New South African property hotspots identified
Britons looking to purchase a property in South Africa have been advised to cast their net wide and consider the increasingly popular Kalk Bay and Simon's Town.
While many people looking to buy a home are keen to enjoy the amenities vibrant Cape Town has to offer, others are eager to be away from the hustle and bustle and live in a more secluded spot along the Indian Ocean shoreline.
As such, Sue McDermott, co-founder of the property search and relocation company Spacesa.com has advised that Kalk Bay and Simon's Town offer the perfect compromise, offering a laid-back lifestyle and some peace and quiet yet with the city centre just 40 minutes away.
However, before snapping up a second home prospective buyers are advised to do their homework, with brushing up on South African property law just as important as comparing money transfer services and enlisting the help of a specialist currency comparison company to make a move go smoothly.
"The conveyancing process is very different [to the UK], but it is very good," Ms McDermott notes,
"You have one lawyer, who represents both parties, which sounds like a huge conflict of interests for anybody coming from the UK, but in fact, it works really well."
She adds, however, that if there are any doubts, prospective buyers should always "get their own legal representation".
The city of Cape Town is famous for its vibrant cultural scene, nightlife and, above all, its natural setting, with the harbour and Table Mountain National Park, which overlooks it, among South Africa's most popular tourist attractions.
Cape Town also boasts several celebrated beaches, most of which offer world-class surfing opportunities, as well as being home to the Cape of Good Hope, where the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans meet.