going through the hassle of building, then maybe this is just the property for you. It is currently on the market for R 9.2 million. Click here for more details, call me on 082 8955 933
Written by: Del-Monté – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group, 013 254 0219, email@example.com
In the words of the current owner – it is the extraordinary serenity that emanates from the almost surreal scenery that is the essence of this farm. Standing on the front veranda of the house, one would look across the dam, framed by the splendour of the pines standing along the shoreline. Imagine this sight on a cold misty morning and one would honestly have to travel far and wide to equal it. Add to that the crisp air that is such a welcome relief after the pollution filled air of the cities. This magnificent farm of 25 hectares is for sale.
Situated only 1km from Dullstroom village on the R540. It offers the best of both worlds, with the total privacy of country life but with quick and easy access to the facilities that the village has to offer. The location of the farmhouse is spectacular, on the banks of one of the dams with a timber walk-way leading off the veranda and out over the water.
The three bedroom, two bathroom homestead was beautifully renovated in 2013, but has retained its country feel, with rustic finishes. The spacious living area and main bedroom looks out over the dam. There is also a small T.V. room.
The guest cottage is cosy with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and set a fair distance from the farmhouse, ensuring privacy but with a short path through the forest to the dam.
The farm currently generates an income from weekend rentals and the sale includes most of the furniture, so the business aspect could be ongoing.
The two trout dams are registered and are beautifully manicured to complete the idyllic scene.
Currently on the market for R5,995,000
For more details click here or give me a call 082 330 3503
Article written by Trish Kennedy – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group
There are businesses out there that are offering to connect a seller with a buyer, sometimes for less than 3% commission. This is nothing new but certainly begs the question – “are estate agents still relevant”
· One of the key factors in procuring a buyer in a reasonable period of time is pricing the property right. To ascertain a reasonable sale price requires an in depth knowledge of the area generally, the past comparable sales in the area, the current listings and the buyer temperament.
· Experience goes a long way towards know which marketing tools are most effective and the time and money spent implementing them is significant. A current and relevant data base of qualified buyers is invaluable and probably the most effective marketing tool but takes years to acquire.
· The diversity of knowledge and experience that an agent has encompasses elements including the financial and legal implications and options in the transaction.
· And very importantly, a comprehensive Sales Agreement document that caters for all eventualities and leaves no grey areas is crucial to a smooth transition from the offer to purchase to the actual transfer of the property.
· By definition the two parties – the buyer and the sellers – are on diagonally opposite sides of the fence. So the role of the agent as a neutral, professional and experienced negotiator and mediator is indispensable.
The question becomes – can you afford NOT to benefit from the expertise of a property professional aka Estate agent, given that it is a million or even multimillion rand transaction and possibly the most important deal of your life that is involved?
Written by: Trish Kennedy – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group, 082 330 3503, 013 254 0219, firstname.lastname@example.org
Building on Country Estates around Dullstroom
The mere thought of building a house ANYWHERE is enough to make most people go cold! Much less a project 280 kilometers away. Fear not, it is very possible.
We have five local building contractors that have been working in the Dullstroom area for many years but several Jhb and Pta builders are now also ensconced, at Highland Gate Golf Estate particularly, and are all well established.
Country Estate building regulations are very specific to the particular estate and these builders would be familiar with the relevant regulations of the specific estates and so can guide you, but alternatively Zest is able to furnish the information.
It is very difficult to give an estimate of the building costs. They would not be dissimilar to the costs in the city. Where the labour in Dullstroom is more reasonable they are, generally speaking, not as skilled so take longer. Materials are a similar cost, obviously, but transport is a cost factor. On balance, you can expect to be quoted between R 8,500 to R 9,500 for “good quality” finishes and anywhere up from that, for exclusive finishes.
For house plans, there are two local architects that can offer their services. All plans have to be submitted initially to the review board of the specific estate and to the Emakhazeni Municipality for approval. The Municipality takes four to six weeks to approve but they will not release the plans unless rates are entirely up to date! For the Municipality, there is a basic cost for submission plus a rate per square meter, it will cost anything between R 1 500 to R 2 500. The review boards of the Estates also charge for the approval process.
You are welcome to give us call if you would like advice or additional info.
Written by: Trish Kennedy – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group, 082 330 3503, 013 254 0219, email@example.com
Builders contact details below:
Builders Contact Person
Willoughby Bloem 082 902 0978 firstname.lastname@example.org
Builders Force Fred Sheriff 0796728821
GWT Property Holdings Gustav Pretorius 0820200719
Junker Construction Francois Jonker 0824147454
PBH Construction Petrus Hlungwane 0828388313
Owner of PBH Lawrence Muzame 0127712305
Pegasus Service Group Denton Cass 0132461842
Phenix Construction Kobus Marais 0829044657
Sezimbali Construction George Minnaar 0824153540
Finelines Constrcution Bruce Wood 082 9083895