What gives Durban the extra edge in South Africa?
It was recently reported that Durban outranked Cape Town and Johannesburg again, in the 20th Mercer Annual Quality of Living Survey. Durban was amongst 231 cities throughout the world evaluated, and was ranked at 89th, ahead of Johannesburg (95th) and Cape Town (94th). Some of the factors deliberated over was political stability, healthcare, security, education, and transport. As developers, we scour areas throughout South Africa in search of property development potential and growth, and for the Umhlanga Arch team, Durban has so much more to offer. Here we take a look at what has enabled Durban to outrank the other prominent cities in South Africa.
Ground breaking developments
Umhlanga Arch is amongst the game-changing developments that are currently reshaping KwaZulu-Natal. Injecting around R1.3 billion into the area, Umhlanga Arch is characterised by the iconic sea-facing arch configuration and is going to be something KwaZulu-Natal has never seen before. With smart-ready residential offerings, boutique office spaces that boast exquisite sea views, and an eclectic European-inspired high street, Umhlanga Arch is the pinnacle of urban sophistication and a symbol of the exclusive Umhlanga Ridgeside area’s enviable lifestyle.
Areas that create growth
The North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal continues to boom and develop. Umhlanga Ridgeside is one of the fastest growing urban developments in South Africa and can be located within the Greater Umhlanga area. Nodes like Umhlanga Ridgeside offer the additional luxury of a management association, which are appointed to take care of the general upkeep and security of the area, further creating a safe environment for residents, locals and visitors alike. Business parks, residential opportunities and recreational offerings are all closely situated together, with easy access to two of the main highways N2 and M4, make this area a hub of convenience and a lifestyle of luxury.
Durban is known for its close-knit community, the melting pot of cultures, its relaxed ‘vacation-like’ manner and warm weather. The lifestyle created by new developments, such as Umhlanga Arch, has broadened the scope, introducing international lifestyle standards into it’s development for the public to enjoy. From experiencing European-inspired high streets, advanced technology use to concierge facilities for residents; the Durban lifestyle is ever-changing and progressive.